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The St. Louis Science Center has a new attraction in the front lobby of the planetarium. You can put on virtual reality goggles and play the role of an astronaut testing a new space vehicle.  You’ll be able to experience what it’s like on the International Space Station.

Coming this April 14 through August, for the first time ever, the Apollo 11 command module will be on display. This is the first time it has ever left the Smithsonian.


There was a crash in St. Charles this morning that had multiple lanes of eastbound Interstate 70 closed.   The crash occurred on the interstate at Highway 94 just before 6:30 a.m. Reports say no one was injured in the crash. Tim Gilbert will give you the latest at 7:10am

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The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department is asking for help identifying three suspects who burglarized a Waterloo bar earlier in the month. The suspects were caught on surveillance camera stealing an ATM from the Route 3 Bar in the 6100 block of State Route 3.

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Thomas Fire Grows Overnight-A two week old wildfire is 900 acres away from being the second largest ever in California.

Firefighters are hoping to get more of a handle on the massive Thomas Fire today to prevent that. CAL Fire officials say the blaze burning through Ventura and Santa Barbara counties was 50 percent contained as of late last night. The fire grew by roughly one thousand acres over the past 24 hours.

Firefighters are hoping for another day of calm winds, but are expecting that those winds will pick up by the end of the week and could cause the fire to grow even further.

The Santa Barbara Zoo had to evacuate reindeer that were part of its first even reindeer exhibit. Source: San Luis Obispo Tribune


It looks like excessive speed is to blame for yesterday's deadly Amtrak derailment in Washington state.

The train -- making its inaugural run on a new section of track near Tacoma -- was going nearly 80 miles on a stretch that is supposed to be 30 miles an hour...12 cars jumped the track and some fell onto Interstate 5. The National Transportation Safety Board won't confirm that this is the cause of the derailment yet.

Despite earlier reports of six fatalities, authorities so far have confirmed just three. There were about 80 people on board the train. 

Seattle Times, USA Today


North Korea was responsible for the WannaCry computer virus that attacked more than 230,000 computers in more than 150 countries earlier this year, the Trump administration announced on Monday evening.

In response, a U.S. official said the Trump team will ask "all responsible states" to defend against North Korea's ability to launch cyber-attacks and will put into to place all "relevant" United Nations Security Council sanctions.

Trump's homeland security adviser, Thomas P. Possert, said in an an op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal on Monday, "The [WannaCry] attack was widespread and cost billions, and North Korea is directly responsible. We do not make this allegation lightly. It is based on evidence. We are not alone with our findings, either." 

The Washington Post


U.S. Uses Veto To Block UN Jerusalem Resolution-

The U.S. is using its veto power to block a UN Security Council resolution on Jerusalem.

The resolution would have required the U.S. to rescind a declaration that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. The vote was 14-1. President Trumpmade the formal declaration recently.

Many U.S. allies warned that the declaration could prompt more violence in the volatile Middle East. The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, didn’t hold back and described the vote as “an insult” that would not be forgotten. “The United States will not be told by any country where we can put our embassy,” she said.

“It’s scandalous to say we are putting back peace efforts,” she added. “The fact that this veto is being done in defense of American sovereignty and in defence of America’s role in the Middle East peace process is not a source of embarrassment for us; it should be an embarrassment to the remainder of the security council.”

Source: Guardian


CDC Responds To Word Banning Story-

The CDC has responded to backlash over the “banning” of seven words from the agency’s writings.

Director Brenda Fitzgerald quickly refuted reports that the CDC was banned from using those terms, tweeting out, "I assure you there are no banned words." A federal official backed up that statement by saying this was simply guidance provided to people that write budget proposals and was not out of the ordinary.

Former HHS head Kathleen Sebelius has her doubts and is concerned censoring the employees may make the best of them leave.

Fitzgerald did release a statement to NBC saying guidance was given about wording budget documents. 

Source: NBC News 


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