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SpaceX's Block 5 launches, lands safely, delivers satellite into orbit

SpaceX's Block 5 launches, lands safely, delivers satellite into orbit

Science
May 11 (UPI) -- On the second launch attempt, SpaceX's Block 5 rocket, the final iteration of the Falcon 9, successfully blasted off on Friday. The updated rocket model, upgraded to enhance reusability, carried a Bangabandhu Satellite-1 into geostationary orbit. It will be the first Bangladeshi communications satellite put into space. The rocket launched right on time at 4:14 p.m. ET from Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. On Thursday, a last-minute abort alert forced SpaceX to abandon it's launch plans. The brief launch window didn't give engineers enough time to identify and correct the technical glitch. However, statements from SpaceX suggested the problem was with ground support systems, not the rocket itself. After launch, the mission achieved a quick successi...
Trump target of petition to block his attendance at World Economic Forum

Trump target of petition to block his attendance at World Economic Forum

World
A Swiss group has started a petition to oppose President Donald Trump’s visit to the annual gathering of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, later this month. Campax, described on its website as a “progressive” nongovernmental organization based in Zurich, launched the mostly symbolic campaign after the White House announced Trump would be the first sitting U.S. president to attend the elite gathering in 18 years. The campaigners also highlighted their disgust with the U.S. administration's decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement and took issue with many of the White House's priorities. "U.S. President Donald Trump is on outstanding phrases with racism, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, sexism, misogyny, bellicosity, local climate modify denial, human legal rights ab
Drug companies sue to block California drug price law

Drug companies sue to block California drug price law

Health
Pharmaceutical companies on Friday sued to block a new California law that would require them to give advance notice before big price increases. The law was approved this year in response to consumer outrage over a rise in drug spending and high costs for some prescription treatments, including new Hepatitis C medications and EpiPens to control allergic reactions. The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, a trade group for drugmakers, said in its lawsuit that California's law illegally tries to dictate national health policy. Because the law is tied to a national measure of drug prices, PhRMA argues that California's advance notification requirement could restrict drugmakers' ability to raise prices in other states. The group also argued the law is unconstitutionally vague...
LeBron James makes insane block on Giannis Antetokounmpo

LeBron James makes insane block on Giannis Antetokounmpo

Sports
Oct. 21 (UPI) --Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James proved he's still the best player in the NBA with one sensational block against the Milwaukee Bucks.The big play went down in the fourth quarter Friday in the Cavaliers' 116-97 win at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee.Cleveland led Milwaukee 98-86 with 6:40 remaining. Antetokounmpo dribbled into a fast break and stared down a defense of Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Kevin Love. The Bucks star picked up his dribble and did a Euro Step to get around James.Wade jumped up to block the shot first, but came up empty with his swat.But James didn't miss.He turned his body and sailed to the backboard and used his left hand to obliterate the attempt against the glass.After the game, Cavaliers forward Jae Crowder told reporters that his p...
U.N. sanctions against North Korea could block $1.3 billion, analyst says

U.N. sanctions against North Korea could block $1.3 billion, analyst says

World
Oct. 18 (UPI) -- The implementation of United Nations Security Council sanctions could block as much as $ 1.3 billion in capital inflows to North Korea, a South Korean analyst said Wednesday.Kang Sun-joo, a professor at the Korea National Diplomatic Academy in Seoul, said in a report released Wednesday the Security Council has imposed nine sanctions against North Korea since 2006, when Pyongyang conducted its first nuclear test, News 1 reported.Recently adopted resolutions 2371 and 2375 included severe measures that include the freezing of North Korea individual and entity assets related to nuclear weapons development, and bans on the export of North Korean coal, iron ore, fishery products and textiles.The sanctions also include inspection of ships suspected of carrying banned products and...