Astronauts from Turkey, Italy, Sweden return to Earth, ending space station trip

[ad_1] Astronauts from Turkey, Italy and Sweden are back on Earth, ending a private three-week trip to the International Space Station CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Astronauts from Turkey, Italy and Sweden returned to Earth on Friday, ending a private three-week mission to the International Space Station. The trio were accompanied by a retired NASA astronaut … Read more

Meta removes Instagram and Facebook accounts for Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

[ad_1] DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Meta has removed Instagram and Facebook accounts run on behalf of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei after criticism over his support for Hamas after its Oct. 7 attack on Israel that sparked the monthslong war still raging in the Gaza Strip, the company confirmed Friday. Meta, based in … Read more

Before Usher hits the Super Bowl halftime stage, Apple Music builds anticipation ahead of big show

[ad_1] LAS VEGAS — In a short film shown at the end of the Super Bowl halftime performer news conference, the show’s headliner Usher comes up missing. The singer’s sudden absence prompts instant panic from his friends including Ludacris, Lil Jon and Taraji P. Henson, sparking a search at various Las Vegas landmarks. Ultimately, Usher … Read more

Thousands of doctors in England to strike again as health likely to become a key UK election issue

[ad_1] LONDON — Thousands of doctors in the early years of their careers in England are to go on strike later this month for another five-day stretch as their long-standing pay dispute with the British government remains in stasis. The British Medical Association, the union that represents the so-called junior doctors, said on Friday that … Read more

Kobe Bryant immortalized with a 19-foot bronze statue outside the Lakers’ downtown arena

[ad_1] LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Lakers unveiled a statue of Kobe Bryant on Thursday, honoring their late superstar with a 19-foot bronze likeness outside their downtown arena. The 4,000-pound statue depicts Bryant in his white No. 8 jersey with his right index finger raised as he walked off the court following his 81-point … Read more

A volcano in Iceland is erupting again, spewing lava and cutting heat and hot water supplies

[ad_1] GRINDAVIK, Iceland — A volcano in southwestern Iceland erupted Thursday for the third time since December, sending jets of lava into the sky, triggering the evacuation of the popular Blue Lagoon geothermal spa and cutting heat and hot water to thousands of people. The eruption began at about 0600 GMT (1 a.m. EST) along … Read more

New York woman sentenced to probation and fines in COVID aid fraud schemes

[ad_1] NEW YORK — A Brooklyn woman who pleaded guilty to fraud in connection with various pandemic-era relief schemes was sentenced Thursday to three years of probation and $650,000 in penalties. Prosecutors said Chanette Lewis, 32, carried out some of the schemes by leveraging her job at a call center, part of a New York … Read more

Nevada jury awards $130M to 5 people who had liver damage after drinking bottled water

[ad_1] LAS VEGAS — A Nevada jury has awarded about $130 million in damages in a lawsuit filed by five people who suffered liver damage after drinking bottled water marketed by a Las Vegas-based company before the product was recalled from store shelves in 2021. The Clark County District Court jury awarded more than $30 … Read more

Baby boom of African penguin chicks hatches at a San Francisco science museum

[ad_1] SAN FRANCISCO — A bounty of 10 African penguin chicks has hatched in just over a year at a San Francisco science museum as part of an effort to conserve the endangered bird. The penguins began hatching in November 2022, ending a four year period without any new chicks, and continued through January of … Read more