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Russian capsule carrying 3 docks with space station

Jul. 20, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) — A Russian space capsule with three astronauts aboard has docked with the International Space Station after a fast-track trip to the orbiting laboratory. The Soyuz capsule docked at 22:48 GMT Saturday, just six hours and 20 minutes after blasting off from Russia's launch complex...

Nation marks 50 years after Apollo 11's 'giant leap' on moon

Jul. 20, 2019 6:48 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A moonstruck nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11's "giant leap" by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin at parties, races, ball games and concerts Saturday, toasting with Tang and gobbling MoonPies. At NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Aldrin showed Vice President Mike...

'It's brutal': Heat wave gripping half the US cancels events

Jul. 20, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans from Texas to Maine sweated out a steamy Saturday as a heat wave canceled events from festivals to horse races, chased baseball fans out of their seats and pushed New York City to order steps to avoid straining the electrical system. The National Weather Service said "a dangerous...

American crocodiles thriving outside nuclear plant

Jul. 20, 2019 5:03 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — American crocodiles, once headed toward extinction, are thriving at an unusual spot — the canals surrounding a South Florida nuclear plant. Last week, 73 crocodile hatchlings were rescued by a team of specialists at Florida Power & Light's Turkey Point nuclear plant and dozens more...

Native Hawaiians say telescope represents bigger struggle

Jul. 20, 2019 3:35 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Walter Ritte has been fighting for decades to protect Native Hawaiian rights, inspiring a new generation of activists trying to stop construction of a giant telescope they see as representative of a bigger struggle. In his early 30s, Ritte occupied a small Hawaiian island used as a military...

Vatican college space holds bones of dozens, expert says

Jul. 20, 2019 2:39 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A genetics expert retained by the family of a girl who went missing in 1983 said Saturday that a cavernous underground space near a Vatican cemetery holds thousands of bones that appear to be from dozens of individuals, both "adult and non-adult." The expert, Giorgio Portera, said the...

The Latest: Pence marks Apollo 11 anniversary at launch site

Jul. 20, 2019 2:25 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing (all times local): 2 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence is marking the 50th anniversary of humanity's first moon landing at the Apollo 11 launch site. Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin accompanied Pence to Florida's Kennedy Space...

Boy with cerebral palsy receives adaptive car

Jul. 20, 2019 12:55 PM EDT

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Four-year-old Jack Carroll loves to move. The Pensacola preschooler barely sat still in his stroller as his parents, Mike and Danielle Carroll, rolled him into the University of West Florida's Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering on a recent afternoon. As soon as he got...

Neil Armstrong biographer working on new book

Jul. 20, 2019 12:47 PM EDT

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama college professor who wrote Neil Armstrong's authorized biography is working on another book dealing with the first person to walk on the moon. A release from Auburn University says professor emeritus James Hansen is finishing a book that will include letters written to the...

Wayne State researchers look to curb nicotine, tobacco use

Jul. 20, 2019 9:04 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A new research division at Wayne State University will focus on ways to improve health by reducing the use of nicotine and tobacco. The unit at the Wayne State University School of Medicine's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences launched this month and it's called the Nicotine...