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NASA to make second attempt at inflating space station test module CAPE CANAVERAL: Astronauts aboard the International Space Station will try again on Saturday to inflate a novel experimental habitat after the fabric module failed to unfurl as planned earlier this week, NASA officials said on Friday.The problem may have resulted from its materials becoming stiff. The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, or BEAM, was unpacked 10 months later than expected due to launch delays, manufacturer Bigelow Aerospace told reporters on a conference call. The impact was likely most serious on the outer layers, said Lisa Kauke, BEAM deputy program manager at Bigelow. The prototype habitat, which could provide living quarters for crew one day making trips to Mars, is made of impact-resistant, Kevlar-like materials and flexible layers of fabric and foam. "The longer they're packed, the more they are compressed and it takes a little while for those shapes to return," Kauke said. NASA astronaut Jeff Williams on Thursday tried to ...

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Trump's pro-oil agenda poses dilemma for North Dakota's Indians TRENTON: When Donald Trump laid out his plan this week to roll back US environmental regulations to boost the ailing energy industry, it raised both the hopes and fears of the American Indians living near the heart of the country's richest oil fields. The Republican presidential contender's agenda, laid out at an oil industry conference on Thursday in North Dakota , could bring desperately needed jobs to depressed communities that have come to depend on ...

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Trump lays claim to Republican presidential nomination BILLINGS: White House hopeful Donald Trump claimed victory Thursday in the Republican nomination race, while shrugging off criticism from the man he aims to replace, President Barack Obama, who blasted the billionaire's ignorance and arrogant attitude.Trump vaulted past the threshold of 1,237 needed to win the party's primary race when a group of unbound delegates from North Dakota said they would back him.The accomplishment caps an extraordinary rise by a political neophyte whose campaign was ...

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US panel launches trade secret theft probe into Chinese steel WASHINGTON: The US International Trade Commission said on Thursday it launched an investigation into complaints by United States Steel Corp that Chinese competitors stole its trade secrets, engaged in price fixing and misrepresented the origin of their exports to the United States.The ITC said in a statement that it has not made any decisions on the merits of the case. US Steel, in its complaint under section 337 of the main US tariff law, is ...

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Trump would approve Keystone pipeline blocked by Obama BISMARCK: Donald Trump said Thursday that if he is elected US president he would support the Canadian Keystone oil pipeline project that was blocked by President Barack Obama on environmental grounds.Speaking just after he won enough primary delegates to seize the Republican nomination for the White House, Trump told reporters that the project for a new pipeline to carry Canadian crude to the Gulf of Mexico "should be approved.""I will absolutely approve it 100 percent, ...

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US House Speaker Ryan: Call with Trump was good, productive WASHINGTON: US House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday said he had a good conversation with presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, but he had no comment on his possible endorsement of the party's likely nominee. "We had a very good and very productive phone call," Ryan told reporters, referring to a telephone call the two men had Wednesday night. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Obama says world leaders 'rattled' by Trump ISE-SHIMA: US President Barack Obama on Thursday said that global leaders are "rattled" by some of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's policies, blasting the ideas as demonstrating "ignorance" of how the world works.Trump, the billionaire US real-estate mogul and reality TV star, has dominated headlines since launching his presidential campaign last year with a mix of incendiary comments and policy stances seen as insulting Mexicans, Muslims and women, among others.He has proposed building a ...