An interactive photo has been taken from the spire of the nearly completed 1 World Trade Center, offering stunning 360-degree views of the New York City metropolitan area that can be enlarged to bring up incredible detail.
Time magazine posted the image on its website Thursday.
Users can pan across the photo and zoom in tight on the cityscape without losing any clarity.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, facing what looks to be a tough reelection fight this year, opted at CPAC on Thursday to fight fire with firearms — toting a rifle onstage for his speech. The gun in question was a National Rifle Association lifetime achievement award he was presenting to his Senate GOP colleague Tom Coburn. The image of the five-term senator hoisting the rifle appeared to tout his conservative cred, as he fends off a tea partier's challenge for the nomination before heading into a high-profile race against Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes. (Grimes was unimpressed by McConnell's prop, tweeting
, "Someone tell @Team_Mitch that's not the way to hold a gun. KY women do it better.") But according to National Journal
, the gun hand-off received the only loud applause of McConnell's stint on stage. To much of the CPAC crowd, McConnell signified the GOP old guard, not the new conservatism.
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A pregnant South Carolina woman who drove a minivan carrying her three young children into the ocean surf off Florida had talked about demons before leaving the house, according to her sister who worriedly called police, officials said during a news conference Wednesday. After the call to dispatch Tuesday, Daytona Beach police officers stopped 31-year-old Ebony Wilkerson's black Honda Odyssey and she expressed fear that her husband would be coming to Florida to harm her and her children, said Police Chief Mike Chitwood. Two hours after the police stop, Wilkerson drove into the ocean. Bystanders and officers helped pull her and her children - ages 3, 9 and 10 - from their minivan as it was almost submerged.
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A "selfie" photo taken of a Danish fighter pilot at the exact moment he fired an air-to-air missile has gone viral. The F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot, Thomas Kristensen, has flown missions over Afghanistan and Libya. The photo of the Royal Danish Air Force pilot is actually a screen grab of a video from the plane’s cockpit, so it may not technically be classified a selfie, NBC News reported. Click through to see the larger image.
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President Barack Obama said Thursday that a move by the Crimean parliament to set a referendum within 10 days on whether to break away from Ukraine and formally come under Moscow rule would violate international law. "Any discussion about the future of Ukraine must include the legitimate government of Ukraine,” Obama said. “In 2014 we are well beyond the days when borders can be redrawn over the heads of democratic leaders." Earlier Thursday, the White House imposed visa restrictions and other sanctions on those “responsible for or complicit in threatening the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.” The U.S. has also suspended trade talks and military cooperation with Russia and held off on preparations for the G-8 summit set for Sochi in June over the crisis.
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Staples announced plans to close 225 U.S. stores by next year, citing nearly half of the office supply store's sales coming from the Internet. The move aims to save $500 million annually by 2015, The Associated Press reported. Staples has 1,500 locations in the U.S. Still, the company's profits more than doubled for the fourth quarter, compared with last year.
A long-running dispute involving the mother of a Southern California man who was killed as he crossed a street and an atheist rights group appears headed for a conclusion Thursday with the planned removal of a roadside cross she placed in his memory. The planned removal comes after an organization that promotes the rights of atheists and other nonreligious people called the cross on city-owned property a "serious constitutional violation" in a letter to city council of Lake Elsinore, a western Riverside County community
. Ann Marie Devaney placed the white cross on the side of Lake Street near a freeway exit ramp after her son was killed in May 2012. Anthony Devaney was struck and killed by a sport utility vehicle driver as he crossed the street near the 15 Freeway. Nearly two years later, she plans to remove the cross after a Lake Elsinore resident and the American Humanist Association pursued the symbol's removal with the city.
The artist behind the "normal" Barbie is one step closer to making the prototype a reality.
Nickolay Lamm announced on Wednesday a crowdfunding campaign to create Lammily, a plastic doll that embodies real human proportions.
Lamm's photos of the prototype went viral last summer and left fans wondering where to get a doll like it. The renderings featured a blonde Barbie lookalike that is shorter in stature and more in line with the proportions of an average 19-year-old American woman.
Two people who ate from a package of contaminated Skittles required hospital treatment for burning throats, cramping and diarrhea, Indiana authorities said Wednesday night. Investigators also don't yet know if the package of candy was tampered with, but Indiana State Police, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have joined the investigation, Health Department spokesman Amy Reel said. Denise Young, a spokeswoman for Chicago-based Skittles producer William Wrigley Jr. Co., said it learned of the issue Wednesday night and was investigating.
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And here we thought we'd never like another "Call Me Maybe" parody.
Forty percent of American Catholics say they pray more often than they did a year ago, according to a new poll that coincides with Pope Francis' one-year anniversary as pontiff this month. The poll also reported that one in four feels "more excited about their faith in the last year," and, "one in five say they have been reading the Bible or other religious materials more often," according to Greg Smith, the director of religion surveys for the Pew Research Center. But Smith said there was no increase the frequency of Catholic church attendance, going to confession or volunteering. Francis' main contributions were seen as spreading the faith, highlighting the plight of the poor and upholding traditional moral values.
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The mysterious Google barge seen floating in the San Francisco Bay has docked in a city sometimes hailed as the "asparagus capital of the world," making its new home in Stockton, Calif. "It's been a busy six months for our barge and it's grown tired of all the attention," a Google spokeswoman emailed NBC Bay Area. "So we are moving it to Stockton where it can have a break, enjoy the city's delicious asparagus and warmer climate, and get a bit of rest before its next chapter." The barge, which contains some sort of mysterious project in the works that Google has yet to unveil, landed at Stockton's Navy Rough and Ready Island, about 75 miles east of the Golden Gate Bridge, just about 10:30 a.m. on Thursday (PST). It's impossible to tell what's inside the four-story barge painted all in white, as the windows are taped up and security guards the entrances.
Crimea's parliament voted Thursday to break away from Ukraine and join Russia, and set a referendum within 10 days on the decision, Reuters reported. In the latest escalation of the battle over the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula, the Crimean parliament voted unanimously "to enter into the Russian Federation with the rights of a subject of the Russian Federation." Its vice premier said a referendum on the change would take place on March 16. The move to formally make Crimea under Moscow rule, which diplomats say could not have proceeded without Russian President Vladimir Putin's approval, raises tensions in what has become the most serious East-West confrontation since the end of the Cold War. Ukraine's prime minister Wednesday told The Associated Press that Crimea would remain part of Ukraine.
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Bring on the rocket cats! Fanciful illustrations from a circa-1530 manual on artillery and siege warfare seem to show jet packs strapped to the backs of cats and doves. Digitized by the University of Pennsylvania, the unusual, full-color illustrations recently caught the attention of an Australian book blog and then found their way to Penn researcher Mitch Fraas, who set out to unravel the mystery. He says the manual's German-language text advises military commanders to use cats and birds to deliver explosives to enemy territory. The idea was to capture a cat from an enemy castle or village, attach a bomb to its back and light the fuse. The cat was then supposed to run back home and start a fire. Fraas says there's no evidence the “harebrained scheme” was ever used.