Virgin Orbit, the California-based satellite launch company, confirmed that its LauncherOne rocket reached space during the company’s second launch demonstration today, successfully deploying 10 payloads for NASA’s Launch Services Program (LSP). Virgin Orbit’s novel launch system uses a technique called air launch, in which a rocket is launched from under the wing of a jet aircraft, rather than from a traditional launch pad on the ground. In addition to improving the payload capacity of the rocket, this technique allows the LauncherOne system to be the world’s most flexible and responsive launch service — flying on short notice and from a wide variety of locations to access any orbit.
The BBC has apologized for a headline it posted about the death of Phil Spector. When news broke of Spector's death over the weekend, the news organization quickly posted a headline that read, "Talented but flawed producer Phil Spector dies aged 81." However, complaints soon followed, with critics accusing the...
Kamala Harris will make history when she becomes the nation's first female vice president — and the first Black woman and the first woman of South Asian descent to hold that office. But that's only where her boundary-breaking role begins. (Jan. 18)
The annual celebration of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in his hometown in Atlanta is calling for renewed dedication to nonviolence following a turbulent year
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel Have a New Baby Boy. Timberlake revealed the news in a video call with Ellen DeGeneres. His name is Phineas and he's awesome. And he's so cute. And nobody's sleeping. , Justin Timberlake, via 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show'. But we're thrilled. We're thrilled and couldn't be happier, very grateful, Justin Timberlake, via 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show'. Timberlake said DeGeneres was "one of the first people outside of our immediate family that we told" about the new baby. Timberlake and Biel got married in 2012. They also have a 5-year-old son together named Silas
Andrew Williams was one of the Trump supporters who stormed the US Capitol on January 6th. Days later, he asked, "How are they going to arrest every single person?" in a live stream. His expression of doubt regarding the insurrection was fairly widespread among participants. Williams was arrested on January 13th, according to Business Insider. Williams' activities and participation were chronicled in photos and videos obtained by federal police. The FBI and local police force are urging everyone with info to come forward.
A student who failed to wear their mask properly failed their university entrance exam in Japan. Authorities say the student, one of more than 535,000 who took the standardized exam at 681 locations across Japan Saturday, was disqualified because they didn't wear their mask over their nose and repeatedly...
Phil Spector, Famed Music Producer and Convicted Murderer, Dead at 81. According to a statement made by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, . Spector died of natural causes on Saturday. In 2009, the famous music producer was convicted of murdering actress Lana Clarkson. He was sentenced to 19 years to life in prison. Prior to his conviction, Spector produced recordings by The Beatles, Cher, the Ramones, Ike and Tina Turner and more. He was also inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters' Hall of Fame
Coronavirus deaths are rising in nearly two-thirds of American states as a winter surge pushes the overall toll toward 400,000 amid warnings that a new, highly contagious variant is taking hold
On Saturday, a memo from incoming White House chief of staff Ron Klain to senior staff laid out dozens of executive orders that President-elect Biden is expected to sign within the first few days of his term. Not listed among them, per Politico : a plan to pull the permit for...
Two days from the inauguration, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are pitching in on Martin Luther King Jr. Day service projects
A family birthday party is going to prove expensive for Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving. The NBA has fined him $50,000 for violating its COVID safety protocols after video emerged of him dancing maskless at the indoor gathering, reports ESPN . On top of that fine, Irving is expected to...
Here's the latest for Monday January 18th: FBI vetting National Guard troops in DC; Security tight at state capitols; Dozens known dead from Indonesia earthquake; Opposition leader returns to Russia and is arrested.
Liam Neeson Says He’s Done Starring in Action Movies. Oscar nominee Liam Neeson thinks he’s getting too old for his signature vigilante roles. In an interview with ‘Entertainment Tonight,’ Neeson revealed that he plans on retiring from action movies after this year. Oh, yeah. I think so. I'm 68 and a half. 69 this [June] … There's a couple more I'm going to do this year - hopefully, COVID allowing us - there's a couple in the pipeline and, then I think that will probably be it, Liam Neeson, to 'Entertainment Tonight'. He jokingly followed up by saying that although he loves “beating up guys half [his] age,” he’s going to need a walker if he continues. . Neeson’s revelation about his age apparently occurred while he was on the set of his next movie, ‘Blacklight.’ . While filming a fight scene for the flick, Neeson realized how exhausted he was compared to his younger co-star. . I had a fight scene with a kid -- lovely, sweet actor called Taylor -- and halfway through the fight I looked up, I was breathless and it didn't cost him a cent, and I said, 'Taylor, what age are you?' He said, '25.', Liam Neeson, to 'Entertainment Tonight'. In 2020, Neeson also confessed to ‘Entertainment Tonight’ that he didn’t want to return to the superhero genre. . Although he “admire[s]” superhero films, Neeson ultimately found it “exhausting.” . I have no desire to go into the gym for three hours every day to pump myself up to squeeze into a Velcro suit with a cape, Liam Neeson, to 'Entertainment Tonight'
14 (UPI) -- The incoming Biden administration's plan to release more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine won't cause supply shortages, Dr. Celine Gounder, a member of the newly created COVID-19 advisory board said Thursday. Two COVID-19 vaccines, made by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, have been approved for use in the United States, and both require two doses for maximum effectiveness. Through Thursday, nearly 30 million doses of the two vaccines had been distributed across the country, but fewer than 11 million have been administered, based on estimates from the U.S.
Nikolai Antoshkin survived the Chernobyl nuclear explosion, but it appears he has fallen victim to COVID more than three decades later. The New York Times reports that the 78-year-old, who led helicopter missions to put out the fire at the nuclear plant, has died after contracting the virus last month...
Ex-Governor of Michigan, Is Among 9 Officials Charged in Flint Water Crisis. The charges involving ex-Governor Rick Snyder are the result of what has been described as "the largest criminal investigation in the history of the state of Michigan.". A switch in the supply of water directed to Flint, MI, in 2014 resulted in dangerously high levels of lead in the community's tap water. Water from the Flint River was redirected in order to cut costs. . Pure and simple, this case is about justice, truth, accountability, poisoned children, lost lives, shattered families that are still not whole .., Kym Worthy, Wayne County Prosecutor, via NBC News. ... and simply giving a damn about all of humanity, Kym Worthy, Wayne County Prosecutor, via NBC News. Snyder pleaded not guilty to the two misdemeanor charges. The eight other officials who worked under Snyder have been charged with crimes as serious as involuntary manslaughter. A class-action lawsuit related to the scandal resulted in a $600 million settlement for the affected residents