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Virgin Galactic spaceship has in-flight problem

usatoday.com — MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) - Virgin Galactic has reported an unspecified problem during a test flight of its SpaceShipTwo space tourism rocket. The company tweeted Friday morning that SpaceShipTwo was flying under rocket power and then tweeted that it had "experienced an in-flight anomaly." The tweet said more information would be forthcoming.
Oct 31, 2014

Virgin Galactic spaceship accident kills co-pilot usat.ly/1tIuxSE via @usatoday

Oct 31, 2014

Virgin Galactic spaceship accident kills co-pilot usat.ly/1tIuxSE via @WLTX

Oct 31, 2014

In past, astros & test pilots died for science, exploration. Now they die for $, to create thrill ride for the rich. usatoday.com/story/news/nat…

Oct 31, 2014

RT @ellencreager: Virgin Galactic tourism spaceship crashes, killing 1 pilot usat.ly/1tIuxSE via @freep

Oct 31, 2014

Breaking: Virgin Galactic reports loss of spaceship usat.ly/1tIuxSE

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Starbucks to deliver in 2015

usatoday.com — Starbucks will offer a delivery option in its mobile app in select areas next year. The announcement came Thursday after the company reported "disappointing quarterly sales," reports the Associated Press. In a conference call, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said, "Imagine the ability to create a standing order of Starbucks delivered hot or iced to your desk daily.
Oct 31, 2014

Hot or not? Starbucks delivery won't be easy, say experts usat.ly/1tHLtIX

Oct 31, 2014

Hot or not? Starbucks delivery won't be easy, say experts usat.ly/1tHLtIX

Oct 31, 2014

RT @jtotheloo: Hot or not? Starbucks delivery won't be easy, say experts usat.ly/1tHLtIX via @usatoday

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The head coach of college football’s best team will be the Cowardly Lion for Halloween (because his daughter is Dorothy)

ftw.usatoday.com — STARKVILLE, Miss. - Dan Mullen can't make it to his 5-year-old son's soccer game. It's a busy time at work. This is what Mullen's wife Megan tells their son Canon on Tuesday, and he is bummed. Megan assures him that she, Canon's 2-year-old sister Breelyn, and grandparents Boppy and Glammy would be there though.
Oct 31, 2014

Great read. RT @LakenLitman: Dan Mullen has Mississippi State on top of the football world. At home, he's just dad. usat.ly/1FZTGxz

Oct 31, 2014

Love this @LakenLitman piece on Miss. State coach Dan Mullen and his life as a coach and father. ftw.usatoday.com/2014/10/dan-mu…

Oct 31, 2014

RT @LakenLitman: Dan Mullen has Mississippi State on top of the football world. At home, he's just dad. usat.ly/1FZTGxz pic.twitter.com/RJz2y5fjS6

Oct 31, 2014

Dan Mullen coaches the No. 1 team. But as @lakenlitman reveals, home is where his heart is. usat.ly/1pbj2TX pic.twitter.com/k1IKzsFHk4

Oct 31, 2014

RT @LakenLitman: Dan Mullen has Mississippi State on top of the football world. At home, he's just dad. usat.ly/1FZTGxz pic.twitter.com/RJz2y5fjS6

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Life goes on for nurse in standoff over Ebola

usatoday.com — FORT KENT, Maine (AP) - In between going on a bike ride and taking delivery of a pizza, nurse Kaci Hickox and her boyfriend did chores and watched a movie while state officials struggled to reach a compromise in a standoff that has become the nation's most closely watched clash between personal freedom and fear of Ebola.
Oct 31, 2014

Nurse praises judge's rejection of quarantine usat.ly/1wN35mQ via @usatoday

Oct 31, 2014

A 'good compromise' -- Nurse praises judge's rejection of quarantine usat.ly/1wN35mQ via @usatoday #ebola

Oct 31, 2014

Judge rejects quarantine for nurse, citing "misconceptions, misinformation, bad science..." usat.ly/1wN35mQ via @KimPainter #Ebola

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Safari industry crippled by Ebola geography confusion

usatoday.com — Travelers fearful of Ebola are avoiding Africa or canceling long-planned safaris, creating dire consequences for the economy in Africa, tourism and government officials said. More than 13,000 people have become infected with Ebola, and approximately 5,000 have died, mostly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @ndiblasio: Is it Ebola? Or is America's lack of geography education an "epidemic of ignorance" devastating the safari industry? usat.ly/1tHSuth

Oct 31, 2014

'Epidemic of ignorance': Tourists avoid Africa, all of it usat.ly/1tHSuth via @usatoday #ebola

