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Visitors look at displays July 21 at the “Forever Remembered” exhibit and memorial for the astronauts who died on the Columbia and Challenger space shuttles. The permanent exhibit is at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Cape Canaveral, Fla.Associated Press photos

'Challenger,' 'Columbia' wreckage on public display for first time

CAPE CANAVERAL NASA is offering up wreckage from the Challenger and Columbia for public view after hiding it from the world for decades. A new exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center features two pieces of debris, one from each lost shuttle, as well as poignant, personal reminders of the 14 astronauts killed in flight. …


Comcast invests billions in Universal theme parks


Zimbabwe says another American hunted illegally


  1. Hitchhiking robot's cross-country journey comes to tragic end in Philadelphia


    The team behind hitchBot, the talking, tweeting, hitchhiking robot that tries to traverse continents on the kindness of strangers, had always thought of their project as a social experiment. After all the bad press and post-apocalyptic stories that questioned whether humans could ever trust robots, they wanted to pose …

    As pre-game activity begins, hitchBOT rests on the wall along the first base line before a baseball game at Fenway Park between the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers in Boston, Friday, July 24, 2015. The robot's hitchhiking journey across the United States took a detour to Fenway. [CHARLES KRUPA | Associated Press]
  2. Bat boy, 9, dies after hit in head by bat at baseball game


    WICHITA, Kan. — A 9-year-old bat boy has died after he was accidentally hit in the head during a National Baseball Congress World Series game in Kansas.

  3. Charles Koch warns conservatives at gathering of GOP presidential hopefuls


    DANA POINT, Calif. — Billionaire industrialist Charles Koch warned America is "done for" if the conservative donors and politicians he gathered at a retreat over the weekend don't rally others to their cause of demanding a smaller, less-intrusive government.

    Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush, shown here speaking in New Hampshire, told the audience at the Koch brothers forum, "I'm running for president based on my own record, my own life experience."
  4. Comcast invests billions in Universal theme parks


    ORLANDO — The Universal theme park chain was the last thing Comcast was interested in when it bought NBCUniversal four years ago. Endless upkeep? Endless spending on new rides? Endless anxiety about public safety?

    Universal Orlando opened Diagon Alley in July 2014. More hotels and a water park are on the way, executives say.
  5. 3 things: Planned Parenthood vote


    Republicans will likely lose today's Senate showdown over halting federal aid to Planned Parenthood. Yet the political offensive by abortion foes has just started, prompted by a batch of unsettling videos that has focused attention on the group's little-noticed practice of providing fetal tissue to researchers. …