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Spacewalking Astronauts Prep Station For New Parking Spot

Spacewalking Astronauts Prep Station For New Parking Spot
Astronauts ventured out on a spacewalk Friday to prep the International Space Station for a new parking spot. NASA's Shane Kimbrough and France's Thomas Pesquet emerged early from the orbiting complex, then went their separate ways to accomplish as much as possible 250 miles up. "We are ready to get to work," Mission Control informed them. Their main job involves disconnecting an old docking port. This port needs to be moved in order to make room for a docking device compatible with ...
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THE ART OF THE DEAL - FAIL: Trump, GOP Leaders Pull Health Care Bill In Humiliating Loss

THE ART OF THE DEAL - FAIL: Trump, GOP Leaders Pull Health Care Bill In Humiliating Loss
In a humiliating setback, President Donald Trump and GOP leaders pulled their "Obamacare" repeal bill off the House floor Friday after it became clear the measure would fail badly. It was a stunning defeat for the new president after he had demanded House Republicans vote on the legislation Friday, threatening to leave "Obamacare" in place and move on to other issues if the vote failed. The bill was withdrawn minutes before the vote was to occur. The president's gamble failed. Instead ...
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British Airways Starts Scanning Faces To Enable Faster Boarding

British Airways Starts Scanning Faces To Enable Faster Boarding
British Airways is rolling out technology that will allow passengers to go through boarding gates at its main London Heathrow Airport hub using facial recognition. Biometric devices at the main security-screening area in Terminal 5 capture a traveler's features along with the boarding pass, and then a facial scan at the gate verifies the person's identity, allowing them to get on the plane without showing documents, BA said in a letter to staff. The system is designed to speed up boarding ...
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NYC Is Number One Tourist Destination In US, TripAdvisor Says

NYC Is Number One Tourist Destination In US, TripAdvisor Says
If you're being asked directions more than usual, it's because there are more tourists in the city than ever before. Data from tripadvisor.com shows New York is the number one tourist destination in the United States based on the quantity and quality of hotel reviews, restaurants and things to do in town, as well as the number of people searching and booking. The website says the city offers something for every traveler, from Broadway shows to museums and some of the world's most iconic ...
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Trump Aide With Russia Ties Offers To Talk To House Panel

Trump Aide With Russia Ties Offers To Talk To House Panel
The Republican chairman of the House intelligence committee says former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has volunteered to speak with the panel as part of its ongoing investigation into Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 election. Rep. Devin Nunes of California told reporters that Manafort's counsel contacted the committee Thursday to offer lawmakers the opportunity to interview him. Nunes said he does not know if the interview will take place in a public forum or behind ...
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Greenfield Invites Community Members To Decide How To Spend $1 Million In Community

Greenfield Invites Community Members To Decide How To Spend $1 Million In Community
Councilman David G. Greenfield is again inviting his constituents to vote in participatory budgeting next week. This is the sixth year that Greenfield has taken advantage of participatory budgeting, a unique democratic process in which community members get to choose how to spend $1 million of the New York City budget. Greenfield invites residents of his district in Boro Park, Midwood and Bensonhurst to vote at any of a number of locations next week to help decide how $1 million in city ...
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Prosecutor: Targeted Killing Of Black Man In NYC 'Most Likely An Act Of Terrorism'

Prosecutor: Targeted Killing Of Black Man In NYC 'Most Likely An Act Of Terrorism'
Prosecutors said the targeted murder of a black man by a self-proclaimed white supremacist in New York City was most likely an act of terrorism. James Harris Jackson, 28, of Baltimore, Maryland, appeared in a Manhattan courtroom for his arraignment Thursday. He was formally charged with second-degree murder, but Prosecutor Joan Iluzzi-Orbon said the charges are expected to be upgraded once the case goes before a grand jury. "The defendant was motivated purely by hatred," Iluzzi-Orbon ...
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Anti-Semitic Post Uploaded To Social Media Every 83 Seconds, World Jewish Congress Survey Finds

Anti-Semitic Post Uploaded To Social Media Every 83 Seconds, World Jewish Congress Survey Finds
The World Jewish Congress has found that more than 382,000 anti-Semitic posts were uploaded to social media over the course of 2016 – an average of 43.6 posts per hour, or one post every 83 seconds. The WJC research, conducted by the Israeli monitoring firm Vigo Social Intelligence, also determined that an overwhelming 63 percent of all anti-Semitic content online can be found on Twitter. “We knew that anti-Semitism online was on the rise, but the numbers revealed in this report give us ...
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Senators Agree On Iran Sanctions Measure

Senators Agree On Iran Sanctions Measure
After more than a year of wrangling, senators announced a bipartisan bill Thursday to impose mandatory sanctions on Iran over its spate of ballistic missile tests and support for a group that President Donald Trump may soon dub a terrorist organization. The measure from top Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee comes despite Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's repeated warnings that expanding sanctions against Iran would jeopardize the nuclear deal struck in 2015 - ...
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Manafort Volunteers To Testify Before House Intelligence Committee In Its Russia Probe

Manafort Volunteers To Testify Before House Intelligence Committee In Its Russia Probe
House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes said that Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, has volunteered to testify before his committee, which is investigating alleged ties between Trump campaign officials and Russia as well as the Kremlin's activities in the 2016 election. Nunes made the announcement on Friday morning, adding that the committee had also asked FBI Director James Comey and NSA head Adm. Michael Rogers to return and brief the panel. Comey ...
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Health Care Bill Clears Procedural Hurdle; Procedural Vote Was 230-194

Health Care Bill Clears Procedural Hurdle; Procedural Vote Was 230-194
Republicans have pushed the GOP health care overhaul past an initial procedural hurdle in the House. That moves the chamber toward a climactic final vote that's a big gamble for President Donald Trump and congressional leaders. Friday's procedural vote was 230-194. The early vote inserted changes into the measure that leaders hoped would win over unhappy Republicans. It would improve Medicaid benefits for some older and handicapped people and abolish coverage requirements President Barack ...
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