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Rain brings joy, if not a fix, to the drought-ridden Central Valley

The grapevines needed to be covered. The last of the tomato harvest came to a halt. A corn maze turned to mud. The ink ran on a "Pray for Rain" sign in an orchard of dead citrus trees.<p>One modest, seasonal storm wasn't going to reverse California's historic drought.<p>Yet across the Central Valley and …

SpaceShipTwo crash investigation may take up to a year

A lock-unlock lever on the doomed Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo was moved earlier than it should have been, the National Transportation Safety Board said Sunday night.<p>But the agency's acting chairman stressed it was unclear whether pilot error, mechanical problems or a host of other possibilities …

Spaceship co-pilot was experienced test pilot

MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) — The pilot killed in a test flight of Virgin Galactic's prototype space tourism rocket was as capable behind the controls of …

Twins among 3 teen girls killed in Halloween hit-and-run

They couldn't afford costumes, so 13-year-old Lexandra Perez wore only face paint and her twin sister Lexi wore regular clothes when they dashed out the front door of the Fairhaven Apartments on Halloween. They carried orange plastic pumpkins.<p>They soon joined their friend, Andrea Gonzalez, 13, who …

Branson admits SpaceShip Two crash casts doubt on space tourism project

Sir Richard Branson acknowledged on Saturday that his dream of commercial space tourism may have ended in the explosion that consumed Virgin Galactic’s test craft SpaceShipTwo in the skies above California’s Mojave desert.<br>After rushing overnight to the scene of Friday’s accident, the Virgin chief …