Italian astronaut brews, sips first fresh espresso in space

May 4, 2015

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The International Space Station is finally serving up fresh Italian espresso. Over the weekend, astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti of Italy fired up the world’s first espresso machine in space. She posted a photo of herself on Twitter on Sunday, sipping from a cup designed for use in zero-gravity. For the...
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At Polish castle, knights tool up for medieval fight

May 4, 2015

MALBORK, Poland (Reuters) – Wielding swords and halberds, knights in heavy armor attack each other in scenes that could easily be mistaken for a staged reconstruction. But on the grounds of this vast brick castle in northern Poland, the battles are real. Men and women from 25 countries gathered in their hundreds at Malbork...
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Giant billowing aerial sculpture installed over Boston park

May 3, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — A giant aerial sculpture is floating over a park in Boston’s Financial District, bringing a shimmer of spring where snowplow piles towered just weeks ago. Early Sunday, dozens of workers closed nearby streets and set to work installing the 600-foot work by artist Janet Echelman, using a battery of cranes and...
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Joyful noise or unholy din? New church ‘bells’ mean discord

May 3, 2015

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The sound system next door is making it hard for Olga Lopatina to love thy neighbor: Christ the King church. Since last summer, the church has been broadcasting the sounds of bells and hymns to its Burlington neighborhood, a joyful noise unto the Lord that some here think is just...
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Oyez! Town crier at royal baby birth captures attention

May 2, 2015

LONDON (AP) — As dozens of journalists trained their lenses on a set of firmly shut double doors, waiting for a glimpse of Britain’s new baby princess, a man in an outlandish costume stepped in to capture the world’s attention. And it wasn’t for the first time. Town crier Tony Appleton took to the...
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Frank Olivo, Santa pelted with snow at ’68 Eagles game, dies

May 2, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The man famed in Philadelphia sports history as the Santa Claus who was booed and plunked with snowballs at an Eagles game on a winter day in 1968 has died. Frank Olivo’s family says he died early Thursday at a suburban Philadelphia hospital after a long battle with heart disease, diabetes...
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Mother duck, brood waddle through school on trek to new home

May 1, 2015

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A mother duck and her brood got a brief tour of a Montana middle school as teachers and students herded them from their courtyard nest to a nearby creek. It’s a tradition for Tracy Larsen, who teaches family consumer sciences at Lewis and Clark Middle School in Billings. She says...
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