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U.S. supply rocket explodes on liftoff

Wednesday, 29 October 2014 00:54
ATLANTIC, Va. (AP) — An unmanned commercial supply rocket bound for the International Space Station exploded moments after liftoff Tuesday evening, with debris falling in flames over the launch site in Virginia. No injuries were reported following the first catastrophic launch in NASA's commercial spaceflight effort. The accident was sure to draw criticism over the space agency's growing reliance on private U.S. companies in this post-shuttle era. NASA is paying billions of dollars to Orbital…
Former Chinese army chief Xu Caihou in bribe confession
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 23:55
Xu Caihou was also expelled from the Communist Party and had his rank of general revoked. STORY HIGHLIGHTSXu was a former vice chairman of the Central Military CommissionStatement: He took advantage of his position to promote others and take bribesXu is the most senior military leader to face corruption charges in recent memoryWas one of four senior members to be expelled from the ruling Communist Party
Dying woman completes bucket list
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 23:55
Brittany Maynard and Dan Diaz on their wedding day. She had been married a little more than a year when she was diagnosed with brain cancer. STORY HIGHLIGHTSBrittany Maynard has brain cancer, plans to take her life November 1Maynard said she wanted to visit the Grand Canyon before her deathShe's become a leading figure in the assisted suicide movement
Fed set to end one crisis chapter even as global risks rise
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 23:53
By Howard Schneider WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Reserve on Wednesday is expected to shutter its bond-buying program, closing one controversial chapter in its crisis response even as it struggles to manage a full return to normal monetary policy. The Fed is likely to announce at the end of a two-day meeting that it will no longer add to its holdings of Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities, halting the final $15 billion in monthly…
Exclusive: SEC probing private equity performance figures - sources
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 23:53
By Greg Roumeliotis NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is examining how private equity firms report a key metric of their past performance when they market new funds to investors, as the regulator boosts its scrutiny of the industry, according to people familiar with the matter. At issue is how private equity firms report how they calculate average net returns in past funds in their marketing materials, the sources said.
Dolly Parton: I try to love everybody
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 23:50
American country music star Dolly Parton performs on the Pyramid Stage at Worthy Farm in Somerset, during the Glastonbury Festival June 29, 2014. (Reuters) Dolly Parton has never been shy about publicly stating her support for the gay community, and in a new interview, she explains her stance on the hot-button issue. Parton has a large following in the LGBT community, and her theme park, Dollywood, has become a big draw for that segment of…
Missing Denver Broncos Fan Found Unharmed in Colorado
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 23:41
Paul Kitterman, the Denver Broncos fan who vanished during last week's game, has been found, police said Tuesday night. He's fine, and no foul play is suspected. Kitterman, 53, was least seen Thursday leaving his seat at halftime during the Broncos' game against the San Diego Chargers, leading his concerned family to file a missing persons report. Tuesday night, Denver police said Kitterman was found "unharmed" in Pueblo, Colorado, about 90 miles from Denver. Police…
Cops: Woman's beheading, son's suicide linked
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 22:55
New York (CNN) -- A woman was found beheaded in an apartment in New York on Tuesday night, and shortly afterward her son died in an apparent suicide when he stopped in front of a train, a law enforcement source told CNN. The incidents are being looked at as a possible murder-suicide. The woman was in her 60s; the son in his 30s. Authorities have not yet recovered a murder weapon.
'Pumpkinsteins' are not your average pumpkin
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 22:55
STORY HIGHLIGHTSTony Dighera has been experimenting with pumpkins and moldsHis "pumpkinsteins" go for $100 or moreNext year, he hopes to make 40,000 pumpkinsteinsHe also plans to grow skulls next year (CNN) -- There are heads growing on Tony Dighera's farm, and they're not made of lettuce. They're called "pumpkinsteins," and they look a lot like the Frankenstein creature that actor Boris Karloff made famous more than 80 years ago.
Under pressure, North Korea proposes human rights visit
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 22:55
This undated photo, released Tuesday, October 14, by the state-run Korean Central News Agency, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspecting a housing complex in Pyongyang, North Korea.

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