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Lawmakers on Thursday battered TikTok's CEO about potential Chinese influence over the platform and said its short videos were damaging children's mental health, reflecting bipartisan concerns about the app's power over Americans. 

A private rocket company says an overheated engine nozzle is responsible for last year's failed launch. Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin said Friday its quick trips to space from West Texas have been grounded since the accident and flights should resume later this year. The New Shepard rocket was carrying experiments but no passengers when its engine nozzle broke apart due to excessive temperatures. The escape system kicked in, and the capsule parachuted to safety. But the rocket came crashing down. Blue Origin says a design change led to the problem, which is being fixed.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has ended some of the state water restrictions. Newsom made the announcement Friday after a series of powerful storms replenished the state's reservoirs. California has been in a severe drought for the past three years. Newsom said he will stop asking people to voluntarily cut their water use by 15%. And he eased rules requiring local water agencies to impose some restrictions on customers. State officials said they would more than double the amount of drinking water cities would get this year. That's compared to a previous allocation that was announced lats month.

A report says a woman’s fatal injuries aboard a business jet diverted to a Connecticut airport occurred when the aircraft violently bucked up and down as the pilots responded to alerts about the flight stabilizing trim system. The preliminary report issued Friday by the National Transportation Safety Board says turbulence was not a factor as initially suspected. The incident involving the Bombardier jet on March 3 killed Dana Hyde of Cabin John, Maryland. The trim system on the same model Bombardier jet was the subject of a previous safety directive by federal authorities. Bombardier representatives did not immediately return messages seeking comment Friday.


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