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Dystopia, 'she-cession,' TikTok dances: We're over you, 2021

Dec. 01, 2021 10:53 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The pandemic, politics, pervasive anxiety over the climate and the economy. Did 2021 leave us any time to ponder anything else? As we limp our way into a new year, there are a few more things we'd like to leave behind, from pop culture's obsession with all things apocalyptic...

Singapore to rule Tuesday on disabled Malaysian's execution

Nov. 25, 2021 23:58 PM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Singapore’s top court will decide Tuesday on the fate of a Malaysian man on death row who is believed to be mentally disabled, his family and a rights group said Friday. The hearing at the Court of Appeal was originally scheduled for Nov....

NFL defensive great Michael Strahan to be next space tourist

Nov. 23, 2021 10:47 AM EST

“Good Morning America” co-host Michael Strahan is going to space next month. Strahan, who turned 50 on Sunday, will join Laura Shepard Churchley, the eldest daughter of astronaut Alan Shepard, on the Dec. 9 mission aboard the New Shepard, a spacecraft named after her...

New Mexico spaceport boss seeks funds to keep momentum going

Nov. 15, 2021 21:47 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Operations are ramping up at Spaceport America in New Mexico, and the executive director told lawmakers Monday that he needs an additional $2 million in annual funding to keep the momentum going. Scott McLaughlin testified before a legislative...

Singapore delays appeal hearing on disabled man's execution

Nov. 09, 2021 11:51 AM EST

SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore's top court on Tuesday postponed the appeal hearing for a Malaysian man on death row who is believed to be mentally disabled, after he was diagnosed with COVID-19, in a case that has drawn international attention. Nagaenthran K. Dharmalingam,...

Singapore suspends disabled Malaysian's execution amid pleas

Nov. 08, 2021 10:38 AM EST

SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore's High Court on Monday suspended the scheduled execution of a Malaysian man believed to be mentally disabled until an appeal is heard, amid pleas from the international community and rights groups. Nagaenthran K. Dharmalingam, 33, was due to...

Prince William: Before travelling to space, save the planet

Oct. 14, 2021 10:07 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Prince William has criticized some of the world's richest men for using their wealth to fund a new space race and space tourism rather than trying to fix the problems on Earth instead. William voiced his disapproval in an interview with the BBC...

William Shatner, TV's Capt. Kirk, blasts into space

Oct. 13, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

VAN HORN, Texas (AP) — Hollywood’s Captain Kirk, 90-year-old William Shatner, blasted into space Wednesday in a convergence of science fiction and science reality, reaching the final frontier aboard a ship built by Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin company. The “Star...

As Shatner heads toward the stars, visions of space collide

Oct. 12, 2021 00:04 AM EDT

“Risk is our business,” James T. Kirk once said. “That’s what this starship is all about. That’s why we’re aboard her.” More than a half-century later, the performer who breathed life into the fabled Enterprise captain is, at age 90, making that kind of risk...

Virgin's Branson leads high school band, prompts backlash

Oct. 11, 2021 19:23 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Billionaire Richard Branson said it was an honor and a once-in-a-lifetime experience to don a drum major’s uniform and march ahead of a New Orleans high school band. But some of the Catholic school’s fans apparently were less enthusiastic about...