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Virgin Galactic's pioneering spacecraft designed to take tourists into space crashed Friday in California, killing one of the two pilots and scattering debris across the desert. 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 second disaster involving a US spacecraft this week, after an unmanned Orbital Science rocket carrying supplies to the International Space Station exploded after launch on Tuesday. It is also a huge blow to British tycoon Richard Branson's long-held dream of offering the first passenger space flights, which have been snapped up by celebrities including Leonardo DiCaprio.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Early votes soared past 15 million across 31 states on Friday, an outpouring that is giving hopeful Republicans as well as nervous Democrats cause for optimism heading into the final weekend of a campaign with control of the Senate, the U.S. House and 36 governorships at stake.
A group of Mexican police officers were questioned Friday over claims they kidnapped three American siblings who were found dead in the northeast of the country near the US border. Nine agents tasked with providing security for the mayor of the town of Control, Leticia Salazar, were ordered make statements to the top prosecutor of Tamaulipas state, an official told AFP. The officers form part of the so-called Hercules Group, a specialist unit in the nearby city of Matamoros, the scene of battles between the warring Zetas and Gulf drug cartels over the control of lucrative drug routes to the United States. The three siblings were Americans of Mexican origin.