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Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Crashes: 1 Dead, 1 Injured

Saturday, 01 November 2014 00:30
Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo rocket plane exploded and crashed during a test flight on Friday, killing one crew member and seriously injuring another, authorities said. The explosion came after the plane dropped away from its WhiteKnightTwo carrier airplane and fired up its hybrid rocket engine, said Stuart Witt, CEO and general manager of the Mojave Air and Space Port in California. The blast scattered debris across a two-mile swath of the desert floor north of Mojave,…
3 Girls Killed in Hit-and-Run While Trick-or-Treating
Saturday, 01 November 2014 00:30
Three teenage girls trick-or-treating in Halloween costumes were killed by a hit-and-run driver at a Southern California intersection Friday night, authorities said. The girls were in a crosswalk near an elementary school in Santa Ana when the SUV with two men inside hit them about 6:45 p.m., police and fire officials said. The girls, whose names were not immediately clear, ranged in ages from 13 to 15, Orange County fire Capt. Steve Concialdi said. Two…
Halloween: 3 trick-or-treaters killed by speeding car
Friday, 31 October 2014 23:47
Police investigate after they say three tirck-or-treaters were killed by a speeding car in Santa Ana, California. STORY HIGHLIGHTSThe girls were all 13 years old Police: They had the right of way at a crosswalk Halloween is one of the deadliest nights of the year for pedestrians (CNN) -- A speeding car struck and killed three girls, including twins, who were trick-or-treating in Santa Ana, California, authorities said.
3rd teenage girl dies from Washington school shooting
Friday, 31 October 2014 23:47
STORY HIGHLIGHTSShaylee Chuckulnaskit was 14 years oldShe died Friday at a hospital, a week after she was shot in her school cafeteriaTwo other students died; two cousins of the gunman were woundedThe shooter took his own life in the cafeteria (CNN) -- A third teenage girl has died from last week's shooting at a Washington state high school. Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, 14, died Friday night at Providence Regional Medical Center, the hospital said.
Boko Haram talks? Don't bet on it (Opinion)
Friday, 31 October 2014 22:46
STORY HIGHLIGHTSDespite ceasefire claims, Boko Haram attacks continue, says Darren KewNigerian President's priority is next year's election, Kew saysKew: Nigerian journalists skeptical over Boko Haram "talks" Editor's note: Editor's note: Darren Kew is associate professor and chairman of the Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance at UMASS Boston, and Executive Director of its Center for Peace, Democracy, and Development. The views expressed are his own.
U.S. advisers to ISIS hot zone?
Friday, 31 October 2014 22:46
STORY HIGHLIGHTSJoint Chiefs spokesman says plan "is not a change in mission nor is it a combat role"U.S. currently has advisers assisting Iraqis in Irbil and Joint Chiefs chairman: Sunni tribes fighting ISIS need Iraqi military supportISIS has killed some 400 members of one Sunni tribe in Anbar in recent days Washington (CNN) -- Pentagon officials are readying a plan that would deploy U.S. military advisers to the volatile Iraqi province of Anbar to advise…
Is Iran paying men to fight in Syria?
Friday, 31 October 2014 22:46
Syrian rebels claim that Iran is paying Afghan mercenaries to fight against them in Syria. Nick Paton Walsh has more.If your browser has Adobe Flash Player installed, click above to play. Otherwise, click below.
China's October factory growth unexpectedly hits five-month low: official PMI
Friday, 31 October 2014 22:39
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's factory sector grew in October but at a pace that was slightly slower than expected, underlining the challenges facing the sector as manufacturers fight rising costs and softening demand in a cooling economy. The official Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) eased to 50.8 in October from September's 51.1, but above the 50-point level that separates growth from contraction on a monthly basis. Analysts polled by Reuters had forecast a reading of 51.2.
Chinese Probe Returns to Earth After Rounding the Moon
Friday, 31 October 2014 22:28
BEIJING — China on Saturday successfully recovered an experimental spacecraft that flew around the moon and back in a test run for the country's first robotic round trip to the lunar surface. The Chang'e 5-T1 probe's eight-day trip marked the first time in almost four decades that a spacecraft has returned to Earth after traveling around the moon. China plans to send a spacecraft to the moon in 2017 and have it return to Earth…
Ancient Stone Circles in Mideast Baffle Archaeologists
Friday, 31 October 2014 22:28
Huge stone circles in the Middle East have been imaged from above, revealing details of structures that have been shrouded in mystery for decades. Archaeologists in Jordan have taken high-resolution aerial images of 11 ancient "Big Circles," all but one of which are around 400 meters (1,312 feet) in diameter. Why they are so similar is unknown, but the similarity seems “too close to be a coincidence," said researcher David Kennedy. The Big Circles were…
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