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FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2020 file photo a man wearing a mask passes the New York Stock Exchange in New York. Stocks are opening moderately lower on Wall Street, edging below the record highs they set a day earlier. The S&P 500 fell 0.4% shortly after the opening bell Wednesday, Dec. 2. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Major stocks indexes hover near record highs on Wall Street

Dec. 2, 2020 2:54 PM EST

U.S. stock indexes are mixed in afternoon trading Wednesday, easing off a fresh set of record highs reached on optimism that coronavirus vaccines could soon start driving a stronger economic recovery. The S&P 500 was little changed a day after opening December with a bang. It closed at a record high of...

American Airlines pilots captain Pet Gamble, left, and first officer John Konstanzer chat in the cockpit of a Boeing 737 Max jet before taking off from Dallas Fort Worth airport in Grapevine, Texas, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. American Airlines took its long-grounded Boeing 737 Max jets out of storage, updating key flight-control software, and flying the planes in preparation for the first flights with paying passengers later this month.  (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Waiting for passengers, American puts Boeing Max in the air

Dec. 2, 2020 2:53 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines is taking its long-grounded Boeing 737 Max jets out of storage, updating key flight-control software, and flying the planes in preparation for the first flights with paying passengers later this month. The airline invited press reporters and photographers on board one of the...

Martin Londoño, owner of MATT, an electric wheelchair tour company talks during an interview in Medellin, Colombia, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020.  Londoño, 31, started to work on the hand-cycles four years ago in a bid to improve his own mobility. He lost the use of his legs after breaking his spinal chord in a traffic accident at age 18. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Electric wheelchair tours show Colombian city from new angle

Dec. 2, 2020 2:39 PM EST

MEDELLIN, Colombia (AP) — Wilson Guzmán lost the use of his legs at age 17 when he was shot in the back while trying to recover a stolen bicycle in his hometown of Medellin, Colombia. Two decades later, he glides through the city's streets using an electric hand-bike attached to the front of his...

Hacker who stole information from Nintendo sentenced

Dec. 2, 2020 2:07 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A computer hacker who stole information from Nintendo and was also caught with child pornography on his computer was sentenced Tuesday to three years in prison. Ryan S. Hernandez, 21, of Palmdale, California, had pleaded guilty in January to one count of computer fraud and abuse and one...

FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2019, file photo, Virgin Galactic ground crew guide the company's carrier plane into the hangar at Spaceport America following a test flight over the desert near Upham, New Mexico. Virgin Galactic has been selected to provide regular access to flights for NASA payloads as the space agency conducts more research and development and plans for exploratory missions. NASA announced the partnership Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. Virgin Galactic is preparing for its first test space flight from Spaceport America in New Mexico. The window for that flight opens Dec. 11. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

Virgin Galactic gets NASA contract, prepares for test flight

Dec. 2, 2020 1:25 PM EST

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Virgin Galactic has been selected to provide regular access to flights for NASA payloads as the space agency conducts more research and development and plans for future exploratory missions. NASA announced the partnership Monday, saying the flight and integration services will...

FILE - In this July 31, 2017, file photo, the Discovery Communications logo sits atop its headquarters in Silver Spring, Md. Discovery is joining the increasingly crowded streaming fray with its own reality-focused service Discovery Plus that will include shows from the Food Network, HGTV, TLC and its other networks. It launches Jan 4. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Discovery's reality-heavy streaming service launches in Jan.

Dec. 2, 2020 1:23 PM EST

Discovery is joining the increasingly crowded streaming fray with its own reality-focused service Discovery Plus that will include shows from the Food Network, HGTV, TLC and its other networks. It launches Jan 4. The service will cost $5 a month with ads and $7 a month without ads. By comparison, the ad-free...

Cyberattack forces large Alabama school system to close

Dec. 2, 2020 1:10 PM EST

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — One of Alabama’s largest public education systems is closed because of what officials called a computer cyberattack involving ransomware. The Huntsville City Schools system — with almost 23,000 students, more than 2,000 employees and about 40 schools — closed...

In this May 15, 2018 photo, Samuel Kolb poses for a photo in San Mateo, Calif. A Northern California county has agreed to pay nearly $10 million to settle a lawsuit by Kolb, who was going through a severe epileptic episode when a deputy shot him in the abdomen, paralyzing him from the waist down. (Karin Kolb via AP)

California county pays $10M after shooting paralyzed man

Dec. 2, 2020 12:45 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Northern California county has paid nearly $10 million to settle a lawsuit by a Silicon Valley software engineer who was having a mental health crisis two years ago when a deputy shot him, paralyzing him from the waist down. Placer County paid Samuel Kolb, 50, and his family $9.9...

File -- In this Tuesday, Nov.10, 2020 file photo windows are illuminated at the headquarters of the German biotechnology company BioNTech in Mainz, Germany. Pfizer and BioNTech say they've won permission Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, for emergency use of their COVID-19 vaccine in Britain, the world's first coronavirus shot that's backed by rigorous science -- and a major step toward eventually ending the pandemic.(AP Photo/Michael Probst, file)

Vaccine 1st puts spotlight on German pharma company BioNTech

Dec. 2, 2020 12:36 PM EST

MAINZ, Germany (AP) — The email that arrived in the ancient German city of Mainz shortly before 1 a.m. in the morning marked a turning point in the global effort to deliver a reliable vaccine against the coronavirus pandemic - and for the little-known biotechnology company that helped develop it. BioNTech...

Narrowed digital divide touted as pandemic silver lining

Dec. 2, 2020 12:05 PM EST

MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) — Laptop computers have been provided for every student identified by their district as in need, Connecticut officials said Wednesday, touting progress in closing the digital divide as a silver lining of the pandemic. In an appearance at Manchester High School, Gov. Ned Lamont, a...