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Trump to attend Wednesday’s NASA astronaut launch in Florida

The White House says President Donald Trump will be on the Florida coast Wednesday to watch American astronauts blast into orbit from the Kennedy Space Center.

Debt and coronavirus push Hertz into bankruptcy protection

Hertz has filed for bankruptcy protection, unable to withstand the coronavirus pandemic that has crippled global travel and with it, the heavily indebted 102-year-old car rental company’s business.

Pence visits Georgia cafe that reopened despite virus

Vice President Mike Pence is in Georgia, where he had lunch with Gov. Brian Kemp at a cafe that reopened despite the coronavirus outbreak.

Biden: If you can’t choose me over Trump, ‘you ain’t black’

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is reacting testily to public calls that he select a black woman as his running mate.

AstraZeneca secures orders for virus vaccine under testing

Drug maker AstraZeneca has secured the first agreements Thursday for 400 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine that is being trialed.

NASA, SpaceX bringing astronaut launches back to home turf

For the first time in nearly a decade, U.S. astronauts are about to blast into orbit aboard an American rocket from American soil. And for the first time in the history of human spaceflight, a private company is running the show.

Loughlin, Giannulli to serve prison time for college scam

Court papers show actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, have agreed to plead guilty to charges that will include prison time in the college admissions bribery case.

Nearly 39 million have sought US jobless aid since virus hit

More than 2.4 million people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week in the latest wave of layoffs from the viral outbreak that triggered widespread business shutdowns two months ago and sent the economy into a deep recession.

Stacey Abrams endorses candidates in 7 US Senate contests

Former Georgia governor's race candidate Stacey Abrams is wading into elections outside her home state, endorsing the campaigns of seven Democrats vying for U.S. Senate seats.

Largest yet: $1.3 billion contract for border wall awarded

A North Dakota construction company favored by President Donald Trump has received the largest contract to date to build a section of Trump’s signature wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Georgia congressmen ask Barr to assist Arbery investigation

A bipartisan group of congressional lawmakers from Georgia wants Attorney General William Barr to involve the Justice Department in the investigation of the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery.

Survey shows effect of virus on food scarcity, rent payments

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - More than 10% of households in a survey last week said they couldn’t get enough of the food they wanted...