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JAXA space probe "Hayabusa2" successfully fires a bullet at Apollo asteroid 162173 Ryugu, forming a crater which will be used to collect underground samples.

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's space agency said an explosive dropped Friday from its Hayabusa2 spacecraft successfully blasted the surface of an asteroid for the first time to form a crater and pave the...


A small 5-200 kilometer planetesimal, with a similar mineral composition to Earth, is found orbiting in the debris disk of a white dwarf star. This discovery is among the first of its kind and expected to provide insight into the future of our own planetary system.

The Sun will end its life as a dense, smoldering object called a white dwarf. Though our star's transition into a white dwarf will almost surely destroy Earth, a new study reports the discovery of on


An inquest finds that Jennifer and Sarah Hart intentionally killed themselves. In 2018, a vehicle with the couple and their six adopted children drove off a cliff in California, killing all of them.

A coroner's jury Thursday unanimously ruled that Jennifer and Sarah Hart intended for their six adopted children to die along with them when Jennifer Hart drove her family off a California cliff in 2018.

Edmonton, London

A 29-year-old man is charged with five counts of attempted murder after stabbing five people in "random attacks", including four people in a 10-hour period on March 30, in Edmonton, London.

Jason Kakaire, 29, is accused of five stabbings in the Edmonton area of north London.

Julian Assange's asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy

WikiLeaks says that a high-level source within the government of Ecuador has informed them that Julian Assange will be expelled within "hours to days" and that Ecuador's government already has an agreement with the UK for his arrest. On April 2, 2019, Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno accused WikiLeaks of leaking the INA Papers, a set of documents published in February 2019 which uncover the operations of INA Investment Corp, an offshore tax haven created by the brother of President Moreno and allegedly reveal government corruption.

Ecuador twists embarrassing INA Papers into pretext to oust Assange (en Español) On 26 March, WikiLeaks’ Twitter account announced that President Moreno is being investigated by Ecuador’s Congress for corruption, sparked by the INA Papers leak. The same tweet referenced President Moreno’s attempt to surrender Assange in exchange for US debt relief, a fact th...


The U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the source of E. coli O103, that has infected 72 people in five states, has not been identified. Bill Marler, a food safety lawyer in Seattle, notes this O103 outbreak is by far the largest in recent memory.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has yet to pinpoint the source to a specific food item, grocery store or restaurant chain.

Boeing 737 MAX groundings

The CEO for Boeing, Dennis Muilenburg, apologizes for the loss of lives in the two 737 MAX accidents, recognizing the role that the MCAS system played in the disasters.

Second Libyan Civil War

The United States, United Kingdom, France, and Italy issue a joint statement calling on Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar to end the offensive.

Eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar ordered his troops to march on the capital Tripoli as the UN tries to push for a peace deal.

Second Libyan Civil War

LNA forces say they have seized control of Tripoli International Airport.

Second Libyan Civil War

The LNA captures several more towns in the Tripoli District, including Qasr bin Ghashir, Wadi Rabie and Suq al-Khamis, as well as the town of ‘Aziziya in the Jafara District, to the west of Tripoli.

Eastern Libyan forces said in a statement on Friday that they had taken control ...

Second Libyan Civil War

Libyan National Army troops reach the outskirts of the Libyan capital Tripoli, securing a key military checkpoint known as "Bridge 27".