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Like a groggy traveler after a long, cold night, the European Space Agency's comet-chasing Rosetta spacecraft woke up, warmed up and took stock of its surroundings early Monday as it prepared to phone home before setting off on the final leg of its journey.
At least, that's the hope of ESA controllers, who won't know exactly what happened in the dark reaches of our solar system until the spacecraft manages to shake off its 31 months of sleep, turn its antennas toward Earth and send a brief message that will take 45 minutes to arrive. The message isn't expected to arrive at the ESA's Darmstadt, Germany, operations center until at least 6:30 p.m. (12:30 p.m. ET).
That's about 5½ hours after the spacecraft's internal alarm was set to go off.
The spacecraft, launched in 2004, is some 497,000 miles (800,000 kilometers) from Earth, ESA says.FULL STORY
Former basketball star Dennis Rodman has checked into an alcohol-rehabilitation center after facing backlash for his visit to North Korea.
"Dennis Rodman came back from North Korea in pretty rough shape emotionally. The pressure that was put on him to be a combination 'super human' political figure and 'fixer' got the better of him," his agent, Darren Prince, said Sunday in a written statement. "He is embarrassed, saddened and remorseful for the anger and hurt his words have caused."
Prince said Rodman is at a facility in New Jersey, one with a "28- or 30-day" program. He said Rodman drank heavily in North Korea during a recent tumultuous trip to the secretive state to play a basketball game with some former NBA stars against national team players from the regime.FULL STORY
A video surfaces threatening the Winter Olympics. Russia's President vows the Games will be safe. Some U.S. lawmakers warn that they won't be.
One thing was clear as debate over the situation surged on Sunday: Security is a top concern, less than three weeks away from the competition.
"It's a very serious fear," Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, told CNN's State of the Union Sunday.
A video that highlighted the security situation has surfaced online. In the video, posted on a well-known Jihadi forum website, two young men believed to have been suicide bombers in last month's back-to-back bombings in the Russian city of Volgograd speak of those attacks and make an ominous promise.FULL STORY
New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno on Monday called allegations that she issued an ultimatum to Hoboken's mayor to support a redevelopment plan backed by Gov. Chris Christie or lose Hurricane Sandy recovery aid "false" and "illogical."
"Mayor (Dawn) Zimmer's version of our conversation in May of 2013 is not only false but is illogical and does not withstand scrutiny when all of the facts are examined. Any suggestion that Sandy funds were tied to the approval of any project in New Jersey is completely false," Guadagno said at a Martin Luther King Jr. holiday service project in Union Beach, New Jersey.
Guadagno's denial flies in the face of allegations by Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, who said Sunday that Guadagno told her to support a redevelopment project backed by Christie or lose Sandy recovery funds for her city.FULL STORY
Car bombs rocked a number of predominantly Shiite Muslim neighborhoods of Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 13 people and wounding 53 others, police officials told CNN.
The violence adds to the particularly bloody fighting and political instability that Iraq and its capital, Baghdad, has seen in recent months.
Six car bombs detonated Monday in five neighborhoods across Baghdad within a period of about two hours, police said.FULL STORY
Kenneth Bae, a U.S. citizen being held in North Korea, made a statement Monday saying he had committed a "serious crime" against North Korea, which does "not abuse human rights," according to China's state-run news agency Xinhua, which has a presence in Pyongyang.
He urged the United States to cooperate with North Korea to secure his release, Xinhua said.
Any statement made by Bae in captivity would be sanctioned by the North Korean government, whose widespread human rights abuses are known to the world.FULL STORY
New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno is expected to "categorically deny" allegations Monday that she gave Hoboken's Mayor an ultimatum to support a redevelopment plan backed by Gov. Chris Christie in order to receive Hurricane Sandy recovery aid, a source said.
Guadagno's remarks will be the first time a senior Christie official has addressed the charges Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer first made Saturday on MSNBC.
Zimmer went even further Sunday, implicating Christie directly in an interview on CNN.FULL STORY
Hiroo Onoda, a Japanese soldier who refused to stop fighting World War II until the 1970s, has died in Tokyo at the age of 91.
During the war, Onoda was sent to the small island of Lubang in the western Philippines to spy on U.S. forces in the area.
He ended up remaining there, eking out a life in the jungle, until 1974, nearly three decades after Japan surrendered.FULL STORY
Under pressure by last year's classified leaks of U.S. surveillance, President Barack Obama on Friday unveiled new guidance for intelligence-gathering and reforms intended to balance what he called the nation's vital security needs with concerns over privacy and civil liberties.
