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Who’s an astronaut as private spaceflight picks up speed?

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — As more companies start selling tickets to space, a question looms: Who gets to call themselves an astronaut? It's already a complicated issue and about to get more so as the wealthy snap up spacecraft seats and even entire flights for themselves and their ...

Colorado supermarket shooting suspect heads back to court

DENVER (AP) — A 22-year-old man accused of fatally shooting 10 people at a Colorado supermarket was set to appear in court Tuesday for a hearing to discuss what will happen next in the case. The status hearing will be only the second court appearance for Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa since the March ...

Floyd family meets with Biden as Congress mulls police bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will meet with the family of George Floyd at the White House Tuesday on the one year anniversary of his death. But beyond the meeting, Biden has yet to offer concrete action for the family of the man whose death at the hands of a white Minneapolis police ...

Baby Girl Sussex is coming, so what’s big bro Archie to do?

NEW YORK (AP) — Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, the 2-year-old son of Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan, will soon have a sister in the California hamlet the decamped royals call home. Hopefully, the introduction of Baby Girl Sussex in Montecito will go smoothly for the toddler, but ...

In NYC’s furthest flung neighborhood, vaccine a tough sell

NEW YORK (AP) — If there's one place where people could fear the coronavirus more than a vaccination needle, it's the Far Rockaway section of Queens: Nearly 460 residents of the seaside neighborhood have died of COVID-19. That's one out of every 146 people who live there, making for one of ...

WH: US reaching 50% of adults fully vaccinated

WASHINGTON — The White House says the United States on Tuesday will reach 50% of American adults fully vaccinated for COVID-19. President Joe Biden previously set a goal of having 70% of all adults receiving at least one dose of the vaccine by July 4th. The White House has ramped up is ...

US cervical cancers fall but other sex-related cancers rise

Screening and the HPV vaccine have led to drops in cervical cancers over the last two decades in the U.S., a new study finds, but the gains are offset by a rise in other tumors caused by the virus. Oral sex is helping fuel more cases of mouth and throat cancers in men. For older women, anal ...

Experts predict busy Atlantic storm season but not like 2020

The Atlantic hurricane season will be busier than normal, but it's unlikely to be as crazy as 2020's record-shattering year, meteorologists said Thursday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasted that the hurricane season, which runs from June through November, will see ...

Minneapolis mayor: After year of reckoning, time for change

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — From COVID-19 to a budget shortfall, or George Floyd 's death to the recent death of a 6-year-old girl from gun violence, the mayor of Minneapolis says his city has experienced one trauma after another this past year — and the Black community has felt the most pain. As ...

Cooks, nurses guard inmates with US prisons down 6K officers

Nearly one-third of federal correctional officer jobs in the United States are vacant, forcing prisons to use cooks, teachers, nurses and other workers to guard inmates. At a federal penitentiary in Texas, prisoners are locked in their cells on weekends because there are not enough guards to ...