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Students create island-themed ornaments for tree in nation's capital.

Ornaments created by Hawaii students are on display in Washington, D.C.

- Hawaii News Now - US

NASA Establishes Advisory Group for National Space Council.

Washington DC Dec 13, 2017 NASA has established a new advisory group on behalf of the National Space Council that will represent the expertise, interests and perspectives of non-federal aerospace organizations to the National Space Council. The official charter for the Users' Advisory Group was signed by acting NASA ...

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NASA Hosts Media Teleconference to Announce Latest Kepler Discovery.

Washington DC Dec 13, 2017 NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EST Thursday, Dec. 14, to announce the latest discovery made by its planet-hunting Kepler space telescope. The discovery was made by researchers using machine learning from Google. Machine learning is an approach to artificial intelligence, and ...

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Do any Republicans oppose the FCC's net neutrality vote? This one does.

Whether it should be or not, net neutrality regulation is a nearly lock-step partisan issue in Washington, D.C. Democratic minorities both on the commission and in Congress oppose the rollback of the rules enacted in 2015 during President Obama’s term. But now one Republican has joined the critics. Today, Colorado ...

- Fast Company - US

Trump won't scare Mueller off probe, associates say.

About a month after the September 11, 2001, attacks, agents at the FBI's Washington, D.C. headquarters wanted to watch football. They were working a Sunday shift at a command post established in response to the attacks, taking calls from field offices around the country....

- The Raw Story - US

Uganda Festival in USA contracts Radio and Weasel, Afrigo band.

The Uganda Festival, a flagship entertainment and business fete for Ugandans in the diaspora organized by UNAA Causes will take place from August 31 to September 3 in the Washington DC

- Daily Monitor - UG

Mindspace raises $20 million to launch co-working spaces in the US.

Co-working startup Mindspace recently raised $20 million as it gears up to launch its first two locations in the U.S. While Mindspace is looking to go big or go home in the U.S., it's starting off slow with its first two locations in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Mindspace started in Tel Aviv about four years ago ...

- TechCrunch - US

The Pentagon will allow transgender applicants for military service starting Jan. 1.

On Monday, the Pentagon announced that it will allow qualified transgender people to enlist in the military starting in January, in compliance with an order from the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. The Trump administration had appealed the court ruling, and the district court rejected an emergency stay on Monday. ...

- The Week - US

Rocket Lab makes another attempt at rocket launch in New Zealand.

Washington DC Dec 11, 2017 Aerospace startup company Rocket Lab will make another attempt to launch its Electron rocket tonight. Its last attempt was scrubbed when the International Space Station got in the way. The launch window will reopen Monday night at 8:30 p.m. EST - 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday in New Zealand - where the ...

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Ocean of Things Aims to Expand Maritime Awareness across Open Seas.

Washington DC Dec 07, 2017 The internet of things connects an ever-growing number of smart devices for up-to-the-minute monitoring and tracking of many common events. Head out to most parts of the open ocean, however, and no such capability exists for real-time monitoring of maritime activity. DARPA has announced its Ocean ...

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Space Policy Directive calls for human expansion across the solar system.

Washington DC Dec 11, 2017 President Donald Trump is sending astronauts back to the Moon. The president Monday signed at the White House Space Policy Directive 1, a change in national space policy that provides for a U.S.-led, integrated program with private sector partners for a human return to the Moon, followed by ...

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Court rejects Washington archdiocese's Advent metro ad

Washington D.C., Dec 11, 2017 / 11:23 am .- A federal court has denied relief to the Archdiocese of Washington, in its request for an injunction that would have allowed it to run bus ads encouraging riders to discover the true meaning of Christmas. “We are disappointed that the federal court denied our emergency ...

