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Virgin Galactic ground crew guide the company's carrier plane into the hangar at Spaceport America following a test flight over the desert near Upham, New Mexico, on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. The carrier plane is now permanently based at the spaceport after arriving earlier this week. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)
August 15, 2019 - 8:13 pm
UPHAM, N.M. (AP) — Spaceport America is no longer just a shiny shell of hope that space tourism would one day launch from this remote spot in the New Mexico desert. The once-empty hangar that anchors the taxpayer-financed launch and landing facility has been transformed into a custom-tailored...
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FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2018, Vincent Seeborn, 2, reaches out from a structure on the playground at the Wallingford Child Care Center in Seattle. Child care costs in most states exceed federal subsidy payments provided to low-income parents, according to a newly released report from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, leaving working families with few affordable options. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
August 13, 2019 - 12:36 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Child care costs in most states exceed federal subsidy payments provided to low-income parents, according to a newly released report from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, leaving working families with few affordable options. The report ,...
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Australian Penny Tilley, center, reacts next to stranded travelers at the closed check-in counters at the Hong Kong International Airport, Monday, Aug. 12, 2019. One of the world's busiest airports canceled all flights after thousands of Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters crowded into the main terminal Monday afternoon. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
August 12, 2019 - 2:41 pm
Mass flight cancellations at Hong Kong's airport disrupted one of the world's busiest air-transport hubs on Monday, causing chaos for tourists and business travelers and playing havoc with global airlines' flight schedules— a fresh escalation of the city's protest movement that threatens the Asian...
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FILE - This July 8, 2019 file photo shows signs urging Alaska lawmakers to fund a full oil wealth fund check, known locally as the PFD, in Wasilla, Alaska. For decades, Alaska has had an uneasy reliance on oil, building budgets around its volatile boom-or-bust nature. When times were rough, prices always seemed to rebound, forestalling a day of reckoning some believe may finally have come. The situation has politicians weighing changes to the annual dividend paid to residents from earnings of the state's oil-wealth fund, the Alaska Permanent Fund. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)
August 09, 2019 - 2:11 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Daniel Bowen came to Alaska in 2011, looking for adventure and opportunity. He and his wife eventually settled on the Kenai Peninsula south of Anchorage, a salmon fishing haven calling itself "Alaska's Playground." But the Bowens, both teachers, recently returned to their...
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In this May 10, 2019, photo, a man walks in shade of a building as other people rest at a bench in Tokyo. Japanese government data are showing Japan’s economy grew at a better-than-expected 1.8% seasonally adjusted annualized rate during the April-June quarter on healthy consumer spending and capital investment. The Cabinet Office reported Friday, Aug. 9, Japan’s gross domestic product or GDP - the total value of a nation’s goods and services - was lifted by solid spending in the private sector as well as government investment, although exports faltered.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
August 08, 2019 - 10:59 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese government data is showing Japan's economy grew at a better-than-expected 1.8% seasonally adjusted annualized rate during the April-June quarter on healthy consumer spending and capital investment. The Cabinet Office reported Friday Japan's gross domestic product or GDP — the...
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FILE - In this July 22, 2019 photo, a for sale sign is posted in front of a home in Miami. On Thursday, Aug. 8, Freddie Mac reports on this week’s average U.S. mortgage rates. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
August 08, 2019 - 1:04 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell sharply this week, with the benchmark 30-year loan touching its lowest level since November 2016. Financial markets around the globe have been whipsawed by anxiety over the U.S.-China trade war, sending investors fleeing from stocks to the safety...
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FILE - This March 28, 2017, file photo, provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry shows Jeffrey Epstein. The retail titan behind Victoria's Secret says the financier Jeffrey Epstein misappropriated “vast sums” of his fortune while managing his personal finances. Ohio billionaire Leslie Wexner said in a letter Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019 that he recovered “some of the funds” but severed ties with Epstein in 2007 as sexual abuse allegations first surfaced against him in Florida. (New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP, File)
August 08, 2019 - 11:41 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The retail titan behind Victoria's Secret has accused the financier Jeffrey Epstein of misappropriating "vast sums" of his fortune while managing his personal finances more than a decade ago. Ohio billionaire Leslie Wexner said in a letter Wednesday that he recovered "some of the...
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FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2019, file photo, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma speaks during a news conference in Washington. Expanding access to a promising but costly treatment, Medicare said Aug. 7, it will cover for some blood cancers a breakthrough gene therapy that revs up a patient’s own immune cells to destroy malignancies. Verma said the decision will provide consistent and predictable access nationwide, opening up treatment options for some patients "who had nowhere else to turn." (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf, File)
August 07, 2019 - 8:47 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Expanding access to a promising but costly treatment, Medicare said Wednesday it will cover for some blood cancers a breakthrough gene therapy that revs up a patient's own immune cells to destroy malignancies. Officials said Medicare will cover CAR-T cell therapies for certain...
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August 06, 2019 - 7:42 pm
A few days before the 2016 presidential election, two college students outside Philadelphia hatched a plan to access Donald Trump's tax returns, federal prosecutors say. They were unsuccessful, and now one of them has pleaded guilty to federal charges in what one defense lawyer calls a "college...
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August 06, 2019 - 6:56 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A man has pleaded guilty to trying to illegally access President Donald Trump's tax returns a few days before the 2016 election. Twenty-two-year-old Justin Hiemstra of St. Paul Park, Minnesota, pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Philadelphia. Prosecutors say Hiemstra and...
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