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The Google Lunar X Prize’s Race to the Moon Is Over. Nobody Won.

Photo From left, Robert K. Weiss, now vice chairman of the X Prize Foundation, Larry Page, founder of Google, Peter Diamandis, now the executive chairman of X Prize and the astronaut Buzz Aldrin, at an announcement for the Lunar X Prize competition in Los Angeles in 2007. A decade later, the organizers have announced that no one will receive the $20 million prize money. Credit Amy Tierney/WireImage, via Getty The Google Lunar X Prize competition, which has spent the past decade dangling a $20 million prize for the first privately…

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Afghan Pedophiles Get Free Pass From U.S. Military, Report Says

Sigar said it had opened an investigation into bacha bazi at the request of Congress and in response to a 2015 New York Times article that described the practice as “rampant.” The article said that American soldiers who complained had their careers ruined by their superiors, who had encouraged them to ignore the practice. “DOD and State only began efforts to address this issue after it was raised by The New York Times,” said John F. Sopko, the special inspector general. “And even after that story, the sufficiency of policies…

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Man Arrested Outside the White House With Gun and Ammunition

Photo Reports of a suspicious vehicle near the White House early on Tuesday led to the arrest of a Virginia man. Credit Tom Brenner/The New York Times WASHINGTON — A man with a gun and ammunition was arrested outside the White House early on Tuesday, the Secret Service said. The man, whom officials identified as Bryan McHugh, 43, of Alexandria, Va., was found in a vehicle near the White House around 2:30 a.m. as Secret Service agents responded to reports of a suspicious vehicle. He was transferred to the custody…

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Americans Were Among 22 Killed in Kabul Hotel Attack, U.S. Says

Photo Taliban militants barged into the highly guarded Intercontinental hotel on Saturday night, fighting until noon on Sunday. Credit Wakil Kohsar/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images KABUL, Afghanistan — The State Department said on Tuesday that United States citizens were among the victims of the Taliban attack on a hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan, over the weekend, which killed 22 people. American officials said they were not yet able to publicly identify the citizens who were killed or injured, but Afghan officials said it appeared that at least three people with American…

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Wyatt Tee Walker, Dr. King’s Strategist and Harlem Leader, Dies at 88

The two had been presidents of their classes — Dr. King at Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania — and they had their first encounter during an inter-seminary meeting. Dr. Walker joined the fledgling Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1961 and served until 1964 as its executive director and, unofficially, as Dr. King’s right-hand man. At the S.C.L.C., he devised a structured fund-raising strategy and organized numerous protests, including a series of anti-segregation boycotts and demonstrations in Birmingham, Ala., that came to be known as Project C. The C stood for…

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France’s New Labor Laws: ‘Flexibility, and No Security’

Perceptions of France, long derided as a difficult place to do business for its onerous labor rules, are changing. Growth has recently picked up after being stagnant for nearly five years. And there are signs that the reforms, a major piece of the president’s economic program, are drawing the interest of investors. Amazon will open a new distribution center south of Paris this year, creating over 1,000 jobs. Facebook and Google announced Monday they would invest in artificial intelligence development in France. Also Monday, Toyota announced it would invest 300…

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Teesside Journal: At England’s Loneliest Rail Station, a Train Comes Just Once a Week

There is no longer a bus service from the rail station to the airport terminal, and the numbers flying from Durham Tees Valley are greatly reduced; it once attracted around 900,000 passengers a year, but now serves around 125,000, connecting to just a few destinations. So rail bosses have sidelined the stop for years, halting just two trains here a week, one in each direction. Photo Aboard the weekly train after its stop at Teesside Airport station. The only travelers these days are those attracted by the novelty and rarity…

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At Least One Killed, Others Injured in Kentucky School Shooting, Governor Says

Photo Emergency crews responded to a fatal shooting at Marshall County High School in Benton, Ky., on Tuesday morning. Credit Ryan Hermens/The Paducah Sun, via Associated Press At least one person was killed and others were injured in a school shooting on Tuesday at Marshall County High School in Benton, Ky., according to Gov. Matt Bevin. A suspect was in custody and the scene was secured, the state police said in a tweet on Tuesday morning. No further information was immediately available. “Let’s let the first responders do their job…

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