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Virgin Galactic spaceship crashes during California test flight

Entrepreneur Branson waves a model of the LauncherOne cargo spacecraft from a window of an actual size model of SpaceShipTwo on display, after Virgin Galactic's LauncherOne announcement and news conference, at the Farnborough Airshow 2012CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. (Reuters) - A suborbital passenger spaceship being developed by Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic crashed during a test flight on Friday at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, officials said. Two pilots were aboard the spaceship, which was undergoing its first powered test flight since January. It was not immediately known if they were able to parachute to safety. On Tuesday, Orbital Sciences suffered a high-profile rocket launch explosion after liftoff from Wallops Island, Virginia. (Reporting by Irene Klotz; Editing by David Adams and James Dalgleish)


AP NewsBreak: Albuquerque police reforms ordered

FILE- In this March 30, 2014, file photo, riot police launch tear gas toward activists in downtown Albuquerque, N.M., following a 10-hour protest. The U.S. Department of Justice and New Mexico's largest city are expected to make an announcement Friday, Oct. 31, 2014 about reforms for the troubled Albuquerque police force. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department and New Mexico's largest city have reached an agreement to overhaul Albuquerque's police department amid several accusations of excessive force, agreeing to reforms that include new training and protocols for investigating officer shootings.


Dollar General extends hostile bid for Family Dollar

People are seen outside the official opening of the North Arlington Dollar General Store on September 12, 2009, New JerseyDiscount retail chain Dollar General extended its nearly $10 billion hostile bid for rival Family Dollar Friday in hopes that Family Dollar's shareholders will vote down its planned merger with another firm. Dollar General said the $80-a-share offer it made at the beginning of September will remain alive to the end of the year, enough to span Family Dollar's December 11 special shareholders meeting, called to vote on selling the company to smaller rival Dollar Tree. Family Dollar has twice brushed off friendly Dollar General proposals in favor of Dollar Tree's $74.50-a-share bid, arguing in part that a merger with Dollar General could be blocked by US antitrust regulators.


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