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Want to Pretend to Live on Mars? For a Whole Year? Apply Now

Want to find your inner Matt Damon and spend a year pretending you are isolated on Mars? NASA has a job for you. To prepare for eventually sending astronauts to Mars, NASA began taking applications Friday for four people to live for a year in Mars Dune Alpha. That’s a 1,700-square-foot Martian habitat, created by a 3D […]

With Chicken Prices Soaring, Sanderson Farms Sold for $4.5 Billion

With the price of chicken soaring, the third-largest poultry producer in the United States is being bought for $4.53 billion. Cargill and Continental Grain have formed a joint venture to acquire Sanderson Farms, paying $203 per share in cash for a company that last year processed more than 4.8 billion pounds of meat. The companies […]

Pakistan Crash Sets Fire to Minibus, Kills 10 Passengers

PAKISTAN—A truck rammed into a minibus on a highway in eastern Pakistan overnight, causing a fire that killed 10 passengers, a Pakistani rescue official said Monday. According to the official, Anjum Shahzad, the blaze erupted from a gas leak and a short-circuit on board the minibus, leading to the high casualty toll. Six passengers were […]

Suspect in Custody After Priest Killed in Western France

PARIS, France—A priest was killed Monday in a small town in western France, and the suspect is a man he had housed for months, a local religious leader said. Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin confirmed the killing, adding that he was heading to the Vendee region after the “dramatic assassination.” Full details of the killing, reportedly […]

Sheriff: 1 Dead, 5 Wounded in Houston Club Shooting

HOUSTON—Authorities in Houston are looking for suspected shooters after five people were injured and one man was killed in an exchange of gunfire at a nightclub early Sunday. Harris County Sheriff deputies responded to a shooting call around 2 a.m. at a north Houston club and authorities pronounced Derrick Johnson dead at the scene, officials […]

Internal Investigation Clears South Carolina Deputies Who Killed Man

GREENVILLE, S.C.—An internal investigation found that two South Carolina sheriff’s deputies who fired their guns during an encounter that left a man dead were justified in using deadly force. Greenville County Sheriff Hobart Lewis said in a video posted online Saturday that the investigation by his agency’s office of professional standards cleared the two deputies […]

Indiana Woman Guilty of Murder in Stepdaughter’s Slaying

MARION, Ind.—A jury has convicted a northern Indiana woman of the strangulation death of her 10-year-old stepdaughter. The Grant County jury deliberated about three hours Friday afternoon before finding Amanda Carmack of Gas City guilty of murder, strangulation, neglect of a dependent resulting in death and domestic battery resulting in death to a person under […]

Thai Man Charged With Killing, Robbing Swiss Woman

BANGKOK—A suspect in the death of a 57-year-old Swiss woman on Thailand’s tourist island of Phuket was charged with murder and robbery, police said Sunday. The suspect, Teerawat Thothip, a 27-year-old Thai man living in Phuket, confessed to the killing and even spoke by telephone at a police press conference to admit his guilt and […]

Taliban Takes Key Northern Afghan Cities as Battles Rage On

KABUL, Afghanistan—Taliban terrorist seized most of the capital of northern Afghanistan’s key Kunduz province on Sunday, and took another neighboring provincial capital after a monthlong siege. The advances were the latest in a series of blows to government forces as U.S. troops complete their pullout after nearly two decades in the country. The terrorists planted […]

Markie Post, TV Veteran Actress of ‘Night Court,’ Dies at 70

NEW YORK—Markie Post, who played the public defender in the 1980s sitcom “Night Court” and was a regular presence on television for four decades, has died. She was 70. Post’s manager, Ellen Lubin Sanitsky, said Post died Saturday in Los Angeles after a years-long battle with cancer. Post was a longtime television regular who appeared […]

Russian Rhythmic Dynasty Topples, Bulgaria Gets the Gold

TOKYO—The Russian rhythmic gymnastics juggernaut collapsed at the Tokyo Olympics, with dramatic back-to-back losses that sparked allegations of injustice in a sport famous for twinkling costumes, techno remixes, and hoops looping through the air. Russia had won every gold medal in rhythmic gymnastics since 2000. But it’s total defeat this year began Saturday, when Linoy […]

Russia Evacuates 2 Villages in Siberia Because of Wildfires

MOSCOW—Russian authorities started to evacuate two villages in a vast region of Siberia where 155 active forest fires burned Sunday. A dozen villages in northeastern Siberia’s Sakha-Yakutia republic were threatened by the fires, according to the regional task force dealing with the emergency. Local authorities were moving the residents of two villages, Kalvitsa and Kharyyalakh, […]

Hassan Gets 3 Distance Medals in Amazing Olympic Odyssey

TOKYO—By the time she reached the 65th and final lap of her eight-day Olympic odyssey, Sifan Hassan’s neck had seized up and she couldn’t turn her head. She could barely breathe and she couldn’t feel her arms anymore. As she neared the end, she couldn’t see properly and thought “why did they move the finish […]

Kool & the Gang Co-founder Dennis Thomas Dead at Age 70

NEW YORK—Dennis “Dee Tee” Thomas, a founding member of the long-running soul-funk band Kool & the Gang, has died. He was 70. He died peacefully in his sleep Saturday in New Jersey, where he was a resident of Montclair, according to a statement from his representative. Thomas was the alto sax player, flutist and percussionist. […]