Branson shocked as Virgin spaceship crash kills pilot

Virgin chief Richard Branson, while voicing shock at the accident involving Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, has vowed to push forward towards the dream of space flight for the paying publicVirgin's pioneering tourist-carrying spacecraft crashed on a test flight in California, killing a pilot and scattering debris across the desert -- and raising questions about the program's future. Television images showed the wreckage of SpaceShipTwo, a test vehicle that flies to the edge of space, amid brush east of Mojave, a few hours' drive northeast of Los Angeles. The incident is the second disaster involving a US spacecraft this week, after an unmanned Orbital Sciences rocket carrying supplies to the International Space Station exploded after launch on Tuesday. It is also a huge blow to British tycoon Branson's long-held dream of offering the first passenger space flights, which have been snapped up by Leonardo DiCaprio and other celebrities.



3 girls trick-or-treating killed in hit-and-run

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three teenage girls trick-or-treating in Halloween costumes were killed by a hit-and-run driver at a Southern California intersection Friday night, authorities said.
Lieutenant colonel assumes power in Burkina Faso after president flees

A crowd gathers on October 31, 2014 in front of army headquarters in Ouagadougou, demanding that the army take over following the resignation of the president of Burkina FasoThe second in command of Burkina Faso's presidential guard, Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida, said on Saturday he had taken power after deposed President Blaise Compaore reportedly fled the capital. Zida declared a rival claim by army chief Navere Honore Traore was "obsolete" in a televised speech. The tussle for power comes after an extraordinary week of violent protest against Compaore's 27-year rule that saw parliament stormed and set ablaze.



Burkina Faso: 2nd soldier says he's president

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The president of Burkina Faso stepped down Friday after protesters stormed parliament and set the building ablaze, ending his 27-year reign and sparking a struggle in the military for control of the West African country.
James leads Cavaliers past Bulls, 114-108 in OT

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) goes up for a shot against Chicago Bulls' Taj Gibson (22) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Chicago, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)CHICAGO (AP) — LeBron James simply wanted to shrug off a poor debut with his new, old team.





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