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Virgin Galactic’s allure: space and celebrities

By DAVID KOENIG, Associated Press The explosion of a Virgin Galactic rocket ship during a test flight over California has almost certainly dashed founder Richard Branson’s goal of starting passenger flights next spring. Continue reading

Judge suggests it’s OK for Redskins to sue Indians

By JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press ALEXANDRIA, Va. Continue reading

Painted faces at parks need painstaking removal

By LINDSAY WHITEHURST, Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A series of graffiti-like paintings on rocks in National Parks across the West set off a furor on social media this month, angering people who say they desecrated some of the nation’s most famously picturesque landscapes. They’ve also created a headache for park managers who have the delicate task of cleaning up the sites without causing further damage. Continue reading

Obamacare’s Improved for Insurance Sign Ups

Last year, the federal government’s website to help people sign up for health insurance, was riddled with technological bugs, from slow loading times to constant error messages, even keeping some from accessing the health insurance coverage they had applied and qualified for. With a year of experience under their belts and lessons learned the from previous enrollment headaches, health officials expect that the second kickoff Nov. 15 will go very differently Continue reading

Kurdish Official Blames Turkey for Peshmerga Delay

By ELENA BECATOROS and BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press SURUC, Turkey (AP) — The 10 peshmerga fighters from Iraq who entered the embattled northern Syrian town of Kobani one day earlier returned to Turkey Friday to prepare for their forces’ full deployment, and a senior Kurdish official blamed Ankara for the delay. Continue reading

RG3 can’t wait to get started again

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Microsoft promises new Office for Macs next year

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After a long wait, Microsoft says it plans to release a new version of its popular Office software package for Mac computers — but not until next year. Microsoft did release one component, the Outlook email program, through the company’s Office 365 subscription service, which costs $100 a year Continue reading

Kristin Scott Thomas to play UK queen onstage

LONDON (AP) — Kristin Scott Thomas is about to don Helen Mirren’s tiara. Producers announced Friday that Scott Thomas will star as Queen Elizabeth II in a new West End production of “The Audience.” Mirren won an Olivier Award for the original 2013 production of Peter Morgan’s play, which explores the monarch’s relationships with the dozen prime ministers who have served during her six-decade reign. The Mirren production, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Stephen Daldry, is due to open on Broadway in February. Continue reading

Chicago Marathon champion Jeptoo fails doping test

By GERALD IMRAY, AP Sports Writer STELLENBOSCH, South Africa (AP) — Leading female marathoner Rita Jeptoo of Kenya failed a doping test a few weeks before winning her second consecutive Chicago Marathon, her agent and national federation said Friday. Agent Federico Rosa told The Associated Press that Jeptoo tested positive in an out-of-competition test in Kenya in September. Continue reading

Heavy security as Israel reopens Jerusalem site

By PETER ENAV, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel reopened a contested Jerusalem holy site on Friday and deployed more than 1,000 security personnel following clashes the previous day between Palestinians and Israeli riot police that had ratcheted up already heightened tensions in the city. Small groups of Palestinian worshippers made their way through a series of Israeli checkpoints to the site — known to Jews as the Temple Mount and Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary — under leaden gray skies and pouring rain. No clashes were reported after prayer services ended around mid-day. Continue reading