The Latest: Pence marks Apollo 11 anniversary at launch site
Jul20

The Latest: Pence marks Apollo 11 anniversary at launch site

The Latest on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing (all times local): 2 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence is marking the 50th anniversary of humanity’s first moon landing at the Apollo 11 launch site. Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin accompanied Pence to Florida’s Kennedy Space Center on Saturday and showed him the pad where he began that momentous journey 50 years ago. Aldrin later got a standing ovation during a speech...

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Hot weather intensifying hold on much of East, Central US
Jul20

Hot weather intensifying hold on much of East, Central US

The heat is on. The National Weather Service is warning a large swath of the U.S. of hot weather this weekend, including dangerously high temperatures across the East and Midwest that can threaten the elderly and young children. Temperatures in the mid- to upper 90s and high humidity are expected in many places Saturday and Sunday. Experts are urging people to limit their time outside and drink lots of water. Cities in Vermont and New...

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Nation celebrates 50th anniversary of 1st lunar footsteps
Jul20

Nation celebrates 50th anniversary of 1st lunar footsteps

Celebrations are in full swing across the country for the 50th anniversary of humanity’s first footsteps on another world. Apollo 11’s Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon on July 20, 1969. Armstrong was the first one out, proclaiming: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, cars were backed up for miles Saturday morning...

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Standoff on Hawaii mountain is about more than a telescope
Jul20

Standoff on Hawaii mountain is about more than a telescope

Walter Ritte has been fighting for decades to protect Native Hawaiian rights, inspiring a new generation of activists trying to stop construction of a giant telescope they see as representative of a bigger struggle. In his early 30s, Ritte occupied a small Hawaiian island used as a military bombing range. Now at 74, he’s still a prolific protester, getting arrested this week for blocking a road to stop construction of the one of...

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50 years after the moon landing: How close is space travel, really?
Jul20

50 years after the moon landing: How close is space travel, really?

When Americans first walked on the moon 50 years ago, the idea of space travel crystallized into a graspable future. Bolstered by a geeky shift in pop culture that launched and relaunched franchises like “Star Wars,” “Battlestar Galactica” and “Star Trek,” Americans saw intergalactic storylines that never touched Earth. Life in space seemed so close. Yet the last time Americans went to the moon was...

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