HALF MOON BAY, Calif. — An annual pumpkin-weighing contest in Northern California has a new winner: a third-grade teacher in Washington state who raised a giant one weighing 1,910 pounds.
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SAO PAULO — Brazilian scientists on Wednesday announced the discovery of what they say is the largest dinosaur ever found in South America’s biggest country.
SAN FRANCISCO — Samsung Electronics is joining the race to create the smartest digital assistant by acquiring Viv, a Silicon Valley startup launched by the same entrepreneurs who sold Siri to Apple.
BERLIN—Europe’s comet-chasing space probe Rosetta performed its final task today—dipping out of orbit for a slow-motion crash onto the icy surface of the alien world it’s been following for more than a decade.
PHILADELPHIA — A rare “black moon” rises Friday night over the Western Hemisphere, but don’t expect to see it.
NASA says a black moon is the second new moon in a calendar month. A new moon is the start of the lunar cycle and the phase where the moon is impossible to see because it’s completely shrouded in darkness.
JOHANNESBURG — Thailand, the world’s biggest exporter of seahorses, is suspending trade in the animal because of concern about threats to its wild population.
The decision was announced at a meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, or CITES.
NEW ORLEANS—Devonta Freeman practically wore out the Superdome turf with one long gain after another, Tevin Coleman wouldn’t be denied near the goal line, and the New Orleans Saints hardly looked like the team that made an emotional homecoming nearly 10 years ago to the day.
Cheers turned to boos, and many fans filed out early.
LOUDON, N.H.—Kevin Harvick has thrived as NASCAR’s version of a Game 7 master—steeling his nerves and flourishing in those win-or-else races that kept a championship push alive.
His “Chase” off to a rocky start, Harvick had a rousing finish yesterday that eliminated a must-win race for him and parked him in the next playoff round.
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—The Minnesota Vikings keep finding ways to overcome injuries—and keep finding ways to win football games.
Sam Bradford threw a touchdown pass to Kyle Rudolph, and Marcus Sherels returned a punt for a score, as the Vikings snapped the Carolina Panthers’ 14-game home winning streak with a 22-10 victory yesterday.
SEATTLE—After weeks of mostly poor performances, Marco Estrada once again flirted with a no-hitter for Toronto.
And just when the Blue Jays needed that quality of a performance.
Estrada took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, and Edwin Encarnacion hit his 41st home run, as the Jays edged the Seattle Mariners 3-2 last night in the opener of a critical three-game series.