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China launches first satellite named after county

China on Friday launched two high-resolution optical remote sensing satellites, Jilin-1 Video 07 and 08, into the preset orbit from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China at 12:12 p.m. Beijing Time. Jilin-1 Video 07, also named Deqing-1, was China’s first satellite named after a county in east China’s Zhejiang Province. ……

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Merkel Optimistic SPD Will Approve Coalition Talks With Her Conservative Party

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday she was optimistic that Social Democrats (SPD) would approve the start of formal coalition talks with her conservatives at a special party congress this weekend, Reuters reports. Delegates from the SPD vote on Sunday on whether their leaders should push ahead with negotiations on renewing an alliance with the conservatives that has ruled Germany ...

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Prosecutors Say They Will Retry New Jersey Senator

Sen. Bob Menendez might spend 2018 asking voters to re-elect him and jurors to acquit him, The Associated Press reports. Federal prosecutors told a federal judge in New Jersey on Friday that they will seek a retrial of the Democratic senator, whose 11-week corruption trial ended in a hung jury in November. The filing to the judge seeks a retrial ...

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Suspected Arizona Serial Killer Was Once An Aspiring Rapper

Before he became a suspected serial killer, Cleophus Cooksey was trying to break out as a rapper, CNN reports. Two years ago, Cooksey, who has been linked to nine killings over three weeks in the Phoenix metro area, was making YouTube videos of himself rapping and recording tracks under the moniker King Playbola. Cooksey chanted violent lyrics in a 2015 ...

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Justice Sonia Sotomayor Back At Work After Blood Sugar Scare

Paramedics were called to the Washington home of Justice Sonia Sotomayor Friday morning, but a Supreme Court spokeswoman said the justice was not hospitalized and went to work Friday after being treated for low blood sugar, POLITICO reports. “She experienced symptoms of low blood sugar at her home this morning. She was treated by emergency medical services and is doing ...

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Earthquake Registering 6.3 On Richter Scale Strikes Offshore In Mexico’s Gulf of California

An earthquake registering 6.3 on the Richter scale early Friday morning struck offshore in Mexico’s Gulf of California resulted in no immediate reports of damage, ABC News reported. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was centered about 48 miles (78 kilometers) north-northeast of Loreto, in the waters between the states of Baja California Sur and Sonora, the report said. ...

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