As one rover marks its sixth year on Mars, it finds itself stuck in a sand trap, perhaps forever.
As the recession drags on, municipalities struggling to fix roads, fund schools and pay bills increasingly are rescinding tax abatements to companies that don't hire enough workers, lay them off or close up shop. At the same time, they're sharpening new incentive deals, leaving no doubt what is expected of companies and what will happen if they don't deliver.
"We will roll out the red carpet as much as we can (but) they are going to honor the contract," said Brendon Gallagher, an alderman in DeKalb, Ill., where Target Corp. got abatements from the city, county, school district and other taxing bodies after promising at least 500 jobs at a local distribution center.
So when the company came up 66 workers short in 2009, Target got word its next tax bill would be jumping almost $600,000 — more than half of which go to the local school district, where teachers and programs have been cut as coffers dried up.
As first reported by The Los Angeles Times on Saturday, the video not only shows a gunman opening fire on demonstrators - it also gives an eye-opening look at a growing air of defiance by Iranian opposition.
A man in plain clothes is seen and heard opening fire on the crowd as another man can be heard shouting out "Dishonorable Basiji!" blaming a member of Iran's Basij militia for firing the shots.
With shots fired, you would expect the demonstrators to flee and seek cover, but instead, they decide to fight back.
"Attack!" someone in the crowd calls out, and the crowd runs off in pursuit of the gunman as the video, less than a minute in length comes to an end.One of the earliest casualties in Iran's post-election violence in 2009 was a young woman named Neda Agha-Soltan, who was named 'Woman of the Year' by a British newspaper recently.
The following YouTube video was uploaded on January 1, 2010:Via: Raw Story
The prospect of below-freezing temperatures for the next two weeks across the Carolinas has homeowners rushing to hardware stores for quick and easy fixes to the leaky gaps in their doors and windows.
"My kitchen off the patio had air coming in around the doors, and it was very cold," said Susie Barnhardt, as she clutched her second roll of insulating tape and headed for the cash register at Blackhawk Hardware in Park Road Shopping Center.
She knew she had to do something about the leaks, or face some very cold mornings in her condo.
The roll of weather stripping seemed like just the thing.
“It’s very effective and very inexpensive, and something even I can do,” she said.
Pete McHale has been helping customers find just what they need all afternoon.
"A lot of people today have been coming in looking for weather stripping to put around doors and windows," said McHale. “A lot of people have been asking about faucet covers -- just sealing those drafts.”
The items are inexpensive and easy to install – most don’t require tools, and can make winters more comfortable in a drafty house. They can also save money – especially on repairs, like broken pipes.
"If you had a pipe freeze and break, that would be an expensive repair," said McHale. That’s why faucet covers are popular. They are nothing more than a Styrofoam-lined, plastic cup with a hook and tie, but they can prevent a lot of headaches.
"It will insulate this water opening to prevent water from freezing here and going back into your house," said McHale, as he demonstrated how to attach one to a faucet.
He also recommends shrink-wrapping windows and insulating pipes and water heaters.
“You’re sitting on the couch and you’ve got your back door there and you feel the breeze,” said McHale about the insulation, “You’re gonna be a lot more comfortable doing that.”
Then he added the part most customers appreciate: “It's not going to break the bank either.”
The quake struck at 2148 GMT and was centered 55 miles south-southeast of the small island of Gizo, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the quake occurred at a depth of 33 kilometers (20.5) miles.
"No tsunami threat exists to coastlines in the Pacific," the Hawaii-based center said.
A large 8.1 magnitude quake and subsequent tsunami struck Gizo in 2007, killing 52 people and leaving thousands homeless.
The Solomons are part of the Pacific "Ring of Fire," where colliding continental plates frequently causes.
The court also confirmed a lifelong ban on political activity for the prominent reporter, Ahmad Zeidabadi, who was also once a student activist.
A 15-year-old has been arrested and charged with shooting a 14-year-old to death in Concord on Friday, according to police.
Because the suspect is younger than 16, Concord police have declined to release a name and other details. They said the suspect was arrested about 4:30 p.m. Saturday and was being held at a juvenile detention center.
The victim was 14-year-old Oscar Martinez, of Melrose Drive Southwest in Concord.
Police said he was shot Friday afternoon in the parking lot at Dover's Supermarket on Cabarrus Avenue West.
Officers said Martinez was dead when they arrived. It was Concord's first homicide of the new year.
Two local blogs show two very different views of people using Toronto's waterfront. A hundred years ago, the biggest winter sport in town was iceboating; Torontoist shows wonderful pictures spanning 50 years of the sport.
"For over one hundred years the glistening varnished bodies, black-enamelled skates, gleaming white sails and many-coloured flags flying from the stays and yards was an unforgettable sight against the blue ice and dazzling snow."
Over at BlogTO, they show waterfront activities from two days ago:
The most effective plan to drop holiday weight gain involves setting goals and committing to cardio.
Until the release of aerial photos in the early 1980s, this remote area in Western Australia was all but unknown to the outside world. Traditionally used by Kija Aborigines during the wet season, the rugged web of gullies, cliffs, gorges, domes and ridges hold aboriginal works of art and burial sites.
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Police say a driver passed out in his car at a Tennessee gas station while a batch of methamphetamine was cooking in the back seat.
A small but growing South Asian and Middle Eastern punk rock movement is attracting children of Muslim and Hindu immigrants and sparking new bands across America.