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Richard Branson’s Unity Crew 22 Soars To Space
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Richard Branson’s Unity Crew 22 Soars To Space

Richard Branson hurtled into space aboard his own winged rocket ship Sunday, bringing astro-tourism a step closer to reality and beating out his rival Jeff Bezos. Branson and five crewmates from his Virgin Galactic space-tourism company reached an altitude of 53.5 miles (86 kilometers) over the New Mexico desert — enough to experience three to four minutes of weightlessness and witness the curvature of the Earth — and then glided back home to a runway landing.“The whole thing, it was just magical," a jubilant Branson said on his return aboard the gleaming white space plane, named Unity. The brief, up-and-down flight — the space plane's portion took only about 15 minutes, or about as long as Alan Shepard's first U.S. spaceflight in 1961 — was a splashy and unabashedly ...
4 Arrested After Hotel Maid Prevents Potential Shooting At MLB All-Star Game
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4 Arrested After Hotel Maid Prevents Potential Shooting At MLB All-Star Game

Four people have been arrested and more than a dozen weapons and hundreds of rounds of ammunition have been seized at a downtown Denver hotel that is close to several events planned in conjunction with the upcoming Major League Baseball All-Star Game.Officers responding to a tip searched two rooms at the Maven Hotel, a block from Coors Field, on Friday night. Three men and a woman in their 40s were arrested, and two vehicles were impounded to be searched for evidence.The recovered weapons included several rifles, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press.So far, investigators have not found any evidence to suggest the group was plotting a mass shooting or other similar attack, the official said, while cautioning that the investigation is still in its early stage...
Death Toll Reaches 90 As Search Continues In Florida Building Collapse
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Death Toll Reaches 90 As Search Continues In Florida Building Collapse

Authorities searching for victims of a deadly collapse in Florida said Sunday they hope to conclude their painstaking work in the coming weeks as a team of first responders from Israel departed the site.Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said 90 deaths have now been confirmed in last month's collapse of the 12-story Champlain Towers South in Surfside, up from 86 a day before. Among them are 71 bodies that have been identified, and their families have been notified, she said. Some 31 people remain listed as missing.The Miami-Dade Police Department said three young children were among those recently identified.Crews continued to search the remaining pile of rubble, peeling layer after layer of debris in search of bodies. The unrelenting search has resulted in the r...
FDA Warns Of Reaction To J&J COVID-19 Vaccine
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FDA Warns Of Reaction To J&J COVID-19 Vaccine

U.S. regulators on Monday added a new warning to Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine about links to a potentially dangerous neurological reaction.The Food and Drug Administration announced the new warning, flagging reports of Guillain-Barre syndrome, an immune system disorder that can causes muscle weakness and occasionally paralysis.The action comes after the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reviewed reports of about 100 people developing the syndrome after receiving the one-dose vaccine. Almost all of were hospitalized and one person died, the FDA said.Guillain-Barre syndrome occurs when the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks some of its nerve cells, causing muscle weakness and sometimes paralysis. An estimated 3,000 to 6,000 people devel...
Target To Close San Francisco Stores Due To Rise In Retail Crime, Thefts
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Target To Close San Francisco Stores Due To Rise In Retail Crime, Thefts

Customers, Security records as criminal packs black trash bag full of items and rides out of storeAccording to the California Retailer's Association three cities in the state of California are in the top 10 in the nation for rates of organized retail crime, they are San Francisco, Los Angeles and Sacramento.According to local media, because of the rise in retail crime some San Francisco stores have been forced to permanently shut down or close early. Target says it will close all 6 of its stores in San Francisco early because of a huge spike in crime and shoplifting. The retail giant also said that their stores in San Francisco are the only ones where they are closing early because of the rise in crime."For more than a month, we've been experiencing a significant and alarming...
Gas Prices In US Skyrocket, Show No Sign Of Letting Up
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Gas Prices In US Skyrocket, Show No Sign Of Letting Up

