The explosion of a Virgin Galactic rocket ship during a test flight over California has almost certainly dashed founder Richard Branson's goal of starting passenger flights next spring. Information about Virgin Galactic, its backers, and its goals:
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Conditions: I-90 Snoqualmie Pass milepost 56 to 61: Drivers should prepare for potential delays due to single-lane closures both directions Thursday and Friday night, Oct. 30 and 31 and Monday through Friday nights, Nov. 3 through Nov. 7. Additionally, daytime lane closures will be encountered on Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 4 and 5. Occasional rolling slowdowns both directions, may be encountered Thursday and Friday, Oct. 30 and 31 and Monday through Friday, Nov. 3 through Nov. 7, during daytime hours.
"It's a real setback to the idea that lots of people are going to be taking joyrides into the fringes of outer space any time soon. There were a lot of people who believed that the technology to carry people is safely at hand." — John Logsdon, retired space policy director at George Washington University, after Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo blew apart during a test flight.
Santa Clara County prosecutors are leaning against charging San Francisco 49er Ray McDonald with domestic violence in connection with his widely publicized arrest on suspicion of roughing up his pregnant fiancée, sources familiar with the case said.