Biologists believe a bald eagle that was a star of a popular Virginia eagle-watching webcam was killed Tuesday morning, struck by an airplane that was landing at Norfolk International Airport.
A U.S. Airways jet’s landing gear struck and killed a bald eagle as the plane was trying to land, airport official Robert Bowen said. One of the plane's fairings was damaged, but none of the 21 people aboard was hurt.
The eagle, biologists believe, was part of a nesting pair that has been at the nearby Norfolk Botanical Garden since 2003, and was the mother of three chicks that are featured on the garden’s Eagle Cam.
"We are fairly certain that this is the Norfolk Botanical Garden female eagle due to her physical characteristics, size and the fact that she has not been seen at the nest since the strike," said Stephen Living, biologist with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, and Reese Lukei of the Center for Conservation Biology, said in a written statement Tuesday.
Thousands of bird strikes are reported to the Federal Aviation Administration annually, and even strikes involving the formerly endangered bald eagle aren't unheard of. A different eagle was struck at the Norfolk airport two weeks ago, Bowen said. And 136 bald eagles were reported struck at U.S. airports from 1990 though March 2011, though that might be an undercount because the reports are voluntary and because it's not always clear what kind of bird was struck, according to the FAA Wildlife Strike Database.
Authorities in Ecuador closed schools and evacuated residents in areas near the Tungurahua Volcano on Tuesday after the volcano spewed ashes that fell on homes and farms, state media reported.
Ashes from Tungurahua rose more than 7 kilometers (4 miles) into the air Tuesday, the government news agency said. The glacier-capped, 16,478-foot (5,023-meter) volcano has erupted periodically since 1999.
The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for Memphis,
Tennessee, until 7:15 pm CDT. Forecasters were tracking a very large
rain-wrapped tornado near West Memphis, or near Marion, Tennessee,
moving east at 20 mph.
U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has worked hard in her rehabilitation to ensure she could see her husband command the final launch of space shuttle Endeavour, he said at Florida’s Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday.
Astronaut Mark Kelly and Endeavour’s five other crew members arrived at the center’s shuttle landing facility on Wednesday afternoon in T-38 training jets, two days ahead of the shuttle's launch. Giffords, his wife, has been recovering from a January gunshot to the brain but was cleared by doctors to attend Friday's liftoff.
Flanked by his crew upon arrival Wednesday, Kelly said he was looking forward to Giffords "getting here pretty soon."
"It's something she's been looking forward to for a long time," Kelly said. "She's been working really hard to make sure that her doctors would permit her to come, and she's more than medically ready to be here, and she's excited about making this trip."
Comment of the day: "At the end of the day this should show us what those who oppose gay marriage really are concerned about: writing discrimination into the law. They are not concerned about marriage at all. They are simply trying to write laws that allow them to discriminate against a specific segment of society. End of story." –10001NYC
Earlier this month, former Judge Vaughan Walker, who blocked enforcement of Proposition 8, confirmed his involvement in a long-term, same-sex relationship. Now, supporters of Proposition 8 are asking that the judge's injunction barring the measure's enforcement be thrown out because they believe he should have disclosed the information before his ruling.
Most CNN.com readers said those who want the injunction thrown out are bigoted, hypocritical and short-sighted.
Artlicious "If their real intent was to 'protect marriage,' they should argue that a straight married judge be disqualified since he would conceivably have an interest in protecting his own marriage. The argument is simply ridiculous on its face." JamesGP said, "A heterosexual judge is then presumed to be biased against the case, and therefore should also recuse themselves. According to this logic we need an asexual hermaphrodite to decide this case." CenterLeft1 said, "Well, that means an Evangelical Christian can't rule on say, school prayer. Conflict of interest...fair is fair." animaguskatt said, "Wow, so only straight people get to decide the fate of gays?"
But some readers agreed with those who support the request:
bobbynakka said, "There is a clear conflict of interest here and if you don't see it then you lack common sense."briancmyers said, "There's significant risk of bias so the ruling should be tossed." nyma11 said, "I perfectly understand, A judge gave himself the right to marry. He created a law for his own self-serving purposes."
leelanau said, “Does this mean a white judge can’t rule on a case involving a white defendant? No.....it means that an activist judge made a ridiculous, over-reaching activist ruling not based in the law or constitutionality. Why can't the proponents of gay marriage accept the fact that the people have spoken?"
But greysky67 said simply, "The government needs to get out of the marriage business."
The Internet was humming Tuesday with a report that the world’s last typewriter manufacturer is closing shop and has 500 machines left, according to the Business Standard of India.
“We stopped production in 2009 and were the last company in the world to manufacture office typewriters,” said Milind Dukle, general manager-operations of Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Co., according to the Business Standard. “The machines are of Godrej Prima, the last typewriter brand from our company. ...”
But Edward Michael, sales general manager at Swintec, a New Jersey-based typewriter company, said not so fast. He said when he read the report on the typewriters' demise, he initially thought it was a typo.
"We are a typewriter company, and we are alive and doing very well," Michael said in a telephone interview Tuesday with CNN.
