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voanews.com | 07-Dec-2016 23:03
Musk's SpaceX Says Rockets to Remain Grounded Until January
Elon Musk's SpaceX has been forced to delay the return of its rockets to flight until January as an investigation continues into a launch pad explosion earlier this year, the tech billionaire' s company said Wednesday. The company had hoped to launch a Falcon 9 rocket on Dec. 16 to put 10 satellites into orbit for Iridium Communications Inc., but did not receive a required license to fly from the Federal Aviation Administration, which oversees U.S. commercial space...
voanews.com | 07-Dec-2016 22:55
Brazil Top Court Rules Senate Head Can Stay, Defuses Crisis
Brazil's Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned an injunction that ordered the indicted head of the Senate, Renan Calheiros, to step down, voting to allow him to continue in the post but not in the presidential line of succession. The 6-3 ruling defuses a clash between the top court and the Senate that threatened to derail austerity legislation at the center of President Michel Temer's plan to bring a widening budget deficit under control and end a two-year recession. The...
voanews.com | 07-Dec-2016 22:45
Rights Group: Many US Public Schools Hostile to LGBT Students
A human rights group says many U.S. public schools remain hostile to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students. Human Rights Watch says the students are often subjected to bullying, harassment and bigotry from classmates and school officials based on the students' sexual orientation and gender identity. The rights group said Wednesday it interviewed more than 350 students and 145 parents, teachers and administrators in five geographically diverse U.S. states — Alabama,...
voanews.com | 07-Dec-2016 22:03
City Officials: Congress Shortchanging NYC on Trump Security
New York City's mayor and other Democratic officials said Wednesday that Congress was proposing to pitch in far too little for protecting Trump Tower: $7 million, or a fifth of what New York requested. “New York City taxpayers should not be on the hook for 80 percent of the national bill'' to protect President-elect Donald Trump and his family, Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement calling for Congress to “step up” in coming months. Since Trump won the Nov. 8 election,...
voanews.com | 07-Dec-2016 21:46
2 Top IS Commanders Reportedly Flee Raqqa
The Islamic State group is seeing some defections in its leadership in Syria as two senior commanders have fled in recent days to territory held by rebels fighting the Syrian regime, local sources and a monitoring group said. Two high-ranking commanders of Tunisian origin and some close followers with Egyptian backgrounds left the Syrian city of Raqqa, Islamic State's de facto capital, and headed to the rebel-held city of Idlib, in northwestern Syria, according to reports on the...
voanews.com | 07-Dec-2016 21:22