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Russian space agency denies programming error bungled rocket launch

A failed rocket launch from Russia’s new spaceport at Vostochny last month was not in fact caused by an elementary programming error, as recent reports have indicated — or at least that’s what Roscosmos, the country’s space agency, has claimed, contradicting earlier statements made by Deputy Prime …

Space Exploration

Rising energy costs eyed amid brutal cold snap gripping US

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Plunging temperatures across half the country on Thursday underscored a stark reality for low-income Americans who rely on …

Weather

Brazil President’s Christmas Decree Draws a Firestorm, and a Rebuff

RIO DE JANEIRO — From another president, a Christmas decree relaxing eligibility rules for nonviolent criminals seeking pardons might have been viewed as a benevolent act.<p>Yet benevolence is a not a sentiment Brazilians tend to apply to President Michel Temer, who set off a firestorm over the …