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SpaceX files lawsuit against the federal government — but asks to keep the details under wraps

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 18:36

SpaceX today filed a lawsuit against the federal government, apparently protesting a contract bidding process — but asked the court to keep the proceedings under seal and covered by a protective order. The California-based company said the details had to be kept out of the public eye because they include “confidential and proprietary information and source selection information not appropriate for release to the public.” SpaceX’s lawyers told the U.S. Court of Federal Claims that the proceedings surrounding the company’s bid protest should be conducted confidentially, under the terms of a protective order, in order to safeguard the competitive process.… Read More


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Angry Venezuelans wait hours for fuel as shortages worsen

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 18:23

Shortages of motor fuel have become a periodic occurrence in the OPEC nation, particularly in border regions where smuggling to neighboring countries is rife, the result of generous subsidies from state-run oil company PDVSA that have made gasoline nearly free in Venezuela. Unusually, hours-long lines also appeared outside service stations in the central states of Carabobo and Aragua - abutting the capital Caracas - after a regional storage center ran out of fuel, sources said. "This is an outrage," said Mario Garcia, who had waited unsuccessfully for an hour to fill up his car in Puerto Cabello, a port city some 200 km (125 miles) west of Caracas in Carabobo state.


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Australian voters tipped to elect Labor government

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 18:21

Australians began voting in a federal election on Saturday, with bookies predicting a return to power for the Labor party after six years in the political wilderness and a campaign in which it has put climate change and tax reform at the top of its agenda. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has made economic management the centerpiece of the campaign for his conservative Liberal-National coalition, which has held power since 2013. Voting is compulsory in Australia and the result should be known on Saturday evening.


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Angry Venezuelans wait hours for fuel as shortages worsen

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 17:49

Shortages of motor fuel have become a periodic occurrence in the OPEC nation, particularly in border regions where smuggling to neighboring countries is rife, the result of generous subsidies from state-run oil company PDVSA that have made gasoline nearly free in Venezuela. Unusually, hours-long lines also appeared outside service stations in the central states of Carabobo and Aragua - abutting the capital Caracas - after a regional storage center ran out of fuel, sources said. "This is an outrage," said Mario Garcia, who had waited unsuccessfully for an hour to fill up his car in Puerto Cabello, a port city some 200 km (125 miles) west of Caracas in Carabobo state.


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Venezuela's Maduro says Norway talks sought 'peaceful agenda' with opposition

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 17:36

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Friday that two of his envoys went to Norway this week to begin "exploration" into a dialogue with the opposition to "build a peaceful agenda." The South American country was plunged into a deep power struggle in January when opposition leader Juan Guaido invoked the country's constitution to assume an interim presidency, arguing Maduro's 2018 re-election was illegitimate. (Reporting by Deisy Buitrago and Luc Cohen; Editing by Sandra Maler)


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Cannes Film Review: ‘5B’

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 17:19

"It was a wonderful place where you could go to die — but it doesn't take away from the fact that they died." This is how one interviewee describes 5B, the trailblazing San Francisco hospital ward that pioneered a more humane method of nursing AIDS sufferers during the epidemic's paranoid 1980s zenith, affording terminal patients […]


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Olis Robotics wins $50K from Air Force to study options for satellite-servicing robots

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 16:55

Seattle-based Olis Robotics says it has received a $50,000 grant from the U.S. Air Force to lay out a plan for using its AI-driven software platform to control satellite-servicing robots in orbit. The initial Small Business Innovative Research grant could set the stage for as much as $1.5 million in future Air Force funding, depending on how the plan is received. Olis, formerly known as Bluhaptics, is a five-year-old spinout from the University of Washington’s Applied Physics Laboratory. It specializes in the development of semi-autonomous control software that’s suitable for underwater remotely operated vehicles as well as space robots. The… Read More


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Brazil's environment minister challenges Amazon Fund

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 16:23

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's environment minister questioned on Friday the effectiveness of the Amazon Fund created to contain the deforestation of the vast rainforest, the latest challenge to environmentalists from climate-change sceptics within the far-right government of President Jair Bolsonaro.


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California utility in big 2015 gas leak had failed to probe leaks for decades

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 16:11

Because Southern California Gas, a unit of Sempra Energy, had failed to investigate and analyze leaks since the 1970s, the consequences of such corrosion were not understood, leading to the 2015 incident, the report found. The report was commissioned by two state regulatory agencies, the California Public Utilities Commission and the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources, and conducted by a third party, Blade Energy Partners. More than 60 casing leaks occurred since the 1970s at the Aliso Canyon gas storage facility and were not investigated, the report found.


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Australian voters tipped to elect Labor government

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 16:07

Australian bookies predict a return to power for the Labor party in an election on Saturday after six years in the political wilderness and a campaign in which it has put climate change and tax reform at the top of its agenda. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has made economic management the centerpiece of the campaign for his conservative Liberal-National coalition, which has held power since 2013. Voting is compulsory in Australia and the result should be known on Saturday evening.


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10 Little-Known Medicare Benefits You Might Easily Miss

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 15:33

What's covered by the government's health insurance program for seniors can be surprising.


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Joint Hypermobility: What Causes Loose Joints?

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 15:31

In most people, joint hypermobility causes no problems and requires no treatment.


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This DJ Found Her Creative Calling After Beating Cancer

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 15:15

Quiana Parks' life changed at a New York nightclub.


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19 Songs That Help People Keep Powering Through Cancer

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 14:58

People who have gone through cancer share the songs that helped encourage them. Check out the songs and download the Spotify playlist here.


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Jay Inslee Calls For Accepting ‘Historic Levels’ Of Refugees Amid Climate Crisis

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 14:39

The Democratic presidential candidate said fighting far-right anti-immigrant fervor is “the same battle America has always fought.”


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My Tribe Is the Only Reason I Continue to Fight My Progressive Condition

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 14:09

A woman with Lynch syndrome, a rare condition causing multiple cancers, reveals the one reason she's able to keep fighting her progressive condition.


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Smokers have higher risk for multiple strokes

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 14:01

Smoking has long been linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and serious cardiac events like heart attacks and strokes. Among the 3,069 stroke survivors in the study, 1,475, or 48 percent, were current smokers and another nine percent were former smokers. Among the current smokers, 908, or 62 percent, managed to quit within a few months after their stroke.


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Here's What to Do If You Battle Neck Pain, Including Signs It's Time to See a Doctor

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 13:48

If hours spent hunched over your phone or computer are starting to cause strain on your neck, you're not alone. Approximately one in three people are affected by neck pain at least once a year, with women more prone to it than men.


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Famed Architect Behind the Louvre Pyramid, I.M. Pei, Dies at 102

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 13:18

He leaves behind a long legacy.


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The Air Force Wants to Use Air Taxis to Rescue Troops

Fri, 05/17/2019 - 13:15

The service thinks the same technology that would transport people in cities could get them out of tight situations in wartime.


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