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A man watches from Titusville, Fla. as SpaceX Falcon 9 prepares to lift off with NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken in the Dragon crew capsule, Wednesday, May 27, 2020 from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Fla. The launch of the SpaceX test flight to the International Space Station was scrubbed with more than 16 minutes to go in the countdown due to lightning. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

For launch spectators, storms more worrisome than virus

May. 27, 2020 6:38 PM EDT

TITUSVILLE, Fla. (AP) — For the spectators gathered along the Space Coast on Wednesday for an astronaut launch, the rumbling thunder, darkening clouds and then a drenching downpour were more worrisome than any pandemic. But neither kept crowds from jamming favorite viewing spots in parks and area beaches....

President Donald Trump gestures as he participates in a tour of NASA facilities before viewing the SpaceX Demonstration Mission 2 Launch at Kennedy Space Center, Wednesday, May 27, 2020, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Marillyn Hewson, chief executive officer of Lockheed Martin, looks on at right. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump's plan to celebrate space launch hits weather snag

May. 27, 2020 6:38 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s plan to celebrate the first space launch of American astronauts from U.S. soil in nearly a decade on Wednesday hit a snag when the mission was postponed at the last minute because of bad weather. But the president said he plans on returning to...

In this image made from video via NASA-TV, a SpaceX Falcon 9, with NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken in the Dragon crew capsule, prepare to lift off from Pad 39-A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Wednesday, May 27, 2020. The two astronauts are on the SpaceX test flight to the International Space Station. (NASA via AP)

`Bummed out': SpaceX launch scrubbed because of bad weather

May. 27, 2020 6:37 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The launch of a SpaceX rocket ship with two NASA astronauts on a history-making flight into orbit was called off with less than 17 minutes to go in the countdown Wednesday because of thunderclouds and the risk of lightning. Liftoff was rescheduled for Saturday afternoon. The...

FILE - In this Jan. 9, 2019 photo, guests watch a show near a statue of Walt Disney and Micky Mouse in front of the Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, part of the Orlando area in Fla. Officials from SeaWorld and Disney World say they hope to open their theme parks in Orlando, Fla., in June and July. A city task force approved the plans on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Disney, SeaWorld announce plans for Florida parks to reopen

May. 27, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — SeaWorld and Walt Disney World will reopen in Orlando, Florida, in June and July after months of inactivity because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to plans a city task force approved Wednesday. The proposals will now be sent to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for final...

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin during their meeting via teleconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Moscow mayor announced easing lockdown restrictions in the city starting from June 1, —Āiting the slowing of the coronavirus outbreak in Russia's capital. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

The Latest: US deaths from coronavirus surpass 100,000 mark

May. 27, 2020 6:09 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — US deaths from coronavirus surpass 100,000 mark. —...

FBI: Florida man scouted terror targets and attack weapons

May. 27, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man is charged with providing material support to the Islamic State extremist group, including attempting to buy multiple weapons and scouting potential targets for an attack in the Tampa Bay area, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. A criminal complaint charges...

FILE - This Jan. 31, 2017, file photo, shows the entrance to SeaWorld, in Orlando, Fla. Officials from SeaWorld and Disney World say they hope to open their theme parks in Orlando, Fla. in June and July. A city task force approved the plans on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Nevada casinos to reopen; America can't get enough pizza

May. 27, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Wednesday related to the national and global response, the work place and the spread of the virus. ________________________ TRAVEL & LEISURE: Viral videos out of places like Lake of the...

FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2016, file photo, Tyron Woodley works out ahead of his UFC 205 mixed martial arts bout against Stephen Thompson during an open workout at Madison Square Garden in New York. Mixed martial arts and boxing are back in business in Nevada. The Nevada Athletic Commission unanimously agreed during a teleconference Wednesday, May 27, 2020, to allow two UFC events and two Top Rank boxing shows in Las Vegas over the next two weeks. The UFC show Saturday, May 30, will be headlined by former welterweight champion Woodley facing Gilbert Burns. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

UFC, boxing back on in Vegas after Nevada approves return

May. 27, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

Mixed martial arts and boxing are back in business in Nevada. The Nevada Athletic Commission unanimously agreed Wednesday to allow two UFC events and two Top Rank boxing shows in Las Vegas over the next two weeks. The decision ends the moratorium on combat sports that has been in place in Nevada since March 14,...

In this May 23, 2020 photo provided by Fresh Take Florida, William Abramson sits outside the office of Auto Solutions of South Florida, LLC in West Palm Beach, Fla. Abramson filed a lawsuit against Gov. Ron DeSantis shutdown orders during the coronavirus pandemic. (Lauren Witte/Fresh Take Florida via AP)

Banned lawyer files lawsuit over Florida governor's lockdown

May. 27, 2020 5:09 PM EDT

The one-time busboy who is challenging the legal authority of Gov. Ron DeSantis to issue virus-related shutdown orders in Florida is a used-car salesman who worked for decades as a lawyer until he was banned from the courtroom last year in disputes over his behavior. William Abramson of Lantana, just south of...

Editorial Roundup: New York

May. 27, 2020 4:30 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York’s newspapers: Republicans Tried to Suppress the Vote in Florida. And Failed. The New York Times May 26 Who gets to cast a ballot in Florida, the nation’s largest swing state, could well determine who will be the next leader of the...