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  • SpaceX Starship lands upright, then explodes in latest test

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - SpaceX’s futuristic Starship looked like it aced a touchdown Wednesday, but then exploded on the landing pad with so much force that it was hurled into the air.
  • Mississippi River cities join project to map plastic litter

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - Cities along the Mississippi River will take part in a global system to determine where plastic pollution comes from and how it ends up in waterways as a first step toward solving the problem, officials said Wednesday.
  • Ex-NFL player Kellen Winslow II gets 14 years for rapes

    SAN DIEGO - Former NFL player Kellen Winslow II was sentenced Wednesday to 14 years in prison for multiple rapes and other sexual offences against five women in Southern California, including one who was homeless when he attacked her in 2018.
  • Water crisis continues in Mississippi, weeks after cold snap

    JACKSON, Miss. - Mississippi’s largest city is still struggling with water problems more than two weeks after winter storms and freezing weather ravaged the system in Jackson, knocking out water for drinking and making it impossible for many to even flush their toilets.
  • Virus surge forces Sao Paulo to shut as Buenos Aires reopens

    SAO PAULO - A swell of COVID-19 cases is halting samba steps in Brazil's biggest metropolis while Argentina's capital tiptoes its way back to the tango floor.
  • NTSB: Plane began a turn, descent before fatal Alaska crash

    JUNEAU, Alaska - A plane that crashed in Alaska's Wrangell-St Elias National Park last month, killing two people, began a gradual right turn and a descent shortly before the accident, a preliminary report released Wednesday says.
  • General: Pentagon hesitated on sending Guard to Capitol riot

    WASHINGTON - Defence Department leaders placed unusual restrictions on the National Guard for the day of the Capitol riot and delayed sending help for hours despite an urgent plea from police for reinforcement, according to testimony Wednesday that added to the finger-pointing about the government response.
  • Businesses tied to Noem family got $600,000 in virus grants

    PIERRE, S.D. - Family members of South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem received more than $600,000 in funds from a state grant program pushed by the governor that directed federal coronavirus relief funds to small businesses.
  • Study: Chinook salmon are key to Northwest orcas all year

    SEATTLE - For more than a decade, Brad Hanson and other researchers have tailed the Pacific Northwest's endangered killer whales in a hard-sided inflatable boat, leaning over the edge with a standard pool skimmer to collect clues to their diet: bits of orca poop floating on the water, or fish scales sparkling just below the surface.
  • Oregon moves to ban display of nooses, a racist symbol

    SALEM, Ore. - Greg Evans, a Black man who joined a parade of witnesses urging Oregon lawmakers to ban the display of nooses, said the issue was personal for him: A member of his family had been lynched over a century ago in South Carolina.

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