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Solar Orbiter, seen in this artistic rendering, is a collaboration between the European Space Agency and NASA to study the sun and what drives the solar wind that creates space weather that affects Earth.
Fri, 02/07/2020 - 16:16

The Solar Orbiter, a new mission from the European Space Agency and NASA, was designed to give us our first look at the sun's poles and to gather data that might help predict space weather.

National Transportation Safety Board examine wreckage on Jan. 27 of the crash that killed NBA star Kobe Bryant and eight other people near Calabasas, Calif.
Fri, 02/07/2020 - 16:11

The NBA star, his daughter and seven other people were killed last month. Investigators say the craft didn't have an engine failure. Determining the cause of the crash will take more time.

Global Entry Trusted Traveler Network kiosks at Dulles Airport in Virginia. The Department of Homeland Security says it will no longer allow New York residents to enroll in trusted travelers programs.
Fri, 02/07/2020 - 15:29

Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to challenge Homeland Security's attempt to suspend enrollment in Global Entry and other trusted traveler programs for New Yorkers over access to state motor vehicle records.

Left: Gordon Sondland, the U.S ambassador to the European Union, is sworn in before testifying to the House Intelligence Committee on Nov. 20, 2019. Right: Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman takes the oath before he testifies before the House Intelligence Committee on Nov. 19, 2019.
Fri, 02/07/2020 - 15:16

Two key impeachment witnesses — Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman and Ambassador Gordon Sondland — were removed by President Trump Friday afternoon.

Officers wear protective gear as they work to remove people who tested positive for coronavirus from the cruise ship Diamond Princess. The ship is sitting at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, on a 14-day quarantine.
Fri, 02/07/2020 - 14:24

If the cruise ship were a country, it would now have the second-highest number of coronavirus cases outside of mainland China.

The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team could qualify for the 2020 Olympics with a win over Mexico on Friday. U.S. forward Megan Rapinoe (right) moves against Panama's Maryorie Perez during a CONCACAF match last month in Houston.
Fri, 02/07/2020 - 13:58

A win would mean the seventh-straight Olympics appearance for the U.S. — and a shot at redemption after finishing fifth at the 2016 Games.

Decades ago, people with leprosy were confined to a hospital in Carville, La. The fear of being forcibly isolated in this place led many patients to avoid seeking treatment and hide their disease. In the 1950s, the Daughters of Charity worked at the hospital and the research lab it housed.
Fri, 02/07/2020 - 13:01

One thing the history of leprosy tells us: When you restrict people's freedoms, they go underground, and fail to seek treatment.

Pope Francis shares a meal with guests and volunteers of the "Palace of the Poor."
Fri, 02/07/2020 - 11:03

"If you sleep on the ground covered in cardboard and have to wake up at 5 a.m. before the police come to shove you away, and then you find a place like this, what more do you want?" a new guest says.

People commute to work through heavy rain in Sydney on Friday. Severe weather brought warnings of floods and landslides along much of the New South Wales coast after months of concerns over wildfires.
Fri, 02/07/2020 - 10:26

A deluge is falling on Australia's southeast coast — and while it's quashing stubborn fires, the water is also causing flash floods and other hazards.

Electric vans charge at a warehouse of the German postal and logistics service Deutsche Post near Frankfurt in July 2018. Fleet vehicles are increasingly going electric in Europe and China, and some analysts say American fleets will be following suit.
Fri, 02/07/2020 - 09:04

Lime is all about electric vehicles — battery-powered scooters, that is. But now the company is also going to use plug-in vans for behind-the-scenes operations. And it's far from alone.

Unusually warm weather contributed to a surge in construction last month, with 44,000 jobs added.
Fri, 02/07/2020 - 08:21

U.S. employers added more jobs than expected last month, while the unemployment rate inched up to 3.6%. Unusually warm weather contributed to job gains for construction workers.

Former U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee's vice president of sports medicine Bill Moreau is suing the organization. He says he was fired for exposing the mistreatment of athletes.
Fri, 02/07/2020 - 07:01

Bill Moreau, a former vice president with the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, says the issue has been in the public spotlight for years and officials still aren't doing enough to prevent abuse.

An artist's rendering of NASA's Space Launch System. NASA's plans to return people to the moon by 2024 include launching a craft with this system.
Fri, 02/07/2020 - 05:25

The Trump administration keeps repeating that the U.S. will return humans to the moon in 2024. That may be technically possible, but only if the money appears and if everything goes perfectly.

A reproduction of a combo of two pictures of Qassim al-Rimi, leader of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, who was killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation.
Fri, 02/07/2020 - 05:16

In a statement late Thursday, President Trump said he ordered the counterterrorism operation in Yemen "that successfully eliminated" the leader of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.

A photo of the late ophthalmologist Li Wenliang at a hospital in Wuhan, China, on Friday. Li, who is being hailed for his efforts to alert the medical profession to the new virus, died Friday after becoming infected.
Fri, 02/07/2020 - 05:06

Dr. Li Wenliang, an ophthalmologist working in Wuhan, died Friday, weeks after he sought to warn his colleagues of the outbreak and then became infected himself.

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