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End of the line: Wreckage from Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo is shown in this still image captured from KNBC video footage from Mojave, California on Oct. 31, 2014.

1 Dead in Spaceship Crash

A Virgin Galactic spacecraft crashed in California during a test flight Friday, killing one pilot and leaving another injured. The crash shows the perils of amateur space cowboys like Virgin founder Richard Branson reaching for the stars, TIME's Jeffrey Kluger writes

Maine Nurse Challenges Mandatory Quarantine Order

Ebola Nurse Wins Legal Fight

A judge rejected Maine's attempt to forcibly quarantine a nurse who has been clashing with officials over her defiance of an Ebola quarantine

Dow Jones Industrial Average Closes At Record High

U.S. Stocks Hit Record Highs

Stocks rallied in the U.S. and overseas after Japan’s central bank surprised investors with a new round of economic stimulus

A car runs past fall foliage in Washington D.C., capital of the United States, on Oct. 28, 2014.

Eastern U.S. Set for Weekend Cold Snap

An arctic blast gave millions of people a real reason to shiver early Friday, bringing a deep chill to Halloween festivities. The southern Appalachians should expect up to eight inches of snow by Saturday morning as areas down to Miami face record-low weekend temperatures


Fans Gather to Celebrate Hello Kitty's 40th Birthday

About 25,000 of the world’s most devoted Hello Kitty fans assembled in Los Angeles for the first-ever Hello Kitty Con, a four-day celebration of the character’s 40th birthday. The sold-out event runs through Sunday

Jennifer Lawrence

American Hustle Microwave Scene Sparks Lawsuit

Investigative science author Paul Brodeur has filed a defamation lawsuit against Columbia Pictures and the other companies behind American Hustle. Brodeur has written about the hazards of microwaves but claims he has never said that they leach the nutrition out of food

Mosul Iraq ISIS

ISIS Revenge Killings Reportedly Target Sunni Tribe in Iraq

Fighters from the militant group that has taken over vast swaths of Iraq are summarily executing members of a Sunni tribe that resisted their advance. “We were fighting ISIS with rifles, and it was fighting us with heavy machine guns,” one tribal member said

Mark Zuckerberg Attends Mobile World Congress

Mark Zuckerberg Will Answer Your Questions Next Week

The Facebook founder said he’ll host a public questions and answers session for users of the social network on Nov. 6, starting at 5 p.m. E.T. Here’s how you can ask Zuckerberg your own question, plus check out some of the already-posted questions

J.K. Rowling at the Southbank Centre in London in 2012.

J.K. Rowling Reveals 'Purest Dislike' for Dolores Umbridge

Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling published a brand new essay Friday about one of her greatest villains: the Hogwarts professor Dolores Umbridge. She reveals she feels the "purest dislike" for this nemesis of Harry, and that Umbridge is based on a real person

This image provided by NASA shows the Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard suffers a catastrophic anomaly moments after launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad 0A, Oct. 28, 2014, at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

Operator in Rocket Blast Hit Self-Destruct

The unmanned rocket that exploded seconds after liftoff Tuesday on its way to the International Space Station did so because the operator hit self-destruct once problems with the launch became apparent, the company that owns it said

Kay Hagan, Thom Tills

Election Season Enters Final Stretch: 4 Things to Watch

Millions of votes have been cast, the last ads have been cut and there’s barely a household that remains blessedly untouched by the fight for the U.S. Senate. Here are four things to watch four days before the midterm elections