Paul the ‘psychic’ octopus passes on

Paul, the WCup predicting octopus, dies at 2 1/2 Paul the Octopus, the tentacled tipster who fascinated soccer fans by predicting results at the World Cup, died Tuesday. Paul had reached the octopus old age of 2 1/2 years and died in his tank on Tuesday morning at the Sea Life aquarium in the western […]

‘Happy Days’ star Tom Bosley dies at 83

Actor Tom Bosley of “Happy Days” Actor Tom Bosley, whose career spanned five decades and included his role as the father of a typical American family on popular 1970s TV comedy “Happy Days,” has died at 83, according to media reports on Tuesday. Celebrity news website TMZ cited family members as saying Bosley died at […]

Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary Dead at 63

DANBURY, Conn. — Mary Travers, one-third of the hugely popular 1960s folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary, has died. The band’s publicist, Heather Lylis, says Travers died at Danbury Hospital in Connecticut on Wednesday. She was 72 and had battled leukemia for several years. Travers joined forces with Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey in […]

World markets rise on hopes US out of recession

World stock markets power ahead on optimism that US is emerging from recession World stock markets rallied Wednesday after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the U.S. recession was likely over, a view largely supported by recent economic figures. Germany’s DAX rose 0.9 percent to 5,677.32 and Britain’s FTSE 100 gained 1.1 percent to 5,099.10. […]

Pilots question airspeed sensors’ troubled history

PARIS – Airbus knew since at least 2002 about problems with the type of speed sensor that malfunctioned on an Air France passenger plane that went down in June, The Associated Press has learned. But air safety authorities did not order their replacement until after the crash, which killed all 228 people aboard. The tubes, […]

Judge allows Jackson estate challenge

LOS ANGELES – A judge has ruled that Michael Jackson’s mother can challenge the men currently administering her son’s estate without losing her substantial stake. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff’s ruling, released Friday, clears the way for Katherine Jackson to challenge whether attorney John Branca and music executive John McClain are best-suited to […]

Firm place to stand outside solar system found

WASHINGTON – Astronomers have finally found a place outside our solar system where there’s a firm place to stand — if only it weren’t so broiling hot. As scientists search the skies for life elsewhere, they have found more than 300 planets outside our solar system. But they all have been gas balls or can’t […]

True origins of the peace sign

Where did the peace sign come from? It is instantly recognizable as a sign of peace, but what is the symbolism behind the peace sign? The olive branch came from ancient Greece, the dove from the Bible … but where did that circle with the chicken-footprint come from? Rewind back to 1958 when London textile […]