SpaceX awarded $96.5M contract to launch GPS III satellite

SpaceX awarded $96.5M contract to launch GPS III satellite

SpaceX on Tuesday bagged a $96.5 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to launch a Global Positioning System III (GPS III) satellite using a Falcon 9 rocket in February 2019.

Last year, the private sector firm won an $82.7 million contract from the Air Force to launch a similar satellite in 2018.

The Air Force wanted a bidding process for the satellite mission. But the Boeing-Lockheed joint venture called ULA decided not to submit a bid, clearing the way for Elon Musk’s firm. However, ULA had previously announced that it was a bidder.

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FDA investigating Vulto cheese-linked listeria outbreak

FDA investigating Vulto cheese-linked listeria outbreak

The U. S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has confirmed that it has launched an investigation into the most recent multistate outbreak of listeriosis that has been linked to soft raw milk cheese produced by Vulto Creamery.

Vulto Creamery recalled its Heinennellie, Willowemoc, Miranda and Ouleout raw milk cheeses on Tuesday, after at least two deaths and half a dozen hospitalizations were linked to the products. Walton Umber, Andes, Blue Blais and Hamden cheeses are also being recalled.

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Texas representative proposes $100 fine for men who masturbate

Texas representative proposes $100 fine for men who masturbate

A new bill proposed by a Democratic legislator in Texas aims to slap men who masturbate with a fine of $100 and require rectal examination before they get a colonoscopy, a vasectomy or a Viagra prescription.

State Rep. Jessica Farrar’s HB 4260 proposes invasive restrictions on men, including fines for emissions outside a woman’s vagina and requiring storage of the “emissions” for conception in the future.

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New bill aims to allow employers to force workers to take genetic test

New bill aims to allow employers to force workers to take genetic test

A new bill introduced by Republican legislators would allow companies to force their employees to take a genetic test and share the results or pay a hefty penalty.

The HR 1313, which is formally called the Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act, has already been approved by the House Committee on Education & the Workforce. All 22 Republicans supported the bill, while all of the 17 Democrats opposed it.

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