2 To Spend A Year In Space

ASSOCIATED PRESS And a Chihuahua shall lead themIf only real life were like this. Here, two dogs at the four-day Fall Canine Expo, in Havana, Cuba, not only see eye-to-eye but nose-to-nose (and, eventually, nose-to-somewhere else), one of them wrapped in an American flag (the other looking like a Cuban ballplayer). The geopolitical lesson: Give peace a chance, and let's stop chasing our own tails.
ASSOCIATED PRESS And a Chihuahua shall lead themIf only real life were like this. Here, two dogs at the four-day Fall Canine Expo, in Havana, Cuba, not only see eye-to-eye but nose-to-nose (and, eventually, nose-to-somewhere else), one of them wrapped in an American flag (the other looking like a Cuban ballplayer). The geopolitical lesson: Give peace a chance, and let's stop chasing our own tails.
Posted: November 27, 2012

CAPE CANAVERAL, FLA. - A former space-shuttle commander will attempt the longest spaceflight ever by an American. NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko will spend an entire year aboard the International Space Station, beginning in 2015.

The extended mission was approved almost two months ago to provide a medical foundation for future missions around the moon, as well as far-flung trips to asteroids and Mars. Both men already have lived aboard the space station for six months.

Kelly's identical-twin brother, Mark Kelly, retired from the astronaut corps last year and moved to Tucson, Ariz., hometown of his wife, Gabrielle Giffords. The former congresswoman was critically wounded in an assassination attempt in January 2011, while Scott Kelly was living aboard the space station.

Not a clean getaway

CLEVELAND - An Ohio woman dubbed the "cleaning fairy" after she broke into a home, cleaned it and left a $75 bill has been put on probation for one year. A judge sentenced Susan Warren, 53, of Elyria, on Monday in Cleveland on her guilty plea to attempted burglary. She also must do 20 hours of community service.

The woman told authorities that she was driving by the Westlake house and "wanted something to do." She broke in, washed some coffee cups, took out the trash, vacuumed and dusted inside the house. Then she left a bill written on a napkin and included her phone number.

Warren says she owns a cleaning business and sometimes enters homes, cleans them and leaves a bill.

U.N. vote on Palestine

UNITED NATIONS - The Palestinians say that the U.N. General Assembly will vote Thursday afternoon on a resolution raising their status at the United Nations from an observer to a nonmember observer state. Approval would give the Palestinians the same status at the U.N. as the Holy See.

There are no vetoes in the General Assembly, and the resolution, which needs a majority vote for approval, is virtually certain to be adopted.

The mission's spokesman, speaking on condition that he was not named, said Monday that the Palestinians are urging all countries to support the resolution and "be on the right side of history."

Drugs aren't pretty

CULIACÁN, MEXICO - Officials say that a 20-year-old state beauty queen has been killed in northern Mexico during a running gunbattle between soldiers and the gang of drug traffickers she was traveling with.

The prosecutor of the drug-plagued state of Sinaloa said that Maria Susana Flores Gamez was traveling in one of the vehicles that engaged soldiers in an hours-long chase and shootout on Saturday. Her body was found lying next to an assault rifle.

She was voted the 2012 Woman of Sinaloa in a beauty pageant in February.

Slight market indigestion

NEW YORK - Wall Street came back to work after the Thanksgiving weekend and faced leftover worries about the "fiscal cliff" and the European debt crisis. Stocks retreated after one of their best weeks of the year.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 42.31 points to 12,967.37. The Standard & Poor's 500 index declined 2.86 to 1,406.29. And the Nasdaq composite index managed a 9.93-point increase to 2,976.78.

- Daily News wire services

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