SPACEX ROCKET LEG BREAKS
SpaceX says its Falcon 9 rocket toppled over upon landing on a floating ocean barge because one of its support legs didn’t lock as planned.
The California company hopes to reduce launch costs by reusing rockets rather than having them fall into the ocean.
U.S. embassy says Americans missing in Iraq
B baghdad» The U.S. Embassy confirmed Sunday that “several” Americans have gone missing in Iraq, after local media reported that three Americans had been kidnapped in the Iraqi capital.
U.S. Embassy spokesman Scott Bolz said, “We are working in full cooperation with Iraqi authorities to locate the missing Americans.”
Bolz did not identify the missing Americans or say what they were doing in Iraq.
State Department spokesman John Kirby said, “The safety and security of Americans abroad is our highest priority.”
No new bird flu infections reported B
huntingburg, ind.» No additional turkey farms in a southern Indiana county have tested positive for bird flu since an outbreak at 10 farms, where nearly 250,000 turkeys will be killed as a result, authorities said Sunday.
That 100 farms tested over 24 hours came back negative was a sign that control measures appear to be working, said Denise Derrer, spokeswoman for the Indiana State Board of Animal Health.
She called the current bird flu outbreak one of the worst to ever strike Indiana, adding it could take several weeks before it is known for sure that it has been contained. The infections were reported Friday and Saturday.
Baby born in Hawaii first with Zika virus B
honolulu» Health officials say a baby born in a Hawaii hospital is the first in the United States born with Zika virus.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Sunday it’s also the first infant born in the country with microcephaly associated with Zika virus. It’s a birth defect where a baby’s head is smaller than expected. Babies with the condition often have smaller brains that might not have developed properly.
The mother likely had the mosquito-borne virus while living in Brazil and her newborn acquired the infection in the womb.
Neither the baby nor the mother is infectious.
Search for missing Marines continues B
honolulu» The ongoing search for 12 Marines who are missing after two helicopters crashed off Hawaii entered the third day with no plans Sunday morning to call off or suspend the massive effort, the Coast Guard said.
Rescuers have been
People walk along a street covered with snow as they head to a subway station in Tokyo on Sunday. Tokyo had its first snow of the season amid cold temperatures, with snowfall reaching six centimeters (2.4 inches) in downtown areas. Kazuhiro Nogi, Getty Images