Brazilian president faces opposition in New York

NEW YORK (AP) — The president of Brazil may not be a welcome guest in New York — at least, not at one event.
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Stratolaunch takes off: World's largest plane - with 117-metre wingspan - completes first flight

The world's largest airplane - a behemoth boasting six engines, two fuselages and a wingspan broader than a football pitch - made its first test flight on Saturday in California. Taking to the skies over the Mojave Desert in California on Saturday, it was the first flight for the carbon-composite plane built by Stratolaunch Systems, started by late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, as the company enters the lucrative private space market. Designed to send humans into space at a fraction of th...
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Venezuela's Maduro orders militia expansion as Guaido tours blackout-ravaged state

Guaido, the leader of the opposition-controlled National Assembly who in January invoked Venezuela's constitution to assume an interim presidency, has called on the military to abandon Maduro amid a hyperinflationary economic collapse made worse by several nationwide blackouts in the past month. Guaido has been recognized as Venezuela's rightful leader by the United States and most Western countries, who agree with his argument that Maduro's 2018 re-election was illegitimate. The civilian mili...
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World's largest plane makes first flight over California

The white airplane called Roc, which has a wingspan the length of an American football field and is powered by six engines on a twin fuselage, took to the air shortly before 7 a.m. Pacific time (1400 GMT) and stayed aloft for more than two hours before landing safely back at the Mojave Air and Space Port as a crowd of hundreds of people cheered. "We are incredibly proud of the Stratolaunch team, today’s flight crew, our partners at Northrup Grumman’s Scaled Composites and the Mojave Air and Spa...
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Psychedelic renaissance: could MDMA help with PTSD, depression and anxiety?

As Australia’s first trial for psychedelic therapy for terminally ill patients gets under way, a growing movement says it could also help other conditionsIn August 2016 I went to New York for the first time. On the second evening, as the sun slipped behind the building across the street, I was sitting on a long couch on the top floor of an old church. All around me instruments were scattered on the floor – singing bowls, tuning forks, rainsticks, Tibetan bells. At the foot of a wall carpeted com...
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Four injured after nightclub shooting in Melbourne

Four people have been injured following a shooting outside a nightclub in the Australian city of Melbourne.  The incident happened shortly before 3.20am local time (6.20pm BST).  "Investigators believe multiple people were shot outside a nightclub near Little Chapel Street and Malvern Road about 3:20 am," local police said in a statement. It did not give any more details including the condition of the victims, but said the shooting occurred in Melbourne's Prahran district. Local media report...
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World's largest plane makes first test flight

The world's largest airplane -- a Stratolaunch behemoth with two fuselages and six Boeing 747 engines -- made its first test flight on Saturday in California. The mega jet carried out its maiden voyage over the Mojave desert. It is designed to carry into space, and drop, a rocket that would in turn ignite to deploy satellites.
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Autism diagnoses at record high in US state and no one knows why

According to new data from Rutgers University, New Jersey preschoolers are being diagnosed with autism at the highest rate in the United States. The National Autistic Society defines autism as a lifelong, developmental disability that affects how a person communicates and relates to other people, and how they experience the world around them.It is not a disease, but rather, a spectrum disorder. Due to the nature of this disorder, people with autism all have different experiences.As reported by t...
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Finnish voters may pave way for first leftist premier in two decades

A survey commissioned by public broadcaster Yle showed the Social Democrats could win the top spot with 19 percent of the vote, giving their leader, Antti Rinne, the first shot at forming a government. The Finns are running close second with 16.3 percent support, after scoring rapid gains since the start of this year when a series of cases of sexual abuse of minors by foreign men emerged. A strong result for the Finns Party could bolster a nationalist bloc threatening to shake up EU policy-mak...
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Stratolaunch, World's Largest-Ever Plane by Wingspan, Successfully Takes Off on Maiden Flight

Stratolaunch, the world’s largest plane by wingspan and the brainchild of late Silicon Valley billionaire Paul Allen, finally took off at around 10:00 a.m. local time on Saturday for a two and a half hour inaugural flight, the Washington Post reported.Read more...
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Petting Zoos May Be Chock Full of Superbugs

Those adorably tame goats and other animals you love to touch at your local petting zoo might not be so harmless after all, according to some early research out this weekend. It suggests that many petting zoo animals could harbor and potentially spread dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria, including two strains of …Read more...
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The Feds, Police Are Using Google's Location History Feature to Track Down Suspects

Law enforcement queries of Google’s massive mobile device Location History database, which employees call Sensorvault, has “risen sharply in the past six months,” the New York Times reported on Saturday, citing sources at the company.Read more...
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Breaking Down Hellboy's Cryptic Post-Credits Scenes

Neil Marshall’s Hellboy is a reboot that does the source material little justice in terms of the quality of the adaptation, but it is jam-packed with nods and references to the comics, one of which suggests that, at least in theory, there might (have) been plans for future films.Read more...
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The world's largest plane took flight on Saturday and there are big plans for its future

