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Libyan port rebel leader refuses to hand over oil ports to rival group

By Ahmed Elumami TUNIS (Reuters) - A former Libyan rebel leader, who seized oil ports in the past to campaign for eastern autonomy, said he had turned down an offer to join an armed group challenging the internationally-recognized government. The loyalty of Ibrahim Jathran to the government is key to ensure that three oil ports accounting for at least 500,000 barrels of days of exports in eastern Libya will stay open. ...

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Libyan port rebel leader refuses to hand over oil ports to rival group

By Ahmed Elumami TUNIS (Reuters) - A former Libyan rebel leader, who seized oil ports in the past to campaign for eastern autonomy, said he had turned down an offer to join an armed group challenging the internationally-recognized government. The loyalty of Ibrahim Jathran to the government is key to ensure that three oil ports accounting for at least 500,000 barrels of days of exports in eastern Libya will stay open. ...

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Virgin Galactic Spaceship Crash Caps Terrible Week for Commercial Spaceflight

The bad news began on Tuesday (Oct. 28), when Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Antares rocket exploded just seconds after blasting off on an unmanned cargo mission to the International Space Station for NASA. Then, on Friday (Oct. 31), Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo crashed during a test flight; Virginia-based Orbital Sciences holds a $1.9 billion contract with NASA to make eight robotic cargo runs to the space station using Antares and the company's Cygnus spacecraft.

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Virgin Galactic spaceship crashes during California test flight

CAPE 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...

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Daylight saving time: Does changing our clocks make us sleepy?

As the days get shorter and the nights longer, we prepare to fall back an hour as daylight saving time ends. Who doesn’t need an extra hour of sleep, right? Across most of North America, daylight saving time ends Sunday at 2 a.m. as we fall back to standard time and regain that one hour of sleep we lost in the spring.

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Virgin Galactic Vows to Continue Space Tourism After SpaceShipTwo Crash

A SpaceShipTwo spacecraft will take to the skies again despite Friday's tragic accident, Virgin Galactic representatives say. One pilot was killed and another injured when SpaceShipTwo went down Friday (Oct. 31) during a rocket-powered test flight from Mojave Air and Space Port in California. Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides said the company will figure out what went wrong and continue to work to get SpaceShipTwo up and running. Virgin Galactic's billionaire founder Sir Richard Branson...

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Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Crash: Experts React

The tragic crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo space plane on Friday, Oct. 31, has the commercial spaceflight industry in mourning for the test pilot who died, and praying for the recovery of a second pilot who was injured. See reactions from experts.

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