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Virgin Galactic Tourism Rocket Ship Reaches Space in Test

(From AP News) Virgin Galactic’s tourism spaceship climbed more than 50 miles high above California’s Mojave Desert on Thursday, reaching for the first time what the company considers the boundary of space. The rocket ship hit an altitude of 51...

Strasbourg Attack Suspect Killed by Police

(From The Guardian) French police have killed the suspected gunman who shot and stabbed people at Strasbourg’s Christmas market, killing three and leaving a dozen wounded. . . . [Chérif Chekatt] . . .was killed after police officers spotted him...

Senate Votes to End US Support for Saudi War

(From The Hill) The Senate approved a resolution Thursday to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, dealing a significant blow to President Trump amid heightened tensions over the death of U.S.-based Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. . ....

Accused Russian Agent Maria Butina Pleads Guilty in Cooperation Deal

(From ABC News) Maria Butina, a 30-year-old Russian gun rights activist, has signed onto a plea agreement with the U.S. government, officially pivoting away from her months-long campaign to prove her innocence after standing accused of developing a covert influence...

China Says Second Canadian Being Probed for Harming State Security

(From Reuters) Canadian businessman Michael Spavor, who worked with North Korea, is being investigated on suspicion of harming China’s security, China said on Thursday, days after a former Canadian diplomat was detained in an escalating diplomatic row. . . ....

Apple to Build New $1 Billion Campus in Texas

(From Reuters) Apple Inc (AAPL.O) said on Thursday it would invest $1 billion to build a second campus in North Austin, Texas and another $10 billion for new data centers over the next five years, as it aims to create...

Theresa May Survives No-Confidence Vote to Remain as British PM

(From UPI) British Prime Minister Theresa May survived a no-confidence vote by members of her Conservative Party Wednesday, amid her beleaguered plan to leave the European Union. A majority of Conservative members of parliament backed May as the leader of...

Senate to Vote on Aid to Yemen in Wake of Khashoggi Slaying

(From AP News) Senators are expected to vote Thursday on a resolution that would call on the U.S. to pull assistance from the Saudi-led war in Yemen, a measure that would rebuke Saudi Arabia after the killing of journalist Jamal...

FCC Affirms That Wireless Carriers Can Block Unwanted Text Messages

(From NBC News) The Federal Communications Commission voted on Wednesday to clarify that wireless carriers have the authority to block unwanted or spam text messages, but Democrats warned the decision would allow carriers to block or censor texts that customers...

The List of Extreme Weather Caused by Climate Change Grows

(From Science News) A months-long heat wave that scorched the Tasman Sea beginning in November of 2017 is the latest example of an extreme event that would not have happened without human-caused climate change. Climate change also increased the likelihood...