Morning Jolt: What's that structure on Mars?

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Weird news: A photo NASA took of Mars several years ago was recently found to contain an image of a large upright stone on the Red Planet. Scientists say it's just a stone and wasn't erected by anyone - or anything - but it certainly looks like it was. Several people have pointed out that the structure looks similar to the monoliths seen in "2001: A Space Odyssey." See the picture at the link above.

What’s happening today: Officials from the United States and the United Nations say the U.N. Security Council will meet to discuss North Korea's botched long-range missile launch.

Opening bell: U.S. stocks opened modestly lower after a two-day rally, as a slowdown in China overshadowed a batch of better-than-expected earnings results. The Dow Jones industrial average (INDU) dropped 50 points, or 0.4 percent, the S&P 500 (SPX) shed 5 points, or 0.4 percent, and Nasdaq (COMP) lost 15 points, or 0.5 percent.

Watercooler talk:Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker arrived home last night to discover his next-door neighbor's house on fire, and rescued a young woman trapped upstairs by carrying here through the flames, suffering second-degree burns in the process. See a video report here:

Also, "American Idol" contestant Jessica Sanchez was almost eliminated last night, but judges Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler rushed the stage to "save" her from leaving the competition. See Sanchez's reaction:

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