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    A float depicting President Obama with his hat topped off by a man dressed as AlQaeda leader Osama bin Laden, entitled 'Barack-Adabra and the Great Circus of the Fleas' is shown at the traditional carnival parade in Viareggio, Italy, Sunday.

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  • Tucson photos released of Gabrielle Giffords shooting

    Tucson photos released: More than 600 police photos were released Tuesday of the 2011 Tucson shooting that wounded 19 people and killed six others.

  • Antarctic ice tells conflicting story about climate change's role in big melt

    Two different areas of Antarctica tell two very different stories about how climate change might be affecting ice melt. The data appear to confirm that climate change impacts can be very local.

  • USA Update Package for Sheriff Joe Arpaio posed a serious threat, authorities say

    A postal carrier collected the suspicious package, which was addressed to Sheriff Joe Arpaio, on Thursday evening. The FBI and other agencies are investigating the case.

  • How is winter storm affecting holiday travel? (+video)

    The storm has already dumped up to eight inches of snow in Nebraska, Iowa, and Wisconsin. Every region receiving snow this week is expected to have a white Christmas.

  • US Border Patrol agents targeted in Arizona (+video)

    Two Border Patrol agents were shot on Tuesday at a station in Naco, Arizona. One of the agents was killed and the other injured. Officials say the crime scene investigation could take several days. 

  • Colorado wildfire takes its first fatality (+videos)

    The Colorado fire has killed one woman, and destroyed at least 118 structures near Fort Collins. Colorado lawmakers are calling for more federal help to fight the uncontained wildfire.

  • Raging wildfires: Climate changes to blame for record season?

    Raging wildfires: Climate changes to blame for record season?

    Many scientists suggest that climate changes could be causing certain kinds of wildfires for which the West's forests are not well adapted. This year could help researchers better understand and fight the trend.

  • Photos of the Day Photos of the Day 0220

    A float depicting President Obama with his hat topped off by a man dressed as AlQaeda leader Osama bin Laden, entitled 'Barack-Adabra and the Great Circus of the Fleas' is shown at the traditional carnival parade in Viareggio, Italy, Sunday.

  • Dark Sky movement: British Isle Named Skywatching Paradise

    Dark Sky movement: British Isle Named Skywatching Paradise

    The International Dark-Sky Association recognized Sark Island, which is about 80 miles off the south coast of England, for the quality of its night sky. Sark thus becomes the latest in a select group of dark sky places around the world, and the first island.

  • What's new with Titan? Five intriguing findings about Saturn's moon

    What's new with Titan? Five intriguing findings about Saturn's moon

    Like many a robotic planetary mission, you've gotta love the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn – a joint effort between NASA and the European Space Agency. It launched in 1997 and for the past six years (yes, it took some time to get there), Cassini has been the gift that keeps on giving. Saturn's largest moon, Titan, continues to be one of Cassini's most intriguing targets. It's the only planetary satellite with a thick atmosphere – a hydrocarbon haze that makes a smoggy day in Los Angeles look crystal clear by comparison. And although it's a cold moon, with lakes of liquid methane, Titan has many of the compounds that on Earth were the building blocks for organic life. It's high on the list of "let's go back" destinations among astrobiologists. So far, Cassdini has performed 73 flybys of Titan, including eight this year. Here are some of this year's eye-popping discoveries associated with Cassini's observations of Titan.