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  • SpaceX launched its 19th cargo mission for NASA, complete with a host of scientific research and cargo bound for astronauts on board the International Space Station. Some of the experiments include beer brewing, fire combustion and a system to take better picture of Earth's surface. Genetically engineered mice with increased muscle mass are also on board as part of the scientific study of how to prevent muscle and bone loss in astronauts.

  • A Nordstrom worker processes orders on a conveyor belt built by Tompkins Robotics, in Newark, California.

    Nordstrom has two new tech partners, Attabotics and Tompkins Robotics, to help the department store chain speed deliveries more efficiently, slashing space and saving workers time.

  • A demonstrator holds a sign reading "I want my retirement before arthritis" during a demonstration to protest against the pension overhauls, in Paris, on December 5, 2019, as part of a national general strike.

    France is experiencing one of its biggest strikes in decades as public sector workers protest against changes to the pension system. The main impact of the strike is being felt on the transport networks and schools.

  • Disney is opening a Rise of the Resistance ride at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge theme park. Rise of the Resistance is an immersive ride that launches riders into space. It is opening at Disney World in Florida on Dec. 5, 2019 and at Disneyland Park in California on Jan. 17, 2020.

  • French President Emmanuel Macron, Canadian President Justin Trudeau and the U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson appeared to be gossiping about President Donald Trump at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday. Trump responded to the video on Wednesday, calling Trudeau "two-faced." Trudeau clarified on Wednesday that the announcement of the next G7 location is what made jaws drop, adding he had a great meeting with Trump.

  • Peloton holiday ad.

    Peloton, the maker of high-end at-home fitness equipment, is getting criticized for a new holiday ad that implores viewers to "give the gift of Peloton."

  • President Donald Trump said French President Emmanuel Macron's words had been "very, very nasty" to the other 28 member states. In November, Macron told The Economist magazine that the world was experiencing the "brain death" of NATO, warning that members of the alliance could no longer rely on the U.S. On Monday, the White House had said it may impose duties of up to 100% on $2.4 billion in imports of French Champagne, cheese and other luxury goods.

  • Signage outside Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is caked in snow after a blizzard struck overnight on November 27, 2019 in Bloomington, Minnesota. Snowfalls neared 12 inches in parts of the state on one of the busiest travel days of the year.

    More than 1,000 flights were canceled Sunday and Monday because of a winter storm moving across the northern United States. The storm reached the Great Lakes region and the Northeast after sweeping across the country. The storm is expected to bring high wind, snow, rain and ice to the Northeast. Airlines including Delta, American and United waived change fees.

  • Pro-democracy protesters take part in a Thanksgiving Day rally at Edinburgh Place on November 28, 2019 in Hong Kong.

    Protesters and riot police took to the streets of Hong Kong. Police launched tear gas at the crowd when tensions boiled over. They held up warning signs telling the crowds to disperse, which was followed by more tear gas and arrests. One rally of pro-democracy protesters carried U.S. flags and posters in a march to the U.S. consulate in a "march of gratitude." Days ago, U.S. approved legislation that would sanction Hong Kong and Chinese officials for any human rights abuses.

  • The College Level Examination Program, or CLEP, can allow high school students to take courses for college credit. Students can shave a semester or two off of their undergraduate career by passing these classes, which could lead to them graduating with less debt. Thomas Jefferson High School in Gretna, La., has implemented CLEP courses in its curriculum.

  • A massive fire at a Texas petrochemical plant exploded on Wednesday, but the fire has continued burning more than 36 hours later. More than 50,000 people were forced to evacuate their homes ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. Three people were injured in the explosion and several nearby businesses and homeowners saw property damage. A class-action lawsuit was filed against the plant on behalf of those residents whose property was damaged.

  • London Metropolitan Police closed London Bridge Friday afternoon after police responded to a stabbing incident near the area. Police shot the suspect dead and are considering it a terrorism attack.

  • Tesla's Cybertruck trolled by big brands on Twitter

    Brands including Lego and Pepsi have taken to Twitter to mock Tesla's Cybertruck — the 'bulletproof' electric pickup truck whose windows were smashed by a metal ball at its launch last week.

  • A promotional shot of Tesla's Cybertruck.

    Tesla CEO Elon Musk suggested his company had now received 250,000 pre-orders for the Cybertruck, its first electric pickup. Musk tweeted "250k," and based on his previous tweets, he's referring to order numbers.

  • The explosion from a chemical plant in Port Neches, Texas, blew out windows on homes several miles away. At least three people were injured in the blast at Texas Petroleum Chemical Group's plant. A county judge said one of the workers was transported by air to Houston with serious burns. Another worker was treated for a broken arm, and the third has already been released from the hospital. After the initial explosion, there were several secondary explosions.

  • Richard Barry, president and CEO of Tru Kids, the parent company of Toys R Us, discusses the first Toys R Us store to open since the company declared bankruptcy in 2017.

  • China successfully launched satellites to orbit last week but pieces of the country's rocket fell in the rural Sichuan province, crushing buildings in a video shared widely on social media. The government's Long March 3B rocket launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center on Friday evening. Unlike U.S. launch pads, which are typically located along coastlines so rockets fly over water, Xichang is located deep inland, which means the rocket flies directly over villages in rural China.

  • US First Lady Melania Trump arrives to address the B'More Youth Summit in Baltimore, Maryland, on November 26, 2019.

    First Lady Melania Trump was speaking at the Baltimore Youth Summit on Opioid Awareness on Tuesday, Nov. 26.

  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo holds a news conference at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium November 20, 2019.

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo responds to a reporter when he was asked at a State Department briefing whether he would testify in the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. President Trump said he "would love" to have Pompeo and others testify about the "hoax" in a series of tweets on Tuesday.

  • Tesla's futuristic pickup truck appears set to go head-to-head against the Ford F-150. Sundeep Madra, vice president at Ford X, sent a message via Twitter to Elon Musk, challenging the CEO to send over a Cybertruck for an "apples to apples" tug-of-war test. Musk replied: "Bring it on." The anticipated showdown, which could take place as early as next week, comes shortly after Tesla unveiled its all-electric Cybertruck in a demo gone awry.

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