Before the Internet age, the typewriter ruled. But when the seeds of the tech boom started to germinate, the typewriters' use as a business communication tool quickly faded.
Michael said he couldn't recall exact sales figures but his company, which started in 1978, sold "in the thousands" to private dealers, prisons and government offices.
Michael said if you want the latest in business communication, sans the Internet, there's an "app" for that.
“Some (typewriters) have memory, some don’t," he said. "Even spell check. You can save the document in the machine’s memory, call it up at a later time. It doesn’t go on the Internet, but it saves inside the typewriter itself. It has a ribbon, it has a print wheel. You can change the character style (50 variations) by changing the wheels. There’s many applications that are easier than a computer."
Michael said many government agencies actually prefer the typewriter for official documents. He cited marriage licenses and birth and death certificates.
We think there's more electric and manual typewriter manufacturers out there. Know of any?
The upcoming nuptials of Will and Kate have created a frenzy for kitschy wedding memorabilia. From a Lego replica of the wedding to the quickest way to bust the bank on mementos, you've gotta watch all the hoopla surrounding royal wedding keepsakes.
Inside the royal wedding – It may be your best chance to get an up-close look at Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding. Check out this Lego replication of their ceremony.
Microbial life can grow in gravity more than 400,000 times that of Earth, according to a new study detailed in National Geographic.
Biologist Shigeru Deguchi led a team that tested five species of bacteria by subjecting them to intense gravity conditions, called "hypergravity." The species continued to multiply despite being spun in a machine that replicated pressure 400,000 times that of Earth's gravity.
Shigeru, in an e-mail to CNN Tuesday, said the findings suggest that there might be life forms - microbial in size - that could withstand even more weight.
"We tested only five microbes in this study. Because the list of microbes is very short, we anticipate that further accumulation of experimental data on various microorganisms may result in discoveries of previously undescribed species that expand the range of habitable gravities even more," he said.
The former U.S. Solicitor General during the George W. Bush administration has resigned from his post at the Atlanta-based law firm of King and Spalding. According to NPR, Clement resigned as a partner at the firm after King and Spalding decided not to represent the House Republicans in their legal effort to support the Defense of Marriage Act. Earlier this year, the Obama administration announced that it would not defend the constitutionality of the law, which speaks against gay marriage. On Monday the law firm withdrew from the case and Clement resigned. "I resign out of the firm belief" that a lawyer should not abandon his client "because the client's legal position is extremely unpopular in certain quarters," Clement said in a statement.
The Rutgers football player who was paralyzed in an October 2010 game at Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey gave his first interview yesterday to journalists, insisting that he will some day walk again. LeGrand, a 20-year-old 6-2, 275-pound junior, broke his C3 and C4 vertebrae during a play against Army. While he uses a power chair that he guides with his mouth, LeGrand said that he's regained sensation in his body and can move his shoulder slightly. He lives with his mother in New Jersey, does therapy three times weekly and takes two classes via Skype. His sunny attitude is what contributes to his success, his mother told the New York Daily News. "He knows, 'Maybe playing football is something I'm not supposed to do,' " she said. "'I'm supposed to do something bigger than that.'"
The Japanese figure skater will defend her 2010 world championship title Tuesday in Moscow, rather than in Japan as originally scheduled. The 2011 World Figure Skating Championships were slated to begin March 21st in Tokyo, but Japan's earthquake on March 11 forced the International Skating Union to delay and relocate the competition. The Japanese athletes and coaches all wear stickers on their jackets that read "Rebirth Japan. We are always with you." Joining Asada will be Takahiko Kuzuka, Japan country's men's champion. He leads the men's competition going into Wednesday's short program by nearly 30 points.
The U.S. Olympic Track Gold Medalist announced earlier this month that he would seek a seat in the New Jersey State Senate. In today's Philadelphia Inquirer, Lewis said that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie tried to dissuade Lewis from running hours before the announcement. The conversation with the governor came after several days of talks with Christie's staff, Lewis said. Staff members threatened that if Lewis decided to run, an athletic program he wanted to start would be scuttled. Christie's office is downplaying the accusations as a "silly" misinterpretation.
U.N. panel may look into Syria allegations – The U.N. Security Council could take up the issue of alleged human rights abuses in Syria on Tuesday, a day after witnesses said thousands of troops invaded the heart of the country's recent protests and carried out a bloody crackdown.
A U.N. diplomat said a draft Security Council statement sponsored by France, Portugal and the United Kingdom condemned the violence and called for restraint. It also supported U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's call for an independent investigation on the matter.
A final statement could be agreed upon by Tuesday, the diplomat said.
Donald Trump may be getting the lion's share of attention over speculation he may run for president, but today, Texas Rep. Ron Paul gets the spotlight. Watch CNN.com Live for coverage of Paul's announcement of a presidential exploratory committee.
12:30 pm ET - White House briefing - The situations in Libya and Syria will likely top the agenda at today's briefing with the White House press corps.
4:45 pm ET - Rep. Ron Paul announcement – Republican Texas Rep. Ron Paul will announce the formation of a presidential exploratory committee at an event in Des Moines, Iowa.
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