US astronaut will vote from orbit if homecoming is delayed
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US astronaut will vote from orbit if homecoming is delayed

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The lone American in orbit will end up voting for president from the International Space Station, if her homecoming is delayed. NASA astronaut Kate Rubins said Thursday that she doesn’t know yet whether she’ll return to Earth in late October as planned. The Russians have delayed the next crew launch … Continue reading

Dalian Wanda, Sony to partner on multiple big-budget movies
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Dalian Wanda, Sony to partner on multiple big-budget movies

BEIJING (AP) — China’s Dalian Wanda Group and Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group have formed a partnership to cooperate on multiple big-budget movies, marking another step into the global film industry by the Chinese conglomerate. Wanda, which already owns AMC Theaters and bought Legendary Entertainment for $3.5 billion in January, said it would both … Continue reading

A look at drug company spending, influence in Virginia
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A look at drug company spending, influence in Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — In Virginia and in states across the country, drugmakers that produce opioids and allied advocacy groups are spending heavily as they work to influence state and federal policies. A joint investigation by The Associated Press and the Center for Public Integrity found that drug companies and allied groups spent more than … Continue reading

GOP seeks review of claim NFL tried to sway concussion study
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GOP seeks review of claim NFL tried to sway concussion study

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans on Thursday called for an independent review of allegations that the National Football League sought to improperly influence a government study into the link between football and brain disease. In a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services’ inspector general, GOP leaders of the Energy and Commerce Committee … Continue reading

Protest targets rail line over Kenya’s oldest wildlife park
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Protest targets rail line over Kenya’s oldest wildlife park

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Angry protesters marched in Kenya’s capital on Friday against plans to build an elevated railway line over the country’s oldest national park, saying the project will threaten wildlife that includes lions, leopards and giraffes. The Chinese project would cross six kilometers of Nairobi National Park. Dozens of conservationists and others carried … Continue reading

Washington state to increase testing pot for pesticides
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Washington state to increase testing pot for pesticides

SEATTLE (AP) — More than two years after Washington state launched legal marijuana sales, it’s planning to test pot for banned pesticides more regularly. The state’s Liquor and Cannabis Board said Thursday it’s paying the Washington Department of Agriculture more than $1 million to buy new equipment and hire two full-time workers to conduct the … Continue reading

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Money for bone-marrow donors? Company says yes; feds say no

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Doug Grant says his new company, Hemeos, can save lives. But a proposed change in federal regulations could make his business a criminal enterprise. The goal of Grant’s D.C.-based startup company is to find matches for people who need bone-marrow transplants, particularly in the African-American community, where matches are harder to … Continue reading