Thursday, October 21

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Breaking: Items Belonging To Brian Laundrie Found Near Human Remains

Screen grab from police bodycam of Brian Laundrie Special Agent Michael McPherson the special agent in charge of the FBI's Tampa Field Office in Florida, has confirmed that items belonging to Brian Laundrie have been found at the Carlton Reserve close to human remains. The area where the items and remains were found was previously under water until recently. News Verifier Media
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Southwest Airlines Reverses Vaccine Policy For Exemption Requests.

Southwest Airlines Jet Returning to Service After Technical Issues. Southwest Airlines is reversing its plan to put unvaccinated employees on unpaid leave. The original plan was to put workers on unpaid leave if they had not complied by a deadline in December. This policy was for those waiting for exemptions to the mandate. Exemptions requested include medical and religious reasons. The company wrote to employees informing them that if exemptions haven't been approved they will still be allowed to work. A spokesman for the airline confirmed the policy change, but did not provide additional details. The company has said it will allow workers with denied exemption requests to continue working. southwest explained “as we coordinate them on meeting the requirements” News...
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Colin Powell, former secretary of state, dead at 84 from COVID-19 complications

Gen. Colin Powell, seen here in New York City in 2017, died from COVID-19 complications, his family announced. (Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage, File) Powell, the first Black secretary of state, served in Bush's Cabinet from 2001-2005, including during the tumultuous years following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The State Department described Powell, a Republican, as being "one of the foremost supporters" of taking "swift military action" against al Qaeda. Powell demanded "immediate" cooperation from Afghanistan and Pakistan in the U.S. effort to hunt down those responsible for the attacks. By 2003, when the Bush administration’s focus had expanded to Iraq, Powell pushed for United Nations inspectors to investigate the claims that Saddam Hussein was manufacturing weapons of mass des...
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NASA’s Lucy blasts off on historic mission to Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids

The asteroids are 4.6-billion-year-old relics from the solar system's earliest days. A United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket flared to life under the cover of dark at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida just after 2:30 a.m. local time Saturday morning. Encased within the pencil-shaped payload fairing atop the rocket was NASA's latest interplanetary explorer: a spacecraft named Lucy. It was the 100th launch from Cape Canaveral Space Launch Complex 41. Approximately 58 minutes after launch the probe, which is about as wide as a bus, was released from the second stage rocket booster to begin its long journey toward Jupiter's orbit. The United Launch Alliance team celebrated with hugs and clapping in its mission control room.  "It was one of the most exciting e...
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2 Navy SEALS, 4 Marines, Air Force major all sue Biden

Hospital Corpsman 2nd Caine Collins instructs recruits on the importance of their COVID vaccination card before receiving their COVID-19 vaccine in Pacific Fleet Drill Hall at Recruit Training Command at Great Lakes, Illinois, May 26, 2021. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Spencer Fling) Hospital Corpsman 2nd Caine Collins instructs recruits on the importance of their COVID vaccination card before receiving their COVID-19 vaccine in Pacific Fleet Drill Hall at Recruit Training Command at Great Lakes, Illinois, May 26, 2021. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Spencer Fling) Liberty Counsel on Friday announced a class action lawsuit on behalf of members of all five branches of the U.S. military – the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines an...
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SCHELLER SPEAKS: MARINE USES COURT-MARTIAL TO BLAST ‘UNACCOUNTABLE’ BRASS

US Marine Corps Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller has pleaded guilty to all counts against him. Composite by Coffee or Die Magazine. CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — Marine Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller blasted broadsides at the Pentagon brass on Thursday, Oct. 14, more than 5,000 blistering words hurled at senior leaders he portrayed as unaccountable martinets responsible for two decades of failed operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Previously confined by his superiors in the brig here and then released with a gag order that shut him up, Scheller delivered a scathing statement to the audience attending his special court-martial trial, just hours after he pleaded guilty to all counts leveled against him. “I truly believe America is the greatest country in the world,” he said. “I truly believe the American...
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William Shatner is now the oldest person to go to space

William Shatner right after his flight to space on blue origin It was so moving,” said Shatner, “It was something unbelievable.” Start to watch this video at approximately 2:45:07 to hear everything Captain Kirk had to say about this mission immediately after landing. Speaking with Bezos, Shatner said: “What you have given me is the most profound experience I can imagine. I’m so filled with emotion about what just happened, it’s just… it’s extraordinary. I hope I never recover from this. I hope I can maintain what I feel now. I don’t want to lose it.” Shatner is now the oldest human to have ever flown into space – beating the previous oldest person, Wally Funk. Funk (aged 82) took part in the first New Shepard crewed flight (NS-16) back on July 20, 2021. Other to...
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Blue Origin launch: William Shatner’s star trek to space on New Shephard rocket is delayed by weather

William Shatner, 90, will become the oldest person to go into space (Photo: AP) ‘Terrified’ star’s spaceflight is now scheduled to lift off from launch site in Texas on Wednesday. Star Trek legend William Shatner’s planned flight into space in one Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin rockets has been delayed by a day due to “high winds”. The 90-year-old actor, who played Captain James T. Kirk in the original Star Trek television series in the 60s, will now blast off from Blue Origin’s launch pad in Texas on Wednesday at 8.30 a.m CST. He had been due to boldly go into space on Tuesday. The company said in a statement: “Due to forecasted winds on Tuesday, October 12, Blue Origin’s mission operations team has made the decision to delay the launch of NS-18 and is now targeting Wednesday, O...
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A spider’s feet hold a hairy, sticky secret

Meet the tiger wandering spider, a favorite among scientists who study arachnids. In a new study, researchers studied this kind of spider to better understand how tiny hairs at the end of their legs help these creatures stick anywhere. SERGIO AMITI/GETTY IMAGES Powerful microscopes reveal dazzling hair structures that give then a gift of grip. Many animals climb, but few do it as well as the spider. These eight-legged critters scale walls and skitter on ceilings, clinging in seemingly impossible ways. Now researchers have turned up surprising clues as to how spiders can stick to almost any surface. The structure of tiny hairs at the tip of the spider’s legs likely help the creature hang on. Clemens Schaber is a zoologist — a scientist who studies animals — at the University of Ki...
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With Afghanistan on the verge of economic collapse, the Taliban says the US has agreed to give humanitarian aid

Relatives and residents attend a funeral ceremony for victims of a suicide attack at the Gozar-e-Sayed Abad Mosque in Kunduz, northern Afghanistan, Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021. Abdullah Sahil/ AP Photo ISLAMABAD (AP) — The US has agreed to provide humanitarian aid to a desperately poor Afghanistan on the brink of an economic disaster, while refusing to give political recognition to the country's new Taliban rulers, the Taliban said Sunday. The statement came at the end of the first direct talks between the former foes since the chaotic withdrawal of US troops at the end of August. The US statement was less definitive, saying only that the two sides "discussed the United States' provision of robust humanitarian assistance, directly to the Afghan people." The Taliban said the talks h...