A Russian rocket heading for a 6-month mission at the International Space Station failed on Thursday just about 100 seconds after liftoff in Kazakhstan causing an emergency landing. Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin and American astronaut Nick Hague were unharmed. Russian officials are investigating the booster issue that caused the Soyuz rocket to fail.
Cyclone Titli swept across Eastern India destroying hundreds of homes and leaving at least eight people dead. Tropical Storm Michael is responsible for at least six deaths as one of the most powerful storms to make landfall on US mainland. The National Hurricane Center said Michael is getting stronger and transitioning to a post-tropical storm.
A New York judge dismissed one of the six sexual assault charges against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. Prosecutors claimed accuser Lucia Evans gave varying accounts of the sexual assault allegation she made after evidence came out that a witness was coached to stay silent. Weinstein’s lawyer will seek to have the remaining charges dropped.
Washington is now the 20th US state to abolish the death penalty after its Supreme Court ruled the punishment was applied in an ‘arbitrary and racially biased manner.’ Malaysia’s new government claims it will halt pending executions and abolish the death penalty for all crimes to move in line with ‘the rest of the world.’
President Trump believes Jeff Sessions will leave his post as attorney general at the end of the year and has five possible replacements in mind. Tensions have existed between Trump and Sessions since the Russian election meddling investigation began. Rapper Kanye West met President Trump on Thursday, saying the president is on a ‘hero’s journey.’
The Defense Department has temporarily grounded all F-35 fighter jets following the September 28th crash in South Carolina. An ongoing investigation into the crash shows that a fuel tube may have been faulty. Inspections are expected to be completed within the next two days. The grounding affects over 200 jets.