Kennedy returns to Cape Cod after brain surgery
BOSTON - Fresh from his hospitalization for an aggressive surgery on a cancerous brain tumor, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy announced it was 'good to be home' at his family's Cape Cod compound Monday and headed out for a sail.
Kennedy left the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., on Monday morning and arrived at his family's Hyannis Port compound just before noon. With his thick white hair visible beneath a beige, wide-brimmed hat, he told reporters he felt 'good to be home, good to be here.'
Within hours, he went out sailing with his wife, Vicki. It was the same homecoming routine he followed last month when he was released from a Boston hospital after being diagnosed with a malignant glioma, a lethal type of brain tumor. A malignant glioma is one of the worst kinds of brain cancer, and malignant gliomas are diagnosed in about 9,000 Americans a year.
Case dismissed in alleged drugging of Olympian
SANTA ANA, Calif. - At prosecutors' request, a judge on Monday dismissed the case against a man who was accused of slipping a date-rape drug into the drink of former Olympic ice dancer Oksana 'Pasha' Grishuk.
Investigators in the Orange County District Attorney's Office concluded that they could not prove the case against James R. Halstead beyond a reasonable doubt, spokeswoman Susan Schroeder said.
Halstead's attorney, Michael Molfetta, called the case a 'piece of junk' and said Grishuk wrongly denied that she and his client had had a romantic relationship.
Halstead said Monday he thinks the partially dissolved pills Grishuk reported finding in two drinks were put there by the skater herself.
Mich.-shaped meteorite sells for $20K at auction
DETROIT - A meteorite resembling Michigan's Lower Peninsula has been sold at auction, but bidders weren't quite as smitten with the mitten as the seller expected.
The 75-pound nickel-and-iron meteorite sold for $20,000 Sunday at Heritage Auction Galleries in Dallas. It had been expected to sell for $32,500 to $40,000.
Michigan native Darryl Pitt, the meteorite's owner, said he is disappointed by the low price. He said he thinks the space rock is worth $50,000.
There was more interest in a three-quarter-ton nickel-iron meteorite that resembles the Indian subcontinent. It sold for $90,000.
McDonald's pulls sliced tomatoes
OAK BROOK, Ill. - McDonald's says it has stopped serving sliced tomatoes in its restaurants over concerns about Salmonella food poisoning linked to uncooked tomatoes.
Spokeswoman Danya Proud said Monday the world's largest hamburger chain has stopped serving sliced tomatoes on all of its sandwiches in the United States as a precaution until the source of the salmonella is known.
Proud says McDonald's will continue to serve grape tomatoes in its salads because no problems have been linked to that variety.
Investigators seek source of arson
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas officials are bringing in canine teams and a national arson investigation unit to more carefully search for the cause of a fire in the Governor's Mansion.
State Fire Marshal Paul Maldonado also said Monday that investigators are viewing dozens of hours of video surveillance tapes that helped them initially determine arson is to blame for the blaze.
Investigators had already viewed some of the videotapes and interviewed people who were near the unoccupied mansion when the Sunday morning fire broke out.
Now that all the hot spots inside the 152-year-old building have been extinguished, they're better able to search the debris inside.
Roadrunner is fastest computer
WASHINGTON - Scientists unveiled the world's fastest supercomputer on Monday, a $100 million machine that for the first time has performed 1,000 trillion calculations per second in a sustained exercise.
The technology breakthrough was accomplished by engineers from the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the IBM Corp. on a computer to be used primarily on nuclear weapons work, including simulating nuclear explosions.
The computer, named Roadrunner, is twice as fast as IBM's Blue Gene system at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, which itself is three times faster than any of the world's other supercomputers, according to IBM.
'The computer is a speed demon. It will allow us to solve tremendous problems,' said Thomas D'Agostino, head of the National Nuclear Security Administration, which oversees nuclear weapons research and maintains the warhead stockpile.