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Atlanta News, Weather, Traffic, and Sports | FOX 5 NASA rover Curiosity lands … – MyFox Atlanta

By ALICIA CHANG AP Science Writer PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - In a show of technological wizardry, the robotic explorer Curiosity blazed through the pink skies of Mars, steering itself to a gentle landing inside a giant crater for the most ambitious dig yet into the red planet's past. A chorus of cheers and applause echoed through the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory on Sunday night after the most high-tech interplanetary rover ever built signaled it had survived a harrowing plunge through the thin Mars atmosphere. "Touchdown confirmed," said engineer Allen Chen. "We're safe on Mars." Minutes after the landing signal reached Earth at 10:32 p.m. PDT,...

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Atlanta News, Weather, Traffic, and Sports | FOX 5 Pistorius debuts in … – MyFox Atlanta

By JAY COHEN AP Sports Writer LONDON (AP) - Five things to know about Saturday, Day 8 of the London Olympics: -Phelps in medley relay for final Olympic race. -Pistorius makes 400 semis; Bolt, Blake advance in 100 meters. -Tested: U.S. men pushed in hoops win over Lithuania. -Serena dominates Sharapova in Olympic tennis final. -Small protest greets Syrian equestrian rider. ___ One more time. A relay the U.S. men have never lost. The stage is set for quite the finale to Michael Phelps' swimming career. Phelps will swim the butterfly leg of the 4x100 medley relay Saturday night in his final race of the London Olympics. He is planning to...

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Atlanta News, Weather, Traffic, and Sports | FOX 5 Chinese badminton player … – MyFox Atlanta

LONDON (AP) - A Chinese badminton star is apparently quitting the sport after she was one of eight players disqualified from the doubles tournament at the London Olympics for trying to lose. A comment on a verified account for Yu Yang on the Tencent microblogging service late Wednesday read: "This is my last game. Farewell Badminton World Federation. Farewell my dear badminton." Yu's retirement could not be immediately confirmed with Chinese badminton officials. In China, the lives of top athletes are closely controlled by sports officials, including decisions on retirement. Yu and Wang Xiaoli were one of four doubles teams which appeared to...

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Atlanta News, Weather, Traffic, and Sports | FOX 5 Zara adds to family silver … – MyFox Atlanta

By NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press LONDON (AP) - The queen's granddaughter Zara Phillips added to the family silver on Tuesday, helping team Britain to a second-place finish behind Germany in Olympic equestrian eventing. Putting shine on the moment: Her mother, Princess Anne, presented the medal. It was a very royal family affair Tuesday at Greenwich Park, London's oldest royal park and the home of equestrian events for the 2012 Olympics. Princes William and Harry and William's wife Kate were in the stands to cheer on their cousin as she competed in the final show jumping portion of the three-stage eventing competition, coming out...

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Twitter blamed systems failures – not a crush of traffic around the Olympic games

By CASSANDRA VINOGRAD and RAPHAEL SATTER The Associated Press LONDON (AP) - Twitter blamed systems failures - not a crush of traffic around the Olympic games - for an outage on Thursday that saw people around the world experience problems accessing the micro blogging site for more than an hour. The San Francisco-based company said the outage was caused by a "noteworthy" double failure in its data centers. When one system fails, a parallel one is meant to take over, but two systems coincidentally stopped working at around the same time, Twitter said. "I wish I could say that today's outage could be explained...

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LONDON (AP) - Around the 2012 Olympics and its host city with journalists from The Associated Press bringing the flavor and details of the games to you: ___ THE QUEEN WILL BE GETTING HIGH Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is about to scale new heights. Royal officials say the queen will whiz to the top of London's Orbit tower during a visit to the Olympic Park on Saturday. The queen and her husband, Prince Philip, will take in the panoramic views from atop the 115-meter (380-foot) landmark. The tower - a ruby red mass of twisting steel that some have likened to a crushed rollercoaster -...

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No death penalty. More like slow death

By RALPH D. RUSSO and TOM COYNE Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - No death penalty. More like slow death. Wiped out in the record book. Wiped out in the wallet. Wiped out in the ability to recruit, and keep what it already has. Penn State got slammed by the NCAA on Monday in every way. The governing body of college sports took away 14 years of coach Joe Paterno's victories and imposed a mountain of fines and penalties, crippling a program whose pedophile assistant coach spent years molesting children, sometimes on school property. The sanctions imposed by the NCAA on Monday also include fines of $...

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Atlanta News, Weather, Traffic, and Sports | FOX 5 Authorities: Suspect bought … – MyFox Atlanta

By IVAN MORENO Associated Press AURORA, Colo. (AP) - The four weapons recovered in a mass shooting at a movie theater were purchased by the suspect from retail gun stores in Colorado in the last two months, authorities said Friday. Police in Aurora, a suburb of Denver, said nearly 7,000 rounds and multiple magazines for those weapons also were purchased online. The suspect, James Holmes, is in police custody. "My understanding is that all the weapons that he possessed, he possessed legally. And all the clips that he possessed, he possessed legally. And all the ammunition that he possessed, he possessed legally," police chief...

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Roddick advances to Atlanta quarterfinal – FOXSports.com

Updated Jul 19, 2012 1:55 AM ET ATLANTA (AP) Andy Roddick was hoping Nicolas Mahut would be the first to flinch in a first-set tiebreaker. It didn't take long for Roddick to get his wish. ''He missed a pretty easy to ball in the tiebreaker to make it 3-all,'' Roddick said. ''From there, I played pretty solid.'' Roddick beat the Frenchman 7-6 (4), 6-3 in the second round of the Atlanta Open on Wednesday night after rain delayed the tournament 4 1/2 hours. Roddick, who will play Michael Russell in the quarterfinals, broke Mahut in the ninth point of the tiebreaker and held serve to take a...

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Atlanta News, Weather, Traffic, and Sports | FOX 5 Police: Ala. bar shooter … – MyFox Atlanta

Police say a gunman who fired into a crowded bar was targeting someone, and authorities are looking into whether the rampage was connected to an earlier shooting. Tuscaloosa Police Chief Steve Anderson said at least 11 people were hit by gunfire at the bar near the University of Alabama campus. One person was also wounded in the earlier shooting at a home a couple of miles away. That shooting occurred about 45 minutes before the 12:30 p.m. shooting at the Copper Top bar. Police are looking for the gunman. They say he used a military-style assault weapon to unload two bursts of gunfire...

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