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Prosecutors: Woman stabbed man over feet insult (AP)

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EVERETT, Wash. – Prosecutors in Washington state say an 18-year-old woman stabbed a 19-year-old man for teasing her that her feet smelled. The Herald of Everett reported the man was found by police with a steak knife sticking out of his back, buried a few inches in. His lung had collapsed. Officials said he’ll recover.

Charging papers said trouble started when Dallas Amber Smith was drinking and hanging out with friends and was challenged to do a back flip. When she took off her shoes to do the back flip, the teasing started.

Smith had no criminal history. She faces charges of second-degree assault with a deadly weapon.

Smith’s attorney, Dave Allen of Seattle, declined to comment on the case Friday, saying he’d do that in court.

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Information from: The Daily Herald, View the original article here

Older men like George Clooney stay attractive for a decade longer

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The modern man is capable of turning a woman’s head up to the age of 55, while 30 years ago few women would have looked twice at a man over 45, the research showed.

A greater emphasis on dressing well and keeping fit has dramatically improved the physical attractiveness of older men, according to the findings.

The trend towards women marrying and having children later in life has also extended the period for which a bachelor is considered eligible.

Baldness is no longer seen as a stigma, and even a slight paunch is unlikely to render a man unattractive to women, the study for Debenhams found.

Many women reported finding the greater financial security of older men reassuring because it represents a better life for their children.

Ruth Attridge, a spokeswoman for the department store, said: “Older men are now remaining more attractive to women for longer than ever before.

“They are increasingly seen as eligible, prospective partners rather than old bores with little energy left to catch the female eye.

“It’s great news for George Clooney and Brad Pitt, but might not make

that much difference to Bruce Forsyth.”

Men are now spending more time, either alone or with a partner, selecting styles to suit their shape, as well as choosing shades which complement their complexion, hair and eye colour.

Miss Attridge continued: “Few older men now walk into a store and bulk-buy the first item they see. They understand that continuing to look good after fifty means putting much more effort into dressing well for every occasion.

“Younger men, by comparison, still feel that they don’t really have to try that hard.”

Debenhams surveyed 1,000 women and 1000 men aged between 18 and 60 on their attitudes to male appearance.

Baby escapes death after playing in traffic

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His mother had left him sleeping under the bushes and did not notice when her boy woke up.

A passing truck driver noticed the toddler on the road and slowed traffic to alert other drivers of the danger.

When she saw her baby crawling on the highway, the distressed mother rushed to the road to pick up her son. The toddler was unscathed in the incident.

Police have questioned the mother.

Skylon: commercial space ‘aircraft’ available in Britain ‘within 10 years’

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Skylon is an unpiloted, reusable spaceplane intended to provide inexpensive and reliable access to space: Skylon: commerical space 'aircraft' available in Britain 'within 10 years' Skylon is an unpiloted, reusable spaceplane intended to provide inexpensive and reliable access to space Photo: REACTION ENGINES

Engineers have developed the new £700 million “Skylon spaceplane”, which can travel at more than five times the speed of sound.

Costing about £6.3 million per flight the 270 foot-long craft can carry up to 24 passengers into space. It could be available for commercial use within a decade.

The unpiloted craft, which can take off from an airport runway, has no external rockets and two engines use hydrogen and oxygen to propel it more than 18 miles into space.

Officials from the UK Space Agency believe it can revolutionise space travel and significantly cut its cost by taking advantage of newly developed technology.

They say it could one day replace Nasa’s Space Shuttle to transport up to 12 tonnes of cargo and astronauts to the International Space Station.

Reports have suggested that developing the craft will eventually cost about £7.5 billion, the same amount it costs to develop an Airbus jet.

The craft has been developed by the Oxfordshire-based Reaction Engines with support from the new space agency.

Richard Varvill, technical director and one of the founders of Reaction Engines, believes his company’s craft will revolutionise space travel.

“Access to space is extraordinarily expensive, yet there’s no law of physics that says it has to be that way,” he told The Engineer magazine.

“We just need to prove it’s viable. The simple truth is that the Earth is part of a much bigger system.

“We’re talking a bit of science fiction now, but in theory there’s nothing that stops you going out (into space).”

He added: “You can imagine a situation when some of our industrially important but polluting processes are done in space and the finished products are brought back down to Earth.”

Officials will meet next week at a special two-day workshop next week, which will investigate how it can be developed commercially.

Reaction Engines said it will take 10 years to develop, leaving Britain to become the first country in the world to launch a spaceplane in orbit.

A commercial spaceplane has remained a near near-impossible dream to some of the best engineers in the world.

The European Space Agency (ESA), the Russian Federal Space Agency (RKA) and Nasa have each poured billions of pounds into such a craft without success.

Boeing plans to send passengers into space (Reuters)

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ATLANTA (Reuters) – Boeing Co plans to offer passengers the chance to fly into space on a craft it is developing for travel in low-Earth orbit, the aerospace company said on Wednesday.

Boeing said it reached an agreement with Virginia-based Space Adventures to market passenger seats on commercial flights aboard Boeing’s CST-100 space vehicle being developed for NASA.

The spacecraft could carry seven people and fly in low-Earth orbit as soon as 2015, Boeing said. The company added that potential customers could include private individuals, companies, nongovernmental organizations and U.S. federal agencies.

Space Adventures said it had arranged for seven spaceflight participants to fly on eight missions to the International Space Station being built in space by the United States and Russia.

The companies said during a conference call that pricing for the planned space flights had not been set but were expected to be competitive.

Guy Laliberte, founder of Canada’s Cirque du Soleil, paid more than $35 million (£22.4 million) to travel into space last year on a Russian spaceship from Kazakhstan.

The U.S. space shuttle program, which carries astronauts and supplies to the International Space Station, is being shut down next year. President Barack Obama’s administration has launched an initiative to replace NASA-owned and operated launch services with commercial space taxis.

Until a replacement vehicle is ready, the United States will be solely dependent on Russia to fly crews to the International Space Station, a $100 billion project involving 16 nations, which has been under construction 220 miles (352 km) above Earth since 1998.

Russia currently charges NASA about $51 million per seat for a ride on its Soyuz spacecraft. The price goes up to $56 million in 2013.

(Reporting by Karen Jacobs; Editing by Peter Cooney and Bill Trott)

Hitler’s car gift to Nepal king to be used again

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KATHMANDU (Reuters) – A car said to have been a gift from Adolf Hitler to a Nepali king will be repaired and used to drive visitors around the grounds of a palace museum, a government official said on Thursday.


The 1939 Mercedes Benz was presented by the Nazi leader to King Tribhuvan, grandfather of Nepal’s last King Gyanendra, deposed two years ago.


It has been stored at an old palace garage for more than five years, after being abandoned by an engineering college that had been using it for classes.


Authorities said the doors, seats and bonnet were damaged.


Mod Raj Dotel, a Ministry of Culture official, said the equivalent of $537,000 was being sought from the government to restore both the car and a chariot once used by King Tribhuvan.


“The idea is to repair them so visitors can drive in the car and ride the royal chariot,” Dotel told Reuters.


“This will be more attractive to visitors and will also give people a feel of the political change the country has undergone.”


In 2008, a specially elected assembly dominated by Maoist former rebels overwhelmingly voted to abolish the 239-year-old monarchy, turning the majority-Hindu nation into a secular republic.


Gyanendra’s pagoda-roofed palace has since been made into a museum.


The car was initially carried to the Nepali capital Kathmandu by laborers at a time when automobiles in the city were scarce and the mountainous capital was several days’ walk from the outside world.


(Editing by Rebecca Conway and Ron Popeski)