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Soyuz emergency landing could result in major payout for insurer Soglasie
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The Soyuz spacecraft's emergency landing on Thursday could become one of the biggest payouts for Russian insurance firm Soglasie in decades if it turns out to be an insurance case, Soglasie was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency. The insurer said it was looking into the incident to see whether it was liable, Interfax reported. The spacecraft made an emergency landing near the city of Zhezkazgan in central Kazakhstan after its booster rockets failed in mid-air en route to the International Space Station.
Devastated by Hurricane Michael, Florida starts recovery
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Florida’s Panhandle took stock on Thursday of the hammering destruction wrought by Hurricane Michael, with homes obliterated or reduced to rubble and power lines and trees ripped up by the third most powerful storm ever to strike the U.S. mainland.Michael, now weakened to a tropical storm as it doused Georgia and the Carolinas with drenching rain, crashed ashore on Wednesday near the small town of Mexico Beach carrying winds of up to 155 miles per hour (250 kilometers per hour) and causing deep seawater flooding. The storm killed two people.In Mexico Beach, CNN aerial footage showed homes closest to the beach had lost all but their foundations. A few blocks inland, about half the homes were reduced to piles of wood and siding and those still standing suffered heavy damage.Brock Long, head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, called the town, which has a population of about 1,200, “ground zero” for the hurricane damage.One objective was to help people who could be trapped in various areas along the coast, he told a news conference. This part of northwest Florida is known for its small beach towns and wildlife reserves.In Panama City, 20 miles (32 km) northwest of Mexico Beach, buildings were crushed and boats were scattered around. Michael left a trail of utility wires on roads, flattened tall pine trees and knocked a steeple from a church.Al Hancock, 45, who works on a tour boat, survived in Panama City with his wife and dog.“The roof fell in but we lived through it,” he said.Florida Governor Rick Scott told the Weather Channel the damage from Panama City down to Mexico Beach was “way worse than anybody ever anticipated.”John Billiot, president of America’s Cajun Navy, a group of volunteers who bring boats and vehicles to help during disasters, said Michael was unprecedented.“We’ve been doing this since 2005,” he told CNN while working on rescues around Panama City. “I have never been scared of a storm a day in my life. This one right here put the fear of God into me. It gives me goosebumps talking about it.”(Reuters)See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Twitter and Tumblr.
'It's gone': Mexico Beach, Fla., left in ruins by Hurricane Michael
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
CNN’s Brooke Baldwin struggled to find the words to describe the sheer devastation left by Hurricane Michael as she flew in a helicopter above Mexico Beach, Fla., on Thursday morning.
Beto still trails Cruz in Texas Senate polling
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
A new Quinnipiac poll has found that Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s long-shot quest to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, which has generated so much enthusiasm and financial support from national Democrats, has stalled well short of success.
Trump on holding rally during hurricane: I couldn’t disappoint my fans
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Trump on Thursday defended his decision to go ahead with a political rally in Pennsylvania as Hurricane Michael ripped across southeast U.S., saying he could not disappoint his many fans.
Brazil alters a 'destiny' of corruption
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Until last Sunday, when Brazilians voted in a pivotal election, corruption in Brazil was generally seen as an intrinsic part of the national character. In addition, voters all but ensured that a little-known legislator, Jair Bolsonaro, would be the next president.
The FBI Says a Man Planned to Detonate a Large Bomb in Washington D.C. on Election Day
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Paul Rosenfeld, 56, of Tappan, was charged Wednesday with unlawfully manufacturing a destructive device
Virgin Galactic’s Richard Branson Says Space Tickets Could Fall to $50K
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Space tourism could become more affordable sooner than later.
Amazon Pledges to Compensate Its Warehouse Workers More Following Criticism
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Amazon.com Inc. is sweetening the pay for some of its longtime warehouse workers
How bees reacted to the 2017 solar eclipse
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
As the 2017 solar eclipse darkened the skies across the United States, humans rejoiced while flamingos huddled, crickets chirped, and, according to a new study, bees fell silent. For a study published today in the Annals of the Entomological Society of America, a team of researchers recruited volunteers from 11 sites across the country that…
Tough CO2 targets 'could cost 100,000 jobs': VW chief
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Setting European Union targets for reducing cars' greenhouse gas output that are too ambitious could backfire with the loss of 100,000 jobs, Volkswagen chief executive Herbert Diess said Thursday. If ministers aimed to slash carbon dioxide (CO2) output by 40 percent between 2020 and 2030, "around a quarter of the jobs in our factories would have to go in the space of 10 years -- a total of 100,000 posts," Diess told daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung. EU governments agreed Tuesday to aim for a 35-percent reduction in CO2 output by 2030 rather than the 30 percent hoped for by manufacturers, Berlin and eastern European governments.
