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Friday February 27, 2015    11:36 AM
Lonard Nimoy, who played Spock on the "Star Trek" television series and in several major motion pictures of the same story, died on today at age 83.

His granddaughter, Dani, confirmed the death on Twitter. She called him "an extraordinary man." Nimoy revealed a year ago that he had been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

As the half-human, half-alien chief science officer for the Starship Enterprise, Spock gave the world the indelible blessing "Live long and prosper" and his familiar split-fingered Vulcan salute. He was second in command to William Shatner's Captain James T. Kirk, his stoicism the perfect counter to Kirk's fiery personality.

As the half-human, hal

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Tuesday February 24, 2015    08:55 AM
San Francisco - A long-shot effort to break California into six separate states got a boost on Monday, when the billionaire venture capitalist behind the proposal said he had gathered enough signatures to place it on the ballot in two years.

Timothy Draper, a founder of a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm that has invested in Twitter, Skype and Tesla, among other companies, has been agitating for months for a ballot initiative to chop the most populous U.S. state into smaller entities.

"It??s important because it will help us create a more responsive, more innovative and more local government, and that ultimately will end up being better for all of Californians," said Roger Sal

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Tuesday February 24, 2015    08:51 AM
HitchBOT, created by team of Ontario-based communication researchers studying the relationship between people and technology, will reach its final destination Sunday in Victoria, British Columbia, where it will receive a traditional aboriginal canoe greeting at Victoria Harbor.

"What we wanted to do is situate robotics and artificial technologies into unlikely scenarios and push the limits of what it's capable of," said David Smith, the robot's co-creator, who teaches at Ontario's McMaster University. "It's challenging but it can also be highly engaging and entertaining as hitchBOT has proven."

The robot looks like it was made out of components scavenged from a yard sale a bucket, pool

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Thursday February 19, 2015    04:32 PM
Brian Williams has stepped down from a citizen group dedicated to promoting military valor and heroism.

The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation announced Thursday that the embattled "NBC Nightly News" anchor has resigned from the group's board of directors. He had served on the board since 2006.

Williams' decision comes a little more than a week after NBC News suspended him for six months without pay for repeatedly sharing a false account of a 2003 helicopter mission in Iraq.

Ronald T. Rand, the president and CEO of the Medal of Honor Foundation, did not immediately respond to CNNMoney's request for comment. The announcement on the group's website did not provide additional deta

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Thursday February 19, 2015    10:38 AM
The term "nightmare bacteria" does not bode well for anyone who may get infected.

That's what CDC epidemiologists call carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, which kill up to half the patients who contract them.

The family of superbugs made headlines two years ago when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned it was spreading.

Now, they're back in the news after seven patients at a Los Angeles hospital caught CRE after routine endoscopic treatments for bile ducts, gall bladder or pancreas.

Two of them have died, the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center said Wednesday. CRE was a contributing factor in the deaths, but the exact cause of the deaths wasn't immedia

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Thursday February 19, 2015    10:35 AM
California diners can now legally enjoy a meal on a restaurant patio with their dogs in tow, under a law signed Thursday by Governor Jerry Brown that eliminates health code regulations banning restaurant owners from allowing pooches on the premises.

Starting next year, California canines will be allowed to dine al fresco if they are wearing leashes or are relaxing in a carrier.

"??I wish everyonebone-app tit,??? quipped Democratic Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, the law's author. "Restaurateurs in California will see more businesses catering to their customers and the canine companions they love.?

The new law clarifies a section of the state??s health code that banned dogs from restaur

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Thursday February 19, 2015    10:31 AM
SAN DIEGO - A 90-year-old woman whose California chinchilla farm was purchased and shut down by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals with money from a Hollywood mogul has sued the group, claiming they falsely portrayed her as an abuser of animals.

Lawyers for Lurlie Adams, who sold Valley View Farms to PETA in August, later saying she wasn't aware the group was involved in the transaction until the deal closed, filed the libel and defamation lawsuit in San Diego Superior Court on Monday.

The purchase was financed by Sam Simon, co-creator of animated television comedy The Simpsons. The Sam Simon foundation was also named in the lawsuit.

"In the twilight of her life, Mrs. Adams

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Thursday February 19, 2015    10:29 AM
CARACAS - Venezuela praised its 'socialist revolution' for a culinary conquest on Saturday: Guinness World Records for the country's beloved Christmas dinner staples.

A cook-a-thon in capital Caracas landed Venezuela records for the biggest ham-filled bread, sugar cane juice infused with lemon, and 'hallaca,' a cornmeal dish wrapped in plantain leaves.

"Made in socialism, made in revolution," Food Minister Yvan Bello said in a flurry of celebratory tweets.

"The people are celebrating, Venezuela is a country of records, of achievements, thanks to the revolution!," he added, feting the 20-meter bread, 12,000-liter drink and 120-meter 'hallaca.'

The initiative comes as Venezuelans s

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Thursday February 19, 2015    10:27 AM
"The history of Massachusetts is the history of America," Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin said before the box was opened, adding the items were symbols of the "great hope" of the country's founders.

The corroded 10-pound (4.5-kg) brass box, removed from beneath the state house last month, was painstakingly dismantled and unpacked by custodians at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts in a gallery hung with oil portraits of both men.

Among the items in the box were two dozen coins including a 1652 Pine Tree Shilling struck by colonists in defiance of England, a bronze medal portraying George Washington, a silver plate made by Revere, and colonial records and newspapers.

Galvin sa

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Thursday February 19, 2015    10:25 AM
Jay and Kateri Schwandt's baby is due May 9, The Grand Rapids Press reported (http://bit.ly/1wLt00x ). Even though they expect it will be another boy, the couple said they would welcome either into the family.

"If we were to have a girl, I think we would go into shock," Kateri Schwandt said. "It would probably be disbelief."

If he had a choice, Jay Schwandt said he would love to have a girl, but they're just "hoping for a healthy baby." Still, he would like to see the effect of adding a girl to the mix in a household with 12 boys.

"I've experienced all the boy stuff," he said. "As long as we are having all these children, it would be really neat to experience the other side."

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