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Google and Virgin Galactic Keep Mum on Space Talks

Neither Google nor Virgin Galactic are commenting on a widely circulated report from Britain's Sky News that the two companies are talking about a deal relating to satellite-launch technology.<p>Sky News quoted unnamed insiders as saying that Google is thinking about putting hundreds of millions of …

Palestinian professor: no regrets over taking students to Auschwitz

Mohammed Dajani knew he was on sensitive ground when he took a group of students to visit the site of the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland in March. But it took the furore that followed to make the Palestinian academic realise that he had entered a political and psychological minefield.<p>Dajani …

Russian bombers fly near California

U.S. fighter jets intercepted Russian bombers off Alaska and California this month, the latest incidents in a string of recent aerial encounters over the Pacific.<p>On June 4, according to U.S. defense officials, four long-range Russian Tu-95 Bear-H bombers, accompanied by an aerial refueling tanker, …

Italy's Renzi enhances anti-corruption czar

MILAN (AP) — Premier Matteo Renzi gave his top anti-corruption official enhanced powers Friday aimed at preventing scandals like the one that forced …

Many dead in fresh CAR clashes

Fighting between mainly Muslim ex-rebels and the largely Christian "anti-balaka" militia has killed at least 22 people in eastern Central African Republic, security officials have said.<p>"At least 22 people have been killed and more than 30 were wounded in clashes that broke out last Monday and …

Pope enters Scottish independence debate with warning against division

A papal warning about the consequences of national division has been interpreted as a guarded intervention in the debate on Scottish independence. Speaking about Spain's conflict with Catalonia in an interview with Barcelona-based La Vanguardia newspaper, Pope Francis said: "All division worries …

Kerry urges end to sexual violence in conflict, says it's time for world to act

Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday told an international summit on ending sexual violence in conflict that it was time for the world to banish the crime "to the history books where it belongs."<p>"It's time for us in an age where we see enough of chaos, failed and failing states, to write a new …

Somber Graduation Follows Shooting

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Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl returns to U.S., will begin process to reenter society

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is in stable condition and will work daily with medical and mental health professionals as he set his own pace in a reintegration process designed to help him gain physical and emotional stability, Army medical officials said Friday.<p>He arrived at Brooke Army Medical Center in San …

Safety checks were likely skipped on flight that killed 7, NTSB says

Information recovered from a flight recorder of a private jet that crashed last month in Massachusetts, killing seven, suggests that the crew did not check to see if their flight controls worked before takeoff, federal investigators said in a preliminary report released Friday.<p>"Review of FDR …

California declares whooping cough epidemic

California is being hit hard with a whooping cough epidemic, according to the state's public health department, with 800 cases reported in the past two weeks alone.<p>The agency says that there were 3,458 whooping cough cases reported between January 1 and June 10, well ahead of the number of cases …

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Islamic militants advance toward Baghdad; Iran vows to aid Iraq

Islamic militants took control of two more cities in northeastern Iraq on Friday, prompting a senior cleric in the violence-plagued country to call on Shiite Muslim followers to take up arms against the invaders.<p>Fighters from the resurgent Al Qaeda splinter group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria …

Source: Ukrainian military plane with at least 49 aboard shot down

A Ukrainian military plane with at least 49 passengers was shot down overnight Friday, a source said, making it the latest and likely one of the bloodiest single events in that nation's current period of turmoil.<p>The Ilyushin-76 military transport plane went down while approaching an airport in the …

Does It Really Matter if You Eject Disks Properly?

Your computer nags you if you don't hit "eject," but there's a good reason.<p>We've all yanked external disks out of computers in a hurry, skipping the step of properly ejecting them. If you have a Mac, then your machine probably nags you about it. But are you actually doing any harm? The answer is …

The Sleep Schedules Of 27 Of History’s Greatest Minds

The science of sleep and its glorious effects on creativity, productivity, and sanity gets a lot of press these days. That said, the sleep habits of some of your favorite writers, musicians, and artists may surprise you a little.<p>The bedtimes and rising times of history’s greatest minds are …