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Marine who crossed border with loaded guns ordered to be released from Mexican jail



SAN DIEGO — A Mexican judge has ordered the immediate release of a jailed U.S. Marine veteran who spent eight months behind bars for crossing the border with loaded guns.

Family spokesman Jonathan Franks told The Associated Press on Friday that the judge decided to release retired Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi (Tah-mor-EE-si).

JUST IN: Mexican judge orders immediate release of jailed US Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi

World War I ended 96 years ago but Britain is just starting to pay off its debt



LONDON — The UK announced Friday that it will start paying off part of the debt it took on to finance World War I.

Consols were issued by Chancellor Winston Churchill in 1927 partly to refinance National War Bonds. The consols are perpetual bonds that pay 4% interest on the face value each year for all time.


Dead Boston mayor voted in upcoming U.S. midterm elections



Thomas Menino, a former mayor of Boston, died Thursday, but his political influence lives on — at least until ballots are counted for the upcoming U.S. midterm elections.

Menino filled out an absentee ballot before his death, according to The Boston Globe, though his spokesperson is not revealing who or what he voted for. The elections are set to take place on Nov. 4.

Menino first became acting mayor of Boston in 1993, and…

More than 700 Virgin Galactic ticket holders are left wondering what’s next



Following the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo‘s crash landing Friday that killed one person and left another injured, hundreds who have already booked a flight on one of the first space tourism vehicles are left wondering about the future of their own trips to the stars.

In April, Virgin boasted that they had already sold more than 700 tickets, some to Hollywood celebrities, others to simple space enthusiasts who wanted to be part of an historic first wave of pioneers

But now, the accident…

Storm brings much-needed rain to drought-stricken California



Rain or snow is expected to fall on much of California throughout Halloween weekend as a Pacific storm system drives a cold front across much of the state.

While the storm does nothing to change the fact that the state is in the midst of the worst drought in at least a century, it could bring significant rainfall to parts of southern and central California that have yet to see any major precipitation this season, according to the National Weather Service

California’s Central Valley and the…

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The real Dracula is way more disturbing than any story



Count Dracula might be a fictional character who makes the blood curdle on Halloween, but his historical namesake is not. Vlad III, known in his heyday as Dracula — or Drăculea, in old Romanian — was a medieval prince with a figurative thirst for blood.

As his other nickname, “Vlad the Impaler,” suggests, Vlad had a penchant for brutally punishing his enemies. However, much of what modern historians know about Vlad III comes from pamphlets and other texts printed in the 15th century, both…

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo experiences an ‘in-flight anomaly’



A spaceship that has promised to shuttle hundreds of paying customers to space when it begins commercial flights next year experienced an “in-flight anomaly” during a test flight on Friday.

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo had taken off at 12:19 p.m. ET from Mojave, CA for what the company was calling a “Halloween treat.”

But less than an hour later, the company tweeted that something had gone wrong. Reports say…

Hungary suspends Internet tax after huge protests



Hungary’s prime minister says the government will suspend a planned tax on Internet usage and reconsider the matter next year after backlash

Two protests within the past week attended by tens of thousands of people were sparked by a scheme to make Internet service providers pay 150 forints ($0.62) per gigabyte of Internet traffic, later proposed to be capped at different monthly rates for individual and business users.

Facebook is now available through Tor for ramped-up privacy



The “deep web” is not only home to shady online drug bazaars where you can exchange bitcoins for drugs, but also portals where whistleblowers can safely pass sensitive documents to journalists.

Now, it’s also also home to Facebook.

The social network announced on Friday that it is now hosted directly on the Tor network to allow for an even more secure and private way to connect to Facebook.

People using Tor, software that allows for…

NASA finishes building its Mars-bound Orion spacecraft



Humanity is one step closer to reaching Mars. NASA finished up its Orion Spacecraft Thursday, and it’s preparing for a test flight on Dec. 4

When Orion launches in December, aboard a Delta IV Heavy rocket, it will complete a 4.5-hour, two-orbit test flight.

The flight will really put Orion to the test. NASA says the spacecraft will return to Earth at speeds of more than 20,000 mph. Those speeds will generate temperatures up to 4,000 degrees…