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3 HOURS AGO - Yahoo! News

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Pilots' trans-Pacific balloon journey eclipses distance record

By Joseph J. Kolb ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (Reuters) - Two balloonists crossing over the Pacific Ocean from Japan surpassed a distance record on Thursday for gas-filled balloon travel and are heading toward a landing in Mexico's Baja California in two days, officials said. Balloon Pilots Troy Bradley, an American, and Leonid Tiukhtyaev, a Russian, who are collectively dubbed "Two Eagles" had traveled ...

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6 HOURS AGO - San Francisco Chronicle

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News of the Day From Across the Nation, Jan. 30

1 Ending restrictions: A bipartisan group of senators wants to end travel restrictions on Americans seeking to go to Cuba, saying it would help foster change in the communist island nation. President Obama has announced plans to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba after more than 50 years. Nearly 18 months after his conviction, Hasan has not yet had his case ...

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11 HOURS AGO - San Francisco Chronicle

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New Mexico lawmaker pushing teen voting in school elections

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico lawmaker wants to allow 16-year-olds and 17-year-olds to vote in school board elections. Rep. Javier Martinez of Albuquerque introduced this week a measure aimed at increasing voter participation in the election of school board members. Martinez, a Democrat, says a similar measure has been passed in Takoma Park, Maryland. The proposal comes ...

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12 HOURS AGO - San Francisco Chronicle

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Balloon crew shifting course toward Mexico due to weather

According to the mission control for the Two Eagles balloon flight, pilots Troy Bradley of Albuquerque and Leonid Tiukhtyaev of Russia are changing course because weather changes have placed a high-pressure ridge off the U.S. West Coast.

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22 HOURS AGO - San Francisco Chronicle

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Balloon crew draws closer to North America

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The pilots of a helium-filled balloon on a daring flight across the Pacific Ocean drew closer to North America as they attempt to break two world records. [...] to break the distance record, the balloonists need exceed the current records by 1 percent to claim a new world record. In a visible sign of the progress, ...

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