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Author Salman Rushdie has been attacked at a speaking engagement in upstate New York, according to multiple reports.

The incident happened at around 10:45 a.m. Friday, Aug. 12, as Rushdie was about to begin lecturing at the Chautauqua Institution, in Chautauqua located about 70 miles south of Buffalo.

A man stormed the stage and repeatedly punched or stabbed the 75-year-old Rushdie as he was being introduced, according to the Buffalo News. The author was seen falling to the floor before the suspect was restrained.

The extent of Rushdie’s injuries was not immediately clear. Photos posted to social media showed several people tending to him as he lay on the floor.

There were no other reports of injuries.

Rushdie, a native of Mumbai, India, has long been the subject of death threats from around the world following the publication of his 1988 book, The Satanic Verses, which critics deemed as hate speech directed toward Muslims.

In 1989, Iran's leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, issued a fatwa, calling for Rushdie's death.

Iran has offered over $3 million as a reward to anyone who kills Rushdie.

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Spacecraft builder York sells stake to private equity firm AEI at over $1 billion valuation

One of the company's spacecraft in orbit.York Space

Spacecraft manufacturer York Space Systems is selling a majority stake in the company to private equity firm AE Industrial Partners at an enterprise valuation of $1.125 billion, CNBC has learned.

The deal, announced on Tuesday, makes York the latest space unicorn — a company valued at over $1 billion on the private markets. AEI took a 51% equity stake in York at that valuation, people familiar with the deal told CNBC.

AEI has made a variety of investments in the space sector over the last two years, taking positions in companies like Sierra Space, Firefly Aerospace, Redwire, Terran Orbital, and Virgin Orbit. BlackRock's private equity arm joined AEI in the York investment.

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AEI declined to comment on the deal, the terms of which were not disclosed. York did not immediately respond to CNBC's request for comment.

The S-CLASS platform, designed for missions for a wide variety of government and commercial customers.York Space Systems

Based in Denver, Colorado, and founded in 2012 by CEO Dirk Wallinger, York has steadily expanded its product line of spacecraft that it builds for customers wanting to operate satellites in orbit. York manufactures what is known in the industry as a spacecraft "bus," the main structure and body of a satellite, and focuses on low-cost products that range in size from a household oven to a refrigerator.

York has more than $1 billion backlog of contracts to date – most notably an award to build spacecraft for the Pentagon's in-development satellite internet system.

The company maintains multiple facilities with about 165,000 total square feet of manufacturing room, with capacity to produce upwards of 750 satellites per year.

In a press release, AEI said that Wallinger will continue as CEO, while chairman Charles Beames will continue serving on the York board of directors.

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