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Virgin Galactic spaceship crashes during Calif. test flight

by Dan Whitcomb, Reuters

17 hours ago

Wreckage from Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo in Mojave, Calif. on Oct. 31. Photo by KNBC-TV/Reuters

A suborbital passenger spaceship being developed by Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic company crashed during a test flight on Friday at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, killing... read full article

  • Kerry says reported U.S. slur of Israel’s Netanyahu ‘damaging’

    Reuters

    2 days ago

    The description of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a "chickenshit" by an anonymous U.S. official as quoted in a U.S. magazine this week was disgraceful and damaging, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday.

    Netanyahu on Wednesday condemned the comment from an...

  • Controversies roil UCLA, Berkeley campuses

    By Tom Tugend

    2 days ago

    “Leaked emails reveal partnership between Hillel, PR firm,” read the headline on a story that made the front page of Wednesday’s Daily Bruin, the lively UCLA student newspaper.

    The plotline for this story may seem a bit arcane for those not up-to-date on campus politics, but the...

  • NASA’s unmanned Antares rocket explodes on launch

    Reuters

    4 days ago

    An unmanned Antares rocket exploded seconds after lift off from a commercial launch pad in Virginia on Tuesday, a NASA TV broadcast showed.

    The 14-story rocket, built and launched by Orbital Sciences Corp, bolted off its seaside launch pad at the Wallops Flight Facility at 6:22 p.m. EDT/2222 GMT. It exploded seconds later. The cause of the accident was not immediately available.

    Reporting by Irene Klotz; Editing by Sandra Maler

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  • Friend of accused Boston bomber found guilty of lying to authorities

    by Ross Kerber, Reuters

    4 days ago

    A college friend of the accused Boston Marathon bomber was found guilty on Tuesday of making false statements to authorities in a terrorism investigation, as a federal jury did not accept his defense that he had smoked so much marijuana he was too high to lie.

    Robel Phillipos,...

  • U.S. nuclear negotiator suggests Iran deal could be close at hand

    by Ron Kampeas, JTA

    4 days ago

     Is the Obama administration preparing the ground for an Iran nuclear deal — one in which both sides can claim victory?

    Wendy Sherman, the top U.S. negotiator, in an unusually detailed and optimistic speech on Oct. 23, for the first time suggested that the pieces of a deal were...

  • All smiles, nurse infected by first U.S. Ebola patient is released

    by Tami Chappell, Reuters

    4 days ago

    The second of two American nurses who became infected with Ebola while treating a Liberian man who died of the disease in Texas was released from an Atlanta hospital on Tuesday having been declared free of the virus.

    "I'm so grateful to be well," a smiling Amber Vinson, 29, told...

  • Orthodox yeshiva leader arguing for greater privacy in women’s conversions

    JTA

    4 days ago

    In the wake of voyeurism allegations against a prominent Orthodox rabbi, the head of an Orthodox yeshiva for women is arguing that male rabbis need not be present for a female convert’s ritual immersion.

    Rabbi Jeffrey Fox, the rosh yeshiva of Yeshivat Maharat in New York, is...

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