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Spacecraft for tourists explodes on test flight

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MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) — A winged spaceship designed to take tourists on excursions beyond Earth's atmosphere exploded during a test flight Fri... Full Story

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  • Spacecraft for tourists explodes on test flight
    Spacecraft for tourists explodes on test flight

    MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) — A winged spaceship designed to take tourists on excursions beyond Earth's atmosphere exploded during a test flight Friday over the Mojave Desert, killing a pilot in the second fiery setback for commercial space travel in less than a week.

  • Space tourism rocket crash stirs mixed emotions
    Space tourism rocket crash stirs mixed emotions

    The explosion of Virgin Galactic's passenger rocket is stirring up mixed emotions as scientists and others involved in the space industry wait for more details on what happened over the Mojave Desert on Friday.

  • Judge rejects attempt to isolate nurse
    Judge rejects attempt to isolate nurse

    FORT KENT, Maine (AP) — A Maine judge gave nurse Kaci Hickox the OK to go wherever she pleases, handing state officials a defeat Friday in the nation's biggest court case yet over how to balance personal liberty, public safety and fear of Ebola.

  • Ashes from Ebola victim's apartment in limbo
    Ashes from Ebola victim's apartment in limbo

    It took a crew 38 hours to clear out the Dallas apartment where Thomas Eric Duncan was staying before he was diagnosed Sept. 30 with Ebola. Hazmat suit-clad workers piled shoes, carpets, mattresses, bed sheets, clothes and kids' backpacks into 140 55-gallon drums. Only a few items were salvaged: a omputer hard drive, legal documents, family photos, an old Bible belonging to Duncan's grandmother.

  • Attorney wants UVa abduction suspect evaluated
    Attorney wants UVa abduction suspect evaluated

    FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — An attorney for the man accused of abducting University of Virginia student Hannah Graham said Friday that he wants his client to be evaluated to determine his sanity.

  • Ex-band member guilty in drum major's hazing death

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A former Florida A&M band member accused of being the ringleader of a brutal hazing ritual known as "Crossing Bus C" that killed a drum major was convicted Friday of manslaughter and felony hazing.

  • Ohio man held in North Korea hoped to aid church
    Ohio man held in North Korea hoped to aid church

    LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — An American who is back home after being detained for nearly six months in North Korea said Friday that he left a Bible in a nightclub hoping it would get into the hands of what he called the country's underground Christian church.

  • 2 arrested as people flock to Hawaii lava
    2 arrested as people flock to Hawaii lava

    PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Two Hawaii residents have been arrested for trespassing to see lava, police said Friday amid growing interest from people eager to witness the slow-moving flow.

  • Painted faces at parks need painstaking removal

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A series of graffiti-like paintings on rocks in national parks across the West set off a furor on social media this month, angering people who say they desecrated some of the nation's most famously picturesque landscapes. They've also created a headache for park managers who hve the delicate task of cleaning up the sites without causing further damage.

  • Don't forget to set your clocks back

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Most people in the United States are getting an extra hour of sleep this weekend, thanks to the annual shift back to standard time.

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