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Saturday, March 31, 2018

A Chinese space lab could plummet back to earth as early as Saturday, authorities say, in a fiery end to one of the country's highest profile space projects. The 40-foot long Tiangong-1 or "Heavenly Palace," is expected to re-enter the Earth's atmosphere between March 31 and April 1, according to the latest update from the European Space Agency. The China Manned Space Engineering Office places the date of reentry a little later, between April 1 and April 2. Earlier estimates put the date as late as April 4.

Friday, March 09, 2018

State District Judge George Gallagher of Tarrant County told a bailiff on three occasions to punish an uncooperative defendant with electric shocks, and now the sex offender's conviction has been overturned and a new trial ordered. Stun belts can be strapped around the legs of some defendants and used to deliver thousands of volts of electric shock in the instance a defendant turns violent or attempts to escape the courtroom. However, in the case of Terry Lee Morris, who was convicted in 2014 of charges of soliciting sexual performance from a 15-year-old girl, an appeals court found that Gallagher used electric shocks as punishment after Morris failed to answer the judge's questions properly.

Sunday, March 04, 2018

Central Texas' local PBS station, which has been on the air for more than four decades, is going dark. The Central Texas College Board of Trustees voted four to two Tuesday to shut it down. The board cited budget concerns as one of their main reasons. Reverend Jimmy Towers, a member of the CTC Board of Trustees, said it was an extremely difficult decision because of its heritage, function and its legacy for Killeen, but it would have cost the college, the federal government--and basically taxpayers--millions to keep it running. He said the TV station's time is up. Towers is the pastor at the LifeWay Fellowship in Killeen. read more

Friday, February 09, 2018

A picture of the vast ecological region known as the Cerrado in Brazil has won first place in this year's International Garden Photographer of the Year. Marcio Cabral of Brasilia, Brazil, scooped the award with his winning image entitled Cerrado Sunrise. read more

Monday, February 05, 2018

"After analyzing more than 1,000 raw foods, researchers ranked the ingredients that provide the best balance of your daily nutritional requirements -- and they found a few surprises," BBC observes. The top five most nutritious foods are chia seeds, flatfish, ocean perch, cherimoya and almonds. The McDonald's Grand Mac, Taco Bell Nacho Fries and Hardee's 2/3rd-pound Monster Thickburger were not on the list.


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