In the second spacecraft disaster this week, one pilot is dead and another seriously injured after Virgin Galactic's tourism rocketship, dubbed SpaceShipTwo, exploded over the Mojave Desert. Virgin Galactic is owned by eccentric billionaire Richard Branson, who has long promised that the company would pioneer commercial space travel. The cause of the crash was not immediately identified, but the company said the craft "suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the loss of the vehicle" ... Discuss

In what is being called "the most horrific single atrocity ISIS has committed," the terrorist group lined up 600 Shia, Christian and Yazidi male prisoners in the desert, shot them at point blank range and threw them into a ravine, according to a report from Human Rights Watch. Allegedly, the victims were separated from about 1,500 other prisoners along religious and ethnic lines, and then the victims were searched for any valuables. The prisoners were then starved for 24 hours while they were driven out to the desert. Allegedly, they were repeatedly told that they would be given food and water once they reached their destination, only to then be told "You'll be given water in paradise."

The report was given by nine survivors, who faked death until the militants left ... Discuss

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The president of Myanmar (also known as Burma) as well as the country’s military chief recently took a face-to-face meeting with Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. It’s the first time all three have discussed reforms together, despite Suu Kyi calling for the meeting for months. The political activist is not allowed to run in the nation’s upcoming presidential election (because her children are British citizens), but has been internationally recognized for her efforts to push for democratic reforms in the country.

The rare meetings come just two weeks before President Obama will meet regional leaders during an international summit host in Myanmar. Critics of the government and military have accused the nation’s leadership of only holding the meeting for show ahead of the talks with President Obama ... Discuss

20-year-old Micah Dailey of Cape Coral, Fla. got himself in trouble when police caught him with marijuana, which would not be particularly noteworthy but for the shirt Dailey wore when he went directly to jail, did not pass go and did not collect any money as far as we can tell. 2014 is drawing into its evening phase (only eight more Fridays till Christmas, if you can even believe it), but we've got a late entry for the year's best mugshot. Good luck to all of this year's competitors ... Discuss

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