BERLIN (AP) — Europe's experimental Mars probe hit the right spot — but at the wrong speed — likely ending up in a fiery ball of rocket fuel when it struck the surface at high speed, scientists said Friday.
The major U.S. stock indexes inched mostly lower in afternoon trading Friday, weighed down primarily by a slide in phone and health care companies. Technology and consumer goods stocks were holding on to slight gains. Investors had their eye on earnings from General Electric, McDonald's and other big companies.
Canada blasted the European Union as incapable of signing international agreements Friday as talks to persuade the Belgian region of Wallonia to sign up to a huge trade deal broke down. The barb from an emotional Chrystia Freeland, the Canadian trade minister, fed into warnings by EU leaders that the 28-nation bloc may now never be able to land any other deals including one with the United States. "It seems obvious to me, to Canada, that the European Union is incapable now of having an international agreement, even with a country with such European values as Canada, and even with a country as kind and patient as Canada," Freeland said on Belgian television.