Self-taught rocket scientist plans launch

In this Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, photograph, daredevil/limousine driver Mad Mike Hughes is shown with with his steam=powered rocket constructed out of salvage parts on a five-acre property that he leases in Apple Valley, Cal. Hughes plans to launch his homemade contraption on Saturday near the ghost town of Amboy, Cal., at a speed of roughly 500 miles-per-hour. (Waldo Stakes/HO courtesy of Mad Mike Hughes via AP)

The countdown to launch creeps closer and there’s still plenty for self-taught rocket scientist “Mad” Mike Hughes to do: Last-second modifications to his vessel. Pick up his flight suit. Leave enough food for his four cats — just in case anything happens.

Not ready to retire after 65 years

In this Oct. 26, 2017 photo, Ray Bowser, 83, of South Buffalo, Pa. holds a windshield made at the Pittsburgh Glass Works plant in 1986. The shield is signed by every employee who worked at the plant during that time as part of Z-D-Days, Zero Defects. (Louis B. Ruediger /Pittsburgh Tribune-Review via AP)

CREIGHTON, Pa. (AP) — When 18-year-old Ray Bowser got hired at the Pittsburgh Plate Glass plant in East Deer in 1952, he figured he had a job for life, if he wanted it.

Utah farmer, market owner makes exclusive cheese

This photo taken Sept. 13, 2017, shows feta yogurt and chèvre, served with peaches at Mesa Farm. The owner Randy Ramsley sells a variety of goats milk cheeses and yogurt at his farm's storefront on Highway 24, east of Capitol Reef, Utah, and at Tony Caputo's in Salt Lake City. Ramsley makes a variety of goats milk cheeses including pasteurized tomme, raw tomme, feta yogurt and chèvre. Ramsley also makes ricotta on occasion. (Leah Hogsten/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Randy Ramsley is Wayne County’s ultimate Renaissance man.

Museum of the Bible opens in D.C. with hoopla and fuss

A door opens to the "Exodus" section at the end of the "Passover" presentation inside the Museum of the Bible, Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, in Washington. The project is largely funded by the conservative Christian owners of the Hobby Lobby crafts chain. Hobby Lobby president Steve Green says the aim is to educate not evangelize. But skeptics call the project a Christian ministry disguised as a museum. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Museum packs up treasures for a remodel

In this Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, photograph, Dr. Christoph Heinrich, director of the Denver Art Museum, walks amid packages as the collection is moved from the old building to make way for an update that will take two years to complete in Denver. Denver's Art Museum is relocating or protecting tens of thousands of treasures during a major building upgrade. As with many remodels, it takes planning, labeling and temporary housing. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER (AP) — Anyone who has lived through a major home remodeling project can sympathize with Laura Elliff Cruz, collections manager for the Denver Art Museum who is in charge of relocating or trying to protect tens of thousands of treasures during a building upgrade expected to take a year.

Rare art from China’s woman ruler comes to U.S.

CORRECTS NAME OF EXHIBITION FROM EXPRESS DOWAGER TO EMPRESS DOWAGER -Dragon Dancers perform before the unveiling of the exhibition "Empress Dowager, Cixi." at Orange County's Bowers Museum, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, in Santa Ana, Calif. The exhibit focuses on Cixi, the mysterious woman who quietly ruled China with an iron fist from the mid-1800s until her death in 1908. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)



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