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Wood covers the windows Wolff's Sandwich Shoppe in Atlantic, Va., on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014.  The unmanned commercial supply rocket bound for the International Space Station exploded moments after liftoff Tuesday evening, with debris falling in flames over the launch site in Virginia. No injuries were reported. Owner Ron Wolff said the explosion shattered a large glass pane at his restaurant.  (AP Photo/Eastern Shore News, Jay Diem) NO SALES

Rocket Engines Suspected in Blast

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Chincoteague, Va. — Crews searched for scorched wreckage along the Virginia coast Wednesday in hopes of figuring out why an unmanned commercial rocket exploded in a blow to NASA’s strategy of using private companies to fly supplies and, eventually, astronauts to the International Space Station. The 140-foot Antares rocket, operated by Orbital Sciences Corp., blew up 15 seconds after lifting …

Zambia’s New President Is Sub-Saharan Africa’s Only White Head of State

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Guy Scott, famous in Zambia for his jocular, outspoken — and sometimes undiplomatic — tongue, became the nation’s acting president Wednesday, sub-Saharan Africa’s only current white head of state. Scott took office after the death of President Michael Sata in London late Tuesday, amid questions about whether he can run for the office in coming elections. Sata had appointed defense minister Edgar Lungu …

Iraq Renames War Town ‘Victory Bank’

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Jurf Al-Sakhar, Iraq — Iraq renamed this town on the banks of the Euphrates this week to reflect the triumph of its security forces here against Islamic State militants, who were driven out last week. Jurf al-Sakhar, or “rocky bank,” became Jurf al-Nasr, or “victory bank.” But a visit to the Sunni settlement Tuesday laid bare the huge cost of that victory. The …

Researchers Identify Chinese Cyberspy Group

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Washington — A coalition of security researchers has identified a Chinese cyberespionage group that appears to be the most sophisticated of any publicly known Chinese hacker unit and targets not only U.S. and Western government agencies but dissidents inside and outside China. News of the state-sponsored hacker group …

Stone Tools Show Ancient Settlement

Monday, October 27, 2014

New York — The air was thin, the nights were cold, the sun could easily burn the skin. But about 12,000 years ago, small groups of hunter-gatherers found a home very high up in the Peruvian Andes. Now, …

Making a Smoking Jack- O’-Lantern With an E-Cig

Monday, October 27, 2014

You’ve gotta love Popular Science. The magazine traces its history back to 1872, when Charles Darwin was a frequent topic, and is having a very good time looking into the future: “Defend Your Home With Artificial Intelligence” urges one cover headline, while another gushes about “Blasting Space Rocks …

Disease Expert: No Ebola Quarantine

Monday, October 27, 2014

New York — Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday night revised guidelines for the mandatory, 21-day quarantining of medical workers returning from West Africa that he and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ordered two days earlier, bringing the state closer in line with federal protocols. He outlined the state’s …

Negotiators May Extend Iran Talks

Monday, October 27, 2014

Washington — With talks nearly deadlocked and their deadline one month away, six world powers seeking a nuclear deal with Iran have begun discussing whether to again extend negotiations, according to Western officials. Officials say they believe a deal is still possible by the Nov. 24 deadline, but …

Key Town Taken in ISIL Fight

Monday, October 27, 2014

Baghdad — The Iraqi government claimed that its troops and Shiite Muslim militias captured a key Islamic State stronghold near Baghdad on Saturday in an operation to boost security for Islamic new year gatherings that apparently was overseen by an Iranian general. The fall of the town of …

Hong Kong Protesters Nix Vote

Monday, October 27, 2014

Hong Kong — The leaders of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests on Sunday canceled a vote on what the next step should be in their monthlong street occupation, saying they hadn’t properly consulted with the demonstrators before calling the …

3 Fight for Lives Following ‘Senseless’ Washington High School Shooting

Monday, October 27, 2014

Marysville, Wash. — Three students fought for their lives in Seattle-area hospitals Sunday, days after being shot in the head during an attack at a high school on Washington’s Puget Sound. The close-knit community, meanwhile, on the nearby Tulalip Indian reservation struggled with the news that the shooter …

Pro-Western Parties Lead Ukraine Vote

Monday, October 27, 2014

Kiev, Ukraine — Ukrainians overwhelmingly backed several pro-Western parties in a landmark parliamentary election Sunday, another nudge in the former Soviet republic’s drift away from Russia. Two exit polls indicated that President Petro Poroshenko’s party will secure a …

Hawaii Residents Prep for Evacuation

Monday, October 27, 2014

Pahoa, Hawaii — Residents in the flow path of the slowly erupting Kilauea volcano in the Puna district of Hawaii Island have been told to prepare for a possible evacuation in the next three to five days, county officials said Sunday. A slow-moving strip of lava that has …