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The explosion of Virgin Galactic’s passenger rocket ship is stirring up mixed emotions as scientists and others involved in the space industry wait for more details on what happened over the Mojave Desert on Friday. While several people expressed sadness …

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  • John Spinello sits in front of merchandise from the game Creator of Operation toy couldn’t afford $25,000 operation so friends, Hasbro pitched in
    Bloomingdale, Ill. • The creator of the board game Operation needed his own operation, and it turned out he couldn’t afford to pay for it. So his frie …
    Updated Oct 31 2014 07:57 pm   |     |   Share
  • Kerry Wilks, right, one of four women represented by the American Civil Liberties Union in a lawsuit against Kansas' ban on gay marriage, speaks with reporters after a U.S. District Court hearing, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, in Kansas City, Kan. Wilks and her female partner were denied a marriage license in Sedgwick Ccounty, Kan. (AP Photo/John Hanna) Kansas urges judge not to rule on gay marriage
    Kansas City, Kan. • The Kansas attorney general’s office told a federal judge Friday that he should not consider blocking the state from enforcing its …
    Updated Oct 31 2014 07:54 pm   |     |   Share
  • Mexican judge orders immediate release of U.S. Marine veteran
    San Diego • A Mexican judge on Friday ordered the immediate release of a jailed U.S. Marine veteran who spent eight months behind bars for crossing th …
    Updated Oct 31 2014 07:51 pm   |     |   Share
  • Hospital: Teen school shooting victim dies; death toll now 4
    Seattle • One of the teenagers wounded in a Washington state high school shooting has died, raising to four the number of fatalities from the moment w …
    Updated Oct 31 2014 07:51 pm   |     |   Share

  • North Texas town voting on fracking ban
    Denton, Texas • Anti-fracking activists and campaigners backed by big oil and gas companies sparred outside of voting sites on the last day of early v …
    Updated Oct 31 2014 04:09 pm   |     |   Share
  • Nurse Kaci Hickox speaks to reporters outside their home, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, in Fort Kent, Maine. A Maine judge gave Hickox the OK to go wherever she pleases, handing state officials a defeat Friday in their bid to restrict her movements as a precaution against Ebola.( AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty) Judge rejects attempt to isolate nurse who treated Ebola patients
    Fort Kent, Maine • A Maine judge gave nurse Kaci Hickox the OK to go wherever she pleases, handing state officials a defeat Friday in the nation’s big …
    Updated Oct 31 2014 04:00 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE- In this Oct. 21, 2014, file photo provided by TheBrittanyFund.org, Brittany Maynard, left, hugs her mother Debbie Ziegler next to a helicopter at the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. The 29-year-old terminally ill woman has fulfilled a wish on her bucket list: visiting the Grand Canyon. Maynard, who has advanced brain cancer, has said she plans use Oregon's death-with-dignity law to end her own life Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 though she could still change her mind. (AP Photo/TheBrittanyFund.org, File) Brittany Maynard: New face of right-to-die
    Saturday was supposed to be the day that Brittany Maynard killed herself. She still might do it, but her latest message seems to suggest she intends t …
    Updated Oct 31 2014 03:33 pm   |     |   Share
  • In this Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 photo, gas station prices are posted for passing motorists in Augusta, Ga. The U.S. is on track for the lowest annual average gas price since 2010 _ and the 2015 average is expected to be lower even still. (AP Photo/David Goldman) Gas falling under $3 nationwide: What to know
    New York • The sight is so surprising that Americans are sharing photos of it, along with all those cute Halloween costumes, sweeping vistas and speci …
    Updated Oct 31 2014 03:27 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this May 1, 2014 file photo, Nate Galbreath, Senior Executive Adviser for the Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO), leaves a news conference at the Pentagon. Shocked and offended by explicit questions, some U.S. servicemen and women are complaining about a new sexual-assault survey that hundreds of thousands were asked to complete. The survey is conducted every two years, but this year’s version, developed by the Rand Corp., includes three pages of questions that detail numerous sexual acts. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File) AP EXCLUSIVE: Military sex survey draws complaints
    Washington • Shocked and offended by explicit questions, some U.S. servicemen and women are complaining about a new sexual-assault survey that hundred …
    Updated Oct 31 2014 08:24 pm   |     |   Share
  • This image from video by KABC TV Los Angeles shows wreckage of what is believed to be SpaceShipTwo in Southern California's Mojave Desert on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. A Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket exploded after taking off on a test flight, a witness said Friday. (AP Photo/KABC TV) Space tourism rocket crashes
    A winged spaceship designed to take tourists on excursions beyond Earth’s atmosphere exploded during a test flight Friday over the Mojave Desert, kill...

    Updated Oct 31 2014 09:42 pm   |     |   Share
  • With four days left in Kentucky's combative Senate race, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., a 30-year incumbent, makes a final appeal for votes during a stop in Lexington, Ky., Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. The results of the closely watched Kentucky contest will be crucial in the midterm election that could shift the balance of power in Congress. The facility, SRC of Lexington, Inc., is a remanufacturer of engines, drive train components and hydraulics for industrial equipment. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Early votes exceed 15 million — but who benefits?
    Washington • Early votes soared past 15 million across 31 states on Friday, an outpouring that is giving hopeful Republicans as well as nervous Democr...

