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Trail-blazing retired U.S. Justice O'Connor says she has dementia

Trail-blazing retired U.S. Justice O'Connor says she has dementiaSandra Day O'Connor, the first woman to serve as a U.S. Supreme Court justice, announced on Tuesday that she has been diagnosed with dementia. O'Connor, a centrist on the conservative-leaning court, was appointed by Republican former President Ronald Reagan in 1981 and retired in 2006. "Some time ago, doctors diagnosed me with the beginning stages of dementia, probably Alzheimer's disease," O'Connor, 88, said in a letter issued by the court.



White House to press forward with Trump's Space Command

White House to press forward with Trump's Space CommandWhite House advisers on Tuesday are set to recommend that U.S. President Donald Trump's planned U.S. Space Command develop ways for the military to operate in outer space, according to two administration officials briefed on the plans. The National Space Council, a White House advisory panel, will also recommend a review of existing treaty issues, and will unveil proposed legislation for Congress to create and fund a separate space agency to oversee commercial activities, the officials said. The council's recommendations are set to be made at a meeting later on Tuesday at the National Defense University in Washington, where Vice President Mike Pence is also scheduled to speak.



Record $1.6 billion jackpot up for grabs in Tuesday's Mega Millions drawing

Record $1.6 billion jackpot up for grabs in Tuesday's Mega Millions drawingLottery officials said any increase in the $1.6 billion jackpot would likely occur around midday on Tuesday. The Mega Millions jackpot, along with a Powerball lottery prize that stands at $620 million, has caused lotto fever to sweep across the United States over the last few days. "I'd like to change my way of life." Mega Millions set a record for lottery jackpots after nobody won the $1 billion prize on Friday.



U.S. targets Russian operatives ahead of election: NYT

U.S. targets Russian operatives ahead of election: NYTThe United States has launched a cyber campaign aimed at Russian operatives in an effort to curb misinformation ahead of the Nov. 6 congressional elections, the New York Times reported on Tuesday, in what it said was the first known such operation to protect American elections. The Times, citing unnamed defense officials briefed on the operation, said the U.S. Cyber Command, the military's cyber warfare division, was using direct messages to target individuals behind influence campaigns in an effort to deter them from spreading propaganda and fake information. While the United States was not directly threatening any individuals, its previous sanctions and indictments could help deter the Russian operatives once they realized they had been identified, according to the Times report.



Hundreds of migrant children held in U.S. tent city for months: filings

Hundreds of migrant children held in U.S. tent city for months: filingsMore than 500 children have been housed in tents near Tornillo, Texas since August, and 46 have been held there since June, according to a Friday court filing in Los Angeles federal court by civil rights organizations and advocacy groups representing migrant children. The filing opposes a government request to exempt the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), which runs the tent city as a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), from oversight by a court-ordered monitor.





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