Felix Baumgartner plans to ride a balloon to an altitude of 34 miles over New Mexico and then he'll step out into the void. He'll be wearing a pressurized suit like an astronaut, and expects to break the sound barrier as he falls. He's being advised by a former NASA flight surgeon who lost his wife in a shuttle crash, and who wants to improve astronauts' odds of surviving a future disaster.
Salinas, Calif., is just an hour from Silicon Valley, but production at many local lettuce farms is decidedly low-tech. City officials here decided it's time for an upgrade — and have hired a venture capital firm to help Salinas transition into a high-tech agricultural hub.
President Obama came to office bemoaning the disparity in sentences for crack versus powder cocaine offenses, and with a background as a community organizer and constitutional law teacher that had some progressives anticipating a robust use of the Constitution's "reprieves and pardons" power.
Thieves responsible for Target's massive data breach may have stolen information stored on magnetic strips on credit cards. Canada, the U.K. and other countries have been using more secure cards with microchips for years.
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