Virgin Galactic aims to reach space soon with tourism rocket

MOJAVE, Calif. — Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic is gearing up to finally send its tourism rocket ship to the edge of space. If successful, it would be a major step toward the long-delayed dream of commercial space tourism. The next test flight could come as early as Thursday with two pilots taking Virgin Space Ship […]

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‘Little League for esports’ hopes to organize youth gaming

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Christian Pineda plays a lot of video games, but he’s best at “Minecraft.” Hunched over a laptop in the front row of a half-full movie theater last month, the 13-year-old eagerly showed off why. “I basically know the controls like the back of my hand,” he said before turning his focus […]

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‘Dirty deeds’: Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen gets 3 years in prison

NEW YORK — Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s one-time fixer, was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for crimes that included arranging the payment of hush money during the presidential campaign to conceal his boss’ alleged sexual affairs, telling a judge that “blind loyalty” led him to cover up Trump’s “dirty deeds.” Separately, the […]

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After Khashoggi murder, Senate debates US role in Yemen

WASHINGTON — The Senate is debating a resolution calling on the U.S. to pull assistance from the Saudi-led war in Yemen, a measure that has won new support in the aftermath of the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Senate voted 60-39 on Wednesday to open debate on the resolution, signaling there is enough […]

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UK’s Theresa May wins party no-confidence vote, but troubles remain

LONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May survived a brush with political mortality Wednesday, winning a no-confidence vote by Conservative lawmakers that would have ended her leadership of party and country. May won the vote of 317 Conservative legislators with a 200-117 tally that reflected the discontent within the party over her handling of Britain’s […]

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Cuba health mystery: Diplomats had inner-ear damage early on

MIAMI — American diplomats affected by mysterious health incidents in Cuba showed damage in the inner ear shortly after they complained of weird noises and sensations, according to their earliest medical exams, publicized Wednesday. The detailed findings were published in a medical journal nearly two years after what the U.S. calls “health attacks” began — […]

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai explains why searching for ‘idiot’ used to bring up pictures of President Donald Trump

SALT LAKE CITY — The word “idiot” started trending Tuesday afternoon because of a congressional hearing of Google chief executive Sundar Pichai, BBC News reports. What happened: The testimony showed searching the world in Google Images brings up pictures of President Donald Trump, too. During the hearing, Pichai was asked about whether the search was […]

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Trump comments upend US approach to Huawei, trade talks

WASHINGTON — The United States and China have taken pains this week to emphasize that their trade talks are entirely separate from the U.S. case against a top Chinese technology executive. But in the space of a few words, President Donald Trump obliterated the distinction. Trump said Tuesday he’d wade into the case against Meng […]

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Netanyahu’s adviser accused of sexual assault resigns

JERUSALEM — An adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu resigned on Wednesday following allegations of sexual assault. David Keyes, Netanyahu’s spokesman with the foreign press, stepped down nearly three months after taking a leave of absence after he was accused of sexual misconduct by at least a dozen women. Keyes issued a statement saying […]

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Chocolate factory spill causes one ton of molten chocolate to flow onto the street in Germany

SALT LAKE CITY — Why have roads paved in gold when you can have roads paved in chocolate? What happened: A leak at a chocolate factory in Germany caused milk chocolate to flow freely onto the street outside late Monday night. According to the Associated Press, approximately one ton of molten chocolate spilled out of […]

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