Live news updates: April 30

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo was dropped from its 'mothership' over Mojave, California in its first powered flight, a test that moves Virgin Galactic toward its goal of flying into space. Photo / AP
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo was dropped from its 'mothership' over Mojave, California in its first powered flight, a test that moves Virgin Galactic toward its goal of flying into space. Photo / AP

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