That's one big plane. The Stratolaunch, the world's largest aircraft that just so happens to be designed to "enable airline-style access to space," successfully took flight for the first time in the Mojave Desert on April 13. The plane is the brainchild of Paul G. Allen's Stratolaunch Systems Corporation, and sports an impressive 385-foot wingspan. SEE ALSO: SpaceX landed three of its boosters for the first time, and yep, it was impressiveThat's not all that makes this plane rema...
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Pace of Bering Sea changes startles scientists

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Yupik Eskimo village of Kotlik on Alaska's northwest coast relies on a cold, hard blanket of sea ice to protect homes from vicious winter Bering Sea storms.
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Westworld Welcomes Lena Waithe to Season Three

Westworld’s last season ended with the power dynamics between the titular park’s human guests and cybernetic hosts shifting in a radical way as the inorganic beings moved forward on their path to wrestling freedom from their creators. But for the show’s next season, in order to tell even…Read more...
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In the First Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Trailer, a New Jedi Hero Rises

At this year’s Star Wars Celebration the creative team behind Respawn’s upcoming Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order took to the stage to debut the game’s first trailer and discuss Star Wars’ newest Jedi: Cal Kestis.Read more...
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3 Things to Remember If a Loved One Has Cancer and You Don't Know What to Do

Follow these tips to better support your loved one who has cancer.
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Pace of Bering Sea changes startle scientists

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Yupik Eskimo village of Kotlik on Alaska's northwest coast relies on a cold, hard blanket of sea ice to protect homes from vicious winter Bering Sea storms.
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This is How Earth Drinks Are Becoming part of Star Wars Canon

The Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attractions coming to Disney’s theme parks are designed to look and feel as if you’ve stepped right into a world filled with all manner of alien creatures from far-off star systems and space wizards waving their laser swords about with reckless abandon. But part of Disney’s plan to make …Read more...
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In California, giant Stratolaunch jet flies for first time

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A giant six-engine aircraft with the world's longest wingspan completed what company officials called a superb initial flight over California's Mojave Desert, bringing to life a dream held by the late Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen.
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J.J. Abrams Discusses How General Leia and Carrie Fisher Live on in The Rise of Skywalker

Carrie Fisher’s sudden death in 2016 surprised the entire world, but it hit the Star Wars fandom particularly hard given the actress’ connection to the franchise and the plans for General Leia Organa’s involvement in future films. After initial uncertainty whether Fisher would appear in Episode IX, it was eventually…Read more...
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The Emotional Experience of Going From Patient to Provider and Back

The author tells her story of how she had cancer, went into remission, began nursing school, and then had another cancer scare.
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Egypt unveils colourful Fifth Dynasty tomb

In a major archaeological discovery, Egypt on Saturday unveiled the tomb of a Fifth Dynasty official adorned with colourful reliefs and well preserved inscriptions. The tomb, near Saqqara, a vast necropolis south of Cairo, belongs to a senior official named Khuwy who is believed to have been a nobleman during the Fifth Dynasty, which ruled over Egypt about 4300 years ago. "The L-shaped Khuwy tomb starts with a small corridor heading downwards into an antechamber and from there a larger chamber...
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Iraqi militias reject U.S. naming of Iran's Guards as terrorist group

A group of Iraq's Shi'ite militia groups said on Saturday that they strongly rejected the designation of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC) as a terrorist organization by the United States. The groups, backed and trained by Tehran, delivered a statement from the home of Iran's consul-general in the Shi'ite holy city of Najaf. President Donald Trump said last week he would name Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization.
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It's My 'Cancerversary,' but Every Day I'm Still the Girl Who Had Cancer

A woman reflects on her "cancerversary" and how she is still feeling the impact years later.
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Israel plans new moonshot after maiden mission fails

The aerospace company behind Israel's failed first moonshot said on Saturday it would pursue a second mission with funds raised from private donors and the public. The robot craft Beresheet, built by non-profit SpaceIL and state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), crashed on its final descent on Thursday, dashing Israel's hope of becoming the fourth country to manage a controlled lunar landing. "I have had time to think, over the weekend, about what happened, and given all of the encourag...
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Report: Hackers Steal, Publish Data on Thousands of Federal Agents, Police Officers Across US

Hackers have stolen data from “several FBI-affiliated websites” and are distributing it across the web, TechCrunch reported on Friday, with details on “thousands of federal agents and law enforcement officers” now floating around on the web.Read more...
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Why I Went From 'Cancer Survivor' to Feeling Like a Cancer Patient

The author explains how after undergoing treatment for melanoma, she still feels like a cancer patient even though she is cancer-free.
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Paul Allen’s Stratolaunch flies world’s biggest plane for the first time: ‘Paul would have been proud’

Stratolaunch, the aerospace venture founded by the late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, sent the world's biggest airplane into the air today for its first flight test. The twin-fuselage plane, which incorporates parts from two Boeing 747 jumbo jets and has a world-record wingspan of 385 feet, took off from Mojave Air and Space Port in California for a flight that lasted two and a half hours. For more than seven years, Stratolaunch has been working with Mojave-based Scaled Composites on the ...
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