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In this Dec. 3, 2010, file image provided by the Vandenberg Air Force Base shows technicians examining the X-37B unmanned space plane shortly after landing at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.  (AP Photo/Vandenberg Air Force Base) ** FILE **

Conspiracy theorists on alert as X-37B plane returns from 674-day secret space mission

- The Washington Times

The U.S. Air Force’s unmanned X-37B space plane touched back down on Earth after a two-year mission — but conspiracy theorists are still wondering what the craft was doing all that time.The U.S. Air Force’s unmanned X-37B space plane touched back down on Earth after a two-year mission — but conspiracy theorists are still wondering what the craft was doing all that time.

Experts watch their screens at the control center of the European Space Agency, ESA, in Darmstadt, Germany during a mission to land the first space probe on a comet. (AP Photo/dpa, Boris Roessler)

Hypervelocity comet passes within 87,000 miles of Mars

- The Washington Times

Telescopes and the Mars rovers are training their lenses in the near space around Mars, where comet Siding Spring will pass within 87,000 miles of the Red Planet — or less than a third of the distance between the Earth and the Moon — BBC is reporting.

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A list of merchants taking Apple Pay

- Associated Press

More than 200,000 payment locations in the U.S. are equipped to accept so-called contactless payments, including Apple Pay. Smaller merchants tend to be among the several millions that don't have the required equipment yet.

In this photo taken Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, Eddy Cue, Apple Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services, demonstrates the new Apple Pay mobile payment system at a Whole Foods store in Cupertino, Calif. The new system launches on Monday. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Apple Pay Q&A: What you need to know

- Associated Press

Apple's mobile payment system, Apple Pay, made its debut Monday. Now you can flash your new iPhone in the checkout line to pay for food, clothing and other goods. There's no need to pull out your credit card.

In this photo taken Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, Eddy Cue, Apple Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services, demonstrates the new Apple Pay mobile payment system at a Whole Foods store in Cupertino, Calif. The new system launches on Monday. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Review: Apple Pay in action

- Associated Press

If there ever comes a day I can ditch my wallet and use my phone to pay for everything, I'll look back to my first purchase through Apple Pay: a Big Mac and medium fries for $5.44. That wallet-free day won't be coming for a while, if ever, but Apple's new payments system brings us much closer.

3 Iowa companies receive USDA ag research grants

Associated Press

Three Iowa companies have received U.S. Department of Agriculture grants for research projects officials hope will lead to new technologies that advance agriculture.

Record iPhone sales drive Apple's 3Q beat

- Associated Press

The iPhone again proved to be the engine behind Apple's blockbuster financial performance, driving quarterly results well past expectations.

Appeals court revives Syngenta, Bunge GMO lawsuit

- Associated Press

A federal appeals court gave agricultural chemical-maker Syngenta Seeds hope Monday that it may be able to proceed with a lawsuit against grain storage and transportation company Bunge North America for refusing to accept one of Syngenta's genetically modified corn varieties.

FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2013 file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. Facebook is suing several law firms that represented Paul Ceglia, a man who claimed he owned half of the social network and was entitled to billions of dollars from the company and Zuckerberg. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Facebook sues law firms, claims fraud

- Associated Press

Facebook is suing several law firms that represented a man who claimed he owned half of the social network and was entitled to billions of dollars from the company and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Vehicles with air bag problem that should be fixed

- Associated Press

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued an urgent plea to more than 4.7 million car owners whose air bag inflators have been recalled to get them repaired. The air bags, especially in areas along the coast with high absolute humidity, have inflators that can rupture. If the air bags go off in a crash, that can send shrapnel into the passenger compartment and injure people.

FILE - This Feb. 3, 2010 file photo shows a palm tree behind a Toyota sign at Earl Stewart Toyota in North Palm Beach, Fla. Toyota is recalling 247,000 vehicles in high-humidity areas as an air bag problem that has plagued most of the auto industry continues to widen. The recall covers vehicles in South Florida, along the Gulf Coast, in Puerto Rico, Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Saipan and American Samoa. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

US agency warns car owners to get air bags fixed

- Associated Press

A potential safety crisis over defective air bags widened Monday as the U.S. government issued an urgent plea to more than 4.7 million people to get their cars fixed.

In this Aug. 27, 2014 photo, Prasanna Kolar, right, controls a quad copter through an app on his smart phone in San Antonio, Texas .  Kolar and other students at University of Texas at San Antonio Electrical and Computer Engineering Department are studying how to control a drone with brain waves collected by the electroencephalogram system (cap) worn by Mauricio Merino, a masters student in Electrical Engineering.  (AP Photo/The San Antonio Express-News, Bob Owen)  RUMBO DE SAN ANTONIO OUT; NO SALES

Research looks to run drones by mind

- Associated Press

With sensors covering his head, University of Texas at San Antonio graduate student Mauricio Merino concentrated hard. A camouflage-colored drone hovered with a soft hum in the middle of a campus research lab.

In this photo taken Friday, Oct. 17, 2014, Eddy Cue, Apple Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services, demonstrates the new Apple Pay mobile payment system at a Whole Foods store in Cupertino, Calif. The new system launches on Monday. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Apple Pay Q&A: What you need to know

- Associated Press

Apple's mobile payment system, Apple Pay, made its debut Monday. Now you can flash your new iPhone in the checkout line to pay for food, clothing and other goods. There's no need to pull out your credit card.

Not so fast cordcutters_cable's not going anywhere

- Associated Press

Cord cutters rejoiced last week after HBO and CBS announced plans to sell stand-alone streaming services, a move that cable and satellite television providers have resisted for years. Customers tired of paying big fees for hundreds of channels they never watch just to have access to a few favorite shows might be expected to start cancelling cable service in droves. Get Netflix, throw in HBO, add a network here and there - why would anyone sign up now for cable?

New atlas will help find 'gaps' in crop production

- Associated Press

A new mapping tool unveiled Monday and developed by the University of Nebraska and other project partners could help boost global crop production while conserving land and water.