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In this image taken from NASA video, NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy works outside the International Space Station on Thursday, July 16, 2020.  Cassidy and Bob Behnken ventured out on their third spacewalk over the past few weeks to remove six more old batteries in the space station’s power grid, and replace them with new, improved ones. (NASA via AP)

Spacewalking astronauts closing in on final battery swaps

Jul. 16, 2020 9:07 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A pair of spacewalking astronauts tackled the final set of battery swaps outside the International Space Station on Thursday. NASA’s Bob Behnken and Chris Cassidy ventured out on their third spacewalk over the past few weeks. They needed to remove six more old batteries...

FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2019, file photo, National Nuclear Security Administration administrator Lisa Gordon-Hagerty talks about her agency's work to reduce global nuclear threats during a business conference in Albuquerque, N.M.  Lisa Gordon-Hagerty will visit New Mexico Thursday, July 16, 2020 as part of a nationwide tour of the federal government's nuclear security operations.  (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

Atomic anniversary brings US nuclear official to New Mexico

Jul. 15, 2020 9:48 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The 2030 deadline set by the U.S. government to resume and ramp up production of the plutonium cores used in the nation’s nuclear arsenal is nothing short of challenging, but the head of the National Nuclear Security Administration said Wednesday she’s confident her...

This June 1, 2020, rendering provided by Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre shows the Hope probe. The U.S., China and the United Arab Emirates are sending spacecraft to Mars in quick succession beginning this week.(MBRSC via AP)

UAE Mars mission from Japan delayed again by weather

Jul. 15, 2020 9:47 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The launch of a United Arab Emirates Mars orbiter, already delayed two days, has been postponed further due to bad weather at the Japanese launch site. The orbiter named Amal, or Hope, is the Arab world’s first interplanetary mission. The launch, initially scheduled for Wednesday from...

Disney Parks executive to take CEO role at Virgin Galactic

Jul. 15, 2020 5:41 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Colglazier, a Disney executive, has been appointed chief executive officer of Virgin Galactic as the space tourism company prepares for commercial service. Colglazier has most recently been president and managing director of Disney Parks International, Virgin Galactic said...

As US seeks production, sole US rare earth miner goes public

Jul. 15, 2020 10:58 AM EDT

The sole miner of rare earths in the U.S. is becoming a public company amid elevated trade tensions with China, the dominant global supplier of the material used in everything from computers to cars. MP Materials, which runs a mine and processing facility in Mountain Pass, Calif., near the border of Nevada, will...

Rocket with classified payloads launches from Eastern Shore

Jul. 15, 2020 10:55 AM EDT

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) — A rocket carrying classified payloads for the U.S. government has launched from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore. The Daily Times of Salisbury, Maryland, reports that Wednesday morning's launch was the first-ever mission by the U.S. Space Force from...

FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2019, file photo, U.S. Rep. Steve Watkins, R-Kan., makes a point during a town hall meeting, in Topeka, Kan. Watkins, a freshman Kansas congressman who had listed a UPS Inc. store as his residence on a voter registration, was criminally charged Tuesday, July 14, 2020, with four crimes, including unlawful voting. (AP Photo/John Hanna, File)

Kansas freshman GOP Rep. Watkins charged with 3 felonies

Jul. 14, 2020 11:28 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A freshman Kansas congressman who had listed a UPS Inc. postal box as his residence on a state voter registration form was charged Tuesday with three felonies, including illegal voting. The charges against GOP Rep. Steve Watkins came three weeks before the state's Aug. 4 primary...

Striking shipbuilders picket outside an entrance to Bath Iron Works, Monday, June 22, 2020, in Bath, Maine. The vast majority of picketers did not wear pandemic facemarks. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Machinists president asks Congress to pressure shipbuilder

Jul. 14, 2020 5:35 PM EDT

BATH, Maine (AP) — The international president of the Machinists union is calling on Congress to pressure Navy shipbuilder Bath Iron Works to return to the bargaining table and negotiate a fair agreement with striking workers. “The Machinists Union is ready and willing to work with all partners in...

FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2019, file photo, a worker looks up underneath a Boeing 737 MAX jet, in Renton, Wash.   The company reported Tuesday, July 14, 2020,  it sold one plane last month, a cargo jet bought by FedEx. Meanwhile, customers were canceling orders for 60 of the grounded 737 Max jets, and Boeing is dropping orders for 123 other planes from its backlog because it's not sure the deals will go through. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Boeing sold 1 plane last month amid pandemic, Max grounding

Jul. 14, 2020 3:24 PM EDT

Boeing reported Tuesday that customers canceled orders for 60 of its grounded 737 Max jets in June, and the aircraft maker removed another 123 planes from its backlog because of doubts that the deals will be completed. The slump in aircraft sales extends across the Atlantic. European rival Airbus reported no new...

FAA: Landing gear on some aircraft built in Idaho can crack

Jul. 14, 2020 1:17 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. officials say the nose landing gear on some aircraft built in Idaho and flown all over the world could fail and cause the 10-seat aircraft to overturn on landings or takeoffs. The Federal Aviation Administration on Monday said owners of the $2.3 million Kodiak 100 airplanes built...