NASA seeking helpers
NASA on Tuesday called on backyard astronomers and other enthusiasts to help track asteroids that could create havoc on Earth. The agency has already identified 95 percent of the potentially planet-killing NEOs — near Earth objects — with a diameter of 1km or more, a size comparable to the space rock many scientists believe wiped out the dinosaurs about 65 million years ago. Now NASA wants to work with individuals, government agencies, international partners and academia to “find all asteroid threats to human populations and know what to do about them.” It also announced plans for a mission to capture a small asteroid, redirect it into a stable orbit and send humans to study it.
Suicide bomber kills three
Three people were killed and eight wounded in the northern town of Saada yesterday when a suicide bomber riding a motorbike blew himself up in a busy market, a security official said. Saada has been under the control of Shiite Houthi rebels for several years. The official said the dead included two civilians and the bomber, whose affiliation was not immediately known.
Teen charged in death
A 13-year-old boy from a New Orleans suburb was charged with second-degree murder in the death of his five-year-old half-sister after investigators said he told them he repeatedly struck her with wrestling moves imitated from TV. The moves allegedly included repeatedly slamming the girl on a bed, punching her in the stomach, jumping on her and striking her with his elbow. A coroner’s investigation found the girl died of multiple injuries, including broken ribs, lacerations of the liver and internal bleeding. The boy had been left to babysit the girl by his stepmother when the alleged beating occurred.
Squirrels illegally moved
Residents of an upscale Ottawa neighborhood have been spiriting unwanted squirrels across a river into Quebec province and dumping them there, the Ottawa Citizen said on Tuesday. The practice is illegal, but a reporter who spoke to several residents of the Westboro neighborhood discovered it has been going on for decades. Daniel Sylvester told the daily that his neighbor has been secretly trapping squirrels and driving them across a 1km long bridge over the Ottawa River to Gatineau, Quebec. Ontario law prohibits moving wildlife more than 1km to prevent the spread of diseases.
Bieber injures photographer
Teen pop star Justin Bieber struck a photographer with his Ferrari sports car while driving away from a comedy club in Los Angeles on Monday night, but the accident was not considered a hit-and-run, police said. Video taken outside the Laugh Factory showed Bieber surrounded by photographers as he was pulling away. Celebrity Web site TMZ said Bieber motioned the photographers to move out of the way, but apparently pinned one between his Ferrari and a parked car as he pulled out. The photographer’s injuries were not life-threatening.
Driver speeds to dry car
He was drying off his freshly washed car. That is what the man told the Royal Canadian Mounted Police when they stopped him doing 180kph on Highway 22 south of Black Diamond, Alberta. On Monday a judge fined the 67-year-old driver C$800 (US$783) and suspended him from driving for 45 days.