    Updated Oct 31 2014 09:12 pm   |     |   Share
  • FTC sues Gerber over claims on baby formula
    Washington • Federal regulators announced Thursday they were suing Gerber, the well-known baby food maker, for claiming that its Good Start Gentle for …
    Updated Oct 30 2014 10:48 am   |     |   Share
  • This Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey shows an aerial view of the lava flow over Cemetery Road and Apa?a Street near the town of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii. Rain fell Wednesday on a red-hot river of lava as it threatened to consume its first home on its slow advance into a rural Hawaii town. (AP Photo/U.S. Geological Survey) Hawaii volcano: Locals in Pele’s path call her ‘gentle, but so unrelenting’
    Pahoa, Hawaii • Pele, the Hawaiian volcano goddess, moves gradually and persistently as she deposits lava across the Big Island of Hawaii. People in t …
    Updated Oct 30 2014 10:06 am   |     |   Share
  • A Chinese woman enjoys a social dance at Ritan Park in Beijing, China Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. Levels of self-reported well-being in fast-growing nations like Indonesia, China and Malaysia now rival those in US, Germany and the United Kingdom, rich nations which have long topped the happiness charts, according to a Pew Research Center global survey released Friday that it showed how national income was closely linked to personal life satisfaction. (AP Photo/Andy Wong) Survey: Asia finds money brings happiness
    Singapore • Emerging Asian nations are finding out what developed ones did years ago: money — and the stuff it buys — brings happiness. Levels of self …
    Updated Oct 30 2014 06:16 pm   |     |   Share
  • A Sri Lankan navigates his way though mud and sludge caused by a mudslide at the Koslanda tea plantation in Badulla district, about 220 kilometers (140 miles) east of Colombo, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. Disaster Management Minister Mahinda Amaraweera estimated the number of dead in Wednesday's disaster at the plantation would be fewer than 100, although villagers said the figure could easily exceed 200. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena) Sri Lanka says no hope finding mudslide survivors
    Koslanda, Sri Lanka • Hundreds of desperate Sri Lankan villagers dug with bare hands through the broken red earth of a deadly landslide Thursday, defy …
    Updated Oct 30 2014 09:33 am   |     |   Share
  • This undated photo provided by Las Cruces police shows Sheriff deputy Tai Chan a Santa Fe County sheriff's deputy accused of killing his fellow sheriff's deputy.  Chan is being held without bond at the Dona Ana County Detention Center. He's charged with murder in the shooting of Deputy Jeremy Martin, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2014. Las Cruces police say the shooting occurred in a hotel after the 27-year-old Chan and the 29-year-old Martin drank at a nightspot and argued at their hotel. They were in Las Cruces while returning from Arizona after dropping off a prisoner. (AP Photo/ Las Cruces Police) Deputy accused of shooting fellow deputy told officers ‘I shot the guy’
    Las Cruces, N.M. • A New Mexico sheriff’s deputy was talking to his girlfriend on the phone when the woman heard someone’s pleas and then gunfire ring …
    Updated Oct 29 2014 03:18 pm   |     |   Share
  • In this Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, photo, Paul Phua, second from left, and his son Darren, third from left, walk to Lloyd George Federal Courthouse in Las Vegas with their attorney Richard Schonfeld for their arraignment. Phua was arrested in July for his role in a multimillion-dollar World Cup betting scheme. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, Erik Verduzco)  LAS VEGAS SUN OUT Video records FBI posing as tech nerds as part of Las Vegas gambling bust
    Washington • It was an extraordinary ruse. Dramatic new video obtained by The Associated Press, filmed through the lapel camera carried by an undercov …
    Updated Oct 29 2014 03:13 pm   |     |   Share
  • An apartment building where a woman was found dead in the street the previous evening is seen in Farmingdale, N.Y., Wednesday Oct. 29, 2014. Authorities are investigating whether there's a link between the gory death of the woman found outside the apartment building and a man in his 30s who was killed nearby shortly afterward by a Long Island Rail Road train. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman) Police: Man decapitates mother then steps in front of train to commit suicide
    Farmingdale, N.Y. • A man with a history of psychiatric problems decapitated his mother, dragged her lifeless body into the street in front of their h …
    Updated Oct 29 2014 03:09 pm   |     |   Share
  • In this Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 photo, a repaired section of the embankment river wall that was damaged by a German bomb dropped during World War II is seen in London. Every day, boats full of tourists and commuters pass a pale patch on the wall that lines the River Thames near Britain's Houses of Parliament. Few notice the mark, or recognize it as evidence of how close London came to drowning during World War II. The concrete splotch is a piece of hidden history that has been uncovered by a team of professional and amateur archaeologists. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) Hero that saved London during World War II finally receives recognition
    London • Every day, boats full of tourists and commuters float by a pale patch on the wall that lines the River Thames near Britain’s Houses of Parlia …
    Updated Oct 29 2014 02:00 pm   |     |   Share
  • This image taken from video provided by NASA TV shows Orbital Sciences Corp.'s unmanned rocket blowing up over the launch complex at Wallops Island, Va., just six seconds after liftoff. The company says no one was believed to be hurt and the damage appeared to be limited to the facilities. (AP Photo/NASA TV) Russian rocket engines suspected in launch blast
    Atlantic, Va. • The company behind the dramatic launch explosion of a space station supply mission promises to find the cause of the failure and is wa …
    Updated Oct 29 2014 02:53 pm   |     |   Share
  • Elton John performs at the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s 13th Annual Elton John at AIDS event: Pope Francis is my hero for compassion toward gays
    New York • Elton John called Pope Francis “my hero” for his compassion and push to accept gays in the Catholic church at his annual AIDS benefit. John …
    Updated Oct 29 2014 11:39 am   |     |   Share