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Virgin Galactic spaceship crashes during California test flight

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MOJAVE Calif. - A suborbital passenger spaceship being developed by Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic company crashed during a test flight on Friday at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, killing one crew member and seriously injuring the other, officials said.

U.S. rocket explosion investigation suspects main engine failure

CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. - As Orbital Sciences picks up the pieces, literally and figuratively, after its high-profile rocket launch explosion, accident investigators are looking closely at a potential first-stage engine problem.

U.S., 1:26pm EDT

New U.S. rockets include crew launch-escape systems

CAPE CANAVERAL Fla - Heeding a lesson from history, designers of a new generation of U.S. rockets will include escape systems to give crew members a fighting chance of surviving launch accidents such as the one that felled an unmanned Orbital Sciences Antares rocket on Tuesday.

3:23pm EDT

Boeing exec says NASA crash underscores need for new U.S. engine

WASHINGTON - The crash of an unmanned Orbital Sciences Antares rocket is a "wake-up call" to the U.S. space community about the need to develop a new U.S. rocket engine, the head of Boeing Co's defense division said on Thursday.

Aerospace & Defense 30 Oct 2014

Gray wolf reported at Grand Canyon for first time in decades

- A gray wolf was recently photographed on the north rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona in what would be the first wolf sighting in the national park since the last one was killed there in the 1940s, conservation groups said on Thursday.

30 Oct 2014

Skin-eating Asian fungus imperils world's salamanders

WASHINGTON - A skin-eating fungus that infiltrated Europe through the global wildlife trade is threatening to inflict massive losses on the continent's native salamanders including extinction of whole species and could do the same in North America, scientists say.

30 Oct 2014

Individual genetic differences may affect Ebola survival: study

CHICAGO - Scientists have been puzzling for years over why some people survive Ebola while many others perish. A new study provides strong evidence that individual genetic differences play a major role in whether people die from the disease.

Health 30 Oct 2014

Probe of Virginia rocket blast begins; space station supplied

WALLOPS Va./CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. - Authorities on Wednesday started investigating what caused an unmanned U.S. supply rocket to explode in a fireball moments after liftoff from a Virginia launch pad, destroying cargo and equipment bound for the International Space Station. | Video

U.S. 30 Oct 2014

Unmanned U.S. Atlas rocket blasts off with GPS satellite

CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. - An unmanned Atlas rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Wednesday to deliver a Global Positioning System navigation satellite into orbit for the U.S. Air Force. | Video

29 Oct 2014

Giant tortoises rally from near extinction on Galapagos island

WASHINGTON - Conservationists said on Tuesday they have brought giant tortoises found on the Galapagos island of Espanola back from the brink of extinction, gaining a foothold strong enough to allow humans to leave the reptiles alone.

28 Oct 2014
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Judge rejects strict limits on U.S. nurse who treated Ebola patients

FORT KENT Maine - Declaring Ebola fears in the United States "not entirely rational," a judge rejected Maine's bid for a quarantine on a nurse who treated victims of the disease in West Africa but tested negative for it, and instead imposed limited restrictions. | Video