Latest Richard Branson News

Virgin Orbit satellite-launching plane to take off from Guam

Apr. 11, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A company owned by British billionaire Richard Branson is picking Guam as a site for its airplane-launched satellite service. Virgin Orbit plans to launch small satellites from a rocket released by a customized Boeing 747. It has another site in California. The company said Thursday the...

Correction: Florida Train Service-Branson story

Apr. 5, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — In a story April 4 about Virgin Trains USA, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the public rollout of the new partnership took place Wednesday. It took place Thursday. A corrected version of the story is below: Miami gives Branson celebrity welcome for train renaming British...

Game of Thrones takes over Bellagio fountains in Las Vegas

Apr. 1, 2019 6:42 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Winter came to Las Vegas. Fire-breathing dragons held court over the world-famous fountains at the Bellagio casino-resort Sunday, as familiar elements from the TV phenomenon "Game of Thrones" were projected on the rising water. The jets danced to a score incorporating the recognizable...

The Latest: EU gives UK leader May 2 Brexit deadlines

Mar. 22, 2019 4:14 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 9 p.m. British Prime Minister Theresa May will be laboring against the odds once again to win backers in Parliament for her unloved Brexit deal to a timetable dictated by the European Union. Almost three years after Britons voted to walk away from the...

Obama says he based decisions on 'facts, reason and logic'

Mar. 6, 2019 6:56 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Former President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he tried to build a culture centered around problem-solving and not personal gain while in the White House — an effective strategy for any organization that also prevents "big scandals and indictments." Obama's comments drew...

The Latest: Pompeo urges Venezuelan troops to let aid in

Feb. 23, 2019 11:10 PM EST

CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 11:05 p.m. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is calling on Venezuelan security forces to "do the right thing" by allowing humanitarian assistance into the country. In a statement Saturday night, Pompeo also said...

Venezuelan aid convoys meet fierce resistance; 2 killed

Feb. 23, 2019 10:23 PM EST

CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — A U.S.-backed campaign to force President Nicolas Maduro from power met strong resistance Saturday from Venezuelan security forces who fired tear gas on protesters trying to deliver humanitarian aid from Colombia and Brazil, leaving two people dead and some 300 injured. Throughout...

Aid showdown: Venezuela opposition prepares to deliver goods

Feb. 23, 2019 12:03 AM EST

CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — Venezuelans frustrated over their nation's crippling food and medical shortages are expected to join opposition leaders Saturday in a potentially risky push to deliver international aid that Nicolas Maduro has refused to accept into the country. The opposition is calling on masses...

Venezuela opposition leader Guaido appears at aid concert

Feb. 22, 2019 10:01 PM EST

CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — Defying orders banning him from leaving Venezuela, opposition leader Juan Guaido made a surprise appearance at the end of star-studded aid concert in neighboring Colombia, joining thousands of other Venezuelans in pressuring President Nicolas Maduro into allowing the delivery of...

The Latest: Venezuela partially closes Colombian border

Feb. 22, 2019 9:39 PM EST

CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 9:30 p.m. Venezuela's government is ordering the partial closure of its border with Colombia hours ahead of a U.S.-backed plan to deliver humanitarian aid over the objections of President Nicolas Maduro. Vice...