- Catholic News Agency - US

$27.5 million senior community breaks ground in Fulton

Capitol Seniors Housing, a Washington, D.C.-based senior living developer, has broken ground on a $27.5 million community in Fulton. Arbor Terrace Maple Lawn, located at 11584 Scaggsville Rd., will have 86 assisted living and memory care apartments. The 73,000-square-foot property is expected to...

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Judge refuses to delay order requiring military to start accepting transgender recruits

The U.S. Justice Department says it is evaluating its next steps after a federal judge in Washington, D.C., on Monday refused to delay her order…

- ABA Journal - US

Trump tells NASA to send Americans to Moon

Washington DC Dec 12, 2017 US President Donald Trump directed NASA on Monday to send Americans to the Moon for the first time in decades, a move he said would help prepare for a future Mars trip. "This time we will not only plant our flag and leave our footprint," Trump said at the White House as he signed the new space ...

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Justice Dept. seeks emergency halt to transgender troop deadline

The Trump administration on Monday night requested an emergency stay to a court decision that would require the Defense Department to begin accepting transgender recruits on Jan. 1.The action came hours after the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia said the military must begin accepting transgender recruits on ...


Ryan Lizza of the New Yorker fired for alleged 'improper sexual contact'

The New Yorker magazine, one of the media outlets that has led the way in exposing sexual misconduct by prominent men, severed ties with its leading Washington, D.C., reporter, Ryan Lizza, on Monday after what the magazine called "improper sexual contact." But Lizza vigorously denied the allegation,...

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Trump wants to send U.S. astronauts back to moon, someday Mars | Reuters

WASHINGTON - At a time when China is working on an ambitious lunar programme, President Donald Trump vowed on Monday that the United States will remain the leader in space exploration as he began a process to return Americans to the moon. U.S. President Donald Trump holds a space astronaut toy as he participates in a ...

- Firstpost - IN

Bangladesh condemns New York explosion as media say suspect is Bangladeshi

The Bangladesh embassy in Washington DC has reiterated the Sheikh Hasina government’s 'zero tolerance' policy against terrorism after the media reported the suspect in the New York explosion is a Bangladeshi.

- BDNews24 - BD

Massive Primordial Galaxies Found in 'Halo' of Dark Matter

Washington DC Dec 11, 2017 Observations of two galaxies made with the National Science Foundation-funded Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array radio telescope suggest that large galaxies formed faster than scientists had previously thought. The two galaxies, first discovered by the South Pole Telescope at NSF's ...

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Nozzle Assemblies Complete for Exploration Mission-1 Solid Rocket Boosters

Washington DC Dec 11, 2017 Space Launch System solid rocket booster prime contractor Orbital ATK recently completed work at its Utah facilities on the booster nozzles for Exploration Mission-1 , the first flight of SLS and the Orion spacecraft. SLS, the world's most powerful rocket, and Orion will take humans on deep space ...

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NASA Selects Three Companies to Develop 'FabLab' Prototypes

Washington DC Dec 11, 2017 NASA is taking the next step in the development of a space-based, on-demand fabrication capability by partnering with three U.S. companies, under NASA's Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships program, to create prototypes. The selected companies are: Interlog Corporation of Anaheim, ...

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Please enjoy this happy panda bear rolling in the snow

At least there's someone in Washington with a reason to feel happy. Mei Xiang the panda, who calls D.C.'s National Zoo her home, is loving the freshly fallen snow in the U.S. capital this weekend. The zoo kindly shared a video our panda friend's frolics and... well... it's delightful. SEE ALSO: The greatest wins and fails ...

- Mashable! - US

'SNL' Weekend Update gets real about Al Franken, Roy Moore, and sexual misconduct

Saturday Night Live might have badly dropped the ball at one point this week, but the latest episode's Weekend Update sketch delivered, at least. The usual rapid-fire barrage of one-liners from hosts Michael Che and Colin Jost touched on the news of the day , Jerusalem, Donald Trump's health, a looming possible government ...

