Multi-satellite payload hoisted into high-altitude orbit by Atlas 5 rocket – Spaceflight Now

A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket lifts off at 7:13 p.m. EDT (2313 GMT) Saturday. Credit: United Launch Alliance

A package of communications and tech demo satellites for the U.S. Air Force rode a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket into an orbit more than 20,000 miles over the equator after liftoff from Cape Canaveral Saturday evening.

Riding 2.6 million pounds of thrust, the Atlas 5 surpassed the speed of sound in less than 30 seconds as it arced toward the east over the Atlantic Ocean, leaving an exhaust plume in its wake contorted by a column of upper level winds. The five solid rocket boosters, built by Aerojet Rocketdyne, dropped away just shy of the mission’s two-minute point, and the Atlas 5’s Russian-made RD-180 main engine continued chugging a mix of kerosene and liquid oxygen for four-and-a-half minutes.

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Humans to be genetically-modified in Europe for the first time this year using gene-splicing therapy

Europe will see its first genetically engineered patients using a groundbreaking gene-splicing therapy this year after regulators approved trials.

The biotech company Crispr Therapeutics is hoping to cure the disease beta thalassaemia, a devastating blood disorder which reduces the production of haemoglobin, the protein which carries oxygen to cells.

Without sufficient oxygen, sufferers can be left with bone deformities, severe anaemia, slow growth, fatigue and shortness of breath.

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20 great lake and mountain holidays in Europe – Guardian

Summer holidays don’t have to mean sea and sand. We pick breaks amid mountains and by tranquil lakes to suit lovers of long hikes, high-energy activity – or just dreamy upland vistas

Eat, drink and hike, Basque Highlands, Spain

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Edurne Pasaban, the first woman to climb all 14 of the world’s 8,000-metre peaks, now runs holiday firm Kabi Travels. It’s based in Val d’Aran in Catalonia but runs summer trips in her Basque homeland. A four-day, guided Discover the Basque Countryside group tour combines hikes in stupendous mountain scenery with great food and wine, particularly local idiazabal sheep’s cheese. Starting in the mountain village of Aránzazu, hikes take in the Urbia valley, San Adrian pass and Aralar natural park, with ancient ruins, lakes, forests and shepherds’ huts. Time in San Sebastián, 40 minutes away by train, can be tagged on.
Four days from €345pp half-board, kabi-travels.com

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Second time’s the charm: Mega Millions $533M jackpot winner announced

A New Jersey man’s plans for his winnings include helping his family, others and restoring a classic sports car.

Richard Wahl had $22 in his pocket to buy gas, a Diet Coke and a few Mega Millions lottery tickets. Days later, he won one of the largest lottery jackpots in history.

Wahl, of Vernon, New Jersey, won the $533 million Mega Millions jackpot on March 30 after playing the lottery two times. He has decided to take the cash option of $324.6 million over the annuity.

Wahl, 47, purchased his first ticket last month just after chatting with a co-worker about retirement. He didn’t win.

A week later, he stopped at a Lukoil gas station in Riverdale, New Jersey, went inside the store and bought more tickets.

When the winning numbers were announced on Good Friday, he initially thought he had won $1 million.

Source: Second time’s the charm: Mega Millions $533M jackpot winner announced

LA police seize $700,000 worth of counterfeit cosmetics

Police seized $700,000 worth of counterfeit cosmetics after raiding 21 locations in Los Angeles’ Fashion District, KABC reported.

The confiscated products included makeup similar to popular brands such as MAC, NARS, Urban Decay and Kylie Cosmetics, KABC reported.

The investigation began after customers called to complain about the bumps and rashes from the products, the television station reported.

The police department’s Anti-Piracy Unit did undercover buys in order to get the products tested, Detective Rick Ishitani said.

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Russia responds to Syria airstrike, warns of ‘consequences’

Russia warned of “consequences” in the aftermath of the airstrikes launched by the United States and its allies on Syria, CNN reported Saturday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin condemned the attacks as an “act of aggression against a sovereign state,” CNN reported. On Twitter, the Russian embassy in the United States criticized the missile strikes, with Ambassador Anatoly Antonov tweeting that “The worst apprehensions have come true. Our warnings have been left unheard.”

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“A pre-designed scenario is being implemented,” Antonov said. “Again, we are being threatened. We warned that such actions will not be left without consequences.”

Syria’s Foreign Ministry called the attacks a “flagrant violation of the international law,” CNN reported.

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Bon Jovi reunites to enter Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

CLEVELAND — Bon Jovi reunited with former members Richie Sambora and Alec John Such for a powerful performance on Saturday night as the band earned a spot in the prestigious Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Jon Bon Jovi, Sambora and Such were joined by current bandmates David Bryan, Tico Torres and Hugh McDonald at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland, where the Rock Hall is based.

They performed crowd favorites like “You Give Love a Bad Name” and “It’s My Life.”

Source: Bon Jovi reunites to enter Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

More Than A Dozen Campers Burglarized In Venango County

A number of campers at a Venango County campground were ransacked this month.

State police say an unknown suspect or suspects burglarized about 21 separate campers at the Kibbe’s Island Campground in President Township sometime between April 3 and April 13.

According to police, windows were smashed, screens were cut and doors were damaged. The campers were all ransacked.

It’s unclear at this point what all was stolen because some camper owners weren’t at the campground at the time. Police do know that a BB gun and liquor were stolen.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call police at (814) 676-6596.

 

Source: More Than A Dozen Campers Burglarized In Venango County

200M eggs recalled over salmonella fears

You may want to check your eggs as more than 200 million are being recalled because of potential salmonella contamination.

The eggs that are part of the recall can be identified by the plant number, P-1065, with the Julian date range of 011 through 102 printed on either the side portion or the principal side of the carton or package.

The FDA urges consumers to stop using the recalled eggs right away and return them to the store you bought them from for a full refund.

According to the FDA, the recalled eggs may be contaminated with salmonellabraenderup, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals can experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

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Police chief defends officers’ actions in viral Starbucks arrest video

Videos posted online show officers handcuffing the men in the downtown establishment Thursday

Melissa DePino@missydepino

@Starbucks The police were called because these men hadn’t ordered anything. They were waiting for a friend to show up, who did as they were taken out in handcuffs for doing nothing. All the other white ppl are wondering why it’s never happened to us when we do the same thing.

“What did they do,” one man can be heard saying in the video. Another says, “They didn’t do anything, I saw the entire thing.”

Late Saturday, Starbucks’ CEO Kevin Johnson issued a statement saying the situation had a “reprehensible outcome.” He promised the company has “immediately begun a thorough investigation of our practices.”

Johnson insisted “Starbucks stands firmly against discrimination or racial profiling.”

Source: Police chief defends officers’ actions in viral Starbucks arrest video