New York (CNN)SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft test fired its emergency abort engines this week, indicating the vehicle could soon be ready for its final dress rehearsal before launching NASA astronauts into space. The test fire involved strapping the capsule to the ground while lighting up its emergency abort engines in quick succession. It was designed to simulate how the spacecraft would propel itself away from danger should a rocket misfire on the way to orbit. SpaceX, Elon Musk's rocket company, had conducted a similar ground test in April when Crew Dragon exploded, putting the spacecraft further behind schedule. The company worked with NASA on a months-long investigation and redesigned parts of the abort system that triggered the explosion. Wednesday's test run, which NASA confirmed in a blog post, appeared to go off without a hitch. "SpaceX and NASA will now review the data from today's test, perform detailed hardware inspections, and establish a target launch date for the … [Read more...] about SpaceX test fires Crew Dragon spacecraft ahead of first astronaut mission
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True or false: With less than six weeks to go before the start of the 2019 hurricane season, our nation’s leaders have come together to send assistance to the Florida Panhandle communities that were devastated by October 2018’s Hurricane Michael.As anyone who is living through the enduring impact of that storm will tell you, the answer is a resounding “false.”ADVERTISEMENTWashington, D.C., has been agonizingly slow to react. That’s why I’m coming to D.C. this week to meet with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Housing and Urban Development, National Security Council and the Education Department, as well as Florida Sens. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioGOP senators plan to tune out impeachment week Republicans warn election results are 'wake-up call' for Trump Paul's demand to out whistleblower rankles GOP colleagues MORE and Rick Scott and Rep. Neal DunnNeal Patrick DunnThirty-four GOP members buck Trump on disaster bill … [Read more...] about Florida is still hurting from Hurricane Michael — will DC lend a helping hand?
close Video Raw video: Former Broward County Sheriff's resource officer leaves jail after being released on bond Scot Peterson, the resource officer at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, has been charged with child neglect. The former Florida sheriff's deputy charged with 11 criminal counts for failing to confront the gunman in the February 2018 Parkland school massacre was released from jail Thursday, according to reports. F LORIDA SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER SCOT PETERSON ARRESTED Scot Peterson walked out of the Broward County Jail with his attorneys after Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer set his bond at $39,500, down from the initial amount of $102,000. Peterson cannot possess a firearm or take any job involving children, said Scherer, who eliminated a previous requirement that Peterson wear a GPS monitor. His bond is secured by $330,000 in real estate holdings and he will be allowed to go to his home in North Carolina. Peterson's attorney, Joseph DiRuzzo, … [Read more...] about Florida resource officer who didn’t enter Parkland school during massacre granted reduced bail
close Video Mass shootings in the US: A timeline Parkland high school shooting: A timeline of the other tragic, deadliest mass killings in the United States from Pulse to the University of Texas clock tower massacre After each massacre, survivors and witnesses have echoed the words “no more” — yet mass shootings have continued to plague the U.S. In fact, shootings only have continued to increase over the past few years. Wednesday’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is the third deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history to take place within the past five months. It’s also the 25th fatal shooting at a U.S. elementary, middle or high school since — and including — Columbine in 1999. Here’s a look back at the 10 deadliest shootings that the country ever has seen as the nation mourns yet another tragedy. Las Vegas, Nev. — Route 91 Festival, 58 killed Gunman Stephen Paddock fired at a Las Vegas … [Read more...] about Florida school shooting among 10 deadliest in modern US history
Russell Crowe displays his portly frame and bushy beard as he attends the "Gladiator in Concert" event with Connie Nielsen and Francesco Totti. June 6, 2018 (X17) From "Gladiator" to Santa? Russell Crowe has been looking unrecognizable lately thanks to his gigantic beard. RUSSELL CROWE'S 'ART OF DIVORCE' AUCTION HAULS $3.7 MILLION The 54-year-old actor first debuted the look in June, but took to Twitter on Thursday to call even more attention to his facial hair. “The actor prepares #3,” Crowe captioned a clip of himself grooming his gray beard. Several hours later, Crowe posted a close-up shot of his gnarly scruff, tweeting, “What… this beard?” EXCLUSIVE: BINDI & TERRI IRWIN GUSH OVER 'WILDLIFE GLADIATOR' RUSSELL CROWE "The Mummy" star first debuted the look at a special screening of his hit film, "Gladiator," in Rome’s Colosseum last month. It’s unclear if the look is for a role or whether Crowe is simply enjoying some down … [Read more...] about Russell Crowe jokes about his massive beard