China begins operating world's largest radio telescope

BEIJING (AP) — The world's largest radio telescope began searching for signals from stars and galaxies and, perhaps, extraterrestrial life Sunday in a project demonstrating China's rising ambitions in space and its pursuit of international scientific prestige.

  • Written by GILLIAN WONG, Associated Press

Residents evacuate Cedar Rapids homes ahead of flooding

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Several thousand residents of Cedar Rapids left their homes Sunday as floodwaters began to spill out of the rising Cedar River, and Iowa's second-largest city worked to apply the lessons officials learned after the record 2008 flood.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

New Smithsonian museum chronicling black history opens

WASHINGTON (AP) — Centuries of struggles and strife, decades of planning and pain, and years of hoping for a place that African-American history can call home will culminate as President Barack Obama officially opens the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

  • Written by JESSE J. HOLLAND, Associated Press DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press