The CNN Daily Mash-up is a roundup of some of the most interesting, surprising, curious, poignant or significant items to appear on CNN.com in the past 24 hours. We top it with a collection of the day's most striking photographs from around the world.
Space scientist Jill Tarter is retiring. Tarter, 68, has spent more than 30 years leading the search for intelligent life with the SETI Institute, a nonprofit devoted to the subject of extraterrestrial life. She talked about the challenge in her early career of being a woman in a male-dominated field and noted that many of her female colleagues had lost their fathers at an early age.
They were the center of our universe. They were what encouraged us, and we lost them. And in that very sad process, we learned a difficult lesson that most people, and in particular women, don't learn until later in life, and that's this whole carpe diem – seize the opportunity.
For transit to a relatively low orbiting space station, it sounds good. For deeper missions to planets, it probably would be too small and wings would just add to the craft's weight. Perhaps with a more advanced propulsion system, i.e. ion or similar drive, launched from a zero gravity base it might make landing back on Earth easier and allow the craft to be recycled.
Sometimes you have a good day, and sometimes you fall in a hole and get your head stuck in a soda can.
A black bear was spotted near the Manchester, New Hampshire, City Hall and eventually climbed a downtown tree, CNN affiliate WHDH reports. Meanwhile, CNN affiliate KCRA reports that a pair of apparently orphaned bear cubs in Sacramento, California, are now in good hands and will be cared for until they're ready to return to the wild.
James Taylor sang about having seen fire and rain; he should be a CNN iReporter. Our sharp-eyed amateur newshounds have been snapping photos and shooting video of flash flooding in Florida and forest fires in Colorado (and even in India) all weekend. Great work, people! But no video or image is worth risking your life - so put safety first please.
That hypnotic, robotic female voice warms up the crowd at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, California.
A special election will be held in Arizona to complete the term of wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who retired to focus on recovering from the gunshot wound to the head she received in January 2011. Giffords' former aide, Democrat Ron Barber, who was wounded in the same shooting, is running to replace her. His Republican opponent is Jesse Kelly, a former Marine who served in Iraq and lost to Giffords in 2010.
June 12 anniversaries
1963 - Civil rights leader Medgar Evers is killed in Jackson, Mississippi, by Byron De La Beckwith.
1987 - President Ronald Reagan publicly challenges Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall.
1991 - Boris Yeltsin wins the Russian presidential election.
1994 - Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman are murdered outside her home in Los Angeles. O. J. Simpson is later arrested, then acquitted of the killings.
June 12 birthdays