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  • SpaceX breaks ground on Texas orbital launch facility

    By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - Privately owned SpaceX started construction in south Texas on Monday for what the company said will be the first private commercial orbital launch facility in the world. Space Exploration Technologies Corp, the company's formal name, last year entered the commercial satellite launch market. It broke ground at the site near Brownsville, not far from the Mexican border. The Hawthorne, California-based company, owned and operated by technology entrepreneur Elon Musk, also flies cargo to the International Space Station under a $1.6 billion contract with NASA. ...

  • Polygamist Ninja Women Sneak Into Utah Home To Abduct 15-Year-Old Girl, Fail Miserably
    Polygamist Ninja Women Sneak Into Utah Home To Abduct 15-Year-Old Girl, Fail Miserably

    Police say two women dressed from head to toe as ninjas broke into a home in an effort to abduct a 15-year-old girl, Salt Lake City Fox affiliate KSTU reports.

  • Bids invited for Robin Williams' 'Mork' suit
    Bids invited for Robin Williams' 'Mork' suit

    Los Angeles (AFP) - The famous red and white spacesuit worn by Robin Williams in hit 1970s TV series "Mork and Mindy" is up for auction next month, with an estimated price-tag of up to $20,000.

  • U.S. air strikes hit IS training camps, supplies in Syria

    BEIRUT (Reuters) - The United States and Arab allies hit Islamic State targets including training camps, headquarters and weapon supplies in northern and eastern Syria in dozens of air and missile strikes on Tuesday, the U.S. military and a monitoring group said. U.S. strikes also hit a separate group of al Qaeda-affiliated militants in northern Syria. The U.S. military said in a statement it had "destroyed or damaged multiple (Islamic State) targets" around the cities of Raqqa, Deir al-Zor, Hasakah and the border town of Albu Kamal. ...

  • US, Arab allies hit IS strongholds in Syria, Iraq
    US, Arab allies hit IS strongholds in Syria, Iraq

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Combined U.S.-Arab airstrikes hit Islamic State group military strongholds in Syria and Iraq as a simultaneous U.S. strike attacked an al-Qaida cell of hardened veterans with "significant explosives skills" said to be plotting attacks on the U.S. and Western interests, the U.S. military said.

  • Qatar says not a gas 'alternative' to Russia
    Qatar says not a gas 'alternative' to Russia

    Berlin (AFP) - Wealthy gas producer Qatar has no plans to pitch in as an alternative supplier as Europe seeks to reduce its reliance on Russian gas, Doha's energy minister told a German newspaper Tuesday.

  • The Obamacare marketplace one year later: How you’re faring
    The Obamacare marketplace one year later: How you’re faring

    With the one-year anniversary of Obamacare's Healthcare.gov nearing, Americans tell us how they've been faring.

  • Micro Apartments Pop Up in Historic Providence Mall
    Micro Apartments Pop Up in Historic Providence Mall

    Have you ever dreamed of living inside of a shopping mall? Well, now is your chance! Rhode Island's Arcade Providence, built in 1928 and considered to be the world's oldest indoor shopping center, has been converted into housing with a twist: 38 micro-apartments.

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