Gas prices in the U.S. are on the rise again.The U.S. average price for a gallon of gasoline rose 2 1/2 cents from last week to $3.09 per gallon on Monday, according to the travel and fuel price tracking app GasBuddy.The national average is now almost 5 cents higher than a month ago and 92 cents higher than this time last year. GasBuddy petroleum analyst Patrick De Haan says Americans should expect to pay even more at the pump heading into July 4th, a popular road trip holiday. “Motorists should prepare to dig deeper for the second half of the summer, unfortunately,” De Haan said.This month, the Energy Information Administration predicted gasoline would average $2.92 a gallon for the April-September summer driving season, up from $2.07 a gallon for the same pe...
A Ransomware Attack Hits More Than 200 Companies, Security Firm Says
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A Ransomware Attack Hits More Than 200 Companies, Security Firm Says

A ransomware attack paralyzed the networks of at least 200 U.S. companies on Friday, according to a cybersecurity researcher whose company was responding to the incident. The REvil gang, a major Russian-speaking ransomware syndicate, appears to be behind the attack, said John Hammond of the security firm Huntress Labs. He said the criminals targeted a software supplier called Kaseya, using its network-management package as a conduit to spread the ransomware through cloud-service providers. Other researchers agreed with Hammond’s assessment.“Kaseya handles large enterprise all the way to small businesses globally, so ultimately, (this) has the potential to spread to any size or scale business,” Hammond said in a direct message on Twitter. “This is a colossal and devastatin...
Explosives Set To Demolish Florida Condo, Open Up Areas For Rescue Teams
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Explosives Set To Demolish Florida Condo, Open Up Areas For Rescue Teams

Demolition specialists carefully bored holes Sunday to insert explosive charges into the precarious, still-standing portion of a collapsed South Florida condo building that will come down to open up new areas for rescue teams to search.Eighty percent of the drilling work was complete, and the remaining structure could come down as soon as Sunday night, Miami-Dade Assistant Fire Chief Raide Jadallah told relatives of those missing in the collapse. The timing, however, was still not set. Jadallah praised the speedy work of the demolition crews and drew applause from families eager for the search to restart when he said the implosion could happen sooner than initially expected. No one has been rescued alive since the first hours after the June 24 collapse. The searc...
Trump Slams Biden’s ‘Dangerous’ Open Borders Policy During Visit To Texas
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Trump Slams Biden’s ‘Dangerous’ Open Borders Policy During Visit To Texas

Lawmakers, officials and supporters traveled to Texas to cheer on former President Donald Trump as he paid a visit to the southern border Wednesday and hammered the Biden administration for its immigration policies amid a decades-high spike in border crossings.Trump talked about the 2020 election in a news conference along side Texas Governor Greg Abbott.“Biden is destroying our country. And it all started with a fake election," Trump railed as he stood at the border, an American flag hoisted by a crane waving above him, asserting he won in November.Coming fresh off his first rally since leaving the White House, the visit underscored the extent to which Republicans, both nationally and in the states, continue to embrace Trump as the leader of their party. And it demon...
Death Toll Rises In Florida Condo Collapse, 147 Unaccounted For Says Mayor
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Death Toll Rises In Florida Condo Collapse, 147 Unaccounted For Says Mayor

Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava says the bodies of four additional victims have been found in the rubble of a collapsed condo tower, raising the death toll to 16 people. Miami-Dade Assistant Fire Chief Raide Jadallah told family members earlier at a morning briefing that rescuers found the bodies Tuesday night. He said the victims' next of kin had not yet been identified. Jadallah says that in addition to those four bodies, crews also found other human remains. Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett said at a Wednesday news conference that he has never seen as many assets on site as he did earlier that morning."We've got heavy, heavy equipment and it's actively lifting gigantic pieces of concrete out of that pile," he told reporters. "We've got wa...