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2:58 am
Mon May 28, 2012

Dust storms and withered leaves: Illinois' mini-drought

Top soil is abnormally dry in parts of northern Illinois this spring.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

Dust storms and fire danger alerts are not what you expect to hear in May in Illinois. But these are signs of a very dry spring. 

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Science
4:59 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Private rocket blasts off for Space Station

A first-of-its-kind commercial supply ship rocketed toward the International Space Station following a successful liftoff early Tuesday, opening a new era of dollar-driven spaceflight.

The SpaceX company made history as its Falcon 9 rocket rose from its seaside launch pad and pierced the pre-dawn sky, aiming for a rendezvous in a few days with the space station. The rocket carried into orbit a capsule named Dragon that is packed with 1,000 pounds of space station provisions.

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