By Ian Simpson and Irene Klotz
WALLOPS Va. (Reuters) – Authorities on Wednesday started investigating what made an unmanned U.S. supply rocket explode in a fireball moments after lifting off from a launch pad in Virginia, destroying supplies and equipment bound for the International Space Station.
The 14-story Antares rocket, built and launched by Orbital Sciences Corp, blasted off from the Wallops Flight Facility at 6:22 p.m. EDT on Tuesday but burst into flames moments later, the first disaster since NASA turned to private operators to run cargo to the space station.
By Ian Simpson
(Reuters) – Human remains found in Virginia were identified on Friday as those of missing university student Hannah Graham, and prosecutors are focusing on more charges against the suspect in her disappearance, authorities said.
Graham, a University of Virginia sophomore, was last seen on Sept. 13 in Charlottesville, site of the university. Searchers discovered the remains on Oct. 18 on abandoned property near the town, and Jesse Matthew Jr., 32, of Charlottesville, has been charged in her disappearance.
WASHINGTON, Oct 22 (Reuters) – A trash truck driver talking
on a hands-free mobile device caused a 2013 Maryland train
collision that led to a 15-car derailment and explosion, U.S.
investigators said on Wednesday.
The crash at Rosedale, Maryland, involving a CSX Corp
train spurred National Transportation Safety Board
officials to call for new laws preventing the use of hands-free
phone devices by commercial drivers.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Government investigators faulted the Secret Service on Wednesday for pulling agents from their posts near the White House and sending them to the home of an agency employee involved in a private dispute in 2011.
The report by the inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security is another embarrassment for the Secret Service, which is responsible for guarding the president and his family. Julia Pierson resigned as director of the agency this month after a series of scandals.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Saudi inmate with links to al Qaeda will remain at the Guantanamo Bay prison and a second Saudi man has been cleared for transfer home, a U.S. national security panel said on Monday.
Muhammed Abd Al Rahman Awn Al-Shamrani, 39, should stay at the U.S. prison in Cuba because he remains a security threat, the Periodic Review Board said in an online posting.
WASHINGTON, Oct 8 (Reuters) – Author Rick Atkinson, who won
a Pulitzer Prize for a best-selling World War Two history, said
on Wednesday he was facing a steep learning curve for his next
project on the American Revolution.
After 15 years of researching and writing about World War
Two, Atkinson said the 1775-1781 war that freed 13 American
colonies from Britain and created the United States was a brand
By Ian Simpson
(Reuters) – Baltimore officials outlined plans on Tuesday to reduce police brutality that is the target of a federal investigation and the cause of millions of dollars in lawsuits.
The report released by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said it aims to close a rift between the eighth-biggest U.S. police force and Baltimore’s 625,000 residents, almost two-thirds of them black.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hobby Lobby’s Steve Green hopes his planned $800 million Museum of the Bible in Washington and its priceless collection can satisfy both scholars and casual visitors.
But with Hobby Lobby a household word after the craft store chain’s contentious victory in a Supreme Court ruling over contraception, scholars and analysts worry that despite its vast holdings the museum will give a narrow interpretation of one of the most influential and debated books in history.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A gunman opened fire during a protest on the Ethiopian Embassy grounds on Monday, according to a video of the incident, but no injuries were reported.
A spokesman for the U.S. Secret Service said it had detained a possible shooter after a report at about 12:15 p.m. EDT that shots were fired near the embassy in northwest Washington, D.C.
By Ian Simpson
(Reuters) – The man suspected in the disappearance of a University of Virginia student earlier this month has been linked by forensic evidence to another student who went missing in 2009 and was later found dead, a television station reported on Monday.
Forensic evidence belonging to Jesse Matthew Jr., who has been charged in the disappearance of University of Virginia sophomore Hannah Graham, 18, matched evidence collected during the investigation into the 2009 disappearance of a Virginia Tech student, CBS affiliate WTVR reported, quoting sources close to the investigation.