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Next SpaceX mission, Hiroshima anniversary: 5 things to know Tuesday

Next SpaceX mission, Hiroshima anniversary: 5 things to know Tuesday


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Published 3:56 a.m. ET Aug. 6, 2019 |Updated 6:28 a.m. ET Aug. 6, 2019

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74th anniversary of U.S. dropping atomic bomb on Hiroshima

Tuesday marks the 74th anniversary of theUnited States dropping an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshimaduring World War II. The bomb, called “Little Boy,” decimated the city on Aug. 6, 1945 andresulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths. Just over a week later and after the second atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan surrendered to the Allies.  Hiroshima marked the anniversary of the bombing with a peace declaration on Tuesday. Mayor Kazumi Matsui renewed calls for eliminating such weapons and demanded Japan’s government do more, the Associated Press reported. As of 2018, there werenearly 16,000 nuclear weapons in the world, with Russia and the United States holding the vast majority.

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Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un meet in Vietnam to discuss denuclearization, the vague promise they made at their historic first summit. However, history may be repeating itself, as nuclear test sites were discovered months after the first summit. Will ‘one destiny’ regress into “fire and fury?”
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SpaceX next mission to liftoff at Cape Canaveral 

After replacing suspect hardware and testing its Falcon 9 rocket at Cape Canaveral a second time, SpaceX confirmed itsnext Space Coast mission is on target for a Tuesday evening liftoff. The Eastern Range approved SpaceX’s request to fly on Tuesday and the hour-and-a-half launch window will open at 6:52 p.m. ET. SpaceX had previously test fired the rocket’s first stage last week, but found valve-related hardware issues that needed replacement. A second, brief test Saturday night confirmed the replaced hardware was functioning normally. To make up for the mishap, SpaceX offered satellite operator Spacecom an additional launch at no charge, as well as other specifics that officials could not disclose. 

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Aretha Franklin’s sons dispute handwritten will

Aretha Franklin’s sons disagree about who should manage what could be a multimillion-dollar estate, and judges Tuesday will consider arequest to have two handwritten wills found in May examined by handwriting experts. Attorneys for Theodore White II told a Michigan judge in a July court filing that White should be named co-executor along with Franklin’s niece, Sabrina Owens. Owens has had that role since the singer’s death last year, when a will couldn’t be found. One of two documents, dated 2014, shows Franklin chose son Kecalf Franklin as the representative, with White and Owens’ names crossed out. The pair appear in a 2010 handwritten will. White doesn’t believe it was Franklin who crossed out the names. 

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Season 14 of ‘Hard Knocks’ premieres on HBO

The NFL and HBO come together again as Season 14 of the popular series “Hard Knocks” premieres Tuesday night (10 p.m. ET/PT) on the cable network and it will air every Tuesday through Sept. 3, two days before the NFL’s 100th season opens. Season 14 will offer an in-depth and up-close look at the Oakland Raiders as they go through training camp and the preseason ahead of the 2019 season. Viewers can expect to see a lot of head coach Jon Gruden, quarterback Derek Carr and new wide receiver Antonio Brown. The flamboyant Brown has relished the opportunity to be on the show, evenplayfully talking straight into the cameraat times, the Associated Press reports. For those new to the “Hard Knocks” experience, the show has provideda number of memorable momentsfeaturing the NFL’s top players and personalities.

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AT&T adds Spotify Premium as free entertainment option 

Starting Tuesday, certain AT&T customerscan get Spotify Premium for freeas part of a new partnership between the streaming service and phone carrier. AT&T “Unlimited & More Premium” customers can choose a Spotify Premium subscription as their entertainment option that comes with the phone plan. (You get one free Spotify Premium subscription per account, not per line.) Other select AT&T customers can get a free six-month trial of Spotify with their plan.

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