U.S rocket launches with secret payload aboard

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - A rocket carrying a payload for the U.S. government has successfully launched from the California coast.

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The Delta IV rocket lit up clear night skies early Wednesday as it lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base and into orbit.

The rocket carried a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office, which operates the nation's system of intelligence-gathering satellites. The agency hasn't released any details about the payload.



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