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'I want to be an astronaut' reignites space travel dream

By Julie Pixler, CNN
updated 5:00 PM EDT, Fri April 11, 2014

Washington (CNN) -- Last month, an independent film titled "I Want to Be an Astronaut" about a driven high school robotics student and his dream to become an astronaut premiered aboard the International Space Station 286 miles above the Earth. The film's concept was originally hatched in 2011 when its creator, David Ruck, caught astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson on "Real Time with Bill Maher" late one night. Maher's panel was comparing cuts in NASA's budget to the $700 billion used to bail out Wall Street in 2008.

4 issues facing 'Three Amigos' in North American summit

By Julie Pixler, CNN

updated 12:28 PM EST, Wed February 19, 2014

Washington (CNN) -- In a brief visit Wednesday to Toluca, Mexico, U.S. President Barack Obama will join his two North American counterparts to discuss environmental issues, security, driving economic growth through trade, and job creation.The North American Leaders' Summit, which has come to be known as the "Three Amigos" summit, began in 1992 with President George H.W. Bush. Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper will visit Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.

How the Christie scandal unfolded

It started with a massive traffic jam at the New Jersey entrance to the George Washington Bridge and became a massive scandal that threatens to topple the presidential ambitions of a rising political star. Here is how the scandal engulfing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie developed.

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