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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Misses Supreme Court Session After Breaking Ribs, But ‘Continues to Improve’

(WASHINGTON) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has missed a brief court session while recovering from a fall and broken ribs. Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said the 85-year-old justice would not join her colleagues Tuesday morning when the court took the bench. Arberg says Ginsburg “continues to improve and is working from…

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(WASHINGTON) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has missed a brief court session while recovering from a fall and broken ribs.

Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said the 85-year-old justice would not join her colleagues Tuesday morning when the court took the bench. Arberg says Ginsburg “continues to improve and is working from home.”

The court previously said Ginsburg fractured three ribs in a fall last week.

The court did not hear arguments Tuesday but took the bench briefly for other routine business.

Ginsburg is the Supreme Court’s oldest justice. She fell in her office at the court last Wednesday, experienced discomfort overnight and went to George Washington University Hospital in Washington on Thursday. She was released from the hospital on Friday.

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Fox’s Gasparino: Trump privately refers to Comcast as “public enemy No. 1”

President Trump — taking his cue from Fox Business Network — tweeted on Monday to his 56 million followers that he supported a small lobbying group that wants the Justice Department to open an investigation into anti-competitive behavior by Comcast and its NBCUniversal unit. American Cable Association has big problems with Comcast. They say that…

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President Trump — taking his cue from Fox Business Network — tweeted on Monday to his 56 million followers that he supported a small lobbying group that wants the Justice Department to open an investigation into anti-competitive behavior by Comcast and its NBCUniversal unit.

American Cable Association has big problems with Comcast. They say that Comcast routinely violates Antitrust Laws. “These guys are acting much worse, and have much more potential for damage to consumers, than anything AT&T-Time Warner would do.” Charlie Gasparino

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 12, 2018

The American Cable Association, a group with about 700 small cable members and 8 million cable-TV subscribers nationwide, released a statement Monday, saying that it had sent a five-page letter on Nov. 6 to Justice’s antitrust division.

Small cable operators contend that Comcast gouges them for fees to carry Comcast-owned NBCUniversal broadcast and cable channels such as regional sports networks.

Comcast, the nation’s largest cable-TV operator, is not a member of this association, and says it doesn’t gouge.

“Trump does not like Comcast,” Fox Business News’ on-air reporter Charles Gasparino  told FBN host Neil Cavuto on Monday, speaking about the American Cable Association’s letter in a video clip. “The president of the United States himself has privately referred to Comcast as public enemy No. 1.”

The list of companies that Trump has attacked is long. These feeling the president’s wrath include Macy’s, Ford, GM, Merck, Facebook, Apple, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Harley-Davidson, CNN, Nordstrom, Toyota, Delta Airlines, and, of course, Amazon.

Shortly after the Gasparino/Cavuto segment aired, Trump tweeted that the cable association “has big problems with Comcast. They say that Comcast routinely violates antitrust laws,” citing Gasparino.

Comcast denies that it violates antitrust laws.

Burning up the twittersphere, the Trump’s anti-Comcast tweet garnered 33,000 likes in three hours and more than 6,000 comments Monday. Instead of criticizing Comcast, though, many commenters took Trump to task for neglecting to visit Arlington Cemetery on Veteran’s Day or considered the whole issue a diversionary tactic.

“Someone is home watching TV in his jammies when he should be paying his respects at Arlington,” responded @katieb1929 on Trump’s Comcast tweet.

Why would we need to hear this from you and not business news outlets? Should you not be concerned that the country’s most populous state and biggest contributor to the economy is ravaged by fires? Then again they did not vote for you so you obviously do not care!

— To Pontiki (@TPontiki) November 12, 2018

The tweet seemed to boost the heat between Comcast and Rupert Murdoch-controlled Fox Business News, which competes with Comcast-controlled CNBC.  Murdoch, whose family controls News Corp. and Fox News Channel, is a Trump ally and foe to Comcast.

Comcast beat Murdoch for control of European pay-TV operator Sky in a London auction in September, agreeing to pay $40 billion. Murdoch, meanwhile, steered the sale of most of his entertainment assets, including the Fox movie studio, intellectual property, cable channels, and other assets to the Walt Disney Co., snubbing Comcast.

At the Justice Department, which oversees antitrust investigations, Trump last week requested the resignation of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General and appointed Matthew Whitaker as acting AG.

Comcast had no comment on Trump’s tweet   Monday.

In its response to the American Cable Association’s letter to the Justice Department, Comcast said “the video programming and distribution markets are incredibly competitive. New programmers and distribution platforms are offering consumers increasing choices on what and where to watch. At Comcast NBCUniversal, we are competing in this dynamic environment the way we always have  —  by continuing to innovate and conducting our business in compliance with antitrust laws and other legal requirements.”

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Diamond-shaped asteroid captured by NASA spacecraft stuns scientists

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Diamond-shaped asteroid Bennu was captured on camera rotating

Diamond-shaped asteroid Bennu was captured on camera rotating “one full revolution.”
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With help from its OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, NASA researchers spotted quite a gem last week. The asteroid — literally shaped like a diamond — is reportedly located about 80 million miles from Earth and has been eyed by space exerts for quite some time.

Using a camera on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, researchers were able to capture more than four hours of footage of the asteroid, known as Bennu, from just 122 miles away.

In a series of snapshots, taken every 2.5 milliseconds, NASA was able to show the asteroid “rotating for one full revolution.”

COMETS AND ASTEROIDS COULD BE FLINGING LIFE ALL OVER THE GALAXY, STUDY FINDS

The shape of Bennu fascinates scientists who are hoping to learn more about the makeup of the space rock, which has been compared to the asteroid known as Ryugu, the focus of Japan’s Hayabusa2 space mission.

“We think they’re very loose aggregates. They’re not solid through and through,” Melissa Morris, OSIRIS-REx deputy program scientist at NASA, said during a webcast last week. “And so, as they rotate, you can actually basically spin things out and create almost that top shape.”

Using a camera on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, researchers were able to capture more than four hours of footage of the asteroid.

Using a camera on NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, researchers were able to capture more than four hours of footage of the asteroid.
(NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona)

NASA will continue to examine the 1,650-foot-wide Bennu, which is “likely rich in organic molecule,” over the next several months, Space.com reports.

‘CRAZY’ ROCKY SURFACE OF ASTEROID RYUGU REVEALED IN MASCOT LANDER IMAGES

Asteroid-sampling spacecraft OSIRIS-REx, which has been traveling in space for roughly two years, first viewed Bennu in August.

“[It’s] NASA’s first mission to visit a near-Earth asteroid, survey the surface, collect a sample and deliver it safely back to Earth,” NASA explained in an Aug. 24 news statement.

“I can’t wait to see what Bennu reveals to us.”

— Dante Lauretta

After traveling more than 1 billion miles, OSIRIS-REx is scheduled to officially arrive at Bennu on Dec. 3. At that time, the spacecraft will orbit the asteroid to determine the best location to collect samples. In July 2020, OSIRIS-REx will use a variety of tools to scrape from the asteroid’s surface and — about a year later — bring them back to Earth, where scientists can take a closer look.

“Now that OSIRIS-REx is close enough to observe Bennu, the mission team will spend the next few months learning as much as possible about Bennu’s size, shape, surface features, and surroundings before the spacecraft arrives at the asteroid,” Dante Lauretta, OSIRIS-REx principal investigator at the University of Arizona, Tucson, said in an online statement. “After spending so long planning for this moment, I can’t wait to see what Bennu reveals to us.”

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