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150-foot asteroid will buzz Earth, no need to duck
By MARCIA DUNN
AP Aerospace Writer
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- An asteroid measuring 150 feet will zip past Earth next week.
The megarock will pass within 17,000 miles of the planet -- the closest known approach ever for an object of this size. But NASA scientists said Thursday there's no reason to worry. They insist there is absolutely no chance of a collision next Friday.
The asteroid -- considered small -- will come closer to Earth than many high-flying communication satellites. It will be visible through binoculars or telescopes as it zooms by at 17,400 mph. The best viewing location will be Indonesia. Other prime viewing spots are Eastern Europe, Asia and Australia.
The asteroid was discovered last February.
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Posted: Sunday, February 10 2013, 01:10 PM CST
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Okla. House panel approves $40M for Indian museum
May 20, 2013 17:17 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A plan to divert $40 million in use taxes over three years to help complete construction of an American Indian Cultural Center and Museum along the banks of the Oklahoma River has cleared a House committee.
A House budget panel on Monday voted 13-10 for the measure, which would divert the tax revenue beginning in fiscal year 2015. Use taxes are those paid on Internet purchases and tangible personal property purchased out of state and brought into Oklahoma. The taxes are expected to generate about $244 million next year.
Museum supporters say they've secured $40 million in pledges from private donors and only need one final $40 million appropriation from the Legislature to complete the project.
A separate $40 million for a museum in Tulsa will be considered Monday afternoon.
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