"We officially live in the future. Congrats, @JeffBezos," tweets Slate meteorologist Eric Holthaus, heralding the successful flight to space and landing back at the laucnh site of Blue Origin's New Shepard space vehicle (at 21,600+ shares right now). "The rarest of beasts - a used rocket. Controlled landing not easy, but done right, can look easy. Check out video," Jeff Bezos himself announces. "He tweets," notices PRI's David Beard. Alan Boyle at GeekWire elaborates, "@blueorigin sends uncrewed craft to 100.5km, claims 1st flight of fully reusable spaceship." "This happened yesterday in West Texas. And the implications are enormous," concludes NBC's John Morales. Here's more from Bezos on launching first fully reusable space rocket.
There is a hostage situation being reported in northern France, but local authorities say it is unrelated to the Paris attacks. Elsewhere in global news, Turkey has shot down a Russian military plane near Syria's border, triggering Russian president Vladimir Putin to ominously warn there will be "serious consequences for Russian-Turkish relations." "Super. I was just thinking this wasn't complicated enough," reacts Stephen Stirling at the New Jersey Star-Ledger.
Back in the U.S., five people were shot near a Black Lives Matter protest in Minneapolis and cops have identified three white male suspects. "Details murky, but here's what we know about 5 Black Lives Matter protesters shot in Minneapolis last night," details Washington Post's Wesley Lowery. Simultaneously, a Chicago officer has been charged in the death of a black teenager. "Why a murder charge? #FOIA. FOIA everything," Alice Dreger tweets. At ProPublica, Lois Beckett explains how the gun control debate ignores black lives. "Powerful, fresh @soljourno on how to really lower gun deaths. Not new laws, but #blacklivesmatter," praises NYT's Tina Rosenberg.
Also, Donald Trump, a champion of women? Some of his female employees think so.