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Smoke from a fire rises following a strike in Kobani, Syria, during fighting between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State group, as seen from a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)Military planes provide ammunition and medical aid to troops fighting the Islamic State.


2014-10-19 21:34:07 -0600

Comet Buzzes Mars in Once-in-a-Lifetime FlybyA comet zoomed by Mars today (Oct. 19) in an extremely rare close encounter that scientists billed as a "once-in-a-lifetime" event that may help researchers better understand the earliest days of our solar system. At the time of closest approach, the comet barreled by at 126,000 mph (203,000 km/h) relative to the Red Planet, NASA officials said. It is incredible luck that it is saving us the trouble of going to it, as it flies by Mars, which is being explored by seven active robots," Mark Lemmon of Texas A&M University, a camera team member for NASA's Curiosity and Opportunity Mars rovers, said in a statement. Planetary scientist David Grinspoon, who tracked Comet Siding Spring flyby in real-time during a live webcast by the Slooh Community Observatory, compared the significance of the event with the epic impact of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 with Jupiter in 1994. 


2014-10-19 14:05:36 -0600

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning throws his 509th career touchdown pass to set the all time record during the first half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, in Denver. Manning has broken Brett Favre's record for touchdown passes with his 509th. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)DENVER (AP) — Peyton Manning broke Brett Favre's NFL record for touchdown passes with No. 509. He didn't stop there, either.


2014-10-19 21:55:56 -0600