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Ireland Votes to Approve Marriage Equality


Supporters react outside Dublin Castle following the announcement of the result of the same-sex marriage referendum in Dublin on May 23, 2015. Credit: IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images(DUBLIN) -- Citizens of Ireland voted on Saturday to amend the country's constitution to legalize same-sex marriage.The nation's constitution requires a referendum to amend. The BBC News reported an "unusually high" turnout Saturday. Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny tweeted saying that he had voted yes for marriage equal

Navy Videos Show Chinese Military Installations in Spratly Islands


Photo DigitalGlobe via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Navy released a pair of videos taken from aboard a P-8A Poseidon surveillance plane recently as it flew a daily mission over the Spratly Islands where China has allegedly been dredging islands to increase their size and build facilities there.The videos show both the aircraft's video consoles -- which show the construction in close-up detail -- and footage from the exterior of the plane. The Navy says that during the flight, the plane's

Watch SpaceX Crew Dragon's First Flight From Point of View Video


SpaceX/YouTube(NEW YORK) -- SpaceX released new point of view video on Friday showing what it was like to be on board its Crew Dragon vessel, which took its first test flight earlier this month. The test was conducted without any crew and was designed to help SpaceX engineers test the capsule's pad abort system, a vital emergency escape system that would allow astronauts to quickly get to safety if something goes wrong shortly after launch. SpaceX said after the test that it was a success, and h

For Now, No US Embassy Opening in Havana, Officials Say


Byron Motley/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- While no embassy opening was announced after a fourth round of talks between the United States and Cuba, a top U.S. diplomat called the talks "very productive" and doesn't foresee the need for a fifth round. Instead, Assistant Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere, Roberta Jacobson, said the details could be ironed out by the respective diplomatic missions. Both U.S. and Cuban sources told ABC News they are optimistic an agreement will be rea

US Won't 'Begin to Consider' Returning to Tripoli Until 2016


State Department Office of Inspector General(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. State Department hasn’t set a date for returning to its embassy in Tripoli, Libya and likely won’t “begin[] to consider such a return” until 2016, according to a recent State Department report, citing the U.S. ambassador to Libya.The State Department Inspector General report, published online Wednesday, looked into what the department should do with 26 armored vehicles -- estimated to cost $200,000 each

Historic Vote in Ireland on Gay Marriage


iStock/Thinkstock(DUBLIN) -- Ireland could become the first country to legalize same-sex marriage through a referendum Friday.Here are 10 things to know about the vote:What is the vote for?Since 2010, same-sex couples in Ireland can form a civil partnership. On Friday, however, voters will be asked whether the Constitution should be changed to extend civil marriage rights to same-sex couples. Referendums are needed when changes to the constitution are proposed. The amendment to Article 41 would

NASA Spacecraft Finds Galaxy as Bright as 300 Trillion Suns


NASA/JPL-Caltech(NEW YORK) -- A galaxy so bright it shines with the luminosity of 300 trillion suns has been discovered by a NASA spacecraft.A black hole is believed to be at the center of the galaxy, which NASA has named WISE J224607.57-052635.0. WISE is an acronym for the spacecraft, which is officially known as the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer."We are looking at a very intense phase of galaxy evolution," Chao-Wei Tsai, a scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said in a statemen

38 Surprising New Words Added to Scrabble's Official Wordlist


Kristel Tan(NEW YORK) — “Twerking," "emoji" and "hashtag" are just three of the more than 6,500 new words added Thursday to the Collins Official Scrabble Wordlist — the official dictionary used by international Scrabble tournament players.The list was "influenced by all parts of life including social media, slang, technology and food, plus English from around the world," Collins Dictionary wrote in a blog post Thursday.The World English-Language Scrabble Players Association is

PETA Calls Name of Britain's Oldest Pub Offensive to Chickens


Digital Vision/Thinkstock(LONDON) — The U.K. branch of People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals (PETA) has taken aim at the oldest pub in Britain, Ye Olde Fighting Cocks, claiming the name of the establishment that has been operating since 793 -- yes, 793 -- has offensive to chickens.In an official letter, PETA UK representative Dawn Carr wrote to the owners of the historic pub, "to propose that Ye Olde Fighting Cocks pub in St. Albans adopt a new name: Ye Olde Clever Cocks."The change,

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