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This combination photo shows Justin Bieber, from left, Dua Lipa and Demi Lovato who will take part in various planned events urging Americans to vote. (AP Photo)

Celebrities unite to various get-out-the-vote efforts

Oct. 22, 2020 2:55 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In the final days before the U.S. election, celebrities from Kerry Washington to Billie Jean King and Danai Gurira are urging Americans to vote. Here are some of the free, nonpartisan efforts: — Stars like Demi Lovato, Justin Bieber, Amy Schumer, Chelsea Handler, Mark Ruffalo, Dua...

This photo provided by Virgin Galactic shows SpaceShipTwo Unity being released from the carrier mothership, VMS Eve for second successful glide flight in New Mexico on Thursday, June 25, 2020. Virgin Galactic is celebrating the second successful glide flight of its spaceship over Spaceport America in southern New Mexico. (Virgin Galactic via AP)

Window opens for Virgin Galactic's final round of testing

Oct. 20, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The window for the final round of testing of Virgin Galactic’s rocket-powered spacecraft opens later this week as the company inches toward commercial flights. Virgin Galactic President Mike Moses updated New Mexico lawmakers on the progress during a meeting Monday. He said...

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'The Right Stuff' looks back and up with first US astronauts

Oct. 8, 2020 10:07 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When Hollywood does biopics on musicians, we're used to lots of saucy tales of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. Not so much when it comes to astronauts. That changes with “The Real Stuff,” an eight-part National Geographic scripted series that shows the often ugly...

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Netflix delves into the 'human side' of Challenger disaster

Sep. 15, 2020 10:23 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Many Americans have vivid memories of Jan. 28, 1986. That was the day the space shuttle Challenger exploded over a chilly Florida, just seconds after liftoff. School children across the country had tuned in to see Christa McAuliffe become the first teacher in space. One person watching was...

FILE - In this June 16. 2011, file photo, Richard Branson, president of Virgin Atlantic Airways, attends a news conference in Miami Beach, Fla. Branson announced that Virgin was starting flights between London and Cancun, Mexico. Virgin Atlantic, the airline founded by British businessman Branson, filed Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, for relief from creditors as the virus pandemic hammers the airline industry. The airline made the filing in U.S. federal bankruptcy court in New York after a proceeding in the United Kingdom. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

Virgin Atlantic completes rescue plan; 1,150 jobs lost

Sep. 4, 2020 8:25 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Virgin Atlantic completed its 1.2 billion-pound ($1.6 billion) restructuring plan and cut 1,150 jobs Friday as the airline sought to rebuild following the devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The deal had been approved by the High Court in London earlier this week, and was formally...

Virgin Australia planes are parked at terminal at Sydney Airport in Sydney, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. Virgin Australia will cut about 3000 jobs as the airline struggles with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Virgin Australia airline to be sold to US-based Bain Capital

Sep. 4, 2020 2:35 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Virgin Australia's creditors agreed Friday to sell the airline to Boston-based Bain Capital in a deal that will see the carrier cut 3,000 jobs and end many of its international flights. Co-founded by British businessman Richard Branson, the airline in April became the...