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The Trump Organization reportedly can't get anyone to fill retail space in its Chicago hotel

The Trump Organization reportedly can't get anyone to fill retail space in its Chicago hotelAny takers?Apparently not for the Trump Organization, which can't seem to find anyone to fill the street-level retail space at the Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, The Washington Post reports.The hotel has reportedly been struggling on several fronts during Trump's presidency, with profits reportedly falling 89 percent between 2015 and 2018, but the vacant space is a stark reminder. The Post obtained documents the company filed with Cook County tax assessors showing how difficult it's been to fill the void, which is reportedly equivalent to the size of two Whole Foods stores.A firm hired by the Trump Organization to find tenants told the county it had reached out to 81 potential businesses across various industries, but no one said yes, the documents revealed.The Trump Organization had previously argued that the hotel's struggles were related to crime in Chicago, but that's probably not the case since the hotel's competitors have actually seen increases in room revenue. The Post reports that the company's lawyers told the county that they believed the hotel is "suffering from unfair political backlash" as a result of Trump's presidency. Read more at The Washington Post.



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Photos from space show the Kincade Fire's spread across California wine country

Photos from space show the Kincade Fire's spread across California wine countrySatellites in space observed the Kincade Fire burning through dry vegetation. Infrared images show scorched land.



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Here's What California's Kincade Wildfire Looks Like From Space

Here's What California's Kincade Wildfire Looks Like From SpaceThe Bay-area's Kincade wildfire has grown so large that a satellite can record the plumes from 23,000 miles away in space.



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Somalia, Kenya Row Escalates After Alleged Breach of Air Space

Somalia, Kenya Row Escalates After Alleged Breach of Air Space(Bloomberg) — Somalia summoned Kenya’s ambassador after a Kenyan-registered plane landed in the port city of Kismayo in the southern state of Jubaland without “official permission,” amid a simmering maritime-border dispute between the neighbors.Jubaland won some political autonomy in 2013 and is among Somalia states jostling for more autonomy and control over oil, gas and other resources. Somalia’s central government is wary of Jubaland’s president, Mohamed Islam Madobe, who leads a powerful militia that fought alongside Kenyan troops against the al-Shabaab group to recapture Kismayo’s port in 2012.Kenya invaded Somalia in 2011 after a spate of kidnappings by the Islamist militants in its territory, but later joined a multi-national African Union peacekeeping force.“Somalia strongly protests this violation and will not accept any encroachment on its air, sea and land borders,” according to a statement from Somalia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “The federal government of Somalia sees this action contradicts all principles of good neighborliness and non-interference in the internal affairs of states.”Diplomatic relations between the two East African neighbors soured this year after Kenya accused Somalia of auctioning four offshore oil blocks in a disputed area, an allegation its neighbor denied.Amid the tension, Kenyan immigration authorities denied three Somalia lawmakers entry in May, just days after the East African nation suspended direct flights from the latter’s capital, Mogadishu, forcing planes from Somalia to make a stop at a border town for security screening before proceeding to the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.To contact the reporter on this story: Mohammed Omar Ahmed in Garowe at mahmed76@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: David Malingha at dmalingha@bloomberg.net, Eric Ombok, Helen NyamburaFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Russia says it won’t tell NASA why a hole appeared in the International Space Station

Russia says it won’t tell NASA why a hole appeared in the International Space StationThe mystery of why a small hole appeared in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft attached to the International Space Station last year is now somehow even more bizarre than it already was. The hole, which was detected by the crew and patched in space, sparked investigations by Russia's Roscosmos and NASA, with both agencies vowing to get to the bottom of how such a thing could have happened.Now, after months of silence, Roscosmos boss Dmitry Rogozin says he knows how it happened, but that NASA will never find out. It's a bizarre state of affairs that highlights the odd tension that has been building between NASA and the Russian space agency for some time.Initially thought to be the result of a tiny space rock or other debris slamming into the space station at high speeds, it later became clear that the hole had been drilled into the side of the spacecraft. Russia set out to determine when the hole was created, and since it was clear that it wasn't drilled in space, figuring out who drilled the hole back on Earth was a top priority.Early reports out of Russia claimed that a culprit had been determined, but nothing really came of those reports and we never learned of anyone being charged with sabotaging the mission. Had it been merely an accident, it could have been easily explained, but Russia refuses to reveal what actually happened.This is sadly not surprising. Roscosmos has been increasingly moody as of late, and with NASA no longer wanting to pay for seats aboard the Soyuz crew launches to the ISS, and planning on using SpaceX's Crew Dragon and Boeing's Starliner in the near future, the Russian space program appears to be taking it personally."What happened is clear to us, but we won't tell you anything," Rogozin said in an interview with the state-run news outlet RIA Novosti.This sounds pretty sketchy, but it fits perfectly with Russia's well-documented inferiority complex. The country has long demonstrated a complete inability to admit when something doesn't go according to plan. The decades-old disaster at Chernobyl is obviously the most glaring example, but it's clearly still happening today.Earlier this summer, Russia refused to provide information about a missile explosion that killed at least five scientists, instead choosing to downplay the severity of the incident. With that in mind, holding on to secrets about a hole that mysteriously appeared on the side of a space station used by scientists from Russia, the United States, and several other countries seems perfectly mundane by comparison.In all likelihood, Roscosmos discovered the cause of the damage and, because the truth will make the agency look foolish and incompetent, Rogozin would rather just pretend that it never happened.



