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Spacewalkers Flinging Satellites, Installing Bird Trackers

Russian cosmonauts took a spacewalk Wednesday to fling tiny satellites into orbit and install an antenna for tracking birds on Earth. Soon after leaving the International Space Station, Sergey Prokopyev released all four research satellites by hand.  "I'm ready for the launch," Prokopyev told Russian flight controllers near Moscow. The first satellite tumbled away as the space station soared 250 miles above Illinois. By the time the fourth one was on its way 14 minutes later, the station… Read Full Article

Egypt Levels Historic Cairo District, Angering Residents

Egyptian authorities are demolishing a historic 19th-century neighborhood in Cairo to make way for high-end housing and business development a stone's throw from the Nile, angering residents who say they have not been properly compensated. The Maspero neighborhood is named for French Egyptologist Gaston Maspero, who helped found the Egyptian Museum. Developers have long eyed the central district, which is already home to the Foreign Ministry and the state television and radio building. The… Read Full Article

3 Scientists Share $500,000 Prize for Work on Cancer Therapy

Three scientists will share a $500,000 medical prize for their studies of the immune system that have led to innovative treatments for cancer, HIV and other diseases. The recipients of the annual Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research were announced Wednesday. They are being recognized for their research in immunology and the translation of their ideas into effective therapies and often cures for diseases including metastatic melanoma, lung cancer and leukemia. The… Read Full Article

South Africa's 'paedophile' minister and a mysterious death

South Africa is gripped by the mysterious death of an ex-policeman who exposed an alleged paedophile ring in the former regime.

Diamond Won't Let Parkinson's Slow Him Down

Neil Diamond may have retired from the road because of Parkinson's disease, but he said he's working hard to get back onstage. "Well, I'm doing pretty well. I'm active. I take my meds. I do my workouts. I'm in pretty good shape. I'm feeling good. I want to stay productive. I still have my voice. I just can't do the traveling that I once did, but I have my wife there supporting me [and] friends,'' he said in an interview with The Associated Press. "It does have its challenges, but I'm… Read Full Article

Canada to Phase Out Crop Chemicals Linked to Bee Deaths

The Canadian government said on Wednesday it would move to restrict use of two types of crop chemicals that have been linked to deaths of aquatic insects and bees, in a victory for environmentalists and the latest setback for companies that sell the pesticides. Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) said it would phase out, over three to five years, the outdoor use of thiamethoxam, made by Syngenta AG, and clothianidin, produced by Bayer AG. A review found the chemicals at… Read Full Article

From Reese Witherspoon to Sarah Jessica Parker, the Rise of Celeb Book Clubs

Jimmy Fallon remembers a summer a few years back when it seemed everybody was reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. "Everyone had that book. If we had people over, or went on vacation poolside, people had that book wrinkled and curled up. I read it with my wife and we read every chapter together and we'd be like, '[Gasps] This is great!' It was the world's smallest book club," he laughed. This summer, Fallon decided to expand his book club of two to include his late-night audience. In June,… Read Full Article

Aerosmith to Launch Residency in Las Vegas Next Year

Aerosmith is the latest act to head to Las Vegas to launch a residency. The rock band announced Wednesday that Aerosmith: Deuces are Wild would kick off April 6, 2019, at the Park Theater, where Lady Gaga will launch her residency in December. Aerosmith announced 18 shows for April, June and July. Tickets, priced from $75 to $750, go on sale August 24. The Grammy-winning band, which released its self-titled debut in 1973, has hits like I Don't Want to Miss a Thing, Janie's Got a Gun and… Read Full Article

Pacific Air Forces Commander Visits Exercise Pitch Black 2018

ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE BASE DARWIN, Australia -- U.S. Air Force Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., Pacific Air

Trump Revokes Security Clearance of Former CIA Director

The security clearance of a former Central Intelligence Agency director has been revoked by U.S. President Donald Trump, who said in a statement that John Brennan has been sowing "division and chaos" about his administration.   The clearances of other former officials also are under review, including those of former U.S. National Intelligence Director James Clapper, former FBI Director James Comey, former Obama administration National Security Adviser Susan Rice, former National Security… Read Full Article