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Ex-US soldier two others convicted of murder-for-hire plot in Philippines

Ex-U.S. soldier, two others convicted of murder-for-hire plot in PhilippinesA former U.S. Army sergeant and two other U.S. citizens were found guilty by a jury in Manhattan federal court on Wednesday of taking part in a plot to murder a woman in the Philippines for money, prosecutors said. Ex-soldier Joseph Manuel Hunter, Adam Samia and Carl David Stillwell were convicted of charges including murder-for-hire, which carries a mandatory life sentence, according to the office of U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman in Manhattan. "Obviously, we're disappointed, but respect the jury's verdict," said Robert Ray, a lawyer for Stillwell, adding he planned to appeal.


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SpaceX rocket launched from Florida carrying NASA planet-hunting telescope

SpaceX rocket launched from Florida carrying NASA planet-hunting telescopeA Falcon 9 rocket blasted off on Wednesday on SpaceX's first high-priority science mission for NASA, a planet-hunting space telescope whose launch was delayed for two days by a rocket-guidance glitch. The Transit Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, lifted off on schedule from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 6:51 p.m. EDT, starting the clock on a two-year quest to detect more worlds circling stars beyond our solar system that might harbor life. The first stage, which can be recycled for future flights, then landed safely on the ocean platform, according to SpaceX launch team announcers on NASA TV.


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EPAs Pruitt under spending probe senators urge his ouster

EPA's Pruitt under spending probe; senators urge his ousterBy Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House budget office said on Wednesday it was probing whether a $43,000 soundproof phone booth installed for Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt violated the law, while dozens of Democratic senators called for him to resign over allegations of ethics lapses. Pruitt has been under fire for potential ethics lapses, including flying first class, excessive spending on security, and the rental of a room in a Washington condominium owned by the wife of an energy lobbyist. The Office of Management and Budget is reviewing whether spending on the booth installed in Pruitt's office broke a law prohibiting federal agencies from incurring expenses in excess of available funds, known as the Anti-Deficiency Act.


Read more: https://www.yahoo.com/news/dozens-senators-sign-resolution-urging-ouster-epas-pruitt-192941721.html



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