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SpaceX opens era of amateur astronauts, cosmic movie sets

SpaceX opens era of amateur astronauts, cosmic movie sets

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX’s debut astronaut launch is the biggest, most visible opening shot yet in NASA’s grand plan for commercializing Earth’s backyard.
Mayor downplays rough police treatment of NYC protesters

Mayor downplays rough police treatment of NYC protesters

NEW YORK — Another day of protests over the death of George Floyd brought more examples of New York City officials downplaying or denying the police department’s rough treatment of protesters — even when it was caught on video.
Demonstrators vow to sustain momentum until change happens

Demonstrators vow to sustain momentum until change happens

WASHINGTON — Protesters stirred by the death of George Floyd vowed Friday to turn an extraordinary outpouring of grief into a sustained movement as demonstrations shifted to a calmer, but no less determined focus on addressing racial injustice.

Plane crashes in rural Georgia; 2 children among the 5 dead

EATONTON, Ga. — A small plane crashed Friday in rural Georgia, killing all five on board, including four members of a Florida family who were travelling to a funeral in Indiana.
DC paints huge Black Lives Matter mural near White House

DC paints huge Black Lives Matter mural near White House

WASHINGTON — The city of Washington capped nearly a week of demonstrations against police brutality Friday by painting the words Black Lives Matter in enormous bright yellow letters on the street leading to the White House, a highly visible display o
A death in Nicaraguan baseball puts pandemic in public eye

A death in Nicaraguan baseball puts pandemic in public eye

MANAGUA, Nicaragua — As the new coronavirus spread and economies shut across Latin America, Nicaragua stayed open — schools, stores, concert halls and baseball stadiums, all operating uninterrupted on orders of a government that denied the gravity of
Trump jabs Maine's Democratic governor; she hits back

Trump jabs Maine's Democratic governor; she hits back

GUILFORD, Maine — President Donald Trump on Friday laced into Maine's Democratic governor for not moving quickly enough to reopen the state's economy and urged his supporters to help him win the rest of the state in November if they want to see the c
Trump allows commercial fishing in marine conservation area

Trump allows commercial fishing in marine conservation area

BANGOR, Maine — President Donald Trump rolled back protections Friday at a marine conservation area off the New England coast, signing an order to allow commercial fishing in a stretch of water environmentalists say is critical for endangered right w
French forces kill al-Qaida's North African commander

French forces kill al-Qaida's North African commander

BAMAKO, Mali — French forces have killed Abdelmalek Droukdel, the leader of al-Qaida’s North Africa affiliate, the France’s defence minister announced late Friday, in what would be a major victory for France after years of battling jihadists in the S
US will allow limited flights by Chinese airlines, not a ban

US will allow limited flights by Chinese airlines, not a ban

The Trump administration said Friday it will let Chinese airlines operate a limited number of flights to the U.S., backing down from a threat to ban the flights. The decision came one day after China appeared to open the door to U.S.
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