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Blue Origin’s New Shepard Rocket Launches a New Line of Business

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West Texas is not quite like the moon. But it can serve as a handy stand-in.

On Tuesday, Blue Origin, the rocket company started by Jeffrey P. Bezos, the chief executive of Amazon, launched — and landed — its small New Shepard rocket and capsule for the 13th time as part of tests to verify safety before any passengers climb aboard.

One day, this will be New Shepard’s main business: flying well-to-do people above the 62-mile altitude generally considered the beginning of outer space where they will experience a few minutes of weightlessness as the capsule arcs.

Blue Origin is not a new company — Mr. Bezos founded it in 2000 — but for most of its existence, it operated in secret without generating much revenue. Three years ago, Mr. Bezos said he was selling a billion dollars a year in Amazon stock to finance Blue Origin’s research and development. And he has declared broad ambitions for its business, such as competing with Elon Musk’s SpaceX and others in the orbital launch business, building a moon lander for NASA astronauts and eventually making it possible for millions of people to live and work in space.

But the cargo of Tuesday’s launch from a test site near Van Horn, Texas, shows that the company is finding a more modest business in the short term: turning the reusable New Shepard rocket and capsule into an effective, and profitable, platform for testing new technologies and performing scientific experiments.

“It was fantastic,” said Erika Wagner, Blue Origin’s payload sales director, who was in West Texas. “We were watching across the valley and watching the rocket climb up.”

Tucked under the collar at the top of the booster on Tuesday’s launch were prototypes of sensors that could help NASA astronauts safely reach the lunar surface

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Louisiana vs. Coastal Carolina odds, line: 2020 college football picks, predictions from model on 23-6 run

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As Hurricane Delta blazed a path through the Gulf of Mexico last week, the Sun Belt elected to postpone Saturday’s game between the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns and the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers. The game will now be played on Wednesday night at Cajun Field with kickoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET. Both teams are undefeated and Louisiana is ranked No. 21 in the AP Top 25 entering this week after beginning its season with a dominant win at Iowa State.

However, the Chanticleers also dominated a Big 12 team with a win over Kansas in their opener and they’re coming off a 52-23 drubbing of Arkansas State on Oct. 3. The Ragin’ Cajuns are favored by 7.5 points at home in the latest Louisiana vs. Coastal Carolina odds from William Hill. The over-under for total points is set at 58.5. Before making any Coastal Carolina vs. Louisiana picks, check out the college football predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of over $4,200 for $100 players on its top-rated college football picks against the spread. It is a sizzling 23-6 on top-rated picks through five weeks of the 2020 college football season, returning almost $1,300 in profit already. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Louisiana vs. Coastal Carolina. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the college football odds from William Hill and trends for Coastal Carolina vs. Louisiana:

  • Louisiana vs. Coastal Carolina spread: ULL -7.5
  • Louisiana vs. Coastal Carolina over-under: 58.5 points
  • Louisiana vs. Coastal Carolina money line: ULL -280, CCU +240
  • ULL: The Ragin’ Cajuns have covered in five

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Navy vs. Temple odds, line: 2020 college football picks, Week 6 predictions from proven computer model

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An American Athletic battle is on tap Saturday between the Navy Midshipmen and the Temple Owls at Jack Stephens Field at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The Owls are 13-3 against the spread against a team with a losing record. The Midshipmen, meanwhile, are 5-0 against the spread in their last five games following a against-the-spread loss.

Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network. The Owls are favored by 3.5-points in the latest Navy vs. Temple odds from William Hill, and the over-under is set at 50.5. Before you make any Temple vs. Navy picks, check out the college football predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of over $4,200 for $100 players on its top-rated college football picks against the spread It is a sizzling 20-3 on top-rated picks through five weeks of the 2020 college football season, returning over $1,300 in profit already. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Navy vs. Temple. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the college football odds from William Hill and trends for Temple vs. Navy:

  • Navy vs. Temple spread: Temple -3.5
  • Navy vs. Temple over-under: 50.5 points
  • Navy vs. Temple money line: Temple -170, Navy +150

What you need to know about Navy

Midshipmen quarterback Dalen Morris, who led a 24-point comeback from to beat Tulane 27-24 earlier in the season, missed the Midshipmen’s 40-7 loss last week at rival Air Force with an undisclosed medical condition. Morris is slated to return to the lineup this week.

Navy allowed Air Force 21 of its 40 points in the

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Susan Collins goes for the jugular with her career on the line

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Susan Collins generally keeps an even keel. But she’s had it with Sara Gideon.

“She will say or do anything to try to win,” Collins said of her opponent in a 30-minute interview in her Capitol quarters last week. “This race is built on a foundation of falsehoods. And trying to convince the people of Maine that somehow I am no longer the same person.”

Collins wasn’t done as she accused Gideon of “defaming my reputation and attacking my integrity” in their increasingly nasty race. For good measure, the Maine Republican added that Gideon’s campaign was being run as an arm of Chuck Schumer’s Washington operation, scolded Gideon, the statehouse speaker, for not reconvening the legislature amid the pandemic and challenged Gideon’s handling of a sexual misconduct scandal.

Perhaps most pointedly, she suggested that Gideon is from away — a serious charge in a state that can turn its nose up at outsiders.

“I grew up in Caribou, I’ve lived in Bangor for 26 years. My family’s been in Maine for generations. She’s been in Maine for about 15 years and lives in Freeport,” Collins said acidly of Gideon, who was born and raised in Rhode Island. “That’s a big difference in our knowledge of the state.”

The fusillade of charges comes in response to a barrage of anti-Collins ads that portray her as in the pocket of big business, timid in the face of President Donald Trump and worst of all, losing the support of the state’s famously independent voters. The race has featured nearly $90 million in TV ads and will see another $25 million or more over the home stretch, according to an analysis of media buys, making it easily the most expensive race in Maine history.

Collins’ 24 years in the Senate, where she carefully cultivated

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LSU vs. Vanderbilt odds, line: 2020 college football picks, Week 5 predictions from proven computer model

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Get ready for an SEC battle as the Vanderbilt Commodores and the LSU Tigers will face off at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday at Vanderbilt Stadium. Vanderbilt is 0-1 overall and 0-0 at home, while LSU is 0-1 overall and 0-0 on the road. LSU has won eight straight against Vanderbilt and has the 23-7-1 all-time edge in the series.

The Tigers are favored by 20.5-points in the latest Vanderbilt vs. LSU odds from William Hill. The over-under for total points is set at 49.5. Before entering any LSU vs. Vanderbilt picks, you’ll want to see the college football predictions from the model at SportsLine.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of over $4,000 for $100 players on its top-rated college football picks against the spread. It’s a sizzling 16-2 on top-rated picks through four weeks of the 2020 college football season, returning over $1,100 in profit already. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Vanderbilt vs. LSU. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several college football odds for LSU vs. Vanderbilt:

  • LSU vs. Vanderbilt spread: Vanderbilt +20.5
  • LSU vs. Vanderbilt over-under: 49.5 points
  • LSU vs. Vanderbilt money line: Vanderbilt +800, LSU -1300

What you need to know about Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt nearly pulled off one of the biggest upsets on the Week 4 schedule, pushing Texas A&M to the wire before the Aggies ultimately won 17-12. The Commodores (+31) covered the spread with plenty of room to spare. Vanderbilt used its talented defensive front to get solid pressure in the game. 

The Commodores will need to do that against an LSU offense that struggled with

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