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To the people of Chelyabinsk, we would like to offer our heartfelt sympathy and wish all injured a swift recovery.

"As of late afternoon local time, the Interior Ministry said about 1,000 people had been hurt, though the vast majority of injuries are not thought to be serious.

Find out more at CNN.

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NASA's Orion spacecraft, which could one day send astronauts to Mars, is stuck on terra firma for at least another day after the space agency's mission control was unable to satisfactorily resolve a number of issues before a 9:45 a.m. ET launch window closed.

The unmanned vehicle is awaiting its first test in Earth orbit. But after multiple delays for high winds and a stuck liquid-oxygen drain valve on one or more of the Delta IV Heavy rocket's booster engines, NASA didn't have time to get the rocket off the pad. It will try again Friday morning.
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Quentin Wright, a Georgia middle school teacher has been arrested after a parent found text messages between him and her son. The messages coordinated times with the student when Wright would be out of the classroom so the student could meet up with a girl and even indicated that he did not have condoms to give them. Wright is now facing four charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and has been fired from his teaching job.

mars has a strange spot on it
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The vast plume was initially spotted by amateur astronomers in 2012, and appeared twice before vanishing.

Scientists have now analysed the images and say that say the formation, stretching for more than 1,000km, is larger than any seen before.

Writing in the journal Nature, the researchers believe the plume could be a large cloud or an exceptionally bright aurora.

However, they are unsure how these could have formed in the thin upper reaches of the Martian atmosphere.

"It raises more questions than answers," said Antonio Garcia Munoz, a planetary scientist from the European Space Agency.

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A student at Kennesaw State University in Georgia posted this video on his Twitter account after being accused of harassment by an academic advisor for waiting for a meeting with a different advisor in the lobby. According to CBC News that advisor has been placed on leave following the incident. Comments and responses to the twitter post indicate that this may not be an isolated problem and that the department has a history of being inattentive to students requesting help.

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The Milky Way is teeming with billions of planets, including many that are similar to our own. But how many of these alien worlds have water, and do any host extraterrestrial life?

No answers to those questions just yet. But astronomers using a new infrared technique say they've discovered water vapor in the atmosphere of a nearby gas giant planet called "tau Boötis b."

The finding suggests that the technique may play an important role in identifying which exoplanets might be hospitable for life.