World Newsbits for October 17,2013
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian scientists have recovered a giant chunk of the Chelyabinsk meteorite from the bottom of the lake it crashed into. The meteor that blazed across southern Urals in February was the largest recorded strike in more than a century. More than 1,600 people were injured by the shock wave from the explosion as it hit near the city of Chelyabinsk, estimated to be as strong as 20 Hiroshima atomic bombs. Scientists on Wednesday recovered what could be the largest part of the meteorite from Chebarkul Lake outside the city. They weighed it using a giant steelyard balance, which displayed 570 kilograms (1,256 pounds) before breaking.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP)- The groom is 103 years old. The bride is 99. And after 80 years together, this Paraguayan couple has finally tied the knot in the eyes of the church. From his wheelchair, Jose Manuel Riella married Martina Lopez Saturday in the backyard of their home, some 200 miles (320 kilometers) north of the capital, Asuncion. Priest Christian Paiva led the religious ceremony and he told The Associated Press Wednesday that the couple had been married by law for 40 years but not by the church. At 103, Riella has some hearing problems but still recognizes his family members. His wife still takes care of all home chores. The couple has eight children, 50 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and 20 great-great grandchildren.