After flying by Pluto on July 14th, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has a new destination. The mission team has selected another object in the Kuiper Belt — the region of icy bodies that orbits the edge of the Solar System — for the probe to explore next. 2014 MU69 is an ideal candidate for further exploration, because it will cost less fuel to reach than other Kuiper Belt objects (KBOs), said New Horizons principal investigator Alan Stern, in a statement.
By Andrew Chung NEW YORK (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp avoided a potentially costly setback to its financially troubled mobile phone business on Friday as the U.S. International Trade Commission declined to block the import of its devices in a longstanding patent dispute. The decision rejected a ruling in April by a U.S. trade judge who found that Microsoft had infringed two InterDigital Inc wireless patents, and recommended an import ban. The commission's action is good news for Microsoft, which has been struggling to compete with popular Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd devices.
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Hungary said Friday it had arrested four people over the discovery of the decomposing bodies of 71 migrants, believed to be Syrian, in an abandoned truck in Austria. Hungarian police said three of the suspects held over the latest grim tragedy involving migrants seeking refuge in Europe were Bulgarians and one was Afghan.
ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Living alone in a world of perceived slights, Vester Lee Flanagan II never quite crossed the line from being just another angry guy to doing something that would have prevented him from buying the gun he used to kill two former co-workers on live TV in Virginia.
By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Florida man accused of running an unlicensed bitcoin exchange and who is among five defendants linked to last summer's massive data breach at JPMorgan Chase & Co is in talks to resolve his criminal case, according to court papers filed Friday. In a court filing in federal court in Manhattan, a prosecutor said Yuri Lebedev, one of two men charged with operating the bitcoin exchange service, was in discussions "regarding a possible disposition of this case." The filing used language that is usually indicative of plea talks, though cases in some instances can be resolved with deferred prosecution agreements or with charges being dropped. Eun Young Choi, a prosecutor under Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara who made the submission, said negotiations were not yet complete and sought an extension until Sept. 28 for when a grand jury would need to indict Lebedev.
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Tropical Storm Erika began to lose steam Friday as it skirted along the southern coast of the Dominican Republic, but it left behind a trail of destruction that included at least a dozen people killed on the small eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, authorities said.
By David Adams MIAMI (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Erika threatened Haiti with heavy rain and strong winds on Friday as it swirled across the Caribbean but showed signs of petering out as it headed toward south Florida, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. At least eight people were confirmed dead on the island of Dominica, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said on Twitter, though rescuers still searched for others reported missing. Due to some likely weakening over mountainous areas of Haiti and Cuba, Erika was no longer forecast to make landfall in the United States as a hurricane.
World oil prices roared back to $50 a barrel in the second day of a frenetic short-covering rally on Friday, with violence in Yemen, a storm in the Gulf and refinery outages helping extend the biggest two-day rally in six years. Tropical Storm Erika moved closer to Florida, prompting worries about oil and gas installations in the U.S. Gulf.
Razer is rolling out the new Nabu smartband, a $100 activity tracker with an OLED display. The "Nabu" name might not sound familiar to you — it doesn't have nearly the brand awareness that Fitbit or Jawbone do. If you do recognize it, you might be thinking, "I thought the Nabu came out last year." And you would be right: Razer announced the first Nabu band at CES 2014, and then later shipped the Nabu X, which we reviewed here.
Carlyle initially looked at selling Landmark via a stock market listing but in the past few months has broadened out that process to include a possible outright sale. Two of the sources said that Landmark Aviation's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA)were around $170 million over a trailing 12-month period. Representatives for Landmark did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
"Mediterranea", a first feature by US-Italian director Jonas Carpignano who was part of the shooting crew on the well-received 2012 film "Beasts of the Southern Wild", follows two Africans as they make an odyssey to Europe -- and to disillusionment. It starts in Algeria and moves to Libya, a launching-off point for some of the many perilous cross-Mediterranean boat trips being made by hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees each year. It then goes on to show the dangers and hard slog as the two main characters make it to Italy.
Sloan Privat and Nicolas Benezet gave Guingamp their first goals of the season in a 2-0 win which send Marseille crashing back to earth in Ligue 1's only game on Friday. Marseille had been riding a tide of euphoria since the arrival of new coach Michel with a 6-0 rout of Troyes last weekend following losses in their opening two games, but cold reality hit again in Brittany. "The rhythm of the game was very fast and the opposition very strong," said Spaniard Michel, who took over after Argentine Marcelo Bielsa quit after the first game of the season.
By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - In 2009, Eugene Kaspersky, co-founder of one of the world's top security companies, told some of his lieutenants that they should attack rival antivirus software maker AVG Technologies N.V. by "rubbing them out in the outhouse," one of several previously undisclosed emails shows. As previously reported by Reuters, the plan involved creating fake virus samples and malware identifications to fool competitors into disabling or deleting important files, thereby creating problems for their customers.
Local media have for days been abuzz with old lore of trains full of gold and jewels stolen by the Nazis after two men -- a German and a Pole -- claimed to have found an armoured train car in the southwestern city of Walbrzych. "I saw a good quality ground-penetrating radar image showing what the train looks like," Deputy Culture Minister Piotr Zuchowski told reporters, adding that he could make out platforms and gun positions on the photo. Friday's revelations elicited a response from the World Jewish Congress (WJC) regarding the mystery contents of the train.
Six people are about to shut themselves inside a dome in Hawaii for a year, in the longest US isolation experiment yet aimed at helping NASA prepare for a pioneering journey to Mars. In a place with no animals and little vegetation around, they will close themselves in at 3:00 pm Hawaii time on Friday (0100 GMT Saturday), marking the official start to the 12-month mission. Crew member Sheyna Gifford described the team as "six people who want to change the world by making it possible for people to leave it at will," she wrote on her blog, LivefromMars.life.
Today Razer announced its Wildcat controller, which it describes as "a pro-gamer-validated, tournament-grade, console controller." It was built specifically with e-sports in mind, and Razer even consulted with pro gamers during the design process. Razer says that you can re-bind any button on the controller depending on your needs. The Wildcat is also made of materials like aircraft-grade aluminum (for the triggers) and reinforced high carbon steel (for the analog sticks) just in case you're especially rough on your controller, and it comes in a garish shade of Xbox green that should fit nicely with your other accessories.
U.S. union leaders said on Friday that a landmark U.S. labor board ruling on companies' obligations toward contract and franchise workers would help them organize manufacturers and e-commerce companies as well as fast food chains. On Thursday the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled the owner of a California recycling plant was a "joint employer" with the contractor that hired workers at the plant, essentially forcing both to bargain with the union together. Business groups, arguing that the ruling could lead to higher costs and hurt the economy, are pushing the Republican-led Congress to overturn it, in part it because the company named in the decision - Browning-Ferris - cannot challenge it in a federal court without overcoming a number of procedural hurdles.
United Airlines plans to change the way it schedules flights and to use new technology to tackle the delays and cancellations that have hurt its competitiveness, company executives told Reuters. The new initiatives aim to narrow the gap in performance between United Continental Holdings Inc and Delta Air Lines Inc , which has the best on-time record of U.S. airlines.