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NASA is moving up the first all-female spacewalk to this week because of a power system failure at the International Space Station.
Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir will now venture out Thursday or Friday, instead of next Monday, to deal with the problem. It will be the first spacewalk by only women in more than a half-century of spacewalking.
A critical battery power controller failed over the weekend, prompting the change, NASA officials said Monday. The women will replace the broken component, rather than install new batteries, which was their original job.
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Dutch authorities were Tuesday trying to piece together the story of a family found living isolated from the outside world in the rural east of the Netherlands.
Mayor Roger de Groot said that the six-member family is believed to have lived for nine years on a farm in Ruinerwold, 130 kilometers (80 miles) northeast of Amsterdam.
Drone images of the farm showed a cluster of buildings with a large vegetable garden on one side. The small property appeared to be ringed by a fence and largely obscured by trees.
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A Native American group is calling on officials to slow down the renovation of the Alamo church in San Antonio, after archaeological reports showed human remains were found at the property.
The Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan Nation filed a federal lawsuit last month seeking to halt the $450 million makeover of the sacred shrine that's on track to be completed by 2024. The San Antonio Express-News reports the group wants a say in what happens to unearthed human remains because many group members are descendants of people who lived near the site.
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The founder of #MeToo is using the second anniversary of the movement to launch a new effort intended to mobilize voters heading into the 2020 election.
The new hashtag #MeTooVoter was unveiled Tuesday, on the same day as the fourth Democratic presidential debate and reflects a frustration among activists that issues of sexual violence and harassment have largely been absent from the debate stage and campaign trail.
"You can't have 12 million people respond to a hashtag in this country and they not be constituents, taxpayers, and voters," #MeToo founder Tarana Burke said in an interview with The Associated Press. "We need these candidates to see us as a power base. So many people engage with survivors from a place of pity."
The Supreme Court seems likely to leave in place the oversight board established by Congress in response to Puerto Rico's financial crisis.
The justices voiced skepticism Tuesday of a constitutional challenge to the oversight board's composition. Hedge funds that invested in Puerto Rican bonds are leading the case against the board.
Connecticut U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal says he and fellow lawmakers want to impose criminal penalties against those who threaten or attack journalists doing their jobs.
The Democrat said the proposed Journalist Protection Act would make such threats and physical attacks a federal crime, punishable by three to six years in prison.
Blumenthal proposed similar legislation last year. He says it's now needed in light of a graphic and violent parody video that depicts the likeness of President Donald Trump shooting and stabbing opponents and members of the news media.
Joe Biden's son Hunter is rejecting assertions by President Donald Trump and his Republican allies that he did anything wrong in engaging in foreign work in Ukraine and China. In an ABC News interview that aired Tuesday, Hunter Biden also says he failed to take into account potential implications for his father's political career. The former vice president is a front-runner in the 2020 Democratic presidential contest. Hunter Biden, who recently said he would step down from the board of directors of a Chinese-backed private equity firm, blamed his father's political opponents for creating a firestorm over his work.
If you asked the IRS for six more months to work on your 2018 tax return, you’re about to run out of time.
This spring, about 15 million taxpayers asked the IRS for an extension on their 2018 tax return.
While those filers had to pay their projected taxes by April 15, they had to until Oct. 15 to complete and submit their returns.
Joe Biden is facing baseless but persistent allegations of wrongdoing overseas that could undermine his argument that he's best positioned to defeat the president. Bernie Sanders is recovering from a heart attack that raised questions about his ability to withstand the vigor of a presidential campaign. And Elizabeth Warren is fending off new scrutiny of her biography.
A dozen Democratic presidential candidates will meet on Tuesday for the most crowded presidential debate in modern history. But it's the three leading candidates — Biden, Sanders and Warren — who face the most intense spotlight that could expose glaring liabilities in their quest for the White House.
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George Kent, the deputy assistant secretary of state in the European and Eurasian Bureau, is testifying to Congress behind closed doors as part of the Democrats' impeachment probe into President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine. Kent arrived on Capitol Hill under a congressional subpoena after the State Department ordered several former and current administration officials not to appear for scheduled depositions, a committee official working on the impeachment investigation told NBC News. Kent was among those who expressed concern about the campaign against former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, and thought she was the victim of a disinformation operation, according to a current State Department official unauthorized to discuss the situation and granted anonymity.
Russia moved to fill the void left by the United States in northern Syria on Tuesday, deploying troops to keep apart advancing Syrian government forces and Turkish troops. At the same time, tensions grew within NATO as Turkey defied growing condemnation of its invasion from its Western allies.
Now in its seventh day, Turkey's offensive against Kurdish fighters has caused tens of thousands to flee their homes, has upended alliances and is re-drawing the map of northern Syria for yet another time in the 8-year-old war.
Russia moved quickly to further entrench its role as a power broker after U.S. President Donald Trump ordered the pullout of American forces in northeastern Syria. The American move effectively abandoned the Kurdish fighters who were allied with the U.S. and cleared the way for Turkey's invasion aimed at crushing them.
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Up to a dozen accusers could testify at the sexual misconduct trial of Cuba Gooding Jr., a Manhattan prosecutor said Tuesday as the actor pleaded not guilty to an indictment alleging two instances of sexual misconduct. The allegations from the 12 other women range from 2001 to 2018 and all involve allegations he touched or grabbed women at bars, hotels or restaurants. Prosecutors said several of the alleged incidents happened in New York or the Los Angeles area. Others are said to have occurred in Las Vegas, Dallas and Albuquerque, New Mexico. Gooding appeared Tuesday before a judge in New York City and was released on his own recognizance.
Taco Bell has voluntarily recalled 2.3 million pounds of seasoned ground beef that originated at Kenosha Beef International in Columbus, Ohio, because of possible contamination with metal shavings. The USDA says
A 12-year-old student in Worcester, Massachusetts, has been suspended for hugging a gym teacher.
The foster mother of the Forest Grove Middle School student is asking for change after the boy was suspended for 10 days and given a record of physical assault of a teacher.
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Former national security adviser John Bolton was so disturbed by the efforts to get the Ukrainians to investigate President Donald Trump’s political opponents that he called it a “drug deal,” former White House official Fiona Hill reportedly told Congress on Monday.
Hill, a former White House advisor on Russia, testified that Bolton told her he wanted no part in the effort that involved acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, a person in the room for Hill’s testimony told NBC News. Bolton also was said to have referred to Rudy Giuliani as a "hand grenade" that would "blow everybody up," according to the New York Times, which first reported details of Hill's testimony Monday.
Hill testified that Bolton, who was fired by Trump in September, told her to report the situation to the top lawyer at the National Security Council, John Eisenberg, according to the person in the room for Monday’s closed-door hearing.
Giuliani responded to the reported comments early Tuesday. "I always liked and respected John," he said. "I’m very disappointed that his bitterness drives him to attack a friend falsely and in a very personal way. It’s really ironic that John Bolton is calling anyone else a hand grenade. When John is described by many as an atomic bomb."
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