From the daily archives: Tuesday, May 22, 2012
(via redOrbit)The explosive wildfires of October 2007 in Southern California killed several people, scorched hundreds of thousands of acres, and destroyed more than two thousand homes. Based on acres burned, two of the fires, the Witch and Harris Fires, climbed into the record books of the state’ 20 largest wildfires…

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(via The White House)

President Obama wrapped up the second and final day of the NATO Summit in Chicago on Tuesday. In the morning, he participated in a meeting with leaders from the 50 nations that make up the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan to discuss the next step in the transition of power there…

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(+video) (via The Christian Science Monitor)

By Pete Spotts, Staff writer posted May 22, 2012 at 9:23 am EDT SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, topped with the company’s Dragon spacecraft, is now three for three after a flawless launch in the predawn hours Tuesday morning. Coming after two previous successful test launches in 2010, Tuesday’s historic…

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(via AFP)

A mooted deal between the IAEA and Iran got a cool reception Tuesday on the eve of talks with world powers aimed at defusing the dangerously escalating crisis over Tehran’s nuclear programme. Yukiya Amano, International Atomic Energy Agency head, said on returning from Tehran that he and Iran’s chief…

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Syrian security forces carried out a spate of raids in Damascus on Tuesday after a deadly bombing hit the capital and UN chief Ban Ki-Moon warned the search for peace was at a “pivotal moment.” State television said the late Monday blast hit a restaurant in the Qaboon neighbourhood of the capital,…

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