• Spaceport America holds first open house

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Spaceport America has held its first open house, allowing visitors to explore the enormous hangar, admire a replica of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo and watch planes touch down on the runway.

  • This photo released by 20th Century Fox shows Matt Damon in a scene from the film, "The Martian."  (Aidan Monaghan/20th Century Fox via AP)

    Science sells: ‘The Martian’ lands with $55 million debut

    NEW YORK (AP) — Opening just days after NASA announced findings showing water on Mars, “The Martian” soaked up moviegoers at the box office.

  • Rear Adm. Scott Buschman, commander of the Coast Guard 7th District, receives an update brief for the missing cargo ship El Faro at the Coast Guard 7th District in Miami, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. The ship was heading from Jacksonville, Fla, to San Juan, Puerto Rico when it was battered by waves. (Petty Officer 2nd Class Jon-Paul/U.S. Coast Guard via AP)

    Bermuda whipped by weakening Hurricane Joaquin

    HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) — Bermuda was lashed Sunday by gusting winds and pelting rains from a weakening Hurricane Joaquin as its spinning center tracked just west of the wealthy financial haven and tourist destination after plowing through the Bahamas as a major storm.

  • In this Sept. 17, 2015 photo, the exterior of one of more than a dozen grain elevators that loom over the Buffalo, N.Y., waterfront is shown. Built in the mid-19th century to temporarily store grain that was being shipped via the Erie Canal, most have sat abandoned for years. Now developers are reimagining them as backdrops for concerts and movies and venues for weddings, restaurants and recreation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Thompson)

    Buffalo’s ‘industrial cathedrals’ slowly finding new life

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A worn-looking collection of grain silos left over from Buffalo’s heyday as a shipping hub tower like enormous cement pipe organs along the Buffalo River.

  • In this Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015 photo, marijuana plants with their buds covered in white crystals called trichomes, are nearly ready for harvest in the "Flower Room" at the Ataraxia medical marijuana cultivation center in Albion, Ill. Trichomes contain cannabinoids like THC and CBD. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

    AP Exclusive: Legal marijuana stirs hope in Illinois town

    ALBION, Ill. (AP) — A skunky aroma fills the room in which hundreds of lush marijuana plants grow, some nearly ready for harvest. Grower Ashley Thompson, a former high school agriculture teacher in this rural part of southeastern Illinois, takes the scent of weed home with her.

  • In this Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015 photograph, students study at Hopeworks ‘N Camden, a nonprofit organization that teaches high school students and young adults how to build websites and use software, in Camden, N.J. The group in one of the nation’s most impoverished places is planning its first hackathon to give teens and young adults in the city and professional programmers a chance to collaborate on solutions to local problems. The plan is to build new websites for some community groups and also to connect young Camden residents with area information technology professionals. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    Can youths in ‘hackathon’ help struggling city help itself?

    CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Can computer coding help turn this impoverished city around? One nonprofit group thinks so, and is bringing together youths and professional programmers for Camden’s first “hackathon” this weekend.

  • Russian supply ship docks at space station

    MOSCOW (AP) — An unmanned Russian cargo ship has docked with the International Space Station, bringing the astronauts aboard 2.3 tons (2.5 short tons) of supplies ranging from air to garlic.

  • In this July 29, 2010 file photo, a worker monitors the water in Talmadge Creek in Marshall Township, Mich., near the Kalamazoo River as oil from a ruptured pipeline, owned by Enbridge Inc, is vacuumed out the water. The U.S. Department of Transportation wants to expand rules for pipelines carrying oil, gasoline and other hazardous liquids inspections requirements to include rural areas that are currently exempt, and for companies to more closely analyze the results of their inspections. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

    Feds want tougher rules for pipelines after series of spills

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. officials said Thursday they want tighter safety rules for pipelines carrying crude oil, gasoline and other hazardous liquids after a series of ruptures that included the costliest onshore oil spill in the nation’s history in Michigan.