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Philanthropies pledge billions during UN meeting

Sep. 23, 2021 13:39 PM EDT

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced plans Thursday to spend more than $900 million over the next five years to curb global malnutrition, a move to stem the rise in world hunger during the COVID-19 pandemic. It's one of several pledges private donors made this week as world leaders...

Billionaires rocketing into space draw UN chief's red glare

Sep. 21, 2021 12:54 PM EDT

Space, we have an equity problem. When three billionaires rocketed into space this summer, they did more than escape Earth’s surly bonds, they helped spread “a malady of mistrust” plaguing an all-too hungry world, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres...

Trailblazing tourist trip to orbit ends with splashdown

Sep. 18, 2021 23:33 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Four space tourists safely ended their trailblazing trip to orbit Saturday with a splashdown in the Atlantic off the Florida coast. Their SpaceX capsule parachuted into the ocean just before sunset, not far from where their chartered flight...

MacKenzie Scott dominates donations to racial equity

Sep. 17, 2021 13:59 PM EDT

Shock. That’s what Ruth Simmons, the president of a historically Black university in Texas, felt in December when she received a call informing her that the school would be gifted $50 million — many times the size of the previous largest contribution it has received....

SpaceX launches 4 amateurs on private Earth-circling trip

Sep. 15, 2021 23:44 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX’s first private flight streaked into orbit Wednesday night with two contest winners, a health care worker and their rich sponsor, the most ambitious leap yet in space tourism. It was the first time a spacecraft circled Earth with an...

EXPLAINER: 4 will circle Earth on 1st SpaceX private flight

Sep. 13, 2021 14:18 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — For the first time in 60 years of human spaceflight, a rocket is poised to blast into orbit with no professional astronauts on board, only four tourists. SpaceX’s first private flight will be led by a 38-year-old entrepreneur who’s...

FAA bans Virgin Galactic launches while probing Branson trip

Sep. 02, 2021 17:58 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration said Thursday that Virgin Galactic cannot launch anyone into space again until an investigation is complete into a mishap that occurred during July's flight with founder Richard Branson. The ban came as...

Blue Origin launches artwork, moon-landing test into space

Aug. 26, 2021 13:38 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Blue Origin launched artwork painted on a capsule and a moon-landing navigation experiment into space Thursday, a month after sending founder Jeff Bezos on the company’s first passenger flight. No one was aboard for Thursday's 10-minute...

Senate Dems rallying behind Biden's $3.5T budget vision

Aug. 07, 2021 00:55 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats across the political spectrum seem near the unanimity they’ll need for the crucial first step toward their $3.5 trillion vision of bolstering health care, education, family services and environment programs From Democratic socialist...

Senate Dems rallying behind Biden's $3.5T budget vision

Aug. 06, 2021 12:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats across the political spectrum seem near the unanimity they’ll need for the crucial first step toward their $3.5 trillion vision of bolstering health care, education, family services and environment programs From Democratic socialist...