Writer says Trump sexually assaulted her in mid-1990s

US president denies ever meeting E Jean Carroll, who said Trump assaulted her in a dressing room of a department store. An advice columnist for Elle fashion magazine said in an account published Friday that US President Donald Trump sexually assaulted her in the dressing room of a New York department store more than two decades ago. Trump reacted with a statement saying he had never met E Jean Carroll, and that the incident “never happened”. According to Carroll, the assault occurred in either 1995 or 1996, when Trump was…

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The next hot tourist destination: The International Space Station

NASA: A dozen private citizens may be able to go to the ISS each year. NASA announced on Friday at the Nasdaq stock exchange that it was opening the International Space Station (ISS) to for-profit activities including marketing, advertising, off-Earth manufacturing – and even tourism. “We’re enabling up to two commercial flights with private astronauts per year,” said NASA’s ISS Deputy Director, Robyn Gatens. “So, depending on how many seats they want to carry, that would be a dozen or so private astronauts potentially per year on the International Space Station.”…

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United Tech-Raytheon merger set for launch

The tie-up would create the world’s second-largest arms-dealing corporation. Like the Power Rangers’ mechanised dinosaurs coming together to create a huge rocket-toting robot behemoth, two of the defence industry’s biggest names are set for the sector’s biggest-ever merger, building an arms-dealing giant worth an estimated $121bn. United Technologies, the conglomerate that owns businesses making everything from Otis elevators to Chubb door locks, is planning to spin off its non-aerospace companies, then merge its existing aerospace division with Tomahawk-missile-making Raytheon, if United States antitrust regulators approve the deal. It will be…

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