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4 Killed in Shootings at Two US Military Facilities

Four military personnel were killed in shootings Thursday at two military facilities in the southern state of Tennessee. Officials said the gunman who opened fire at the two facilities was also killed in the incident.  Several other people were injured, including a police officer. Authorities said the gunman opened fire at a military recruiting center at a shopping mall in Chattanooga where five branches of the military all have adjoining offices. A gunshot rang out around 10:30 or 10:45 , said Sgt. 1st Class Robert Dodge, 36, the leader for Army recruiting at the center. "Shortly after that, just a…
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NASA Reveals Closest Look Ever at Pluto

The Space Agency, NASA, released long-awaited photos from its New Horizons mission that show icy mountains on the surface of Pluto. Scientists also revealed images that show remarkable new details of Pluto's moons Hydra and Charon. scientists released photos Wednesday after an unmanned NASA spacecraft whizzed by the distant dwarf planet following its nearly 10-year journey of billion kilometers (nearly 3 billion miles). The nuclear-powered New Horizons – moving faster than any spacecraft ever built previously, at a speed of about 49,570 kilometers per hour (30,800 miles per hour) – snapped pictures of Pluto as it hurtled by. Pluto nearly…
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Teen Plane Crash Survivor Arrives Home

An American teenager who survived a small plane crash, then managed to find her way off a rugged Washington mountainside, finally made it home just as word came that searchers had located wreckage in the area where she emerged from the woods. Aerial searchers reported spotting wreckage, but crews were not able to reach the heavily wooded site in Washington state Tuesday night and no positive identification has been made of either the missing plane or its two missing occupants, Leland and Sharon Bowman of Montana, said Barbara LaBoe, a Washington state Transportation Department spokeswoman. LaBoe said efforts to reach the site…
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US Spacecraft Sails by Pluto, Capping 9-year Journey

AUREL, MARYLAND—A spacecraft sailed past the tiny planet Pluto in the most distant reaches of the solar system on Tuesday, capping a journey of 3 billion miles ( billion km) that began nine-and-a-half years ago. NASA's New Horizons spacecraft passed by the ice-and-rock planetoid and its entourage of five moons at 7:49 Eastern (1149 GMT). The event culminated an initiative to explore the solar system that the space agency embarked upon more than 50 years ago. "It's truly a mark in human history," John Grunsfeld, NASA's associate administrator for science, said from the mission control center at Johns Hopkins University Applied…
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US Lawmakers Question Goals of Iran Nuclear Talks

Senior senators wary of ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran warned Sunday that President Barack Obama could face stiff congressional opposition to any final deal between Western powers and Tehran. Secretary of State John Kerry has been leading a delegation at the Vienna talks, and officials say "major issues" remained as late as Sunday, including differences over a United Nations arms embargo on Tehran that Western powers want to maintain. In Washington, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, speaking on Fox News Sunday, criticized the deal, saying it will leave Tehran as "a threshold nuclear state."  McConnell and other critics say the Obama…
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Wisconsin Governor Enters 2016 White House Race

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker joined the crowded field seeking the Republican Party's 2016 presidential nomination on Monday, saying he is in the race to "fight and win for the American people." The 47-year-old Walker is the 15th candidate in the Republican contest. Political surveys show him among the top Republicans seeking the nomination, with some of his biggest support in Wisconsin's neighboring state of Iowa, which holds the country's first nominating caucus next February. The deeply conservative Walker has not run for national office before, but gained prominence in Republican circles by winning three statewide elections since 2010 in a…
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US Immigration Issue at Appeals Court Friday

WASHINGTON—Whether millions of undocumented immigrants in the United States could apply for temporary legal status will depend on the ruling of a federal appeals court in New Orleans, which will hear the case about an executive order by President Barack Obama on Friday. The day before the court hearing, immigration rights groups held a town hall meeting in Fairfax, Virginia, near the nation’s capital, pushing for comprehensive immigration reforms. Democratic Congressman Don Beyer spoke in support of the president’s executive order. “The Republicans beat him up on the floor of Congress, saying it was illegal and it violated the Constitution,…
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South Carolina Removes Confederate Flag From Capitol

An honor guard from the South Carolina Highway Patrol has taken down the Civil War-era Confederate flag that has flown on the grounds of the southern state Capitol for more than 50 years. The move comes three weeks after the racially inspired murders of nine African American church members in Charleston, South Carolina. A racially diverse crowd of hundreds cheered and chanted "USA, USA" Friday as they witnessed the flag's historic removal from the Statehouse grounds - a day many in the state thought would never come. Several waved the American flag - the Stars and Stripes. Outside the Capitol,…
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Will US FIFA Indictments Lead to Reform?

NEW YORK—The FIFA indictments of 2015 and the Salt Lake City Olympic Committee scandal of 1998 share an important characteristic: both were the targets of a corruption investigation by the Department of Justice. The FIFA indictments triggered outrage against the Justice Department from some quarters for overstepping its bounds. But for legal scholars, an indictment boils down to two questions:  Was a crime committed on soil?  Secondly, is there a basis for personal jurisdiction over the individual or individuals involved? 'Crime happened here' “It's not unlike someone who stands on soil and intentionally fires a weapon to murder someone in…
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NYSE Temporarily Suspends Trading Due to Technical Glitch

Trading in all securities were halted on the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday following earlier reports of technical difficulties, although NYSE-listed issues was still trading on other exchanges. NYSE officials said the issue was the result of an internal technical issue and not  the result of a cyber breach.  The announcement came in a tweet posted on the exchange's official Twitter account.  The trading halt began just after 11:30 am Wednesday and was still ongoing over an hour-and-a-half later. After the halt, stocks extended their losses, but in low volumes, with the S&P 500 hitting a session low and…
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