Oct 31, 2014

Ebola fears + geographic ignorance MT @eweise Now's the time to book a #safari if you know geography usat.ly/1tHSuth

Oct 31, 2014

RT @hadleypdxdc: Great read by @ndiblasio on how the African safari industry is suffering from ignorance about #Ebola usat.ly/1tHSuth

Oct 31, 2014

'Epidemic of ignorance': Tourists avoid Africa, all of it usat.ly/1tHSuth via @usatoday

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'Bad Judge,' 'A to Z' to end after short runs

usatoday.com — Bad Judge isn't getting clemency. A to Z is having its alphabet shortened. That's the verdict at NBC, which will end both freshman comedies after completion of their initial, 13-episode orders. Judge, which stars Kate Walsh, has filmed 10 episodes, while romantic comedy A to Z has shot 11.
Oct 31, 2014

NBC overrules judge, shortens alphabet: 'Bad Judge,' 'A to Z' to end after short runs usat.ly/1wPDt8X via @usatoday

Oct 31, 2014

'Bad Judge,' 'A to Z' to end after short runs - that blows about the latter usat.ly/1wPDt8X via @billkev

Oct 31, 2014

'Bad Judge,' 'A to Z' to end after short runs are completed usat.ly/1wPDt8X via @USATODAY

3rd victim in Marysville school shooting dies

usatoday.com — SEATTLE - A 14-year-old girl who was critically injured after a student opened fire inside a Marysville high school cafeteria last week has died, raising the death toll in the shooting to four. Shaylee Chuckulnaskit died a week after she was shot in the head, officials at Providence Regional Medical Center said Friday.

Ricky Rubio agrees on $55M extension with T'wolves

usatoday.com — Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio on Friday agreed to a four-year, $55 million with the team, a person familiar with the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the deal until it was officially announced.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @JeffZillgitt: Ricky Rubio's four-year extension with Timberwolves includes bonuses that can push deal higher than $55 million: usat.ly/1xJjGqX

Oct 31, 2014

RT @JeffZillgitt: Ricky Rubio's four-year extension with Timberwolves includes bonuses that can push deal higher than $55 million: usat.ly/1xJjGqX

Oct 31, 2014

Ricky Rubio's four-year extension with Timberwolves includes bonuses that can push deal higher than $55 million: usat.ly/1xJjGqX

LeBron, Cavs take 'a huge step' with first win vs. Bulls

usatoday.com — CHICAGO - Breaking down the Cavaliers' 114-108 overtime victory against the Bulls. BOX SCORE: Cavaliers 114, Bulls 108 (OT) What happened: Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James took over late in the fourth quarter and in overtime to lead the Cavs over the Bulls on Friday.
Nov 01, 2014

RT @JeffZillgitt: Lot to pack into Cavs' 114-108 OT win vs. Bulls, but if this is a prelude to a playoff series, we're in for a treat: usat.ly/1pd16bN

Nov 01, 2014

Lot to pack into Cavs' 114-108 OT win vs. Bulls, but if this is a prelude to a playoff series, we're in for a treat: usat.ly/1pd16bN

Pinterest's seventh employee on being black in Silicon Valley

usatoday.com — SAN FRANCISCO - In the tense days after an unarmed black teen was killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., Justin Edmund wondered why no one else in Silicon Valley was talking about it. "Why would they bother?" he wrote in an essay on Medium.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @NicoleBlades: "It's called the 2% problem. That's the percentage of African Americans in Silicon Valley." On being black in SV. usatoday.com/story/tech/201…

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Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo

usatoday.com — An image from video shot by KABC TV in Los Angeles shows wreckage of what is believed to be SpaceShipTwo on Oct. 31 in California's Mojave Desert. The space tourism rocket exploded during a test flight.

SpaceShipTwo crash costs Virgin Galactic

americasmarkets.usatoday.com — Reports of the crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo isn't just a tragic loss of life, but for the company, too. SpaceShipTwo is one of a number of spacecraft owned by Virgin Galactic LLC, an aerospace company based in New York City that's a unit of privately-held Virgin Group.

