• SpaceX rocket ship lifts off with 2 Americans

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) " A rocket ship designed and built by Elon Musk's SpaceX company has lifted off with two Americans on a history-making flight to the International Space Station.The spacecraft took off Saturday afternoon from the same launch pad at Cape Canaveral, Florida, that was used during the Apollo missions to the moon a half-century ago.The flight ushers in a new era in commercial space travel and marks the first time NASA has launched astronauts from U.S. soil [

  • As Minneapolis burns, mayor takes heat for the response

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) " First-term Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey appeared to be doing everything right.He worked with the city's booming business community and the City Council. He reached out to minority neighborhoods and advocated for affordable housing. He implemented stricter disciplinary measures against police who violated the city's body camera policy.When George Floyd, a handcuffed black man, died Monday after a white police officer pressed his knee into his neck for several [

  • Israeli forces kill unarmed autistic Palestinian man

    JERUSALEM (AP) " Israeli police shot dead an unarmed autistic Palestinian man in Jerusalem's Old City on Saturday after saying they suspected he was carrying a weapon.The shooting drew broad condemnations and revived complaints alleging excessive force by Israeli security forces. On social media, some compared the shooting to police violence in the U.S.Relatives identified the deceased man as Iyad Halak, 32. They said he suffered from autism and was heading to the school for [

  • Pope presides over virus prayer in hint normalcy returning

    ROME (AP) " Pope Francis prayed Saturday for an end to the coronavirus pandemic and the development of a vaccine as he presided over an outdoor gathering that signaled a semblance of normalcy returning to the Vatican after a coronavirus lockdown lasting more than two months.Francis was joined in the Vatican Gardens by a representative sampling of people on the front lines of the emergency: a doctor, a nurse, a hospital chaplain, a pharmacist, a journalist and a civil protection [

  • 2 astronauts climb aboard SpaceX rocket for historic flight

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) " Despite more storms in the forecast, two NASA astronauts climbed into their capsule Saturday for a second attempt at a history-making ride into orbit aboard a rocket ship designed and built by Elon Musk's SpaceX company.With the flight already delayed three days by bad weather, forecasters put the odds of acceptable conditions at 50-50 for the 3:22 p.m. liftoff of the 270-foot Falcon 9 in what would be the first launch of astronauts into orbit by a private [

  • Trump claims protesters in DC risked facing 'vicious dogs'

    WASHINGTON (AP) " President Donald Trump on Saturday claimed that many Secret Service agents were 'just waiting for action' and ready to unleash 'the most vicious dogs, and the most ominous weapons, I have ever seen" if protesters angered by his response to George Floyd's death had crossed the White House's security fence.In a series of tweets hours after hundreds of demonstrators had massed outside the White House and scraped with officers in riot gear, Trump belittled them, doubted [

  • The Latest: Romania's PM fined over virus lapses at meeting

    The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.TOP OF THE HOUR:" Romania's prime minister fined over social-distancing lapse at meeting" Pope welcomes more than 100 guests to Vatican prayer service." India extends lockdown in some areas, letting others reopen in phases. [

  • The Latest: Minn Gov: Fully mobilize state National Guard

    The Latest on the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer knelt on his neck (all times Eastern):___MINNEAPOLIS -- The governor of Minnesota says he plans to fully mobilize the state's National Guard and promised a massive show of force to help quell civil unrest following days of protests over the police killing of George Floyd.Gov. Tim Walz says he also spoke with Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint [

  • The Latest: India keeps some areas shut down, others to open

    The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.TOP OF THE HOUR:" India extends lockdown in some areas, letting others reopen in phases" European Commission urges US to reconsider WHO cuts." Egypt orders its people to wear face masks in public.___NEW DELHI " India is [

  • US food prices see historic jump and are likely to stay high

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) " As if trips to the grocery store weren't nerve-wracking enough, U.S. shoppers lately have seen the costs of meat, eggs and even potatoes soar as the coronavirus has disrupted processing plants and distribution networks.Overall, the cost of food bought to eat at home skyrocketed by the most in 46 years, and analysts caution that meat prices in particular could remain high as slaughterhouses struggle to maintain production levels while implementing procedures [

  • Italy court rules Uber food delivery riders were exploited

    ROME (AP) " A court in Milan has ordered the appointment of a judicial administrator to oversee Uber Italy for one year after determining the company's food delivery service exploited workers, according to Italian news reports.The decision on Friday came amid an ongoing investigation into Uber's activities in Italy.Italian news agency ANSA quoted the court saying that Uber's treatment of delivery workers was similar to the 'caporalato' system used by organized crime groups to [

  • SpaceX presses ahead in historic 1st launch of astronauts

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) " Despite more storms in the forecast, SpaceX pressed ahead Saturday in its historic attempt to launch astronauts for NASA, a first by a private company.Forecasters put the odds of acceptable conditions at 50-50 for the 3:22 p.m. liftoff of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket " the first launch from the U.S. with NASA astronauts in nearly a decade.SpaceX and NASA managers monitored the weather not just at Kennedy Space Center, but all the way up the Eastern [