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SCIENTISTS SPOT SOLAR SYSTEM’S FARTHEST KNOWN OBJECT

Astronomers have spotted the farthest known object in our solar system  and they’ve nicknamed the pink cosmic body “Farout.” The International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center announced the discovery on Monday. “Farout” is about 120 astronomical units away that’s 120 times the distance between Earth and the sun or 11 billion miles. The previous record-holder …

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NEW YORK SUES WALMART, TARGET FOR SELLING CHINESE-MADE TOYS WITH HIGH LEAD

New York state authorities on Thursday announced a lawsuit against retail giants Walmart and Target for selling Chinese-made toys that had up to 10 times the legal limit of lead. The lawsuit seeks up to $6,000 in penalties for each of the thousands of Cra-Z-Jewelz jewelry kits the retailers and importer LaRose Industries sold from …

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ISRAELI PREMIER’S SON BLOCKED ON FACEBOOK FOR ANTI-MUSLIM POSTS

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s eldest son, Yair, tweeted on Sunday that Facebook blocked his page for 24 hours over apparent anti-Muslim posts and called the leading social network a “dictatorship”. In a message posted Thursday on his Facebook page after deadly Palestinian attacks, Yair Netanyahu had called for “all Muslims to leave” Israel. “Do you …

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SPACEX CHRISTMAS DELIVERY ARRIVES AT SPACE STATION

A SpaceX delivery full of Christmas goodies has arrived at the International Space Station on Saturday, following a slight delay caused by a communication dropout. The Dragon capsule pulled up at the orbiting lab three days after launching from Cape Canaveral. Commander Alexander Gerst used the space station’s big robotic arm to grab the cargo …

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NASA’S MARS LANDER TAKES SELFIE FROM ABOVE WITH ROBOTIC ARM

NASA’s new Mars lander has taken a selfie from above, using a camera on its long robotic arm. The InSight lander snapped a series of pictures that NASA turned into a stunning mosaic, released Tuesday. InSight landed on Mars on Nov. 26. In the two weeks since, scientists are thrilled to find the area in …

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CHINA COURT BANS IPHONE SALES IN PATENT DISPUTE

A Chinese court ordered a ban in the country on iPhone sales in what has been an obvious dispute between US chipmaker Qualcomm and Apple, according to a Qualcomm statement Monday. The statement said the Fuzhou Intermediate People’s Court had granted Qualcomm’s request for two preliminary injunctions against four subsidiaries of Apple, ordering them to …

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DELTA BANS EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMALS ON LONG-HAUL FLIGHTS

Delta Airlines is planning to enforce new restrictions for customers who are traveling with service and emotional support animals. Emotional support animals will no longer be allowed on flights that are longer than eight hours, the airline announced on Monday. The new policy will also prevent passengers from traveling with service and support animals that …

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THE DAUGHTER OF THE FOUNDER OF THE CHINESE TELECOMS GIANT HUAWEI ARRESTED

The daughter of the founder of the Chinese telecoms giant was arrested in Vancouver on 1 December and could face extradition to the US. Details of the arrest are yet to be released but the US has been investigating Huawei over possible violation of sanctions against Iran. China demanded her release, saying her detention was …

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INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION TO BE LIKELY ABANDONED TEMPORARILY IF RUSSIAN ROCKET FAILS

On Monday, a Russian Soyuz rocket with three astronauts aboard will depart for the International Space Station in one of the most high-stakes launches in years. If the rocket does not reach the ISS as planned, the station is likely to be abandoned temporarily by the end of the year. Monday’s flight will be the …

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