- Mashable! - US

Rows Of Hot Pink Paper, All Saying #MeToo

Mexican artist Monica Mayer brings her "Clothesline Project" to the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.

- NPR - US

US bishops call for solidarity with migrants on Our Lady of Guadalupe's feast day

Washington D.C., Dec 9, 2017 / 03:29 pm .- The U.S. bishops are encouraging Catholics to observe the upcoming Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe as a day of solidarity with immigrants. In the nation’s capital, a 12:10 p.m. Mass at St. Peter's Church will mark the Dec. 12 feast day. The Mass will be celebrated by Auxiliary ...

- Catholic News Agency - US

In US, abortion rates reach new low

Washington D.C., Dec 8, 2017 / 02:00 pm .- A report from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that abortion rates in the country are at a historic low since the nationwide legalization of abortion in 1973. According to the study, abortion rates have fallen 22 percent between the years of 2005-2014. In ...

- Catholic News Agency - US

DOJ investigates Planned Parenthood for fetal tissue sales

Washington D.C., Dec 8, 2017 / 03:43 pm .- The U.S. Department of Justice has launched a formal investigation of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest provider of abortions, for their role in the alleged sale of baby body parts. “The Justice Department’s investigation of Planned Parenthood is a major ...

- Catholic News Agency - US

'Crown Jewel' of nation's basilica blessed in DC

Washington D.C., Dec 8, 2017 / 05:01 pm .- With the blessing of its final mosaic, America’s Basilica – The National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. – is finally complete after nearly a century of construction and adornment. “This magnificent tribute in stone, glass, marble ...

- Catholic News Agency - US

CBS's Gayle King Hits on GOP Senator Right After Talking About Sexual Harassment

After discussing the rampant problem of sexual harassment in Washington D.C. with Sen. Jon Thune on CBS This Morning, host Gayle King let her attraction for her guest be known.

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The sketchy story about how the founder of RT died just got way sketchier

New details about the death of the founder of the Russian state-sponsored media company RT have raised more questions than they have answered. Mikhail Lesin's death — from blunt force injuries to the head, neck, torso, and extremities — was blamed on drunken falls after he was found dead in his hotel room in November ...

- The Week - US

Man with Lou Gehrig's disease makes emotional plea to Jeff Flake to vote down Trump's tax plan

One of Sen. Jeff Flake 's last major votes before retirement could be a death sentence for tens of thousands of Americans. One of them is Ady Barkan, a 33-year-old California father living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis , who, during a Thursday night flight from Washington D.C. to Phoenix, Arizona, asked Flake to cast a

- ThinkProgress - US

US policeman acquitted of killing unarmed man who begged for his life

WASHINGTON DC, Dec 9 — Officials in the south-western US state of Arizona released a graphic video yesterday showing an unarmed man sobbing and begging for his life moments before he was fatally shot by a police officer who was acquitted of...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Big Media scrambles to meet challenge from Big Tech

WASHINGTON DC, Dec 9 — America's media giants have seen this movie before: Big Tech enters an industry with piles of cash and new ways of doing business, devastating the competition. That's why Big Media are scrambling for partnerships and...

- The Malay Mail - MY

US top court blocks release of Trump 'Dreamer' immigrant documents

WASHINGTON DC, Dec 9 — The US Supreme Court yesterday granted a request by President Donald Trump's administration to block the release of documents concerning his decision to end a program that shielded from deportation hundreds of thousands...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Franks to resign Friday after harassment allegations

Rep. Trent Franks resigned Friday following allegations that he asked female staffers to be surrogates for his child — speeding up his previously scheduled departure set for the end of January.The Arizona Republican in a statement Friday said that his wife was hospitalized and he needed to focus on his family.'Last night, ...


Muslims pray outside White House to protest Trump Jerusalem move

WASHINGTON DC, Dec 9 — Hundreds of Muslims attended Friday prayers in front of the White House to protest President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Responding to the call of American Muslim...

- The Malay Mail - MY

As Democratic rage builds, Kyrsten Sinema tries a different approach. Will Arizona voters buy it?

Ask any Democratic activist in Washington, D.C., what they think of centrism — or moderation, or bipartisanship — and they'll probably tell you the same thing. In an age of fake news and choose-your-own-reality Facebook feeds, of Infowars and Breitbart, of a Republican Party that lurches further ...

- Yahoo! News - US

The Latest: Saudis: $450 million artwork bought for museum

NEW YORK — The Latest on a painting, said to be by Leonardo da Vinci, that sold for $450 million :4 p.m.The Saudi Arabian embassy in Washington, D.C., says that a painting by Leonardo da Vinci that sold for...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Rep. Franks Will Resign After Proposing Surrogacy to Staff, L.A. Wildfire Now Twice the Size of D.C., Melania's Ideal Christmas Is On a Deserted Island: A.M. Links

Arizona Republican Rep. Trent Franks has announced that he will leave Congress at the end of January 2018 following the revelation that he asked two former staffers to carry a baby for him and his wife. Wildfires continue to rage up and down the California coast, with blazes breaking out from north of Los Angeles down to ...

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Zinke Spent $14K-Plus To Take Gov Helicopters To Events Around DC

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke spent more than $14,000 this summer to fly in a helicopter to two events in and around Washington, D.C., Politico reported Thursday evening. The use of the helicopters — which he used so he could attend the swearing-in ceremony for a member of Congress and to go on a horseback ...

- TPM News - US

14 states sue U.S. government over alleged failure to enforce smog rules

Fourteen states and the District of Columbia announced Thursday that they are suing the Trump administration over what they say is a failure to enforce ...

- The Japan Times - JP

US has lost dominance in highly intense, ultrafast laser technology to Europe and Asia

Washington DC Dec 08, 2017 The U.S. is losing ground in a second laser revolution of highly intense, ultrafast lasers that have broad applications in manufacturing, medicine, and national security, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Currently, 80 percent to 90 percent of ...

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Sri Lanka participates in Annual Winternational Embassy Showcase in Washington D.C.

Dec 08, Washington D.C.: The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington D.C. took part in the Annual Winternational Embassy Showcase held on December 6 at the International Trade Center in Washington D.C.

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Verizon Protests Today at 700 Locations Nationwide as People Rise Up Against Ajit Pai's Plan to Undo Net Neutrality

Free PressOn Thursday, thousands of Net Neutrality supporters will protest outside more than 700 Verizon stores in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia. Other Dec. 7 protests will occur at nearly 20 congressional in-district offices, and outside the Washington Hilton Hotel during tonight's FCC Chairman's Dinner.'

- Common Dreams - US

Commentary: Tolerance, wedding cakes, and a free society

Washington D.C., Dec 7, 2017 / 11:11 am .- This week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The result of the case, which is expected to be delivered this summer, is likely to have considerable impact on the future of free speech, religious liberty, ...

- Catholic News Agency - US

9 of 20 Richest Counties in U.S. in Washington D.C. Suburbs

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Judge presiding over Mike Flynn's case has been recused

AP Photo/Susan Walsh The judge presiding over the criminal case for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has been recused. Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russia. Flynn's sentencing will be overseen by another District Court judge. The U.S. District Court for the District of ...

- Business Insider - US

Judge presiding over Michael Flynn criminal case is recused: court

- The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia judge presiding over the criminal case for President Donald Trump's former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has been recused from handling the case, a court spokeswoman said on Thursday.

- Reuters - US

House passes 'unthinkable' NRA-backed bill lifting local gun restrictions

On the day of an annual vigil in Washington DC that honors the victims of American gun violence, congressional Republicans passed a Trump-endorsed bill that would eviscerate local gun restrictions, removing states' power to control who is allowed to carry a concealed, loaded handgun in their streets. The bill passed the ...

- Yahoo! News - US