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Protesters pour into DC for city's largest demonstration yet

RAEFORD, N. C. (AP) ??" Protesters streamed into the nation's capital Saturday for what was expected to be the city's largest demonstration yet against police brutality, while George Floyd was mourned in his North Carolina hometown, where hundreds of mourners lined up to squeeze into a church to pay their respects. Military vehicles and officers in fatigues closed off much of downtown Washington to traffic ahead of the planned march, which authorities estimated would attract up to 200,000 by U...

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Government job losses are piling up, and it could get worse

Jobs with state and city governments are usually a source of stability in the U. S. economy, but the financial devastation wrought by the coronavirus pandemic has forced cuts that will reduce public services ??" from schools to trash pickup. Even as the U. S. added some jobs in May, the number of people employed by federal, state and local governments dropped by 585,000. The overall job losses among public workers have reached more than 1. 5 million since March, according to seasonally federal...

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SpaceX opens era of amateur astronauts, cosmic movie sets

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) ??" SpaceX's debut astronaut launch is the biggest, most visible opening shot yet in NASA's grand plan for commercializing Earth's backyard. Amateur astronauts, private space stations, flying factories, out-of-this-world movie sets ??" this is the future the space agency is striving to shape as it eases out of low-Earth orbit and aims for the moon and Mars. It doesn't quite reach the fantasized heights of George Jetson and Iron Man, but still promises plenty of "I'm a...

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