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Jury: Kevin Spacey did not molest actor Anthony Rapp in 1986

Jury: Kevin Spacey did not molest actor Anthony Rapp in 1986

NEW YORK (AP) — A jury sided with Kevin Spacey on Thursday in one of the lawsuits that derailed the film star’s career, finding that he did not sexually abuse Anthony Rapp, then 14, while both were relatively unknown actors in Broadway plays in 1986. The verdict in the civil trial came with lightning speed. …

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US heating worries mount amid growing costs, uncertainty

US heating worries mount amid growing costs, uncertainty

JAY, Maine (AP) — Across the US, families are looking to the winter with fear as energy costs soar and fuel supplies tighten. The Department of Energy is projecting sharp price increases for home heating compared to last winter and some worry whether heating assistance programs will be able to make up the difference for …

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'Best Before' labels scrutinized as food waste concerns grow

‘Best Before’ labels scrutinized as food waste concerns grow

As awareness grows around the world about the problem of food wasteone culprit in particular is drawing scrutiny: “best before” labels. Manufacturers have used the labels for decades to estimate peak freshness. Unlike “use by” labels, which are found on perishable foods like meat and dairy, “best before” labels have nothing to do with safety …

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Why is a NASA spacecraft crashing into an asteroid?

Why is a NASA spacecraft crashing into an asteroid?

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — In the first-of-its-kind, save-the-world experiment, NASA is about to clobber a small, harmless asteroid millions of miles away. A spacecraft named Dart will zero in on the asteroid Monday, intent on slamming it head-on at 14,000 mph (22,500 kph). The impact should be just enough to nudge the asteroid into …

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17 states weigh adopting California's electric car mandate

17 states weigh adopting California’s electric car mandate

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Seventeen states with vehicle emission standards tied to rules established in California face weighty decisions on whether to follow that state’s strictest-in-the-nation new rules that requires all new cars, pickups and SUVs to be electric or hydrogen powered by 2035. Under the Clean Air Actstates must abide by the federal government’s standard …

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EXPLAINER: Should you get a new COVID booster?  If so, when?

EXPLAINER: Should you get a new COVID booster? If so, when?

John Wherry will wait until later in the fall to consider getting an updated COVID-19 booster. The University of Pennsylvania immunologist knows it’s too soon after his shot late this summer, especially since he’s not at high risk from the virus. It’s the kind of calculation many Americans will face as booster shots that target …

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Once in the doldrums, Florida coast hums with space launches

Once in the doldrums, Florida coast hums with space launches

TITUSVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A decade ago, Florida’s Space Coast was in the doldrums. The space shuttle program had ended, and with it the steady stream of space enthusiasts who filled the area’s restaurants and hotel and motel rooms during regular astronaut launches. The Kennedy Space Center’s 7,400 laid-off shuttle workers struggled to find jobs …

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US clears updated COVID boosters targeting newest variants

US clears updated COVID boosters targeting newest variants

WASHINGTON (AP) — The US on Wednesday authorized its first update to COVID-19 vaccines, booster doses that target today’s most common omicron strain. Shots could begin within days. The move by the Food and Drug Administration tweaks the recipe of shots made by Pfizer and rival Moderna that have already saved millions of lives. The …

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NASA scrubs launch of new moon rocket after engine problem

NASA scrubs launch of new moon rocket after engine problem

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA called off the launch of its mighty new moon rocket on its debut flight with three test dummies aboard Monday after a last-minute cascade of problems culminating in unexplained trouble related to an engine. The next launch attempt will not take place until Friday at the earliest and could …

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Mickey Mantle card breaks record, as sports memorabilia soars

Mickey Mantle card breaks record, as sports memorabilia soars

NEW YORK (AP) — A mint condition Mickey Mantle baseball card sold for $12.6 million Sunday, blasting into the record books as the most ever paid for sports memorabilia in a market that has grown exponentially more lucrative in recent years. The rare Mantle card eclipsed the record just posted a few months ago — …

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