In a speech at the Justice Department, Obama sought to defend the need for the government to gather intelligence while responding to protests raised at home and abroad over programs revealed in the leaks by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.
Obama outlined a series of steps - some immediate and some requiring time to work out, possibly with Congress - that would change some aspects of NSA collection of phone records and other information but generally leave intact the core and function of existing programs.FULL STORY
A gunman killed two women inside an Indiana grocery store Wednesday night before police rushed to the scene and gunned him down.
The tragic scene played out in a sprawling grocery store in Elkhart, Indiana.
Officers were called to the scene just after 10 p.m. and found an armed man in the store, according to Indiana State Police Trooper Brooks Shirk. The man also fired at officers.FULL STORY
New Mexico's Berrendo Middle School reopens today, even though, many who return have no idea why a preteen brought a shotgun to the school and randomly shot at them.
And teachers have the daunting task Thursday of helping youngsters make sense of a shooting they themselves may not understand.
"Our teachers tomorrow have a very, very difficult and stressful day coming," Roswell Superintendent Tom Burris said at a news conference Wednesday. "Tomorrow they will all be counselors. Every staff member is in there working to prepare the kids for tomorrow."FULL STORY
Teenager Ye Meng Yuan didn't die from a plane crash at San Francisco International Airport last July. She actually survived the impact - only to die shortly later after a fire truck ran over her.
Now, newly released video obtained by CBS suggests emergency workers saw Ye's injured body on the ground before she was fatally struck - challenging earlier claims that she was accidentally run over because she may have been covered in firefighting foam.
In the footage, one firefighter tried to stop an emergency vehicle racing toward the scene.
"Whoa, whoa, whoa! Stop, stop, stop! There's a body ... there's a body right there. Right in front of you," the firefighter told the driver.FULL STORY
The body of a Navy pilot missing since his helicopter crashed off Virginia's southern coast has been found.
Divers searching the wreckage of the MH-53E Sea Dragon recovered the body of Lt. Sean Christopher Snyder, 39, in the chopper's cockpit Tuesday, the Navy said.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned aside Arizona's appeal to reinstate its law banning most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
A federal appeals court last year said the restrictions were unconstitutional.
The high court's refusal without comment to intervene now means the provisions passed in 2012 cannot be enforced.FULL STORY
Dennis Rodman is apologizing. Again.
Last week, he said he was sorry about his bizarre, drunken outburst on CNN about an American citizen held prisoner in North Korea.
Now, Rodman says he's sorry about what's going on inside North Korea, a nation renowned for its human rights abuses.
But the eccentric former NBA star known as "The Worm" isn't contrite about his latest puzzling visit to the secretive state.FULL STORY
It's so close they can almost taste it.
Four days after water restrictions were imposed in southwest West Virginia following a chemical spill, officials on Monday will begin to issue "zones" where residents can again use tap water.
The zones will be announced after an 8 a.m. ET meeting of an interagency water quality team, according to Linda Jordan with the West Virginia American Water Co. When the restrictions will be lifted wasn't immediately clear.
"I believe that we're at a point where we can say that we see light at the end of the tunnel," West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin told reporters Sunday. "Our team has been diligent in testing samples from throughout the affected area."FULL STORY
This may turn into much more than just a political scandal.
It may have seemed like a teenage prank at the time, but the blockage of bridge traffic as a possible act of partisan political revenge has put New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in the middle of a serious legal stew.
And the fire underneath it is just beginning to heat up for the Republican presidential hopeful, as the state assembly plans to post online 907 pages of documents related to the case Friday.FULL STORY
The mother of an Omaha toddler is defending her son after he unleashed a slew of obscenities in an online video that has gone viral.
In the video, the diapered boy is taunted and cursed at by adults, who coax him into using crude words.
The African-American toddler knocks down a chair and responds to some of the comments with a middle finger salute.FULL STORY
West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin issued a state of emergency Thursday evening for nine counties after a utility said that its water supply was contaminated.
White House followed with an emergency declaration of its own, allowing the state to receive federal help with the water emergency.
"West Virginians in the affected service areas are urged NOT to use tap water for drinking, cooking, washing or bathing," Tomblin said. "Right now, our priorities are our hospitals, nursing homes and schools."
Efforts are under way to provide alternative sources.FULL STORY