NASA Kills Lunar-Resources Mission Despite Push to Return to the Moon

NASA has just announced it plans to cancel a mission that would have blazed a path for further human missions to the moon.

The Resource Prospector mission consisted of a lander and a solar-powered rover equipped with a drill. The rover would have scouted the lunar surface, digging up soil for analysis. Scientists know that water ice exists on the moon, but the Resource Prospector would have provided scientists with a more complete understanding of these deposits.

Source: NASA Kills Lunar-Resources Mission Despite Push to Return to the Moon

Toddler dies after police shoot knife-wielding Westchester mother – NY Daily News

A woman was tasered and shot by police after she stabbed two officers in north suburban Mamaroneck Saturday, police said.

The woman allegedly stabbed two Mamaroneck police officers on Chestnut Ave. around 1:30 p.m. after officers found the little girl “in need of medical aid,” according to cops.

They called an ambulance for the child and found the 28-year-old woman while searching the home. She refused “numerous verbal commands by the officers to show her hands,” police said.

The woman then attacked two of the officers with a knife, according to authorities.

Cops tried stunning the woman to subdue her, they said, but the Taser was ineffective. An officer then shot the woman.

Source: Toddler dies after police shoot knife-wielding Westchester mother – NY Daily News

Arkansas police officer killed by stray bullet while in his home – ABC News

An Arkansas police officer is dead after a fluke incident in which he was struck by a stray bullet while in his home.

Capt. Joe Baker, of the West Memphis, Arkansas, police said the officer from nearby Forrest City was struck by the bullet at about 3:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon. The officer, identified as Oliver Johnson, was off-duty at the time and not involved in law enforcement activities when he was killed.

An altercation between two groups broke out and shots were fired outside of the officer’s residence, Baker said. Johnson was not the intended target.

West Memphis police investigate the scene of a shooting where a police officer from nearby Forrest City was killed by a stray bullet on Saturday, April 28, 2018.WREG
West Memphis police investigate the scene of a shooting where a police officer from nearby Forrest City was killed by a stray bullet on Saturday, April 28, 2018.more +

Source: Arkansas police officer killed by stray bullet while in his home – ABC News

Who Stole The Samaritan Torahs? The Hunt To Bring The Manuscripts Home : NPR

Before dawn on March 21, 1995, someone broke into a synagogue in the Palestinian city of Nablus.

The thief — maybe it was a band of thieves — crossed the carpeted sanctuary, pulled back a heavy velvet curtain, and opened a carved wooden ark. Inside were two handwritten copies of the Torah, the Five Books of Moses. One was a sheepskin scroll written around 1360 and kept in a slender copper case. The other was a codex, a thick book, probably from the 15th century and bound in a maroon leather cover. The thief or thieves snatched the manuscripts, escaped through the synagogue’s arched doorway, discarded the copper case in a stairwell, and vanished.

Twenty-three years after a brazen theft, the mystery still divides a tiny sect known as the Samaritans.

Source: Who Stole The Samaritan Torahs? The Hunt To Bring The Manuscripts Home : NPR

Texas couple accused of enslaving girl for 16 years – CBS News

Mohamed Toure, 57, and Denise Cros-Toure, 57, have been charged with forced, unpaid labor of a domestic servant

SOUTHLAKE, Texas –– A couple in Southlake, Texas, has been charged with forced, unpaid labor of a domestic servant after allegedly keeping a young West African girl in their home for more than 16 years until neighbors helped her escape, CBS Dallas / Fort Worth reports. Mohamed Toure, 57, and Denise Cros-Toure, 57, arranged for the victim, who didn’t speak English, to travel alone from her village in the Republic of Guinea, West Africa, to Southlake in January 2000 to work for them in their home, according to an affidavit.

The victim’s Guinean passport indicated that she was 5 years old at the time.

Source: Texas couple accused of enslaving girl for 16 years – CBS News

Female Inmate Found Hanged At Allegheny County Jail « CBS Pittsburgh

At approximately 9:30 p.m. Friday, medical personnel were called when a female inmate was found hanging in her cell by corrections officers during rounds. Medical and correctional officers performed CPR until paramedics arrived and took over, but were unsuccessful. The inmate was declared dead at 10:14 p.m.

The Allegheny County medical examiner’s office identified the inmate as 57-year-old Alison Taglianetti, the ex-wife of former Penguins player Peter Taglianetti.

Source: Female Inmate Found Hanged At Allegheny County Jail « CBS Pittsburgh

Body found floating in Little Pine Creek | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Police are investigating a body found floating in Little Pine Creek, 100 feet from the Allegheny River, after a fisherman encountered it and notified authorities just after noon Saturday.

River rescue, fire, and police teams are on the scene and Allegheny County homicide has been dispatched, said Amie Downs, a spokeswoman for the county.

Source: Body found floating in Little Pine Creek | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette