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October 15, 2013

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Berlin —

Shutdown hits German late-night TV show

 

BERLIN (AP) — The United States government shutdown could have the unintended effect of making Germans go to bed earlier.

Fans hoping for fresh episodes of a cult late-night German TV show featuring footage of Earth seen from space accompanied by ambient music have been told its relaunch will be delayed by at least two weeks because of the U.S. budget battle.

Public television station Bayerisches Fernsehen said Monday that new high-definition video it hopes to use for its “Space Night” program won’t be able available Nov. 1 as planned because archivists at NASA, a key source of footage, are among U.S. federal employees currently furloughed.

“Space Night” was launched in 1994 and is a favorite among rave goers and insomniacs.

 

Man is hit by train,

gets up, walks away

 

(AP) — Authorities say a Kansas man who was walking along railroad tracks wearing headphones was hit by a train that he didn’t hear approaching behind him — but that he got back up and kept walking.

Shawnee County Sheriff Herman Jones says the BNSF conductor slowed down the train and blew the horn when he saw 25-year-old Kristopher Wenberg on the tracks in Topeka on Thursday.

Wenberg told deputies he couldn’t hear the train, which eventually hit him. Jones says Wenberg promptly got back up and called someone on his cellphone as he walked away. He went to a hospital with cuts on his legs and shoulder.

It is against the law to walk on train tracks and Wenberg would be cited for criminal trespass.

 

Mastodon tooth found in donation box

 

(AP) — A Michigan charity that collects donated clothing, shoes and other items for low-income residents got a really old cast-off in a donation box: A mastodon tooth.

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