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Branson says Virgin Galactic to launch space flight 'within weeks'

Fpo - British entrepreneur Richard Branson said he expects his Virgin Galactic company to conduct its first space flight "within weeks, not months" in comments broadcast Tuesday.

Branson calls for sustainable rebuilding of storm-battered Caribbean

Washington - British tycoon Richard Branson called Friday for rebuilding the hurricane-thrashed Caribbean with more durable housing and sustainable energy, to limit the damage of future storms.

'Whole houses' swept away by Irma on Branson's island

London - British billionaire Richard Branson said Thursday that "whole houses" on his private island in the Caribbean had been swept away by Hurricane Irma, leaving it "completely and utterly devastated".

Actor John Schneider helps out victims of the Louisiana floods

Branson - The actor, musician and filmmaker, currently starring in popular soap opera 'The Haves and the Have Nots,' is doing his bit to raise money for flood relief by staging a concert in Branson, Missouri.

Alaska Airlines could wrap up deal for Virgin America by Monday

Seattle - Alaska Airlines appears to be victorious in its bidding war with JetBlue to buy Virgin America, the low-cost cross-country airline founded by flamboyant British billionaire Richard Branson.

Celebrities boycott Brunei-owned hotels over sharia law

Kuala Lumpur - Celebrities including Virgin group founder Richard Branson have vowed to boycott a hotel chain linked to Brunei's sultan after he introduced a controversial Islamic penal code in his country.

Winklevosses buy tickets to space with bitcoin

New York - Big bitcoin backers the Winklevoss brothers said Wednesday they had used the virtual currency to buy tickets into space on Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic aircraft.Brushing off a rise in doubts over the viability of the crypto-currency, the tycoon tw...

Branson sounds warning over Qantas intervention

Sydney - British tycoon Richard Branson sounded a warning in full-page newspaper ads Sunday about possible Australian government help for national carrier Qantas, urging business to "think twice" about investing in the country.Branson, whose Virgin Australia ca...

Richard Branson to serve as air hostess on Air Asia X flight

Sir Richard Branson is expected to wear a red dress, heels and make up while working as a flight attendant after losing a bet.

Silver Dollar City, America's 'friendliest park', turns 50 Special

Branson, MO - The 50th anniversary celebration at Silver Dollar City, which began in April and continues through December, features new rides, shows, and events while staying true to decades of tradition.

Sir Richard Branson to launch 'flying' submarine

Very soon the term ‘adventure travel’ will have a whole new meaning. Not content with sub-orbital space flight, Branson has revealed his next daring plan to thrill well-healed adventurers like himself, the Necker Nymph.

E-Coli Contamination at the Lake of the Ozarks may Affect Tourism

Officials at the Lake of the Ozarks are worried that recent E-Coli contamionation of the lake may have affected tourism levels even though it has returned to a safe level.

Footwear Exec Makes Polar Expedition to Test Boots, Highlight Global Warming

Call it an adventurous PR stunt or a wild trip tinged with education. Paul Hubner, president of Baffin, is testing his company’s boots during an arduous North Pole expedition. He explains his motivation and experiences in the ice-covered landscape.

Richard Branson's Virgin Coconut Airways ready to fly

Richard Branson’s aviation company sent its Virgin Atlantic's 747 to Amsterdam from Heathrow Airport yesterday for the first biofuel airline flight. Though it is a pioneer flight, critics call it “a flight to nowhere.”

Virgin Galactic to Offer Space Cruise through Aurora Borealis

Richard Branson’s upcoming project, the New Mexico Virgin Galactic Spaceport, will be completed by 2010 but already the billionaire is planning to send commercial flights into the heart of the Aurora Borealis very soon.

Sir Richard Branson tells Virgin Atlantic strikers to resign

Sir Richard Branson has sparked an outrage against his Virgin Atlantic staff as they threaten to strike and "consider working elsewhere." Branson had recently sent out a letter to 4,800 cabin crew informing them he wouldn't cooperate with their demands.

N.M., Branson Agree on Spaceport Lease

British entrepreneur Richard Branson and the state signed a 37-page memorandum of agreement Monday

Richard Branson Leads Charge in Bringing Canadian Telcos Out of the Stone Age

Finally, Canadian cellphone users will be able to transfer numbers seamlessly from carrier to carrier starting tomorrow. Today in Toronto, Sir Richard Branson staged another publicity stunt to urge Canadians to wake up and smell the portability.

Richard Branson to Launch Virgin Stem Cell Bank

Richard Branson is now expanding into yet another new frontier: Not content to be involved in everything from airplanes to spacecraft, Branson expands his universe to include a storage facility for stem cells.

Branson Pledges $3 Billion to Fight Global Warming

Sir Richard Branson has pledged three billion dollars (£1.6 billion) towards renewable energy initiatives, saying business had a duty to future generations.

In unlikely Ozark Hills Of U.S., A Glitzy Entertainment Mecca

BRANSON, Missouri (dpa) - In the midst of the thickly forested Ozark hills in U.S. Midwest with its lakes and beautiful vistas lies an entertainment paradise that introduces visitors not only to Middle American culture and its folk music but also to a ...

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LAUNCH: A Virgin America jet lifts off from San Francisco International Airport in 2009.
LAUNCH: A Virgin America jet lifts off from San Francisco International Airport in 2009.
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