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Pluto nearly fills the frame in this image taken July 13, 2015.

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is at Pluto.

After a decade-long journey through our solar system, New Horizons made its closest approach to Pluto on Tuesday, 14 13, 2015, about 7,750 miles above the surface – roughly the same distance from New York to Mumbai, India – making it the first-ever space mission to explore a world so far from Earth.

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Three juvenile suspects are in custody in connection with a rash of arson fires that burned three vacant houses near West Orange Middle School.

Following an arson investigation of four fires at three separate addresses, two female juveniles, ages 12 and 14, were arrested on July 8. Another 13-year-old female was arrested on July 9, and authorities are investigating a fourth suspect.

The identities of the juveniles have not been released.

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Beaumont Fire Rescue quickly extinguished a fire that began in the bedroom of Beaumont residence yesterday evening. 

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Pleasure Pier (top), tall ship Elissa (bottom right), and The Bishop’s Palace

Galveston Island is full of rich history. Spanish explorer Jose de Evia named it in honor of Bernardo de Galvez y Madrid, Count of Galvez, in 1785. Pirate Jean Lafitte called the island his home until 1821 when forced out by the U.S. Navy.

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The Beaumont Rotary Club will host John Malcolm Bales, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas, as the guest speaker at the organization’s monthly meeting on Wednesday, July 14. Rotarians and their guests will join Bales in the grand ballroom at the Elegante Hotel as he discusses “Bridging the Gap Between Law Enforcement and the Communities it Serves” over lunch.

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Justin Tyrone Young, 35, remains in Jefferson County Jail on a $500,000 bond facing a murder charge in the Jan. 9, 2014 death of Alexis Neal, a 22-year-old woman who died in a fatal collision at the intersection of Long and 11th streets.

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St. Mary

With the transition of Christus-St. Mary Hospital to a short-stay inpatient hospital scheduled to begin Sept.

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Tommie Woodward of Orange was killed by and 11'6" gator.

UPDATE July 9, 2015: Texas game wardens have completed their investigation into an alligator attack that resulted in the death of Tommie Woodard, 28, and investigators concluded the unprecedented circumstances of the case, believed to be the first fatal alligator attack in Texas on record, warrant no further action. 

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This image, Sept. 7, 1996, shows two views of the trailing hemisphere of Europa.

Beyond Earth, Jupiter’s moon Europa is considered one of the most promising places in the solar system to search for signs of present-day life, and a new NASA mission to explore this potential is moving forward from concept review to development.

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