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Moving Day at the International Space Station

NASA(NEW YORK) — NASA flight controllers are preparing to relocate a storage module at the International Space Station on Wednesday, marking the biggest change to the space outpost’s structure since the module was installed in 2011.

The Permanent Multipurpose Module, which is used for storage, will be detached from the Unity module and carefully moved via a robotic arm to the forward port of the station’s Tranquility module, NASA officials said.

The move will allow NASA to clear an area for additional commercial spacecraft to dock at the station. Boeing and SpaceX both have contracts with NASA and could begin ferrying astronauts to the International Space Station as early as 2017.

An animation posted online by NASA shows how the move will be carried out on Wednesday if all goes according to plan.

The module being moved was previously used to take supplies back and forth from the station during shuttle assembly missions.

After its final launch on board the now-defunct shuttle Discovery, the 22-feet long, 11-ton module was bolted to the International Space Station.

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Lena Dunham ‘Free’ to Flaunt Her Curves on Memorial Day

Craig Blankenhorn/HBO(NEW YORK) — Lena Dunham celebrated a different kind of freedom on Memorial Day — by posting a photo of herself in her lingerie.

“Love my @lonelylingerie and I think I will wear it to dinner with some boots & a smile because we are all very lucky to be free,” she joked on Instagram.

Though the Girls creator and star tries to promote positive images of bodies, she has admitted to her own personal struggles.

“I spend a lot of my career trying to break down the negative forces that the media exerts on women in trying to control their body image, so for me it’s all very sort of anathema to who I am to admit that I too have struggled with the concept of perfection,” Dunham said on ABC’s Good Morning America last fall.

For their Memorial Day dinner, Dunham’s boyfriend, fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff, appeared more covered up. Dunham posted a snap of the musician wearing black pants and a shirt with a maroon blazer and gold medal. She captioned it, “Holiday Swagger.”

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What Jony Ive’s Promotion Means at Apple

Apple(NEW YORK) — Jony Ive was already the most prominent design visionary at Apple and now the London-born designer, who has the honor of having a sir before his name, is stepping into the newly created position of chief design officer.

The move will allow Ive to focus his energy on current design projects and future initiatives, according to a profile in The Telegraph.

Ive has made his mark at Apple as a design genius, who has created and executed the clean, sleek look and feel of Apple’s products since he took on his design role in 1996.

“If you think about what distinguishes Apple it is design. Without argument, Jony Ive has made a big impression on Apple,” Patrick Moorhead, an analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy told ABC News. “I think this move is to lets have Jony stay at Apple for the longer term [because] he could go on his own and create a billion dollar design company if he wanted to.”

Two of Ive’s deputies will step in beginning July 1 to take over some of his daily responsibilities. Richard Howarth will serve as vice president of industrial design while Alan Dye will take on the role of vice president of user interface design.

“Not only is Apple locking him in but giving people underneath him, who work for him, an opportunity to grow and take on more responsibility,” Moorhead said. “That’s a good thing.”

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Girl Battles Cancer with Friend, Mom Shares Heartwarming Photo

Tazz Jones(NEW YORK) — A snapshot of a young cancer patient has gone viral after the girl’s mother posted the picture on Facebook.

Maliyah Jones is just 5 years old but has already been battling neuroblastoma for nearly three years, according to a Facebook page run by her mother, Tazz Jones.

Earlier this year, Jones snapped a picture of her daughter with another young cancer patient as they looked out on the Pittsburgh skyline, reportedly at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Jones said on Facebook that Maliyah is now getting further treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, after having a relapse this year.

Jones, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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New Orleans Cop Shooting: What We Know About Slain Officer

WGNO(NEW ORLEANS) — James Bennett Jr., the 45-year-old New Orleans police officer shot dead in his cruiser this weekend, had over 15 years’ experience in law enforcement.

“Bennett was a former member of the JPSO [Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office] Reserve Division from April 2000 until March of 2006,” the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. “He went full-time in the Second District Patrol Division for a short time, returning back into the Reserves in October 2006. In May of 2013, Sergeant James Bennett, Jr. left the JPSO to go full-time with HANO [Housing Authority of New Orleans].”

Bennett was working with HANO when he was shot Sunday morning, police said.

His fellow New Orleans police officers responded to the shooting and found that Bennett’s car had rolled forward and struck a curb, police said.

A HANO officer “investigates complaints, maintains order, aids individuals, and identifies criminal offenders,” according to a summary of the position on hano.org. HANO officers also perform “unplanned physical tasks which include the restraining of violent individuals, running, climbing fences and responding to EMS and rescue emergencies. Officers must handle gun belts,” the summary said.

