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North Korea puts rocket units on ‘highest alert’

NBC News: North Korea stepped up its aggressive rhetoric on Tuesday, ordering its rocket and long-range artillery units to be combat ready and on the “highest alert” and issuing new threats against U.S. bases on Hawaii, Guam and mainland America.

Pyongyang warned that U.S. facilities would be “reduced to ashes and flames the moment the first attack is unleashed,” according to a military order issued by the pariah state’s military “supreme command.”

Photo: Kim Jong Un inspects landing and anti-landing drills at an undisclosed location on North Korea’s east coast. (KCNA via KNS / AFP - Getty Images)

Celebrated Nigerian author Chinua Achebe dies
Today.com: Nigerian novelist and poet Chinua Achebe, whose 1958 novel “Things Fall Apart” addressed colonialism on African society, has died.
Achebe’s breakthrough novel focused on the clash between Western and traditional values. It told the story of colonialism for the first time from an African perspective, and has sold more than 10 million copies and been translated into more than 50 languages.
Nelson Mandela has credited Achebe for bringing “Africa to the rest of the world” and called him “the writer in whose company the prison walls came down.”
Photo: Author Chinua Achebe outside his home at Ogidi, eastern Nigeria, in 1999. (AFP/Getty Images file)

Celebrated Nigerian author Chinua Achebe dies

Today.com: Nigerian novelist and poet Chinua Achebe, whose 1958 novel “Things Fall Apart” addressed colonialism on African society, has died.

Achebe’s breakthrough novel focused on the clash between Western and traditional values. It told the story of colonialism for the first time from an African perspective, and has sold more than 10 million copies and been translated into more than 50 languages.

Nelson Mandela has credited Achebe for bringing “Africa to the rest of the world” and called him “the writer in whose company the prison walls came down.”

Photo: Author Chinua Achebe outside his home at Ogidi, eastern Nigeria, in 1999. (AFP/Getty Images file)

US Marine kills 2 colleagues at Quantico base

NBC News: A Marine opened fire on two of his comrades Thursday night at a base in Quantico, Va., before turning the gun on himself, leaving all three dead, military officials said.

A relationship dispute was believed to be behind the shooting, which occurred in the staff barracks area of the Officer Candidates School at Marine Corps Base Quantico in Northern Virginia, a Marine official said.

Photo: The entrance to Marine Corps Base Quantico in Northern Virginia is shown early Friday after three Marines, including the suspected assailant, died in a shooting. (Matthew Barakat / AP)

'Baby picture' of the universe unveiled

NBC News: The European-led team behind the Planck cosmology probe on Thursday released the mission’s first all-sky map of the cosmic microwave background — a “baby picture” of the universe that could eventually reveal how it inflated in the first moments of its existence, and whether it possesses the extra dimensions that are predicted by some theorists.

"To a cosmologist, this map is a gold mine of information," University of Cambridge astrophysicist George Efstathiou, a member of the Planck science team, said during a Paris news conference. He joked that not that long ago, cosmologists might have "given up their children" to have such a map in their hands.

Photo: The Planck cosmology probe has produced the most detailed all-sky map to date showing the cosmic background radiation, also known as the afterglow of the big bang. (ESA)

Sugary drinks tied to 180,000 deaths worldwide

MyHealthNewsDaily: Consumption of soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages may contribute to hundreds of thousands of deaths around the world, mainly due to type 2 diabetes, a new study says.

The results show sugar-sweetened beverage consumption is linked to 180,000 deaths a year worldwide, including 25,000 deaths a year in the United States, the researchers say. The study is being presented at a meeting of the American Heart Association.

More than 900 people injured by falling meteor in Russia
More than 900 people have sought medical attention after a huge meteorite streaking through the skies of Russia’s Chelyabinsk region triggered a powerful shock wave.Calling the injury toll “unprecedented,” British expert Robert Massey said this is the biggest known human toll caused by an object from space, Agence France-Presse reports.Read more and see additional photos and videos on BreakingNews.com.Photo: Yekaterina Pustynnikova / Chelyabinsk.ru via AP

More than 900 people injured by falling meteor in Russia

More than 900 people have sought medical attention after a huge meteorite streaking through the skies of Russia’s Chelyabinsk region triggered a powerful shock wave.

Calling the injury toll “unprecedented,” British expert Robert Massey said this is the biggest known human toll caused by an object from space, Agence France-Presse reports.

Read more and see additional photos and videos on BreakingNews.com.

Photo: Yekaterina Pustynnikova / Chelyabinsk.ru via AP

Breaking News now available on the iPad - Our brand new app features substantially more real-time coverage than our Tumblr along with push alerts, breaking news mapping and more.  Download here on iTunes, and please let us know what you think!

Breaking News now available on the iPad - Our brand new app features substantially more real-time coverage than our Tumblr along with push alerts, breaking news mapping and more.  Download here on iTunes, and please let us know what you think!

Mubarak sentenced to life in prison
The Associated Press reports that Egypt’s ex-President Hosni Mubarak has been sentenced to life in prison after a court convicted him on charges of complicity in the killing of protesters during last year’s uprising that forced him from power.
AP Photo/Amr Nabil

Mubarak sentenced to life in prison

The Associated Press reports that Egypt’s ex-President Hosni Mubarak has been sentenced to life in prison after a court convicted him on charges of complicity in the killing of protesters during last year’s uprising that forced him from power.

AP Photo/Amr Nabil

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SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Soars to History on 2nd Try

Space Exploration Technologies, the first company aiming to reach the International Space Station, got off to a rocking start early Tuesday with the launch of its Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

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(Reblogged from discoverynews)

Robin Gibb, Bee Gees Co-Founder, Dead at 62

Via Rolling Stone.

Photo: Robin Gibb performs in Rotterdam, Netherlands in 1991. (Rob Verhorst/Redferns)

Report: Marijuana use grows, cocaine falls among men arrested in 10 US cities

MSNBC.com reports more than 60% of men arrested in 10 US cities in 2011 for crimes ranging from misdemeanors to felonies tested positive for at least 1 illicit drug, according to a federal drug-monitoring program’s annual report.

(Reblogged from huffingtonpost)

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Junior Seau dead, TMZ reports: Authorities are investigating the  43-year-old former NFL star’s death, which was a shooting that may have been self-inflicted. Details still coming in. We’ll keep an eye out.

EDIT: Here’s a local news report on the shooting. According to San Diego’s 10News, a witness reportedly heard about Seau’s death from police.

(Reblogged from shortformblog)