Entreprise ends journey to Intrepid museum


The space shuttle Enterprise finished its journey by barge up the waters of the Hudson River to its new home aboard the Intrepid, the legendary World War II aircraft carrier converted into a naval museum at one of the docks in Manhattan.

The Enterprise, the shipment of which to New York had been followed with great anticipation by space flight fans, traveled in late April to John F. Kennedy International Airport and last Sunday it was taken temporarily to Port Elizabeth, New Jersey, and from there brought on board the Intrepid - now called the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum - on Wednesday.

The Enterprise made the final leg of its trip by barge to Pier 86 on the west side of Manhattan, where workmen were ready to use a crane to transfer the shuttle onto the vessel that will be its new home.




Ray Bradbury, author of "Fahrenheit 451," dead at 91


U.S. writer Ray Bradbury, the author of "Fahrenheit 451" and other science fiction and mystery classics, died in Los Angeles, his grandson said. He was 91.

"If I had to make any statement, it would be how much I love and miss him, and I look forward to hearing everyone's memories about him," said Danny Karpetian in a message posted on the Web site io9.com.

Acknowledged as one of the great science fiction authors, Bradbury liked to identify his genre with fantasy although many of his stories were based on daily life.




Mayans saw world continuing for millenia, expert says


The ancient Mayans not only did not predict the end of the world in December 2012, but they expected the world to continue for thousands of years, Mexican epigraphist Erik Velasquez said.

The Mayans did not expect the world to end because their cosmology did not incorporate the linear vision of time that dominates the West, Velasquez said during a conference on the Mayan 2012 prophecy.

"We have an apocalyptic mentality inherited from the Judaeo-Christian tradition. But for the ancient Mayans there were cycles, new beginnings, but never endings," the expert said during his presentation Tuesday at Mexico City's National Museum of Anthropology.

The famous Mayan prophecy, which supposedly calls for the world to end between Dec. 21 and Dec. 23, originated in a Maya glyph from the Tortuguero arhaeological zone in the southern state of Tabasco.

Numerous works of fiction, including books and apocalyptic films, have come out of the Mayan prophecy.




8 Colombian rebels die in airstrike


Eight FARC rebels were killed and three others wounded in an airstrike on their camp in the northwestern province of Antioquia, the Colombian air force said.

Intelligence from the army and navy aided the attack on the rebel camp, located on the banks of the San Francisco River near the town of Nechi.

The outpost belonged to the 37th Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, the air force said in a statement.




Nadal, Ferrer set up all-Spanish semifinal at French Open


Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer ensured a Spanish men's finalist at the French Open for the 10th time in 12 years with quarterfinal victories over Nicolas Almagro and Andy Murray, respectively.

Nadal scored his 50th match victory at Roland Garros - one more than the tally of Swedish great Bjorn Borg and six short of the all-time record held by Argentina's Guillermo Vilas - by defeating Almagro, his countryman, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2, 6-3 in two hours and 46 minutes.

More importantly, the win put him within two victories of a record seventh French Open title; Nadal currently shares that mark with Borg.




7 Mutilated bodies found in northwest Mexico


Seven mutilated and dismembered bodies were found in Culiacan, the capital of the northwestern Mexican state of Sinaloa, state prosecutors said.

The bodies were discovered Tuesday after police received a tip that several trash bags had been dumped in a street, the Sinaloa Attorney General's Office said.

The body parts of seven males were stuffed into 13 trash bags and dumped in the thoroughfare, the AG's office said.

Investigators initially thought the victims were police officers because they wore black clothing similar to that of the special operations unit, but it turned out that the uniforms did not belong to any police agency, prosecutors said.




Romney launches Hispanic Steering Committee


Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney presented "Juntos con Romney," which will be in charge of efforts to attract the crucial Latino vote.

The group will be headed by Bush administration Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, former Puerto Rico Attorney General Jose Fuentes and the former president of the Small Business Administration, Hector Barreto.

"The Hispanic community has been especially hard-hit by President Obama's policies," Gutierrez said. "Instead of spurring economic growth and creating jobs, President Obama has only expanded government and hurt job-creation."

"We need a leader who will bring back jobs, help small businesses, and ensure that the American Dream remains for future generations," the former commerce chief said.




Leftist a solid No. 2 in Mexican presidential race, poll shows


Leftist presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has consolidated his hold on second place in the polls ahead of Mexico's presidential election next month, trailing frontrunner Enrique Peña Nieto, who saw his support drop amid the rise of a national student movement that opposes his candidacy.

Lopez Obrador gained ground for the fourth week in a row, with his support among likely voters rising from 27.4 percent to 29.2 percent, but he is still trailing Peña Nieto, of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, by 14.4 points, the latest Consulta Mitofsky poll says.

Lopez Obrador, standard-bearer of the Party of the Democratic Revolution, or PRD, Workers Party, or PT, and Citizens Movement coalition, has gained five points since the May 13 poll, while Peña Nieto's support has fallen from 48 percent to 43.6 percent.




Ricky Martin tops group of most influential gays in U.S.


Puerto Rican singer and actor Ricky Martin tops the list of the 20 most influential people in the United States in fighting for the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and transsexual, or LGBTT, community, the Huffington Post reported.

Puerto Rican gay rights activist Pedro Julio Serrano said in a statement released Wednesday that both he and Martin had made the list of the most influential people fighting for the rights of the LGBTT community.