NASA awards contracts to Boeing, SpaceX

ABC News: NASA announced Boeing and SpaceX have been awarded contracts to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station. 

The contracts are worth a potential $6.8 billion in the long run, according to NASA administrator Charles Bolden.

Kathy Lueders, the program manager of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, said having two contracts will help NASA make sure it stays on track to meet its 2017 goal of manned spaceflights.

Photo: NASA astronaut Alvin Drew participates in an EVA on the International Space Station on Feb. 28, 2011. (Getty Images)

Grand jury to decide if NASCAR driver Tony Stewart will face charges

USA TODAY: A grand jury will decide if NASCAR star Tony Stewart will face charges in the August death of fellow driver Kevin Ward Jr., Ontario County, NY, District Attorney Michael Tantillo said Tuesday.

Ward, 20, died after Stewart struck him with his car during a sprint car race.

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Uber ban lifted in Germany

GigaomA Frankfurt district court on Tuesday lifted a Germany-wide ban on the taxi app Uber.

The German cab drivers’ association, Taxi Deutschland, which first sparked the court battle, says it will immediately move to appeal the decision.

US to dispatch 3,000 personnel to West Africa to combat Ebola

NBC News: President Obama will announce a major surge in U.S. aid to combat Ebola in West Africa on Tuesday, with as many as 3,000 military personnel to be dispatched to train health workers and build treatment clinics.

According to senior administration officials,the Defense Department will divert $500 million to the effort, which will include building 17 new treatment centers with 100 beds apiece. 

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Photo: A burial team from the Liberian Ministry of Health unloads bodies of Ebola victims onto a funeral pyre at a cremation on August 22, 2014. (John Moore / Getty Images)

Watchdog criticizes NASA asteroid-tracking program

NBC News: An internal watchdog office criticized NASA’s efforts to track and respond to potentially dangerous asteroids in a report released on Monday. 

According to the report, the agency’s program that tracks objects that could cause regional devastation if they hit Earth was not well integrated and lacked proper oversight. NASA has promised to fix the problems within a year.

Photo: An artist’s conception shows an asteroid striking Earth. (Getty Images File)

Adrian Peterson: ‘I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser’

ABC News: Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson spoke out for the first time Monday since his indictment, saying in a statement: “I am not a perfect son. I am not a perfect husband. I am not a perfect parent, but I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser.”

Earlier Monday, the Vikings announced Peterson would be reinstated after benching him for last week’s game.

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Hurricane Odile slams popular Mexico resort area

Reuters: Hurricane Odile slammed the popular Baja California, Mexico, resort area overnight forcing thousands of tourists and locals to crowd into emergency shelters.

The storm is now a category 2 hurricane and is expected to weaken further, but lingering flooding and mudslides could continue to affect the area, forecasters say. 

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Photo: Waves pound the beach in Acapulco as Hurricane Odile churns far off shore September 14, 2014. (REUTERS/CLAUDIO VARGAS)

Panthers deactivate Greg Hardy

USA Today: The Carolina Panthers have deactivated defensive end Greg Hardy for the team’s game against the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

Hardy was found guilty this summer of assaulting an ex-girlfriend. He is appealing the conviction. 

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Video emerges showing people reacting to Michael Brown shooting

AP: Cellphone video that shows witnesses raising their hands in the air moments after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a white police officer could bolster arguments that Brown was surrendering when he was shot, legal experts say.

Video via AP on YouTube

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Reports: NFL star Peterson indicted in child injury case

ESPN: Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson has been indicted by a Texas grand jury on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child, according to multiple media reports.

Montgomery County sheriff investigators said they received the case earlier this year and that Peterson has been cooperative with them. The Montgomery County District Attorney’s office told ESPN that Peterson has not been arrested.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford dropping out of October mayoral election

Globe and MailToronto Mayor Rob Ford is withdrawing from the city’s October mayoral election, a city official confirmed on Friday.

The news comes after doctors discovered a tumor in Ford’s abdomen.

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Pakistan arrests militants suspected of Malala Yousafzai attack

TIMEPakistan’s army says it has arrested 10 militants suspected of involvement in the 2012 attack on Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted because of her campaign for women’s rights and education.

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Oscar Pistorius convicted of culpable homicide in death of girlfriend

New York Times: Paralympian Oscar Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide on Friday after being acquitted of murder charges in the death of girlfriend Reeve Steenkamp. 

Culpable homicide carries a maximum sentence of 15 years. Pistorius was also acquitted of two of three firearms charges after a judge said state prosecutors “failed to establish that the accused is guilty.”

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Photo: Oscar Pistorius arriving at the courthouse in Pretoria, South Africa, on Friday. (Mike Hutchings/Reuters)

Remains of 3 infants found in trash-filled Massachusetts house

Boston Globe:  Police discovered the remains of three infants in a trash-filled house in Blackstone, Mass., on Wednesday. Four other children were removed from the same home last month.

The cause of death for the infants has not yet been determined, but authorities described the house as filled with feces, bugs and rats. The investigation is ongoing.

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Photo: Police tape covered the front door of the home in Blackstone, Mass. (Rick Cinclare /Telegram & Gazette)

Report: US threatened fine in 2008 if Yahoo wouldn’t release data

Washington Post: The U.S. government threatened to fine Yahoo $250,000 a day in 2008 in an attempt to force the company to release user data, unsealed court documents showed Thursday. 

The company, which believed the data release was unconstitutional, ultimately lost the legal battle.

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Photo: The U.S. government threatened to fine Yahoo $250,000 a day in 2008 if it failed to comply with a broad demand for user data that the company believed was unconstitutional, according to court documents unsealed Thursday. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)