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University overturns student ban on anti-abortion group, says it would violate 1st Amendment

The University of Northern Iowa is reversing the student government’s controversial decision to bar recognition of an anti-abortion group that senators said was hateful.

UNI’s president said the ban would violate the First Amendment if it was allowed to proceed.

“Neither the University nor [Northern Iowa Student Government] NISG endorse any student organization’s viewpoints by approving them as student organizations,” President Mark A. Nook wrote in a ruling released Monday. “By denying them recognition when they intend, in good faith, to engage in lawful activities, we deny them their right to free speech and assembly guaranteed to them by the First Amendment.”

Students for Life of America sent its appeal to Nook last week after the student Supreme Court upheld the ban and argued that the group’s UNI chapter would “violate a university policy guaranteeing the “right to be treated with dignity and respect by all persons involved in the

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NASA confirms water on the moon’s sunlit surface for the 1st time

NASA on Monday announced that scientists have confirmed there is water on the sunlit surface of the moon.

The agency revealed that its Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy detected water molecules in the moon’s southern hemisphere. NASA’s announcement explained that scientists had previously observed “some form of hydrogen” on the moon’s surface, but they couldn’t “definitively distinguish” between water and hydroxyl. The findings were detailed in two studies that were published in Nature Astronomy.

“We had indications that H2O — the familiar water we know — might be present on the sunlit side of the moon,” Paul Hertz, director of NASA Headquarters’s Astrophysics Division in the Science Mission Directorate, said in a statement. “Now we know it is there.”

NASA also said in its announcement that this suggests “water may be distributed across the lunar surface, and not limited to cold, shadowed places,” and it also “raises new questions

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University student killed by stray bullet on 1st visit to New York City

A 20-year-old Indiana college student was struck and killed by a stray bullet on a trip to New York City, a place he had dreamed of visiting since seeing Spider-Man as a child, his parents said.



a car parked on the side of a building: Scene in Brooklyn, New York where an Indiana University student was killed by a stray bullet while sitting on the stoop, Oct. 24, 2020.


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Scene in Brooklyn, New York where an Indiana University student was killed by a stray bullet while sitting on the stoop, Oct. 24, 2020.

Ethan Williams, a student at Indiana University in Bloomington, died early Saturday morning when he was hit by the errant bullet while sitting on a stoop of a home he and his traveling companions had rented, police said.

“He has a massive massive heart, he loved people a lot. There’s [an] irony to me that that was the life that was taken. You know, the life of someone that wanted to give his life back to helping people,” his father, Jason Williams, told ABC station WABC-TV in New

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Indiana University student killed by stray bullet on 1st visit to New York City

Ethan Wiliams had wanted to visit New York since seeing Spider-Man as a child.

Ethan Williams, a student at Indiana University in Bloomington, died early Saturday morning when he was hit by the errant bullet while sitting on a stoop of a home he and his traveling companions had rented, police said.

“He has a massive massive heart, he loved people a lot. There’s [an] irony to me that that was the life that was taken. You know, the life of someone that wanted to give his life back to helping people,” his father, Jason Williams,

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South Carolina beats Auburn for 1st time in 87 years: College football Top 25 roundup

Kevin Harris had two touchdown runs and South Carolina turned three interceptions into points to beat No. 15 Auburn for the first time in 87 years, a 30-22 victory on Saturday.

The Tigers (2-2 Southeastern Conference) had won eight in a row in the series and jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the opening 10 minutes. But Bo Nix threw three interceptions and the host Gamecocks (2-2) cashed in each time to win consecutive games for the first time in more than a year.

Shi Smith had eight catches, including a 10-yard TD grab midway through the third quarter that put South Carolina ahead for good, 20-19.

Auburn was driving on its following series when Nix threw his third interception — and second to cornerback Jaycee Horn who brought the ball down the left sidelines to the Tigers 8. Harris was in the end zone a play later for

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Elon Musk says SpaceX’s 1st Starship trip to Mars could fly in 4 years

SpaceX is almost ready to start building a permanent human settlement on Mars with its massive Starship rocket.

The private spaceflight company is on track to launch its first uncrewed mission to Mars in as little as four years from now, SpaceX’s founder and CEO Elon Musk said Friday (Oct. 16) at the International Mars Society Convention. 

“I think we have a fighting chance of making that second Mars transfer window,” Musk said in a discussion with Mars Society founder Robert Zubrin. You can watch a replay of the talk here.

That window Musk referred to is a launch opportunity that arises every 26 months for mission to Mars. NASA, China and the United Arab Emirates all launched missions to mars in July of this year. The next window opens in 2022 with Musk referring to the 2024 Mars launch opportunity. 

The mission will launch to the Red Planet on

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