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Russian cargo ship bound for ISS breaks up over Siberia

Dec 2, 2016

Russian cargo ship bound for ISS breaks up over Siberia

An unmanned Russian cargo spaceship heading to the International Space Station broke up in the atmosphere over Siberia on Thursday due to an unspecified malfunction, the Russian space agency said. The Progress MS-04 cargo craft broke up at an altitude of 190 kilometers (118 ...

French left seeks candidate after Hollande bows out

Dec 2, 2016

French left seeks candidate after Hollande bows out

French President Francois Hollande’s dramatic decision not to seek a second term next year leaves the left-wing field open in an election that is proving increasingly unpredictable. Hollande announced Thursday he would not seek re-election next April, bowing to historic low approval ratings. “I ...

Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin, 86, falls ill during trip to South Pole

Dec 2, 2016

Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin, 86, falls ill during trip to South Pole

ellington Retired astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, was recovering in a New Zealand hospital Friday after being medically evacuated from the South Pole while on a tourist trip, his management said. Aldrin, 86, was “evacuated on the first ...

IS making 'last stand' in Libyan city: Pentagon

Dec 2, 2016

IS making 'last stand' in Libyan city: Pentagon

Islamic State group jihadis are making a “last stand” in their former Libyan stronghold of Sirte, where they now control only around two blocks, the Pentagon said Thursday. The IS group had held all of the Mediterranean port city as recently as early this ...

Gen. James Mattis: A 'Mad Dog' with a big library

Dec 2, 2016

Gen. James Mattis: A 'Mad Dog' with a big library

Retired U.S. Marine Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis — who for years oversaw U.S. war efforts in the Middle East and was tapped Thursday by President-elect Donald Trump as his new defense secretary — did not come by his nickname lightly. Mattis, 66, commanded ...

White House announces support for women in military draft

Dec 2, 2016

White House announces support for women in military draft

The Obama administration declared its support Thursday for requiring women to register for the military draft, a symbolic but significant shift that reflects the U.S. military’s evolution from a male-dominated force to one seeking to incorporate women at all levels. President Barack Obama has ...

Psychedelic compound boosts cancer patients' mindset

Dec 2, 2016

Psychedelic compound boosts cancer patients' mindset

Cancer patients often experience mental anguish and stress, but a single dose of a hallucinogen found in psychedelic mushrooms, along with psychological counseling, improved their mindset, two studies said Thursday. The approach “significantly lessens mental anguish in distressed cancer patients for months at a ...

Obamas light up National Christmas Tree for last time

Dec 2, 2016

Obamas light up National Christmas Tree for last time

President Barack Obama on Thursday marked his final time lighting the National Christmas Tree with a wish that Americans will care for the sick, the hungry and the downtrodden this holiday season and treat one another as they would want to be treated. The ...