New Orleans Coroner Jeffrey C. Rouse said in a statement: “May God bless both the Bennett family and the entire family of law enforcement officers who keep civilization going with their sacrifices, great and small.”

New Orleans police said Tuesday the shooting remains under investigation and no additional information is available.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said in a statement Sunday: “The death of this HANO police officer is an unspeakable tragedy, and a vile and cowardly act. Tragedies that involve our men and women in uniform affect our entire city and touch every member of our law enforcement community. We are deeply saddened by this loss, and our hearts and prayers are with the officer’s friends and family and with the entire HANO family during this very difficult time.”

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US Home Sales Surge in April

iStock/Thinsktock(NEW YORK) — Homes sales were up in April nearly 7 percent from March with 517,000 single-family homes sold, according to the latest figures released by the Commerce Department.

March sales were also revised up a few thousand units signaling a good sign in the housing market’s recovery. But David Crowe, chief economist for the National Association of Home Builders, says the numbers are still not where they need to be.

“Both of those increases have a lot to do with the previous period being unusually low,” he said. “So while this is a good number, some of the increase is simply due to the recovery from unusually low levels.”

The increase was fueled mainly by the Midwest, where sales surged a staggering 36.8 percent, but in the Northeast and West sales actually went down.

“A normal level of new home purchases is somewhere in the 800,000 to 900,000 range. So at 517,000, we still have a significant trip to make back to normal,” Crowe said.

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Koalas in Australia Facing Euthanization Following Health Assessment

iStock/Thinkstock(VICTORIA, Australia) — They’re cute and cuddly, but the state of Victoria may have to euthanize a whole colony of koalas because too many of them are living in a popular tourist destination.

Despite a recent recovery in eucalypt or gum trees, the Victorian government said the overpopulation of koalas at Cape Otway are leaving many of them hungry.

The Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning will make a “health assessment” of the “overabundant koala population” carried out by vets and animal health officials, said department spokesperson Mandy Watson in a statement on YouTube.

“Any unhealthy koalas, which are deemed too sick to survive release, will be humanely euthanized to prevent further suffering,” she said.

The controversial move is angering critics who say the problem is the underabundance of trees and not the blossoming koala population.

“I know they are not looking at planting trees, they are not looking at the long term,”said Australian Koala Foundation CEO Deborah Tabart to Australia’s ABC TV.

In 2013 and 2014, the Victorian government culled about 700 koalas, according to the BBC.

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Iraq Launches Offensive to Drive Back ISIS from Province

iStock/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) — An operation to drive ISIS out of the Iraqi province of Anbar is underway, according to officials.

In an announcement on state-run television Tuesday, the Iraqi government said the army would be supported by both Sunni and Shiite militias.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has expressed confidence that Iraqi forces will retake the province from the extremist group. His assertion came earlier this month, shortly after the fall of the provincial capital Ramadi, just 70 miles west of Baghdad.

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State Department to Unveil Timetable for Releasing Clinton’s Emails

Scott Olson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The State Department on Tuesday is expected to file its schedule for releasing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails as requested by a judge last week.

The judge requested the department release them in batches every 60 days, and on Tuesday, we should find out when that will start.

Campaign reporters and Clinton have been demanding to know when the emails would finally be made public.

The State Department’s Office of Information Programs and Services and its lawyers — better known as the FOIA office, which stands for Freedom of Information Act — have been tasked with sorting, reading, redacting and reviewing paper copies of what now amounts to hundreds of thousands of pages of documents.

They’ve established a full-time staff, with one project manager, two case analysts, nine FOIA reviewers and a slew of additional information analysts who have been working since April.

The text they must analyze includes 55,000 pages encompassing more than 30,000 emails from then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email account, spanning from 2009 to 2013.

They’ve also been tasked with first finding and then reviewing any all documents and communications from all of 2011 and 2012 authored by or sent to 10 separate senior State Department officials having anything to do with Libya (and not limited to Benghazi).

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Bernie Sanders to Kick Off Presidential Campaign in Vermont

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(BURLINGTON, Vt.) — Vermont Sen. and Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders will hold a campaign kick-off event in Vermont Tuesday evening.

“My hometown of Burlington and the people of Vermont have a special place in my heart,” Sanders said in a statement. “There is nowhere else in the world where I would hold an event this important.”

According to his campaign, the event will feature free Ben and Jerry’s ice cream and music by Mango Jam, the Vermont Zydeco/Cajun band. But along with the ice cream, Sanders, who describes himself as a “Democratic socialist,” will also be serving up some big ideas this week too.

“The formal kickoff will set the stage for the campaign to come. I will lay out an ‘Agenda for America’ which addresses the major crises we face and a vision of a government which works for all of our people and not just the billionaire class,” the senator said.

The White House hopeful plans to campaign in New Hampshire and Iowa this week.

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