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NASA’s Orion has ‘bull’s eye’ landing after test mission – azcentral.com

Posted: Saturday, December 06, 2014

This screenshot shows the Orion spacecraft in the Pacific Ocean after it splashed down Dec. 5, 2014, about 270 miles west of Baja, Calif.(Photo: NASA) CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — An unmanned capsule NASA is designing to carry astronauts to an asteroid and eventually Mars splashed down in the Pacific Ocean Friday to conclude a successful first test flight. After two laps of Earth, the Orion spacecraft plunged through the atmosphere…

Kerry Raised Concerns Over Timing of Torture Report – NBCNews.com

Posted: Saturday, December 06, 2014

As the Senate Intelligence Committee prepares to release its report on CIA torture and rendition, questions arose Friday whether a phone call made by Secretary of State John Kerry to Chairman Dianne Feinstein included a request to delay its release. “[Kerry] called his former colleague to discuss the broader implications of the timing of the report’s release because a lot is going on in the world,” State Department spokesperson…

Defense nominee Ashton Carter known for eclectic interests – Los Angeles Times

Posted: Saturday, December 06, 2014

Even as a young man, Ashton Carter had eclectic interests, earning degrees in physics and medieval history at Yale, and a doctorate in theoretical physics from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. “There was no relationship between them in my mind except that both fascinated me,” Carter wrote in 2007 about his intellectual pursuits. “I liked dusty archives, learning to decipher manuscripts in medieval script, and learning all…

Rolling Stone Re-examines Its Account of UVA Rape – New York Times

Posted: Friday, December 05, 2014

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NASA: ‘There’s your new spacecraft, America!" – The Seattle Times

Posted: Friday, December 05, 2014

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA’s new Orion spacecraft made a “bull’s-eye” Pacific splashdown Friday following a dramatic journey 3,604 miles beyond Earth. The achievement opens a new era of human exploration aimed at putting people on Mars. The unmanned, 4½-hour test flight set at least one record: flying farther and faster than any capsule built for humans since the Apollo moon program. “There’s your new spacecraft, America,” Mission Control commentator…

China Arrests Ex-Security Chief, Zhou Yongkang, in Graft Case – New York Times

Posted: Friday, December 05, 2014

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NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo faces wrongful arrest lawsuits – New York Daily News

Posted: Friday, December 05, 2014

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Daniel Pantaleo, the Staten Island cop cleared in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, faces lawsuits from a pair of teens who claim the officer’s lies led to their wrongful arrests. NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo, spared charges in the Eric Garner death, faces lawsuits from two black Staten Island youths who charge his lies led to their wrongful arrests. The latest suit —…

Pro Report: Ash Carter gets DoD nod Obama’s last chance UVA frat rebuts rape … – Politico

Posted: Friday, December 05, 2014

With Nick Gass ASH CARTER GETS DoD NOD: It’s official, the White House has chosen Ash Carter, the brainy former Pentagon second-in-command, to head the Defense Department — as long as he’s cleared by a soon to be GOP-led Senate. Some key takeaways from the announcement today: Hagel didn’t show. The current secretary, who left or was ousted from the gig last week, was supposed to attend…

Splashdown! Orion Spaceship Aces First Flight Test on Road to Mars – NBCNews.com

Posted: Friday, December 05, 2014

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — NASA’s Orion deep-space capsule hit a historic peak during its first robotic test flight on Friday, and then splashed down into the Pacific Ocean for a picture-perfect ending. On the way down, the cone-shaped spacecraft went through a “trial by fire” during which the heat of atmospheric re-entry rose as high as 4,000 degrees, or twice the heat of molten lava. “America has driven a…

Obama nominates Ashton Carter for Pentagon chief – Reuters

Posted: Friday, December 05, 2014

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama nominated longtime Defense Department understudy Ashton Carter as his fourth defense secretary on Friday to replace Chuck Hagel, the lone Republican in Obama’s Cabinet, who resigned last week after disagreements with the White House. In Carter, Obama gets a policy expert who has worked for 11 defense secretaries. The 60-year-old Carter pronounced himself ready to give Obama candid, strategic advice once he clears…

Outrage grows in New York after officer cleared in chokehold death – Reuters

Posted: Friday, December 05, 2014

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The outrage over a grand jury’s decision not to indict a New York police officer in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man showed no sign of abating on Friday, as activists promised a fresh round of protests. The city was also preparing for the funeral Friday of an unarmed black man who was shot dead by a police officer last month in a dark…

What’s Behind November’s Remarkable Job Surge? – The Atlantic

Posted: Friday, December 05, 2014

On Friday, the Labor Department announced that the U.S. economy added 321,000 jobs in November, the strongest month of hiring in nearly two years. The news, which defied a more modest prediction of 230,000, immediately inspired a digital ticker-tape parade. Some were quick to note that the total addition of 2.65 million American jobs in 2014 was the biggest since the late 1990s. November’s report also meant that the American…

Five reasons Nelson Mandela would worry about South Africa today – Telegraph.co.uk

Posted: Friday, December 05, 2014

“We admit that the organisation is in trouble,” South African president Jacob Zuma told delegates at a conference in Soweto, the township where Mandela lived. He then added ominously: “If anything goes wrong with the ANC then everything will go wrong with the country.” Mr Zuma freely admitted to members of his party’s youth league last month that the vehicle for the struggle against apartheid by Nelson Mandela and his…

Marchers again swarm New York to protest death at hands of police – Reuters

Posted: Friday, December 05, 2014

NEW YORK (Reuters) – People swarmed the streets of New York and other cities for a second night to protest a grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer in the death of an unarmed black man. The wave of protests began after no charges were brought against Officer Daniel Pantaleo for his role in a confrontation that killed Eric Garner. A bystander caught the incident on a…

200 Arrested as Protesters, Police Clash in New York City Over Eric Garner … – ABC News

Posted: Friday, December 05, 2014

New York City Police arrested more than 200 people in overnight protests, the second consecutive night of demonstrations in opposition to a grand jury’s decision not to indict officers in the choke hold death of Staten Island man Eric Garner. Many of the arrests involved charges for disorderly conduct or refusal to clear the streets, authorities told ABC News. The protesters gathered in downtown Manhattan’s Foley Square and chanted “I…

Obama picks former Pentagon official Ashton Carter to be defense secretary – Fox News

Posted: Friday, December 05, 2014

President Obama has picked former Pentagon official Ashton Carter to be his next secretary of Defense, a White House official confirmed. The official said Obama would announce his intent to nominate Carter to replace Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel during a Friday morning press conference. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The president’s selection of Carter, 60, who was deputy Defense secretary from October 2011 to December 2013, was widely rumored but not confirmed by…

Obama picks former Pentagon official Ashton Carter to be defense secretary – Fox News

Posted: Friday, December 05, 2014

President Obama has picked former Pentagon official Ashton Carter to be his next secretary of Defense, a White House official confirmed. The official said Obama would announce his intent to nominate Carter to replace Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel during a Friday morning press conference. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The president’s selection of Carter, 60, who was deputy Defense secretary from October 2011 to December 2013, was widely rumored but not confirmed by…

Tens of thousands evacuated from path of Philippines typhoon – Reuters

Posted: Friday, December 05, 2014

(Adds typhoon weakening slightly, resident’s comments, UN quote) By Rosemarie Francisco MANILA Dec 5 (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of people fled coastal villages and landslide-prone areas in the central Philippines on Friday, a day before a powerful typhoon was expected to hit the island nation where thousands were killed in a devastating storm 13 months ago. Typhoon Hagupit had weakened slightly as it churned slowly across the Pacific and…

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