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    Associated Press

    Trump aide banned from Justice after trying to get case info

    The official serving as President Donald Trump’s eyes and ears at the Justice Department has been banned from the building after trying to pressure staffers to give up sensitive information about election fraud and other matters she could relay to the White House, three people familiar with the matter tell The Associated Press. Heidi Stirrup, an ally of top Trump adviser Stephen Miller, was quietly installed at the Justice Department as a White House liaison a few months ago.

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    TechCrunch

    Space startup Aevum debuts world's first fully autonomous orbital rocket launching drone

    Launching things to space doesn't have to mean firing a large rocket vertically using massive amounts of rocket-fuel-powered thrust -- startup Aevum breaks the mould in multiple ways, with an innovative launch vehicle design that combines uncrewed aircraft with horizontal take-off and landing capabilities, with a secondary stage that deploys at high altitude and can take small payloads the rest of the way to space. Aevum's model actually isn't breaking much new ground in terms of its foundational technology, according to founder and CEO Jay Skylus, with whom I spoke prior to today's official unveiling of the startup's Ravn X launch vehicle. Skylus, who previously worked for a range of space industry household names and startups, including NASA, Boeing, Moon Express and Firefly, told me the startup has focused primarily on making the most of existing available technologies to create a mostly reusable, fully automated small payload orbital delivery system.

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    Yahoo Finance

    Meet the 25-year-old newly minted billionaire betting on lasers to power autonomous driving

    Austin Russell's Luminar Technologies is now public thanks to a SPAC deal. It uses laser technology to power autonomous vehicles.

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  • Sports
    The Associated Press

    Schwarber, Bradley, Duvall among 59 cut in pandemic fallout

    Kyle Schwarber and Albert Almora Jr. were cut loose by the Chicago Cubs after helping the team win its first World Series title in more than a century, among a record 59 players who became free agents as part of the fallout from the coranavirus pandemic when their teams declined to offer them 2021 contracts by Wednesday night's deadline. Cincinnati reliever Archie Bradley, Atlanta outfielder Adam Duvall, Colorado outfielder David Dahl and Minnesota outfielder Eddie Rosario also were let go by their clubs, who did not want to allow those players to become eligible for salary arbitration in February, which would have been their right had they been tendered contracts. Almora batted .167 in 28 games last season and earned $1,667,667 prorated from $4.5 million, down from a .236 average, 12 homers and 32 RBIs in 2019.

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    In The Know

    TikTok cancels award-winning star of hit show for cringey behavior: 'Why does this exist'

    Glee, the now-infamous musical TV show that followed the stars of a fictional high school show choir through its highest highs and lowest lows, became a cultural phenomenon once again when the world entered quarantine.

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