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China lands on Mars in major advance for its space ambitions

May. 15, 2021 04:27 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China landed a spacecraft on Mars for the first time on Saturday, a technically challenging feat more difficult than a moon landing, in the latest step forward for its ambitious goals in space. Plans call for a rover to stay in the lander for a few days...

UND rock library looks to preserve core of energy industry

May. 15, 2021 01:08 AM EDT

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A few hours’ drive from the Bakken oil fields lies a treasure trove for geologists: rock from nearly every oil well ever drilled in North Dakota, under one roof. The rock is tucked neatly into cardboard boxes stacked on numerous warehouse...

Newsom's green budget has something for everyone — even bees

May. 14, 2021 23:30 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Amid a drought that followed a year of historic wildfires exacerbated by a warming planet, California's governor on Friday proposed spending a record $11 billion on programs to combat climate change, promote clean air, shore up water supplies and prevent wildfires. ...

US joins global push against violent extremism online

May. 14, 2021 22:17 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Two years after a white supremacist in New Zealand livestreamed the slaughter of 51 Muslim worshippers on Facebook, French President Emmanuel Macron says the internet continues to be be used by terrorists as a weapon to propagate hate. ...

Officials: Tesla Autopilot probed in fatal California crash

May. 14, 2021 22:11 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Tesla involved in a fatal crash on a Southern California freeway last week may have been operating on Autopilot before the wreck, according to the California Highway Patrol. The May 5 crash in Fontana, a city 50 miles (80 kilometers) east of Los...

State media say China has landed a spacecraft on Mars for first time in latest advance for its space program

May. 14, 2021 20:46 PM EDT
BEIJING (AP) — State media say China has landed a spacecraft on Mars for first time in latest advance for its space program.

Vandenberg Air Force Base to be renamed Space Force Base

May. 14, 2021 19:44 PM EDT

VANDENBERG SPACE FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base was renamed Friday as a U.S. Space Force Base. The name was changed to Vandenberg Space Force Base during an afternoon ceremony on the parade field at the sprawling base on the state's...

Gas crunch from cyberattack intensifies in nation's capital

May. 14, 2021 19:13 PM EDT

Gas shortages at the pumps have spread from the South, all but emptying stations in Washington, D.C., following a ransomware cyberattack that forced a shutdown of the nation’s largest gasoline pipeline. Though the pipeline operator paid a ransom, restoring service was taking time. ...

Kemp extends Georgia gas tax waiver due to pipeline outage

May. 14, 2021 18:40 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Friday ordered that state taxes on motor fuels remain suspended for another week to offset higher prices after a computer hack shut down the Colonial Pipeline that carries fuel to much of Georgia. The state collects a gasoline...

Review of leases requested after report of unused building

May. 14, 2021 17:25 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota state lawmaker said Friday that a news report about expensive but unused office space underscores the need for a review of all state leases to protect taxpayers. The Associated Press reported Thursday that taxpayers are on the hook...