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  • Sierra Nevada Corporation is one of the private sector companies trying to help NASA get back to the moon. The company is developing what it calls the 'Large Inflatable Fabric Environment" at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Sierra Nevada hopes NASA will use the habitat in its new Artemis program, which will lead the U.S. back to the moon and, eventually, Mars. Sierra Nevada's habitat is competing with prototypes from Boeing, Northrop Grumman, and Bigelow Aerospace — plus a concept from NanoRacks. NASA began testing the prototypes on the ground in March. The space agency says those tests should last several months.

  • An aerial view shows firefighters battling fires at the site where a man started a fire after spraying a liquid at a three-story studio of Kyoto Animation Co. in Kyoto, western Japan.

    Japanese anime fans gathered at Kyoto Animation Studio on Friday to mourn the 33 people who died in an arson attack on an animation studio in the city. It ranked as the worst mass-killing in Japan in the past 18 years.

  • 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

    General Motors is gunning for Ferrari with its newest redesign of the Chevrolet Corvette — the 2020 Stingray. The base version of the sports car will punch out 495 horsepower, 40 more than the seventh-generation car. The Stingray will launch from 0 to 60 in "less than three seconds" when equipped with an optional performance package, the automaker claims.

  • President Donald Trump delivers remarks on supporting the passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade deal during a visit to Derco Aerospace Inc., a Lockheed Martin subsidiary, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, July 12, 2019.

    President Donald Trump on Thursday said a U.S. Navy ship destroyed an Iranian drone in a "defensive action," escalating already high tensions in the oil-rich Gulf region.

  • President Donald Trump speaks on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, July 15, 2019.

    At a campaign rally in North Carolina on Wednesday, crowds began chanting 'send her back' after President Donald Trump criticized Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. The chants echoed President Trump's twitter attacks against Omar and a group of far-left Democrats, telling them to 'go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.'

  • U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, speaks during a news conference on the Raise the Wage Act (H.R. 582) at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, July 18, 2019.

    The U.S. House passed the "Raise the Wage Act" to gradually increase federal minimum wage from its current $7.25 an hour to $15 an hour by 2025.

  • Me as an old man using FaceApp filters.

    FaceApp went viral this week after people began using it to see what they'd look like when they get old. Sen. Chuck Schumer has asked the FBI and FTC to investigate whether pictures could be shared with foreign governments, like Russia. The DNC has warned 2020 presidential campaigns against using FaceApp too. There were privacy concerns about the app uploading pictures for processing on its servers. But now FaceApp tells you it's uploading your picture, so you can decide if you want to or not.

  • A video still from the NBC archive showing Donald Trump talking with Jeffrey Epstein at a party in Mar-A-Lago from 1992.

    Video shot by NBC shows Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago with Jeffrey Epstein in 1992. That was more than a decade before Epstein's plea deal in Florida.

  • SpaceX owner and Tesla CEO Elon Musk gestures during a conversation at the E3 gaming convention in Los Angeles, June 13, 2019.

    Elon Musk's ambitious brain-computer start-up Neuralink is looking to start trials on humans next year after seeing some success in it's animal trials. "A monkey has been able to control the computer with his brain," Musk said at an event in San Francisco that was streamed live. Musk envisions the technology could help those with brain disorders and hopes the innovation can "help secure humanity's future as a civilization relative to AI," or artificial intelligence.

  • President Donald Trump awaits the arrival of Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani at the White House in Washington, July 9, 2019.

    President Trump said his administration would look into Google following comments made by billionaire tech investor Peter Thiel. Thiel said Sunday the FBI and CIA should look into whether Google has been infiltrated by Chinese intelligence. Thiel's fellow Palantir co-founder Joe Lonsdale said Monday that "Google is not a patriotic company."

  • Guests pose during the Amazon Music Unboxing Prime Day event on July 11, 2018 in Brooklyn, New York.

    Amazon Prime Day is an annual offering of deals for Amazon Prime members. Not only do the deals and discounts inspire shopping, but for shoppers to take part, they must be Prime members. Experts say Prime Day boosts Prime membership sign ups in addition to a projected $5.8 billion in global sales.

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    New Orleans is bracing for Tropical Storm Barry, which could become a category 1 hurricane by the time it makes landfall on Saturday.

  • A visual representation of digital cryptocurrency coins on display in front of Facebook and Libra logos.

    Cryptocurrencies, like Facebook's Libra and Bitcoin, have come under fire by some big names, like Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell and Representative Maxine Waters. "Libra raises serious concerns regarding privacy, money laundering, consumer protection, financial stability," Powell told the House Financial Services Committee. President Trump tweeted that he wasn't a big fan of cryptocurrencies, and billionaire Mark Cuban said Libra "could be dangerous."

  • President Donald Trump talks to reporters next to Labor Secretary Alex Acosta as he departs for travel to Milwaukee, Wisconsin from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, July 12, 2019.

    Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta resigned amid mounting criticism of his handling of a sex crime case involving Jeffrey Epstein over a decade ago. Acosta brokered a deal with Epstein's lawyers involving a shorter prison sentence that allowed Epstein to work at his office 6 days a week. Epstein is facing new federal charges for sex crimes involving numerous underage girls.

  • Trump changes course, will gather citizenship info outside of census

    President Trump announced today he was signing an executive order to gather citizenship information from all government agencies, and would no longer try to get the question on the 2020 census.

  • Labor Secretary Acosta defends Epstein plea deal

    Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, the prosecutor who cut a widely-criticized deal that spared financier Jeffrey Epstein from serious federal charges a decade ago, answers reporters' questions for the first time since new child sex trafficking charges against Epstein sparked calls for Acosta to resign.

  • The U.S. women's national soccer team celebrated its finals 2-0 victory over the Netherlands with a ticker-tape parade in New York City. Mayor Bill de Blasio gave the team the key to the city.

  • Richard Branson, poses for photographers with a model of the LauncherOne rocket, from the window of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo.

    Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson and tech investor Chamath Palihapitiya speak with CNBC about their plans to bring the space tourism company to the public markets.

  • Carrie Lam, Hong Kong's chief executive, speaks during a news conference on Tuesday, July 9, 2019.

    Hong Kong's chief executive just announced the city's controversial extradition bill, which set off massive protests, will not proceed.

  • Federal prosecutors in Manhattan accused billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein, 66, of allegedlty sexually exploiting and abusing "dozens of minor girls" between 2002 and 2005 in New York and Florida.

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