Canucks' Alex Burrows suspended for late hit on Alexei Emelin

usatoday.com — Vancouver Canucks forward Alex Burrows was suspended for three games for a late hit that temporarily knocked Montreal Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin out of Thursday's game. Burrows was penalized for two infractions: interference and an illegal hit to the head.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @ByMikeBrehm: Canucks' Alex Burrows suspended for late hit on Alexei Emelin usat.ly/1wNY11F via @usatoday

Oct 31, 2014

RT @ByMikeBrehm: Canucks' Alex Burrows suspended for late hit on Alexei Emelin usat.ly/1wNY11F via @usatoday

Oct 31, 2014

Canucks' Alex Burrows suspended for late hit on Alexei Emelin usat.ly/1wNY11F via @usatoday

Cubs fire Rick Renteria, clear way for Maddon

usatoday.com — The Chicago Cubs, while feeling some remorse, perhaps even guilt, announced Friday that they have fired manager Rick Renteria after just one season, clearing the way for the hiring of Joe Maddon. The Cubs offered Renteria a chance to stay in the organization, which he rejected.
Oct 31, 2014

Cubs fire Rick Renteria, clear way for Maddon usat.ly/1wOIq1I via @usatoday

Oct 31, 2014

I love how transparent Theo Epstein and the #Cubs are. This is how to handle a difficult situation. on.freep.com/1xILfk2

Oct 31, 2014

The #Cubs fire Rick Renteria, apologize, and clear way for Joe Maddon usat.ly/1wOIq1I via @usatoday

Oct 31, 2014

The #Cubs fire Rick Renteria in apologetic statement, clearing clear way for Joe Maddon. usat.ly/1wOIq1I

Boston Marathon winner Rita Jeptoo reportedly tests positive

usatoday.com — LONDON (AP) - The World Marathon Majors series says it has postponed Sunday's awards ceremony because of report that Kenyan runner Rita Jeptoo has tested positive for doping. The series says "no athlete can win the World Marathon Majors Series title who has been in breach of IAAF anti-doping rules."
Oct 31, 2014

Agent: Boston Marathon winner Rita Jeptoo failed doping test usat.ly/1tHYX7y via @usatoday

Oct 31, 2014

RT @marathontalk: Boston and Chicago women's marathon winner Rita Jeptoo positive doping test. usatoday.com/story/sports/o…

Oct 31, 2014

Agent: Boston Marathon winner Rita Jeptoo failed doping test usat.ly/1tHYX7y via @usatoday ... Oh boy

Oct 31, 2014

Boston Marathon winner Rita Jeptoo reportedly tests positive for doping usat.ly/1tHYX7y via @usatoday

Oct 31, 2014

.@BostonMarathon winner Rita Jeptoo reportedly tests positive usat.ly/1tHYX7y via @usatoday #running #doping

Eric Frein makes first court appearance on cop-killing charge

usatoday.com — After 7 weeks living off the land in a state forest, fugitive Eric Frein woke up Friday in a jail cell for his first court appearance on a capital murder charge of killing a Pennsylvania trooper. For law enforcement in Pennsylvania, the capture of the 31-year-old self-trained survivalist Thursday night by U.S.
Oct 31, 2014

Subdued Eric Frein arraigned on cop-killing charge usat.ly/1tHFeFh via @USATODAY

Oct 31, 2014

RT @USATODAY: Telling detail.... Police use slain cop's handcuffs on man accused of killing him (AP photo): usat.ly/1wQghKb pic.twitter.com/aHpx6MMYiW

Oct 31, 2014

RT @USATODAY: Telling detail.... Police use slain cop's handcuffs on man accused of killing him (AP photo): usat.ly/1wQghKb pic.twitter.com/aHpx6MMYiW

Oct 31, 2014

RT @USATODAY: Telling detail.... Police use slain cop's handcuffs on man accused of killing him (AP photo): usat.ly/1wQghKb pic.twitter.com/aHpx6MMYiW

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Klay Thompson, Warriors agree to contract extension

usatoday.com — The Golden State Warriors and fourth-year guard Klay Thompson have agreed to a four-year, $70 million extension, two people with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been announced.
Oct 31, 2014

The great @Sam_Amick also reporting Klay Deal. RT @kevin_spain: Thompson, Warriors agree to contract extension usat.ly/1tJ5qPL

Oct 31, 2014

RT @kevin_spain: Klay Thompson, Warriors agree to contract extension usat.ly/1tJ5qPL reports @sam_amick

Oct 31, 2014

Klay Thompson, Warriors agree to contract extension usat.ly/1tJ5qPL reports @sam_amick

Ex-FAMU band member convicted in hazing death

usatoday.com — ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A former Florida A&M band member accused of being the ringleader of a brutal hazing ritual known as "Crossing Bus C" that killed a drum major was convicted Friday of manslaughter and felony hazing.

TNT orders Sharon Stone drama, 'Agent X'

usatoday.com — Sharon Stone is coming to series television in the TNT drama, Agent X. The cable network Friday ordered 10 episodes of the action drama, which also stars Jeff Hephner ( Interstellar, Chicago Fire) and Gerald McRaney ( House of Cards).