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Supply ship departs space station after five weeks PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer   
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 07:54

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The International Space Station has one less capsule and a lot less trash.

A commercial cargo ship ended its five-week visit Tuesday morning. NASA astronaut Michael Hopkins used the space station's big robot arm to release the capsule, called Cygnus.

Cygnus is filled with garbage and will burn up when it plunges through the atmosphere Wednesday.

Orbital Sciences Corp. launched the capsule last month from Virginia under a $1.9 billion contract with NASA. The Cygnus delivered 3,000 pounds of goods, including belated Christmas gifts for the six-man crew and hundreds of ants for a student experiment.

The ants are still aboard the space station. They'll return to Earth aboard another company's supply ship, the SpaceX Dragon.

NASA is paying Orbital Sciences and SpaceX to keep the space station stocked.


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Cabela's co-founder Richard Cabela dies at 77 PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by JOSH FUNK, AP Business Writer   
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 07:38

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Richard Cabela, a co-founder of outdoor outfitter Cabela's, died Monday. He was 77.

Cabela, who went by Dick, died at his home in Sidney, where the company is based, said spokesman Joe Arterburn.

The company that sells outdoor gear and sporting goods got its start humbly in 1961 when Cabela bought $45 of fishing flies in Chicago. When the flies didn't sell quickly at the family's furniture store in Chappell, Neb., Cabela started selling them through the mail with his wife, Mary, and brother, Jim.

Dick Cabela's first successful ad in Sports Afield magazine offered five free fishing flies as long as the buyer paid 25 cents shipping and handling. That led to the development of the Cabela's catalog. Today, the company has 50 retail stores across the U.S. and Canada. Last year, it had $3.6 billion in revenue.

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British inflation below target for first time in 4 years PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 07:50

LONDON (AP) — Britain's inflation rate slipped in January below the official 2 percent target for the first time since 2009, making it less likely that the Bank of England will move soon to raise interest rates.

Official figures on Tuesday showed consumer prices were up 1.9 percent in the year to January, down from the 2 percent rate in December. The drop was due to retailers slashing prices on furniture, alcohol and tobacco.

Chris Williamson, the chief economist of Markit, described the combination of falling inflation and strong economic growth as a "Goldilocks" scenario. The Bank of England's policymakers will be able "to keep their foot on the accelerator for longer via lower interest rates to help drive a strong and more sustainable recovery."

Until recently the bank had been indicating that its key interest rate would remain at the record low of 0.5 percent until joblessness fell to a more tolerable level. Once that unemployment threshold neared, Mark Carney, the bank's governor, decided to update the so-called forward guidance to broaden the range of indicators that would be considered before rates are raised.

The low inflation number will give the bank even more freedom to let the economy strengthen before deciding to act on rates.


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Florida artist smashes $1M vase in Miami museum PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by CURT ANDERSON, AP Legal Affairs Writer   
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 07:36

MIAMI (AP) — A South Florida artist is facing a criminal charge after police say he smashed a $1 million vase at Miami's new art museum to protest what he called its favoritism for international rather than local art.

Maximo Caminero, 51, was charged with criminal mischief after Sunday's incident at the Perez Art Museum Miami. According to a Miami Police Department arrest affidavit, a security guard told officers that Caminero picked up a colored vase by Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei. When told to put it down, the security guard said, Caminero smashed it on the floor.

Caminero told officers he broke the vase to protest the museum's lack of local artist displays and because "the museum only displayed international artists' art," according to the affidavit.

Caminero, a painter who lives in Miami, declined comment when reached by telephone Monday. He said he will have an afternoon news conference Tuesday.

"I'm going to answer all the questions," he said.

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