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NASA, SpaceX make history as astronauts splash down

ORLANDO, Fla. — America’s quest to once again fly humans to space and bring them back again was realized Sunday with a cannonball splash into the Gulf of Mexico.

It’s taken six years to forge and test SpaceX and NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, and on Sunday at 2:48 p.m., Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley splashed down off the coast of Pensacola in the Gulf of Mexico. Their return to Earth comes after 63 days aboard the International Space Station.

“Welcome back to planet Earth, and thanks for flying SpaceX,” said Mike Heiman, crew operations and resources engineer for SpaceX.

The veteran astronauts will soon emerge from the Crew Dragon capsule, the first private spacecraft built to launch humans and the first that’s lifted off from U.S. soil since the space shuttle program ended in 2011. And in that moment, the United States will have solidified its position in the modern-day

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‘Play at Your Own Risk’

Graham Denholm/Getty Nick Kyrgios

Nick Kyrgios has decided to withdraw from the 2020 US Open out of concern for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Australian tennis star, 25, announced his decision in a video shared Saturday on Twitter.

“Dear tennis, let’s take a breath here and remember what’s important, which is health and safety as a community,” Kyrgios said. “We can rebuild our sport and the economy, but we can never recover lives lost.”

“I’ve got no problem with the USTA putting on the US Open, and if players want to go, that’s up to them,” the professional athlete said. “So long as everyone acts appropriately and acts safely.”

Kyrgios went on to say that “no one wants people to keep their jobs more than me,” citing people such as restaurant workers, cleaners and locker room attendants that are now unemployed.

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Pandemic ushers in a ‘new normal’ for historically underfunded HBCUs

When South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, a Republican, issued an order in early March to close all public schools to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Roslyn Clark Artis jumped into action.

Artis, the president of Benedict College — a private, historically Black liberal arts school in Columbia — knew she had to evacuate roughly 2,000 students from campus, which she described as a “herculean effort.”

“I put out a bat signal, a call for help, and sent a letter to my board of trustees and within 24 hours they raised $54,000 and we set up a travel agency in my office,” Artis told NBC News in a phone interview.

The school ended up buying more than 100 plane, bus and train tickets to get the students with greatest need home, started a 24-hour shuttle service from the campus to local airports, bought luggage for students, paid baggage fees and

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Katie Holmes Does Big-Toe Strappy Sandals With a Box Tee for Antiquing

Katie Holmes stepped out for an adventure to an antique store in New York yesterday. She bought a huge $225 antique portrait from the early 1900s that was titled “Bright and Early Coffee.”

Holmes wore her classic summer look: wide-legged jeans paired with a plain box tee-shirt and black strappy flip-flops for her Saturday rendezvous antiquing. She topped the look off with a sleek top-knot, a floral mask and large-framed black sunglasses.

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Holmes appears to be wearing the Abercrombie and Fitch faux leather flip-flops. You can find these online at abercrombie.com for $21 in both black and beige.

For another strappy black sandal, you can visit Bloomingdale’s to find Marc Fisher women’s sandals in black for $66.

Make a strappy sandal part of your summer staples by pairing it with your everyday look, like Holmes did. Find a comfortable tee-shirt that comes in numerous fun summer

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Philippines coronavirus cases top 100,000

MANILA, Philippines — Coronavirus infections in the Philippines surged past 100,000 Sunday after medical groups declared that the country was waging “a losing battle” against the virus and asked the president to reimpose a lockdown in the capital.

The Department of Health reported a record-high daily tally of 5,032, bringing the total confirmed cases in the country to 103,185, including more than 2,000 deaths. The Philippines has the second-most cases in Southeast Asia after Indonesia.

President Rodrigo Duterte eased a tough virus lockdown in the capital, Manila, on June 1. After shopping malls and workplaces were partially reopened and limited public transport was allowed, infections spiked sharply with increased virus testing.

More than 50,000 infections were reported in less than four weeks and leading hospitals began warning that their coronavirus wards were fast being overwhelmed to capacity again, as they were when cases soared alarmingly in April.

After Duterte further

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