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FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 28, 2019 file photo, Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Galactic, poses for a photo outside the New York Stock Exchange as fireworks are exploded before his company's IPO. In 2020, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said space is currently a $400 billion market, including satellites. Opening up spaceflight to paying customers, he said, could expand the market to $1 trillion. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

SpaceX opens era of amateur astronauts, cosmic movie sets

Jun. 6, 2020 11:07 AM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX’s debut astronaut launch is the biggest, most visible opening shot yet in NASA’s grand plan for commercializing Earth’s backyard. Amateur astronauts, private space stations, flying factories, out-of-this-world movie sets — this is the future...

Seagulls sit on the head of a sculpture of Russian poet Aleksander Pushkin on the day of his 221st birthday in Naziya village, 80 km (50 miles) east of St. Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, June 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

Moscow book fair brings out Pushkin fans, lockdown-weary

Jun. 6, 2020 10:41 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Muscovites clad in facemasks and gloves ventured into Red Square for an outdoor book market Saturday, a small sign of gradual efforts to open the Russian capital back up amid the country's coronavirus outbreak. Although the city’s ban on public gatherings continues, authorities gave...

Gulf Coast amusement park joins Alabama reopening push

Jun. 6, 2020 10:35 AM EDT

FOLEY, Ala. (AP) — An amusement park on the Alabama coast is joining the state’s push to reopen is economy amid the global pandemic. The Owa theme park says temperature checks on visitors and capacity limits will be used to help reduce the threat of the new coronavirus as it reopens this weekend in...

A heath worker takes a nasal swab sample during a public testing for the coronavirus conducted at a market in Bali, Indonesia on Saturday, June 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

Asia Today: Indonesia records single-day high in new cases

Jun. 6, 2020 10:29 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia reported nearly 1,000 new cases of the coronavirus on Saturday, a new single-day high for the country that brought its total caseload past 30,000, as the government unveiled an enhanced stimulus package worth $47.6 billion to anchor the virus-battered economy. The health...

Maryland bars pivot as return of sports remains a ways off

Jun. 6, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Greene Turtle CEO Geo Concepcion said the business first felt a hit when they lost March Madness. The three-week slate of college basketball playoffs generates 15 to 20 percent more revenue than normal for sports bars. Losing that draw to bring in patrons would have hurt, regardless...

This 2019 photo provided by Noel Rowe and Centre ValBio shows a golden bamboo lemur in Madagascar. Conservation isn’t work that can simply be dropped for a while, then picked up again, “because it depends so much on relationships with people and local communities,

Coronavirus disrupts global fight to save endangered species

Jun. 6, 2020 9:48 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Biologist Carlos Ruiz has spent a quarter-century working to save golden lion tamarins, the charismatic long-maned monkeys native to Brazil’s Atlantic Forest. Thanks to painstaking reforestation efforts, the population of these endangered monkeys was steadily growing until an...

In this March 22, 2019 photo, founder of 247 Fighting Championships Ryan Middleton poses at Printscape Arena in Canonsburg, Pa. Since the closing of gym's due to the COVID-19 pandemic, boxers and MMA fighters have taken to the streets and using makeshift home gym's to stay in shape while quarantining.  (Peter Diana/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

Combat fighters putting in work despite uncertain next steps

Jun. 6, 2020 9:48 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — John De Jesus could feel how close he was to reaching the top of the mountain. The 29-year-old mixed martial artist from Canonsburg is a veteran of 20 professional fights and is coming off two consecutive victories. Though nothing is ever guaranteed, De Jesus felt he was “close...

Suit against NE Indiana sheriff transferred to federal court

Jun. 6, 2020 9:30 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A lawsuit alleging that a northeastern Indiana sheriff violated a teenage boy's constitutional rights during an altercation last year at a festival has been transferred to federal court. The lawsuit against Allen County Sheriff David Gladieux was filed by the parents of a...

Some Illinois offices open, while others remain closed

Jun. 6, 2020 9:16 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Some Illinois employees have returned to work, but many state offices have not reopened since they closed due to the coronavirus outbreak. Secretary of State Jesse White is the first elected official to reopen offices in the state. He opened driver services offices this week...

Vermont Fish and Wildlife reminds snakes may be found

Jun. 6, 2020 9:01 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is warning that spring weather means snakes are going to be found along roadways, hiking trails and backyards across the state. There are 11 species of snakes in Vermont. The two most prevalent are the common garter snake and milk snake....