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California boat fire: stairs from sleeping quarters led to space filled with flames

California boat fire: stairs from sleeping quarters led to space filled with flamesInvestigators believe passengers and crew may not have had any means of escape because stairs ended in the same enclosed spaceFBI investigators climb aboard the Vision, a sister vessel to the scuba boat Conception to document its layout and learn more about the deadly pre-dawn fire in Santa Barbara, California. Photograph: Christian Monterrosa/APPassengers and crew on a scuba diving boat that caught fire off Santa Barbara over the Labor Day weekend may not have had any means of escape because the staircases leading up from the sleeping quarters below decks ended in the same enclosed space, not an open deck, investigators believe.Two days after the inferno aboard the Conception, which historians said was California’s worst maritime disaster in more than 150 years, rescue workers reported the recovery of 33 of the 34 victims’ bodies. They were planning to use DNA analysis to identify the dead, many of whom were charred beyond recognition.The fire broke out around 3am on Monday morning and spread so fast that the captain and four other crew members on deck had no chance to pull anyone else to safety and ended up jumping off the vessel as it became engulfed in flames. In a harrowing Mayday call to the coast guard, one of the crew said: “I can’t breathe.”The dispatcher asked of the others below deck: “Are they locked inside the boat?” In the recording released to the public, the answer to this question is inaudible.The FBI’s Evidence Response Team has collected evidence both from the charred remains of the diving boat, which was docked a few yards off Santa Cruz Island, 25 miles south of Santa Barbara, and from its intact sister vessel, Vision, which was harbored in Santa Barbara.The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is expected to issue preliminary findings on the causes of the fire within 10 days, pending a full report that could take as long as two years.Preliminary reports suggest that there were no locks preventing the 33 passengers and single crew member trapped below decks from coming up. Rather, the problem was that the two exits required by law both led to a galley area that was consumed by flames and blocked any possible escape.The Conception’s operator, Truth Aquatics, has a good reputation and the coast guard has reported that the boat passed all its most recent inspections, which meant it was fitted with fire extinguishers and with a fire suppression system in its engine room.One former NTSB officialpointed at inadequate safety rules for boat construction. “It appears that both exits from the sleeping quarters bring you up inside the vessel,” the former head of the NTSB’s Office of Marine Safety, Marjorie Murtagh Cooke, told the Los Angeles Times.“With 30-plus people dying, the investigation could lead to changes in the way vessels are designed or protected.”Those aboard the Conception were largely families and diving enthusiasts who relished the chance to explore Santa Cruz Island, an uninhabited environmental treasure in the Pacific Ocean. The victims included a father, stepmother and three daughters from Stockton in northern California.The sheriff of Santa Barbara county, Brian Olmstead, told reporters that three dozen divers had been out looking for bodies around the clock since the disaster, spending long hours in the cold water and returning “emotionally drained”.“Our priority,” he said, “is trying to find the last victim.” * This article was updated on 4 September to clarify that the incident is California’s worst maritime disaster in recent history



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US imposes sanctions on Iran space program

US imposes sanctions on Iran space programThe United States on Tuesday imposed sanctions on Iran’s space program, saying that a recent explosion on a launch pad was a sign of missile work. “The United States will not allow Iran to use its space launch program as cover to advance its ballistic missile programs,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement. “Iran’s August 29 attempt to launch a space launch vehicle underscores the urgency of the threat,” he said.



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In a Major Milestone, the James Webb Space Telescope Is Whole at Last

In a Major Milestone, the James Webb Space Telescope Is Whole at LastEngineers have successfully connected the two halves of NASA's troubled Hubble successor.



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Here’s What Hurricane Dorian Looks Like From Space

Here’s What Hurricane Dorian Looks Like From SpaceThe powerful storm is expected to become a Category 4 hurricane



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Satellite photos show burning Iran space center launch pad

Satellite photos show burning Iran space center launch padA rocket at an Iranian space center that was to conduct a satellite launch criticized by the U.S. apparently exploded on its launch pad Thursday, satellite images show, suggesting the Islamic Republic suffered its third failed launch this year alone. State media and officials did not immediately acknowledge the incident at the Imam Khomeini Space Center in Iran’s Semnan province. In previous days, satellite images had shown officials there repainted the launch pad blue.



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