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  • Higgs Boson: Physicists See Best Proof Yet of ‘The God Particle’

    Higgs Boson: Physicists See Best Proof Yet of ‘The God Particle’

    (CHICAGO) — After decades of careful experiment, physicists say they have found the “strongest indication to date” to prove the existence of the Higgs boson — a subatomic particle so important to the understanding of space, time and matter that the physicist Leon Lederman nicknamed it “the God particle.” The announcement Monday, based on experiments at the Department of Energy’s Fermilab near Chicago and other institutions, is not the final word, but it’s very close. And it comes just before a major meeting this week in Australia, where more findings will be announced from the giant underground particle accelerator at […]

  • Hot Wheels Challenge Sets World Record

    Hot Wheels Challenge Sets World Record

    (LOS ANGELES) — Hot Wheels have been a hot toy for a long time. But for 40-plus years, the loop the cars raced through was toy-sized. You could never imagine doing that in real life, right? Wrong. Set your eyes on the Double-Loop Challenge. At more than six stories high it’s the biggest double-loop ever attempted. Team Hot Wheels set a Guinness World Record at the X-Games in Los Angeles this weekend for their feat on life-sized replicas they built. The Double Loop Dare track is modeled after a toy track set called Double Dare Snare. Yellow driver Tanner Foust […]

  • Firefighting Plane Crashes in South Dakota; Casualties Confirmed

    Firefighting Plane Crashes in South Dakota; Casualties Confirmed

    (CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — An Air National Guard cargo plane based out of North Carolina crashed Sunday while fighting wildfires in South Dakota. Officials say six crew members were on board the C-130, but will only say there were casualties as well as survivors. The plane had been dropping flame retardant on the White Draw fire near the town of Edgemont. “Can’t speculate on what may or may not have happened that caused the incident. That’s going to be investigated in the next weeks and months,” said North Carolina National Guard spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Robert Carver. “There were casualties. There were […]

  • Suicide by Oyster? Petit Family Killer’s Elaborate Plan

    Suicide by Oyster? Petit Family Killer’s Elaborate Plan

    (HARTFORD, Conn.) — A Connecticut man on death row for the 2007 home invasion murders of a mother and her two daughters detailed an elaborate suicide plan involving oysters and lying about committing 17 other murders. In October 2011, convicted murderer Steven Hayes wrote a series of letters bragging that he had killed 17 other women that included detailed and gruesome descriptions of the alleged murders. The letters were intercepted by the Connecticut Department of Corrections in early October and handed over to prosecutors. The letters were written a year after he was sentenced to Connecticut’s death row for his […]

  • Fort Bragg Shooter Dies after Killing Commander

    Fort Bragg Shooter Dies after Killing Commander

    (FORT BRAGG, N.C.) — The soldier who killed his commanding officer at Fort Bragg last week has died. Twenty-seven-year-old Spc. Ricky Elder, of Kansas, died on Friday from the gunshot wound he inflicted upon himself. During a military briefing last week, Elder opened fire and killed his commander, 42-year-old Lt. Col. Roy Tisdale. Another soldier was shot in the incident, but his injuries are said to be non-life threatening. A motive for the shooting remains a mystery. Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

  • US Capitol Weathers DC’s Devastating Storm

    US Capitol Weathers DC’s Devastating Storm

    (WASHINGTON) — While Washington cleans up Monday morning after last weekend’s severe weather, one of the oldest and most historic buildings in the nation’s capital appears to have escaped relatively unscathed: the U.S. Capitol. A spokeswoman for the Architect of the Capitol tells ABC News that there were no reports of damage to the Capitol or any other buildings throughout the 274-acre Capitol campus, which also includes the Supreme Court of the United States. Most of the storm’s wrath was suffered by trees, although none of the damaged ones were memorial trees. “We had some minor tree damage, a few […]

  • Thousands Remain Without Power as Deadly Thunderstorms Batter US

    Thousands Remain Without Power as Deadly Thunderstorms Batter US

    (NEW YORK) — Hundreds of thousands of people in several Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states continue to deal with soaring temperatures and a lack of power following a series of deadly thunderstorms that have pounded the region since Friday. At least 14 people have died from the storms in Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, Ohio, North Carolina and the District of Columbia. As of Sunday night, more than 530,000 electric customers in Virginia are without power, while 470,000 are in the dark in Ohio.  Some 400,000 West Virginia residents are also experiencing power outages. In New Jersey, about 124,000 residents are in […]