NASA paid glowing tribute to Mitchell, who died in Florida after a brief illness late Thursday, the eve of the 45th anniversary of his lunar landing. The late astronaut was a member of the 1971 Apollo 14 mission along with Alan Shepard Jr. and Stuart Roosa. Mitchell was the last Apollo 14 survivor: Roosa died in 1994 and Shepard in 1998.
By Chris Kahn NEW YORK (Reuters) - Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has erased Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's wide lead for the Democratic presidential nomination since the start of year, putting the two in a dead heat nationally, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll. Clinton leads Sanders 48 percent to 45 percent among Democratic voters, according to the poll of 512 Americans, conducted Feb. 2-5 following the Iowa caucus. Democrats had been supporting Clinton by more than a 2-to-1 margin at the beginning of the year.
Rio's Carnival -- a five day festival of dancing, bared flesh and wild costumes -- opened Friday in the face of warnings that the Zika virus might make even kissing dangerous. Mayor Eduardo Paes handed a big golden key to the city to the Carnival's ceremonial King Momo, who promised a spectacular show. The annual mega-bash famed for lavish -- and skimpily dressed -- samba parades and all-night street dancing is expected to attract as many as five million people.
Argentina's new government has offered $6.5 billion to settle its long debt battle with "holdout" creditors, the government and US mediator Daniel Pollack said Friday. Two of six major holdout creditors have accepted the deal, which includes about a 25 percent "haircut" on their claim, while four have not done so yet, according to the government. The offer was made in New York talks with hedge funds and other creditors who have demanded full repayment of about $9 billion on bonds the country defaulted on 15 years ago.