Author: Associated Press

European Mars lander’s fate unclear, ‘not good signs’

DARMSTADT, Germany (AP) — A senior European Space Agency official says that the signal from the experimental Schiaparelli probe cut off before its landing on Mars, which he says isn’t a good sign. Paolo Ferri, ESA’s head of operations, said the signal "stopped shortly before landing." He cautioned that more analysis of the data was needed to understand what had happened to the experimental lander during Wednesday’s descent. He says it is too soon to jump to conclusions but "it’s clear that these are not good signs." He said that an update is expected on...

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Khloe Kardashian calls sister Kim’s robbery ‘a wake up call’

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Khloe Kardashian is calling her sister’s robbery in Paris "a wake up call for everybody" but is pushing back against criticism that Kim Kardashian West had been too public in displaying her wealth. "Pulling back on social media I think is a personal choice. … No matter what you post or don’t post. … That shouldn’t give someone a reason to feel like they could do anything like that to you," she said in an interview Tuesday. "But we definitely are just being more aware and I think just making changes to our lives." Armed...

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Robotic CT for horses could hold promise for advancing human health

KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. (AP) — Veterinarians hope an innovative type of CT scan can advance medical care for horses and possibly be adapted for humans, eliminating the need for people to lie still inside a tube. Robotic CT at the University of Pennsylvania’s veterinary school allows a horse to remain awake and standing as scanners on two mechanical arms move around it. The resulting high-quality images, including some in 3D, for the first time offer detailed anatomical views of the animal in its normal, upright state. That’s a huge difference from the standard CT for a horse, which requires...

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WikiLeaks/Assange’s internet link ‘severed’ by state actor

PARIS (AP) — WikiLeaks says that founder Julian Assange’s internet access has been cut by an unidentified state actor. Few other details were immediately available. Assange has been up holed up at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London for more than four years after skipping bail to avoid being extradited over sex crimes allegations. The cramped quarters haven’t prevented the Australian transparency activist from working and WikiLeaks continues to deliver scoops, including revelations that have rattled Hillary Clinton’s campaign for president as the U.S. election enters its final stretch. Calls, texts and emails left with WikiLeaks weren’t immediately returned Monday....

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Zombie banks are stalking Europe’s economy

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The walking dead are gnawing at Europe’s weak economy – zombie banks and zombie companies. Almost a decade after the financial crisis that ravaged the global economy, analysts and top officials are warning that too many banks in Europe are struggling financially, keeping them from lending to companies and fostering growth. Calls to fix the problem have come repeatedly from the International Monetary Fund, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, and European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi. They say something has to be done if Europe’s economy is to gain more traction and bring down unemployment....

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