NASA has inflated the first-ever expandable room for astronauts on the International Space Station, a round module that made occasional popcorn-like popping sounds as it reached its full size, NBC News reported.
It took NASA astronaut Jeff Williams more than seven hours to inflate the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) Saturday. Its inflation went at a glacial pace as a safety precaution since BEAM is the first of its kind.
Williams reported that he heard popping noises with almost every short burst of air he fed into the module through a manual valve.
The fully inflated BEAM module is 13 feet (4 meters) long and 10.5 feet (3.2 m) wide, and contains 565 cubic feet (16 cubic m) of living space. Expandable habitats take up less room in a payload fairing than rigid, metal habitats, and are also lighter, which lowers the cost of sending them to space.
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A man trapped in his crashed vehicle on a central Arizona mountain for three days might never have been rescued if not for a couple taking sightseeing photos, authorities said Saturday.
Jerome Police Chief Allen Muma says the 50-year-old man's purple SUV was spotted Friday afternoon by a couple who had pulled over on a road on Mingus Mountain, about 10 miles south of Jerome.
China's decision to allow all married couples to have two children is driving a surge in demand for fertility treatment among older women, putting heavy pressure on clinics and breaking down past sensitivities, and even shame, about the issue.
The rise in in vitro fertilization points to the deferred dreams of many parents who long wanted a second child, but were prevented by a strict population control policy in place for more than 30 years.
A San Diego police officer is in hot water after she posted a controversial picture on Instagram of herself dressed in riot gear. The image was captioned with: "Waiting waiting waiting!! Just riot already people!!! #waitingsucks." The unnamed officer was policing Friday during Donald Trump's rally at the San Diego convention center.
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A 91-year-old World War II veteran is recovering after police say his caretaker beat him with his oxygen tank.
The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that 45-year-old Elena Erickson was charged Thursday with attempted murder for the May 15 beating of Michael Tristano.
North Port police say Erickson hit him in the head multiple times with the tank before leaving him on the floor to die. They say she returned to the home the next day, found him still alive and called paramedics. She denied any connection to the beating.
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A Long Island man broke into a grocery store, stole an ATM and loaded it onto a stolen school minibus, police said Saturday.
David Hughes, 61, broke the glass door of a Bravo supermarket in Westbury early Friday and grabbed the store's cash machine, Nassau County police said.
Hughes then loaded the ATM onto a yellow school bus that he had stolen earlier, investigators said.
Officials are investigating two incidents of possible animal cruelty at Southern California high schools, and at least one of them may have been part of a senior prank, authorities said.
Baby, a 5-year-old goat, went missing May 19 after its owner says a group of teens from Ganesha High School in Pomona broke into her property and took her. Baby was found with a broken leg on school campus the next day, a Ganesha High School student told NBC4. Its owner says her face was swollen and her body, painted in the school's colors, was half shaven. In a separate incident, two rabbits were found dead Friday morning at Riverside Polytechnic High School, according to the Riverside Unified School District.
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Vermont Bernie Sanders warned democratic rival Hillary Clinton that her pick for running mate will be critical to winning over his supporters going into the general election.
During an interview to air Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Sanders said told Chuck Todd that Clinton needs "a candidate who can excite working families, excite young people, bring them into the political process and create a large voter turnout."
Asked whether Virginia senator Tim Kaine, who's rumored to be on Clinton's short list, is the kind of running mate he's recommending, Sanders said, "I really like him very much," but declined any further speculation.
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A tropical depression strengthened into a tropical storm Saturday off the Carolinas, the latest wild weather expected to hit the country over the holiday weekend, NBC News reported.
Tropical Storm Bonnie was about 130 miles southeast of Beaufort, South Carolina, and was forecast to drench the Carolinas with up to 3 inches of rain, according to the National Hurricane Center. Forecasters said high winds and dangerous waves could also hit the two states, as well as Georgia and Florida.
No evacuations were ordered as of Saturday afternoon.
In Texas, at least four people were killed and two others missing after downpours, with the state expecting more rain through Memorial Day.
The governor of Missouri declared a state of emergency ahead of heavy rains Saturday. Since Tuesday, storms in the state have caused high winds, heavy rains and flash flooding — with more rain predicted into the weekend.
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Two people were killed when an experimental aircraft crashed in a lemon orchard in unincorporated Santa Paula, California, on Saturday, Ventura County Fire officials said.
Firefighters responded to the 1600 block of Aliso Canyon Road at 3:17 p.m. to a report of an aircraft going down.
When they arrived, firefighters found the "experimental" aircraft fully engulfed in flames in an orchard north of Ventura city. Two people were found dead at the scene.
The U.S. military in Japan is restricting celebrations and off-base alcohol consumption in Okinawa after the arrest of a former Marine suspected of killing a woman on the southern Japanese island.
The Marine Corps commander in Japan said Saturday the measures are not punishment but an effort to show respect for the victim's family and mourn with the people of Okinawa.
"We should not be out shooting fireworks. We should not be out having large celebrations and parties while the Okinawan people are in mourning.
Russia's Olympic Committee said Saturday that eight of the country's athletes have registered positive in doping retests for the 2012 London Games.
The brief statement from the ROC did not give names or what disciplines the athletes were in, but said they came from three different sports.
It said further information would not be released until so-called "B samples" were tested that would confirm or contradict the retests. The International Olympic Committee stores Olympic doping samples for 10 years to reanalyze them when newer methods become available.
A west suburban Chicago man has completed a lofty goal of running a marathon in all 50 states.
On Saturday, Kevin Ely of Geneva, Illinois, ran the 34th annual Bayshore Marathon in Traverse City, Michigan, the final state in his quest.
Ely initially set the goal of running 50 marathons in 50 states as a personal milestone. He had already checked 13 states off the list when he attended an expo in California, where he learned about the Free Wheelchair Mission, a nonprofit that offers cost-effective wheelchairs to people with disabilities.
A Texas man paid a traffic fine with thousands of pennies in "protest" of a speeding ticket. Brett Sanders believes he did nothing wrong when he was ticketed for driving nine miles per hour over the speed limit in his Frisco neighborhood. Sanders tried to fight the ticket in court, taking the case to trial where he eventually lost. "When my fine came due, I just decided I may as well pay with pennies and we'll make a big spectacle of it," Sanders said.
The deep unpopularity of both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton has led to an unprecedented level of excitement at the Libertarian Party's presidential nominating convention in Orlando this weekend. Libertarian officials said Friday as the four-day convention began that 985 delegates and 344 alternates were attending from all 50 states — a record. There are 18 declared Libertarian presidential candidates, including former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, who was the party's presidential nominee in 2012, and John McAfee, founder of the anti-computer-virus company that bore his name.