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  • The rocket maker SpaceX has a video of its out-of-this-world feat: In May, the private company launched its Dragon spacecraft, which became the first commercial vehicle to successfully attach to the International Space Station.

    Previously only the United States, Russia, Japan and the European Space Agency had achieved such an undertaking.

    So no surprise that there would be a video to commemorate the success. The highlight reel shows dramatic footage of employees cheering at liftoff, the tension of attaching the Dragon to the space station, and the return drop into the Pacific Ocean.

    The video, set to a soaring soundtrack, has been getting attention, with over 35,000 online views so far. Comments on YouTube include "Keep up the great work Space X !"  and " I can see the Space X movie! "

    The California-based company does have astronomical ambitions: A company spokesperson confirmed to Yahoo News that SpaceX has signed a $1.6 billion contract with NASA for 12 cargo missions to the

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  • John Brennan testified in court on July 18, 2012. (Rick Bowmer/AP)

    An Oregon judge ruled on Wednesday that stripping naked at the airport to protest the Transportation Security Administration is a protected form of free speech. In other words, if you're protesting the TSA it's OK to show a little T&A.

    The Oregonian reports that 50-year-old John E. Brennan was acquitted of an indecent exposure charge stemming from an April 17 incident during which he took off his clothes while standing at a security checkpoint line at Portland International Airport.

    "It is the speech itself that the state is seeking to punish, and that it cannot do," Circuit Judge David Rees said.

    Prosecutors in the case argued that Brennan did not say to airport officials that it was a protest until after he had stripped and was told police were on their way to the scene.

    Brennan says he stripped after airport screeners asked him to submit to a pat-down inspection.

    "I also was aware of the irony of taking off my clothes to protect my privacy," he told the court.

    However, Brennan's

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  • A 3-year-old Colombian boy was rescued from a sewer shaft on Wednesday, nearly 24 hours after he was reported missing.

    Jeanpier Silvera Arteta went missing in Barranquilla on Tuesday. Rescuers found him on Wednesday after an extensive search of the sewer system on a construction site where the boy and his two brothers had been playing.

    "It was an intense search," one rescuer told the BBC. "Thank God we found the boy in one of the sweeps in the area. We had already searched the sewers one time and hadn't found him. The second time we searched, the boy was there. He was close to being swept into a hole in the sewer."

    Arteta was rushed to the hospital, where he is recovering.

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  • India's PM ups fashion ante for maiden US visit
    India's PM ups fashion ante for maiden US visit

    New Delhi (AFP) - Prime Minister Narendra Modi is pulling out all the fashion stops for his upcoming visit to the United States, hiring a top Mumbai designer to create outfits that will sell his vision of a newly confident, aspirational India.

  • Jim O'Shaughnessy: Don't chase the 'story' stocks
    Jim O'Shaughnessy: Don't chase the 'story' stocks

    Alibaba's IPO is over, the iPhone is out and the Fed isn't moving. What will the market do now?

  • Lady Gaga sheds quirky image for jazz album with Tony Bennett

    By Robert-Jan Bartunek BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, bridging a 60-year age gap to form one of music's unlikeliest pairs, launched a jazz album on Monday that lets the pop diva put aside her wacky image to sing sweet harmonies with the elder statesman of cool. "Cheek to Cheek," on sale on Tuesday after a launch concert in the ornate Renaissance setting of the Grand-Place in Brussels, features jazz standards by Cole Porter, Duke Ellington and others a distant world away from Lady Gaga's 21st century. ...

  • Ebola cases to explode without drastic action: WHO
    Ebola cases to explode without drastic action: WHO

    Geneva (AFP) - The number of Ebola infections is set to explode unless the response is radically intensified, the WHO warned on Tuesday, predicting tens of thousands of cases by the end of the year.

  • SEC Finds Deficiencies at Hedge Funds

    PHILADELPHIA—Recent examinations of hedge funds have uncovered a range of problems, a top Securities and Exchange Commission official said, including firms boosting their performance, and the fees they collect, by changing the way they value investments. Andrew Bowden, the director of the SEC's Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations, said the agency has found a series of deficiencies at the roughly 185 hedge-fund firms in which it completed exams. The findings come as the SEC begins more closely scrutinizing hedge funds, which have historically operated with less oversight than other investment managers. The agency, in the wake of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial-overhaul law, has begun requiring a wider swath of hedge funds and private-equity funds to register with the agency and provide detailed data on trading.

  • Williams quits Wuhan event after illness

    (Reuters) - World number one Serena Williams withdrew from the Wuhan Open on Tuesday after falling ill midway through the first set of her second round match against Frenchwoman Alize Cornet. The American top seed was leading 6-5 after breaking Cornet's serve with a smash only for the doctor to come on court at the change over and take the 32-year-old's temperature. Williams, who was playing in her first match since winning her 18th grand slam singles title at the U.S. ...

  • Pope calls for global cooperation on migration crisis
    Pope calls for global cooperation on migration crisis

    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis called on Tuesday for countries to join forces to help the rising number of migrants, thousands of whom have died this year on perilous journeys to flee poverty and war. The pontiff's message comes as seaborne migration from North Africa to Europe is at a record high and the United States is seeing a surge in the number of children from Central America attempting to cross its southern border. ...

  • White House intruder had 800 rounds of ammunition in car: prosecutor
    White House intruder had 800 rounds of ammunition in car: prosecutor

    By Julia Edwards and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A decorated Iraq war veteran who scaled a fence on Friday night and got into the White House had more than 800 rounds of ammunition in his car and had been arrested in July with a sniper rifle and a map on which the executive mansion was marked, a federal prosecutor said on Monday. An internal review of the United States Secret Service will examine how Omar Gonzalez, 42, made it into the White House before being stopped, his previous interactions with the Secret Service, and what must be done to prevent future security breaches. ...

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