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In this photo made available by U.S. astronaut Christina Koch via Twitter on Dec. 26, 2019, she and Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano pose for a photo with a cookie baked on the International Space Station. The results are finally in for the first chocolate chip cookie bake-off in space. While looking more or less normal, the best cookies required two hours of baking time last month up at the International Space Station. It takes far less time on Earth, under 20 minutes. And how do they taste? No one knows. (NASA via AP, File)

First space-baked cookies took 2 hours in experimental oven

Jan. 23, 2020 12:15 AM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The results are finally in for the first chocolate chip cookie bake-off in space. While looking more or less normal, the best cookies required two hours of baking time last month up at the International Space Station. It takes far less time on Earth, under 20 minutes. And how do...

Rhode Island to divest from private prisons, gun makers

Jan. 22, 2020 4:16 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island public pension fund will stop investing in companies that either operate private for-profit prisons or make assault-style weapons that are sold to civilians, General Treasurer Seth Magaziner announced Wednesday. “We don't want to be associated with businesses...

1 suspect killed, 1 wounded in Florida police shooting

Jan. 22, 2020 3:44 PM EST

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida police officers opened fire on three armed robbery suspects in a late-night confrontation, killing one and wounding another, authorities said early Wednesday. Officers had set up an undercover operation after someone attempted to buy a mobile phone through a social media...

In this Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020 photo members of a bomb disposal team search for World War II munition at the site of the planned new Tesla Gigafactory in Gruenheide near Berlin, Germany. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said during an awards ceremony in Berlin in November 2019 that 'we have decided to put the Tesla Gigafactory Europe in the Berlin area.' The company will also set up an engineering and design center in Berlin, Musk said. He wrote on Twitter that the new plant 'will build batteries, powertrains & vehicles, starting with Model Y.' (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

WWII-era ammunition found at Tesla factory site near Berlin

Jan. 22, 2020 9:32 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Authorities in Germany say 85 kilograms (187 pounds) of World War II ammunition have been found on the site where Tesla plans to build its first European factory. Local newspaper Maerkische Oderzeitung quoted officials in Brandenburg on Wednesday as saying they estimate about 25 unexploded...

Kentucky Army depot begins destroying nerve agents

Jan. 22, 2020 4:46 AM EST

RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) — Officials have begun destroying nerve agents that have been stored at a Kentucky Army depot for decades. The first projectile containing GB nerve agent was successfully destroyed on Jan. 17, the Blue Grass Chemical Agent Destruction Pilot Plant said in a statement. The facility at the...

In this image take from NASA video, astronauts Jessica Meir, right, and Christina Koch install batteries for the International Space Station's solar power grid during a space walk Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. (NASA via AP)

Spacewalking astronauts wrap up battery improvements

Jan. 20, 2020 2:06 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A pair of spacewalking astronauts successfully wrapped up battery improvements outside the International Space Station on Monday, completing a job begun last fall. NASA's Jessica Meir and Christina Koch installed the last new battery in a set of six launched to the orbiting lab...

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2020, file photo, Myanmar's President Win Myint, right, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. Xi deepened relations with Myanmar during a state visit last week to a neighbor who has been among the most supportive in Beijing’s dispute with other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations over the South China Sea.  (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo, File)

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Jan. 20, 2020 2:50 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and are rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. ___...

In this Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, photo provided by NASA, astronauts Doug Hurley, left, and Robert Behnken pose in front of a Tesla Model X at a SpaceX launch dress rehearsal, at Kennedy Space Center, in Florida. The NASA astronauts rode to the pad in the Tesla. (Kim Shiflett/NASA via AP)

No astrovans for SpaceX, crews riding to rockets in Teslas

Jan. 19, 2020 6:43 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Astronauts launched by SpaceX in coming months will ride to their rockets in high fashion. Instead of using a retro-style astrovan, SpaceX crews will travel to the launch pad in Tesla sports cars. Elon Musk, who also runs both SpaceX and the electric car company, used Teslas to...

A Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket lifts off from pad 39A during a test flight to demonstrate the capsule's emergency escape system at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test

Jan. 19, 2020 6:33 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX completed the last big test of its crew capsule before launching astronauts in the next few months, mimicking an emergency escape shortly after liftoff Sunday. No one was aboard for the wild ride in the skies above Cape Canaveral, just two mannequins. The nine-minute...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, file photo, people walk through the hall outside of the SHOT Show gun show in Las Vegas. The gun industry is gathering for its annual conference, in January 2020, amid a host of uncertainty: slumping gun sales, a public increasingly agitating for restrictions on access to firearms and a presidential campaign that threatens gun rights like perhaps no other time in modern American history. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Gun industry gathers amid slumping sales, rising tensions

Jan. 19, 2020 12:44 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Gun companies are gathering for their annual conference and trade show this week in Las Vegas at a pivotal moment for the industry amid slumping sales, a public increasingly agitating for restrictions on access to firearms and escalating tensions over gun control efforts. The event, held...