Fans descend on San Diego for the 50th Comic-Con

SAN DIEGO (AP) ” Dust off your Captain Marvel cosplay, San Diego Comic-Con is here.The four-and-a-half day convention kicked off Wednesday with the show room floor opening to thousands vying for exclusive merchandise, from art to toys. Later, Warner Bros. is hosting a ScareDiego event promising some hair-raising new footage from “It: Chapter Two.”“We have some exciting footage but I can’t go into details,” said “It” director Andy Muschietti. “But I think it’s going to be worth […]

L. Bruce Laingen, top US diplomat held in Iran, dies at 96

WASHINGTON (AP) ” L. Bruce Laingen, the top American diplomat at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran when it was overrun by Iranian protesters in 1979 and one of 52 Americans held hostage for more than a year, has died. He was 96.His son Chip Laingen told The Associated Press that his father died Monday of complications from Parkinson’s disease at an assisted-living facility in Bethesda, Maryland, a Washington suburb.Iran was in chaos in 1979, roiled by the departure of the Shah of Iran […]

Hawaii expands power to block telescope protesters

HONOLULU (AP) ” Thousands of protesters have joined a swelling effort to stop construction of a telescope they have long tried to keep off a mountain considered sacred to some Native Hawaiians, but state officials doubled down Wednesday on their commitment to ensure the project will be completed.After a day of growing crowds and arrests of elderly demonstrators, Hawaii Gov. David Ige signed an emergency proclamation giving law enforcement more options to end the blockade.The […]

The Latest: 12 presumed dead in arson at Japan film studio

TOKYO (AP) ” The Latest on a fire in a Japanese animation studio (all times local):3 p.m.A Japanese fire official says at least 12 people are presumed dead and more could be missing after they were trapped by fire at a popular animation production studio in Kyoto.Kyoto fire department official Satoshi Fujiwara says 35 others have been injured, some of them critically.He says firefighters found 12 people who are presumed dead inside the three-story building that […]

Suspected arson in Japan anime studio leaves up to 13 dead

TOKYO (AP) ” A man burst into an animation production studio in Kyoto and set it on fire early Thursday, killing one person, leaving 12 others presumed dead and a dozen possibly trapped inside.The blaze injured another 36 people, some of them critically, Japanese authorities said.The fire broke out in the three-story Kyoto Animation building in Japan’s ancient capital of Kyoto, after the suspect spread an unidentified liquid to accelerate the blaze, Kyoto prefectural police and […]

Nevada: Feds should restudy seismic risk at nuke dump site

LAS VEGAS (AP) ” Nevada’s governor and congressional delegation are pointing to earthquakes this month in the California desert and calling for the U.S. Energy Department look again at seismic risks of burying the nation’s most radioactive nuclear waste at a site in the Mojave Desert.In a opinions by the state’s top earthquake experts: James Faulds at the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology and Graham Kent at the seismological laboratory at the University of Nevada, Reno.They […]

India reschedules launch of its moon mission for Monday

NEW DELHI (AP) ” India’s space agency said it will launch a spacecraft to the south pole of the moon on Monday after an aborted effort this week.The Indian Space Research Organization said that the Chandrayaan-2 launch is now rescheduled at 2:43 p.m. on Monday. It said Thursday that an expert committee identified the root cause of the previous technical snag and all corrective actions were now implemented.The mission was called off less than an hour before liftoff of the 640- […]

Nevada: Feds should restudy seismic risk at nuke dump site

LAS VEGAS (AP) ” Nevada’s governor and congressional delegation are pointing to earthquakes this month in the California desert and calling for the U.S. Energy Department look again at seismic risks of burying the nation’s most radioactive nuclear waste at a site in the Mojave Desert.In a opinions by the state’s top earthquake experts: James Faulds at the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology and Graham Kent at the seismological laboratory at the University of Nevada, Reno.They […]

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