Space crew survives plunge to Earth after Russian rocket fails
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
U.S. astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin landed safely without harm and rescue crews who raced to locate them on the Kazakh steppe quickly linked up with them, NASA, the U.S. space agency, and Russia's Roscosmos said. It was the first serious launch problem experienced by a manned Soyuz space mission since 1983 when a fire broke out at the base of the booster rocket while the crew was preparing for lift-off. Thursday's problem occurred when the first and second stages of a booster rocket, launched from the Soviet-era cosmodrome of Baikonur in the central Asian country, were separating, triggering emergency systems soon after launch.
President Trump Raises Economic Concerns Over Halting Saudi Arms Sales as U.S. Probes Journalist's Disappearance
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Decades of close U.S.-Saudi relations appear in jeopardy by the alleged murder of a government critic, Jamal Khashoggi
Watch: Astronauts make emergency landing after escaping malfunctioning rocket
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The booster rocket suffered a failure minutes after launch.
Soyuz astronauts safe after failure forced an emergency landing
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Astronauts Nick Hague of NASA and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin are reportedly safe after making an emergency landing following the failure of Soyuz spacecraft booster. After what looked like a routine launch, the crew were on their way to the international space station (ISS) when the booster, one of four around a central rocket, malfunctioned. NASA reported that the crew was making a "ballistic descent," at a rapid speed and with higher-than-normal g-forces.
Trump: I could see campaigning with Kanye
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
President Trump lavished praise on Kanye West hours before a meeting at the White House with the rapper who has become one of his most outspoken supporters.
Guess what scientists call the moons of moons
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
They call them “moonmoons.” Well, according to New Scientist, anyway. Astronomers Sean Raymond and Juna Kollmeier say they’re happy with any of the following proposed terms: moonmoons submoons moonitos moonettes moooons “IAU [International Astronomical Union] will have to decide!” Kollmeier told Quartz. The two scientists are currently working on a paper called “Can Moons Have…
Ancient rock carvings in India hint at a 12,000
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
In the late 1980s, while exploring around the villages of Maharashtra’s coastal Konkan region, Sudhir Risbud came across a big square pattern engraved near the road to the beach town of Ganpatipule. The electrical engineer and bird-watcher had no idea at the time that it was a petroglyph, a form of rock carving associated with…
Branson says Virgin Galactic to launch space flight 'within weeks'
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
British entrepreneur Richard Branson said he expects his Virgin Galactic company to conduct its first space flight "within weeks, not months" in comments broadcast Tuesday. Branson's Virgin Galactic is racing against Amazon creator Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin to launch the first out-of-this-world passenger flight and take paying passengers into space. The first space tourists, who visited the International Space Station (ISS) in the 2000s, paid tens of millions of dollars for the privilege.
President Trump Trashes Medicare for All Plan in Op
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Trump is stepping up his attack on Democrats over a health care proposal called Medicare for All
Operator of Limo Company in Deadly Crash Charged by New York State Police
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A limousine service operator was charged with criminally negligent homicide
A wagging finger sticking out of your mobile phone is creepy. Why?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
A French researcher has invented a robot finger that attaches to your mobile phone. "My PhD subject is around touch in communications," explains Marc Teyssier, a researcher at Telecom Paristech engineering school.
Meanwhile in ... the Solomon Islands, there’s talk of crocodile tourism
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
The United Arab Emirates, there’s a lot of excitement about space. The Middle Eastern nation has just selected its first two astronauts – Hazza al-Mansouri and Sultan al-Neyadi – to go on a mission to the International Space Station. According to France24, the UAE is one of a handful of states in the Middle East to have sent a person into space and seems to be looking to make good on its pledge to become a global leader in space exploration.    
Telling Saudi Stories
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The personal stories offer a portrait of Saudi society at its most intimate
Stocks Just Suffered Their Worst Loss in Months. Here's Why
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The S&P 500 index sank 94.66 points, or 3.3 percent
Bezos' Blue Origin and others get $2.3 billion in U.S. Air Force rocket contracts
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
By Joey Roulette ORLANDO, Fl. (Reuters) - The U.S. Air Force on Wednesday said that it had awarded a total $2.3 billion (£1.7 billion) in contracts to develop rocket launch systems for national security ...
Tsunami threat cancelled after 7.0 quake hits PNG
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A major 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Papua New Guinea's New Britain island on Thursday, briefly triggering a tsunami alert before authorities gave the all clear. The United States Geological Survey said the quake hit about 125 kilometres (80 miles) east of Kimbe at a depth of around 40km. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center initially warned hazardous tsunami waves were possible in coastal areas 300km from the epicentre.
Giant hammer artwork stolen in Northern California
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
HEALDSBURG, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in Northern California are looking for a hammer. A really, really big one.
