Day: November 26, 2018

Ukraine demands Russia release vessels as tensions build

MOSCOW  — Ukraine’s president demanded Monday that Russia immediately release Ukrainian sailors and vessels seized in a standoff around Crimea that sharply escalated tensions between the two countries and drew international concern. The two neighbors have been locked in a tense tug-of-war since Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea, […]

Geologist: Prehistoric reptile left tracks at Grand Canyon

LAS VEGAS — A geology professor from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, said he recently identified fossilized tracks from a reptile along a popular trail in Grand Canyon National Park, a newspaper reported. Professor Steve Rowland theorized that the tracks belong to a primitive reptile the size […]

What makes a California wildfire the worst? Deaths and size

The so-called Camp Fire in Northern California in many ways has become the worst wildfire in the history of a state whose topography and climate have long made it ripe for devastating blazes. With terrain ranging from steep, tree-topped mountains to dry, brush-covered hillsides, and matched with a […]

NASA weighs in on petroleum development in Arctic Ocean

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The federal agency that oversees offshore petroleum leasing has received comment on Arctic Ocean drilling from a surprise source — NASA. Alaska’s Energy Desk reports that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management asked for comment as the Trump administration considers a 2019 lease sale in the Beaufort […]

Named for Roman god of war, Mars isn’t very kind to visitors

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.— Mars has a nasty habit of living up to its mythological name and besting Earth when it comes to accepting visitors. NASA’s InSight is the latest spacecraft to come calling, with every intent of landing and digging deeper into the planet than anything that’s come before. The […]

New lander will add to humans’ long fascination with Mars

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — In our solar system family, Mars is Earth’s next-of-kin, the next-door relative that has captivated humans for millennia. The attraction is sure to grow with Monday’s arrival of a NASA lander named InSight. InSight should provide our best look yet at Mars’ deep interior, […]

Mars landing looms for NASA; anxiety building a day out

CAPE CANAVERAL  — With just a day to go, NASA’s InSight spacecraft aimed for a bull’s-eye touchdown on Mars, zooming in like an arrow with no turning back. InSight’s journey of six months and 300 million miles (482 million kilometers) comes to a precarious grand finale Monday afternoon. […]

Ex-Trump campaign adviser Papadopoulos to report to prison

WASHINGTON — A federal judge ordered former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos to report to prison as scheduled, rejecting his last-minute bid to delay his two-week sentence. Papadopoulos is to begin serving his sentence Monday. He was sentenced in September for lying to the FBI in […]