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This undated image made available by NASA shows the asteroid Bennu from the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft. After almost two years circling the ancient asteroid, OSIRIS-REx will attempt to descend to the treacherous, boulder-packed surface and snatch a handful of rubble on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. (NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona/CSA/York/MDA via AP)

US spacecraft touches asteroid surface for rare rubble grab

Oct. 20, 2020 7:15 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A NASA spacecraft descended to an asteroid Tuesday and, dodging boulders the size of buildings, momentarily touched the surface to collect a handful of cosmic rubble for return to Earth. It was a first for the United States — only Japan has scored asteroid samples....

Colorado authorities use DNA to identify body found in 1974

Oct. 20, 2020 7:09 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Authorities in Colorado used DNA to identify a man who was found dead by hikers 46 years ago, while his wife remains missing. Park County Coroner David E. Kintz Jr. on Tuesday identified the man as 45-year-old Anthony John Armbrust III of San Diego, California, KUSA-TV reports. Armbrust was...

NASA spacecraft touches surface of asteroid, aiming to scoop up rubble and return it to Earth.

Oct. 20, 2020 6:12 PM EDT
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA spacecraft touches surface of asteroid, aiming to scoop up rubble and return it to Earth.
FILE - In this July 15, 2020, file photo, job seekers exercise social distancing as they wait to be called into the Heartland Workforce Solutions office in Omaha, Neb. For the first time in nearly 50 years, older workers are facing higher unemployment than midcareer workers, according to a study released Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, from the New School. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

Older workers face higher unemployment amid virus pandemic

Oct. 20, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

For the first time in nearly 50 years, older workers face higher unemployment than their midcareer counterparts, according to a study released Tuesday by the New School university in New York City. The pandemic has wreaked havoc on employment for people of all ages. But researchers found that during its course,...

A biker leads a line of cars driving off the Homer Spit at about on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, in Homer, Alaska after a tsunami evacuation order was issued for low-lying areas in Homer. (Michael Armstrong/Homer News via AP)

Alaska earthquake revised up to magnitude-7.6

Oct. 20, 2020 5:06 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The magnitude of the earthquake that struck off the Alaska Peninsula and produced a tsunami with small waves was revised up to 7.6, officials said Tuesday. The quake Monday was first reported as magnitude-7.4 and was revised to a 7.5 before the latest revision. There was no major...

Wildlife commission warns of disease affecting rabbits

Oct. 20, 2020 2:07 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is asking for the public’s help in monitoring the potential spread of a deadly rabbit disease. While the commission said in a news release on Tuesday that there has been no evidence of the disease in the state, its biologists are working...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020 file photo, senior Clinical Research Nurse Ajithkumar Sukumaran prepares the COVID-19 vaccine to administer to a volunteer, at a clinic in London. U.K. researchers said Tuesday Oct. 20, 2020, they are preparing to begin a controversial experiment that will infect healthy volunteers with the new coronavirus to study the disease in hopes of speeding up development of a vaccine. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

UK to infect healthy volunteers in vaccine research trial

Oct. 20, 2020 1:55 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Danica Marcos wants to be infected with COVID-19. While other people are wearing masks and staying home to avoid the disease, the 22-year-old Londoner has volunteered to contract the new coronavirus as part of a controversial study that hopes to speed development of a vaccine. Marcos and...

Donation to create William Carey health science facility lab

Oct. 20, 2020 1:53 PM EDT

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — A private Mississippi university has received a $30,000 donation from a Hattiesburg pharmacist and his wife. William Carey University announced the donation from Ron and Michelle Edwards in a recent online news release. The donation was made in the name of their business, Vital...

FILE - In this May 6, 2019 photo file photo an injection drug user, deposits used needles into a container at the IDEA exchange, in Miami. National data is incomplete, but available information suggests U.S. drug overdose deaths are on track to reach an all-time high. Addiction experts blame the pandemic, which has left people stressed and isolated, disrupted treatment and recovery programs, and contributed to an increasingly dangerous illicit drug supply.  (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, Fie)

US overdose deaths appear to rise amid coronavirus pandemic

Oct. 20, 2020 11:32 AM EDT

Matthew Davidson was beating his heroin addiction. The 31-year-old was attending group recovery meetings. He had a restaurant job he liked. He was a doting uncle to a baby nephew. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit. Davidson lost his job. He started staying home alone in his apartment near Georgetown, Kentucky...

Study ends without finding cause of rare cancer in N.C. town

Oct. 20, 2020 11:13 AM EDT

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (AP) — An investigation into a cluster of rare eye cancer cases in a North Carolina town has concluded without finding any definitive answers. The Huntersville town council got $100,000 from the state to conduct the study about the ocular melanoma cases and got the report back Monday...