WASHINGTON – Days after China asserted greater military control over a swath of the East China Sea to bolster claims to a cluster of disputed islands, the U.S. defied the move Tuesday as it flew two B-52 bombers through the area.
The U.S. said what it described as a training mission was not flown to respond to Chinas latest military maneuver, yet the dramatic flights made clear that the U.S. will not recognize the new territorial claims that Beijing laid out.
The two unarmed U.S. B-52 bombers took off from their home base in Guam and flew through Chinas newly designated air defense zone, then returned to base, U.S. officials said.
While the U.S. insisted the training mission was long-planned, it came just days after China issued a map and a new set of rules governing the zone, which includes a cluster of islands that are controlled by Japan but claimed by Beijing.
1640 psalm book sells for $14 million
A tiny book of psalms from 1640, believed to be the first book printed in whats now the United States, sold for just under $14.2 million on Tuesday, setting an auction record for a printed book.
The Bay Psalm Book, which was auctioned at Sothebys in Manhattan, had a pre-sale estimate of $15 million to $30 million. A copy of John James Audubons Birds of America was the previous record-holder, selling for $11.5 million at Sothebys in 2010.
Only 11 copies of the Bay Psalm Book survive in varying degrees of completeness.
More Americans use buses for travel
As millions of Americans hurtle through the jumble of transportation arteries for Thanksgiving, many are discovering that bus travel may be the cheapest, comfiest and even coolest way to stay Zen during the nations largest annual migration.
After nearly half a century of decline in the bus industry, a new breed of sleek, Wi-Fi-pumping intercity coach is transforming the image of buses as the much-ridiculed travel option of last resort. With free Internet connections, tickets as cheap as $1 and decent legroom, companies such as Megabus.com and BoltBus are luring holiday travelers.
French pill will not work for some
A French contraceptive maker said Tuesday its morning-after pill doesnt work when taken by women who weigh more than 176 pounds and plans to change its labels to warn patients.
The decision to change its labels by HRA Pharma is based on a previous study of levonorgestrel, one of the active ingredients in its Norlevo emergency contraceptive, said Frederique Welgryn, HRA Pharmas head of womens health.
Some doctors said heavy women shouldnt assume emergency contraception wont work for them and that they should talk to a health professional or consider alternatives like a copper IUD.
Norlevo is not sold in the U.S.
Prosecutor calls for Knox guilty ruling
An Italian prosecutor on Tuesday demanded that an appellate court find Amanda Knox guilty of the 2007 murder of her British roommate, a killing he argued may have been rooted in arguments about cleanliness and triggered by a toilet left unflushed by the only man now in jail for the murder.
Prosecutor Alessandro Crini called for 26-year sentences for Knox and Raffaele Sollecito, her co-defendant and former boyfriend, following more than 10 hours of closing arguments over two days.
Knox and Sollecito deny any involvement in the killing.