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The first flight test

The first flight test of NASA's Orion spacecraft launches successfully at 7:05 EST (12:05 UTC) and splashes down safely in the Pacific Ocean at 8:29 PST (16:29 UTC).

Rolling Stone Magazine

Rolling Stone Magazine issues a partial retraction on Sabrina Erdely's "A Rape on Campus" story after additional fact checking identifies "discrepancies" in the account of the University of Virginia young woman identified as "Jackie" who alleged that seven men raped her as she lay on broken glass during a party at U.Va.'s Phi Kappa Psi fraternity in 2012.

Lack of documentation puts pressure on accuser.

Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby files a counter-lawsuit against the woman who accused him of sexual assault, claiming she attempted to extort money from him.

Bill Cosby files a legal action against the woman accusing him of sexual assault when she was 15, claiming she attempted to extort money from him.

Supreme People's Procuratorate

China's Supreme People's Procuratorate arrests former Politburo Standing Committee member Zhou Yongkang on corruption charges and expels him from the Communist Party of China.

Chinese ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang is arrested and expelled from the Communist Party for alleged corruption, state media report.

British Museum

The British Museum announces that it will loan one of the Elgin Marbles in its collection, originally taken from Greece, to the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg. Greece's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras calls the move "a provocation to the Greek people."

Italian rescue crews discover 17 bodies in the hull of a migrant ship off Libya.

Italian news reports say rescue crews have discovered some 17 bodies in the hull of a migrant ship off Libya in the first reported deaths since the European Union took over Mediterranean rescue operations.


A judge in the Netherlands declares Dutch clothing company Mexx bankrupt. The bankruptcy ruling affects over 300 stores worldwide, including 95 locations in Canada.

The shakeup in women’s fashion merchandising continues with the bankruptcy of Dutch fashion chain Mexx.

Terrorism in Somalia

A suicide bomb attack kills at least 10 at a restaurant in Baidoa.

At least 10 people dead and many wounded in bombing of restaurant in Baidoa, just days after election of new leader.

Indian soldiers

An attack on a military camp leaves 11 Indian soldiers and police dead near Uri. Eight militants and two civilians are killed in that and concurrent attacks in the state capital, Srinagar, and a part of southern Kashmir.

Militants sneaked into an Indian military camp in Kashmir on Friday, killing 11 soldiers and police, the worst losses for security forces in six years in the Himalayan territory claimed by Pakistan.