What You Need to Know About the 2018 Midterms
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Including how to register to vote, how to vote and your district's candidates
Google’s Home Hub Is Missing a Camera. Here’s Why That’s a Smart Idea
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Comfort takes top priority with Google's new smart home device
Every Catholic Diocese in Texas Is Going to Release the Names of Priests Accused of Sexual Misconduct
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Texas bishops decided last month to release the lists of names by Jan. 31.
What is cryptocurrency?
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Bitcoin and other online alternatives to cash are growing in popularity even though many still don't understand how they work. Here's what you need to know about this latest online trend.
Even 'Non
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
You might not know what's in your bottle
Afghan farmers fleeing drought face more hardship in camps
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
For only the second time in his life, Afghan farmer Murad Khan Ishaqzai has been forced to leave the home where he was born 80 years ago -- not by war but the worst drought in living memory. Ishaqzai, wizened and weather-beaten by decades of working in his wheat field, is one of more than 250,000 people in western Afghanistan displaced by the months-long dry spell that has devastated crops, livestock and water supplies. Beaten by the inhospitable conditions, many families in rural areas decided to travel hundreds of kilometres in the back of rented trucks through districts contested by Taliban fighters and government forces to reach the city of Herat.
Connecting Young Palestinians With the World
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
In the Gaza Strip, almost half the working-age population is unemployed
Boeing rocket for NASA over budget, could further delay launch
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Boeing Co (BA.N) is building the largest rocket in NASA's history but the aerospace giant's "poor performance" has resulted in an $8.9 billion (£6.7 billion) price tag that is double the initial budget and could further delay the launch, the U.S. space agency's watchdog office said on Wednesday. The first test launch of the Space Launch System rocket, which is supposed to send humans to the moon and ultimately allow deep space exploration, was most recently slated for mid-2020 with a crew launch to follow in 2022. NASA's Inspector General said in an audit that "management, technical and infrastructure issues driven by Boeing's poor performance" had led to delays and cost overruns, raising questions about the future launch timetable.
China increases investment in emerging private space industry
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
China led among countries expanding market share in the space industry during the third quarter, according a report from investment firm Space Angels. Nearly all of China's investment has come since 2016. Space companies have brought in just over $2 billion in private investment so far this year, according to Space Angels.
Transforming Rural Healthcare
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Arthur Zang's device is transforming the way heart conditions are diagnosed in countries across Africa
After Stock Market Drop, President Trump Says Federal Reserve ‘Has Gone Crazy’
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
President Donald Trump slammed the Federal Reserve as “crazy” for its interest-rate increases this year in comments hours after the worst U.S. stock market sell-off since February.
Warrior for Women's Rights
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Cartabia has fought for legalizing abortion and reducing gender violence
Report: Georgia's Secretary of State Is Blocking 53,000 Voter Registrations as He Runs for Governor
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Kemp's office blamed a voter registration group founded by his gubernatorial opponent
Chinese Intelligence Official Charged With Stealing U.S. Aviation Secrets
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The charges come as the Trump administration takes a harder line on China
Ending the Age of Plastic
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The marine biologist made a viral video about the dangers of plastic
Bezos' Blue Origin and others get $2.3 billion in U.S. Air Force rocket contracts
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The three contracts are part of a Department of Defense initiative to assure constant military access to space and curb reliance on foreign-made rocket engines, like ULA's flagship Atlas V rocket that uses Russian-made RD-180 boosters. The contracts are to develop rockets and carry defense payloads into space.
California judge mulls new trial in $289M Roundup award
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
A San Francisco judge said Wednesday she is considering tossing out the lion's share of the $289 million judgment against agribusiness giant Monsanto and ordering a new trial over whether the company's weed-killer caused a groundskeeper's cancer. San Francisco Superior Court Judge Suzanne Bolanos didn't formally rule on any issues after a two-hour hearing to consider Monsanto's demand to toss out the entire jury verdict in the first of thousands of similar cases across the country to go to trial. The San Francisco jury in August said Monsanto knew — or should have known — its best-selling Roundup weed-killer causes cancer and hit the company with $250 million in punitive damages, which are designed to punish companies who act recklessly.
Why Taylor Swift's Political Endorsements Could Be So Powerful in Tennessee
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Taylor Swift endorsed Senate candidate Phil Bredesen, a Democrat. As a Tennessee politician, here's why she has so much power in the state
Full coverage: Hurricane Michael, now a Category 3, barrels into Georgia
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
Hurricane Michael made landfall along the Florida Panhandle as a powerful Category 4 storm on Wednesday afternoon.
Trump holds campaign rally as Hurricane Michael rages
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, politics
As the storm pushed into Georgia, the president headed to Pennsylvania.
For sale to the highest bidder: A 12
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, odd news
BOSTON (AP) — Anyone who can't make it to the moon to gather a few lunar rocks now has the opportunity to buy one right here on Earth.
27 Baby Halloween Costumes That Are Too Cute to Handle
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, health
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