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Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit reaches space on 2nd try

Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit has reached space eight months after the first demonstration flight of its air-launched rocket system failed. The company says a 70-foot-long LauncherOne rocket released from beneath the wing of a Boeing 747 aircraft off the coast…

UTV crash in Nekoosa injures two women

NEKOOSA, Wis. -- Rome police responded to a utility-terrain vehicle crash on the 300 block of 15th Ave. around 8:00 p.m. on Saturday and found a CanAm UTV tipped onto its passenger side with two injured females inside. Police said…

Protests start small, peacefully at fortified US statehouses

Police and National Guard troops are standing sentry at newly fortified statehouses ahead of demonstrations planned for the leadup to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. The increased security comes as authorities worked to deter a repeat of the recent riot that…

Vice President-elect Harris to resign her Senate seat Monday

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will resign her Senate seat on Monday, two days before she and President-elect Joe Biden are inaugurated. Aides to the California Democrat confirm the timing and say Gov. Gavin Newsom is aware of her decision. That…

Phil Spector, famed music producer and murderer, dies at 81

Phil Spector, the eccentric and revolutionary music producer who transformed rock music with his “Wall of Sound” method who later was convicted of murder, has died. He was 81. California state prison officials said he died Saturday of natural causes…

'Little old West Virginia' sets pace on vaccine rollout

West Virginia has emerged as an unlikely success in the nation’s otherwise chaotic coronavirus vaccine rollout. It's largely a result of the state’s decision to enlist mom-and-pop pharmacies to give the shots, rather than agreeing to a federal partnership with…