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In this image taken from video released by NASA, regolith is dispersed as the Osiris-Rex spacecraft attempts to take a sample of the surface of asteroid Bennu on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. (NASA via AP)
NASA spacecraft sent asteroid rubble flying in sample grabScientists are optimistic that a NASA spacecraft has collected samples at asteroid Bennu for return to Earth
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FILE - In this March 13, 2020, file photo, visitors take photos at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. State health officials announced strict new rules for reopening theme parks on Wednesday, Oct.21, 2020, attractions spanning from Disneyland to Universal Studios are now bracing for an even longer shutdown, and so are the surrounding communities lined with hotels, restaurants and shops devoted to visitors who no longer walk their streets. (AP Photo/Amy Taxin, File)
California theme park closures hit jobs, shops, budgetCalifornia’s amusement parks have been pining to reopen for months, hoping to bring back thousands of workers sent home in March when the coronavirus pandemic forced them to close their gates
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FILE - This Sunday, April 5, 2020, file photo shows an envelope containing a 2020 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident in Detroit. On Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court stopped the once-a-decade head count of every U.S. resident from continuing through the end of October. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
Census says deadline can be reached with tech, nonstop workU.S. Census Bureau officials say new technology and working around the clock should allow the statistical agency to crunch numbers from the 2020 census in half the time originally allotted
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Rev. Robert Turner, with Vernon A.M.E Church, prays as crews work on a second test excavation and core sampling, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in the search for remains at Oaklawn Cemetery in Tulsa, Okla., from the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP)
Remains found in search for 1921 Tulsa race massacre victimsAt least 10 bodies have been found in an unmarked mass grave during a search at a Tulsa cemetery for the remains of victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre
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FILE - In this July 30, 2020, file photo, an banner with the image of slain Army Spc. Vanessa Guillen and #IAmVanessaGuillen is displayed before the start of a news conference on the National Mall in Washington. The death of Guillen, who was slain by a fellow soldier at the Texas Army base where they both worked, has been classified as "in the line of duty," according to a report by U.S. Army officials. The results were presented to the Guillén family on Wednesday Oct. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
Army: Slain Texas soldier's family entitled to compensationU.S. Army officials have announced that the family of a Texas soldier slain at Fort Hood is entitled to benefits because her death happened while she was on duty
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Medical personnel prepare to administer a COVID-19 swab at a drive-through testing site in Lawrence, N.Y., Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020.  U.S. health officials are redefining what it means to have close contact with someone with COVID-19. On Wednesday, the CDC changed it to a total of 15 minutes or more, so briefer but repeated contacts that add up to 15 minutes now count.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
CDC redefines COVID-19 close contact, adds brief encountersU.S. health officials are redefining what it means to have close contact with someone with COVID-19
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Louie looks on as Priscilla Metzeler gets tested by an Ohio National Guard Medic at a Summit County Department of Health COVID-19 testing site at Chapel Hill Mall on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, in Akron, Ohio. Hospitals around the United States are starting to buckle from a resurgence of COVID-19 cases, with several states setting records for the number of people hospitalized and leaders scrambling to find extra beds and staff. New highs in cases have been reported in states big and small, from Idaho to Ohio. (Mike Cardew/Akron Beacon Journal via AP)
Virus spikes have officials looking to shore up hospitalsHospitals around the United States are starting to buckle from a resurgence of COVID-19 cases, with several states setting records for the number of people hospitalized and leaders scrambling to find extra beds and staff
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FILE - In this Saturday, July 10, 2010, file photo, a Kemp's Ridley sea turtle, an endangered species, is seen as scientists participate in a marine mammal/sea turtle survey flight related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration twin otter DHC-6 over the Gulf of Mexico near the Chandeleur Islands off the Louisiana coast. Environmental groups have asked a federal court to toss out the government's assessment of oil and gas activity's likely effects on endangered species in the Gulf of Mexico. A lawsuit filed Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, says the report doesn’t consider the likelihood of another catastrophic oil spill like BP's Deepwater Horizon spill of 2010. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
Suit: Feds ignore risk of huge spills to endangered speciesEnvironmental groups have asked a federal court to toss out the Trump administration's assessment of how oil and gas activity could affect endangered species in the Gulf of Mexico
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In this photo provided by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Katelyn Evans, right, a trial participant, speaks to her mother Laurie Evans ahead of receiving an injection in Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine trial at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. (Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center via)
Next up in hunt for COVID-19 vaccine: Testing shots in kidsThe global hunt for a COVID-19 vaccine for kids is only just beginning — a lagging start that has some U.S. pediatricians worried they may not know if any shots work for young children in time for the next school year
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E. Jean Carroll arrives at the Daniel Patrick Moynihan United States Courthouse, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in New York. Carroll, who says President Donald Trump raped her in the 1990s, was expected to be in court Wednesday to hear lawyers argue whether Trump can substitute the United States for himself as the defendant in her defamation lawsuit.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Trump rape accuser 'stunned' at DOJ no-show at court hearingA woman who has accused President Donald Trump of raping her in the 1990s says she's stunned that the Department of Justice turned down a chance to argue to a judge that the United States can be substituted for Trump in a defamation lawsuit
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In this 2016 photo provided by the University of California, Irvine, a cross section of the medial suture, where two halves of the diabolical ironclad beetle’s elytra meet, shows the puzzle piece configuration that’s among the keys to the insect’s incredible durability. Scientists say the armor of the seemingly indestructible beetle could offer clues for designing stronger planes and buildings. In a study published Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in the journal Nature, a group of scientists explains why the beetle is so squash-resistant.  (Jesus Rivera, Kisailus Biomimetics and Nanostructured Materials Lab, University of California Irvine via AP)
Can't crush this: Beetle armor gives clues to tougher planesScientists say the armor of a seemingly indestructible beetle offers clues for designing stronger planes and buildings
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FILE - In this April 22, 2020 file photo President Donald Trump watches as U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams holds up his face mask as he speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, in Washington. Adams who was cited for being in a closed Hawaii park in August while in the islands helping with surge testing amid a spike in coronavirus cases, appears for a virtual arraignment in a Hawaii court on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon,File)
US surgeon general to plead not guilty in Hawaii virus caseA lawyer for U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said Wednesday that his client will plead not guilty to illegally entering a Hawaii public park that was closed because of the coronavirus
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