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California tortoise with cracked shell gets $4,000 repair

SAN DIEGO — A wayward tortoise that cracked its shell after falling off a 10-foot wall in California is recovering after vets used screws, zip ties and denture material to repair it.

San Diego County Animal Services Director Dan DeSousa says the male 90-pound African spurred tortoise probably was a pet that got loose from a yard.

Parenting of the future: Many embryos, each with DNA profile

NEW YORK — So you want to have a baby.

Would you like a dark-haired girl with a high risk of someday getting colon cancer, but a good chance of above-average music ability?

Or would you prefer a girl with a good prospect for high SAT scores and a good shot at being athletic, but who also is likely to run an above-average risk of bipolar disorder and lupus as an adult?

Launch delay for NASA’s newest planet-hunting spacecraft

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA’s newest planet-hunting spacecraft will have to wait another couple of days before lifting off.

Two hours before Monday evening’s scheduled launch, SpaceX announced it needed more time to check its rocket, which will carry the satellite to orbit. The next attempt will be Wednesday night.

NASA delays next-generation space telescope until 2020

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA is delaying the launch of its next-generation space telescope its highest science priority until at least 2020.

Top officials said Tuesday that more time is needed to assemble and test the James Webb Space Telescope, which is considered a successor to the long-orbiting Hubble Space Telescope.