NASA private space station contracts: Blue Origin, Nanoracks, Northrop

Concept art for the space station “Starlab” Nanorax NASA has awarded three companies contracts to develop private space stations, as the agency prepares to retire from the International Space Station. The agency announced Thursday that Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, Northrop Grumman and Nanorak were awarded $415.6 million under NASA’s Leo Designs (CLD) commercial venture. Nanoracks … Read more

Biden says no lockdowns, won’t expand vaccine mandates this winter

US President Joe Biden talks about his administration’s plan to combat coronavirus disease (Covid-19) with the emergence of the Omicron variant, during his visit to the National Institutes of Health, in Bethesda, Maryland, United States, December 2, 2021. Kevin Lamarck | Reuters President Joe Biden said Thursday that his plan to fight Covid during the … Read more

Minnesota reports second U.S. omicron case in resident who traveled to NYC

A sign outside a hospital announcing a COVID-19 test on November 19, 2021 in New York City. Spencer Platt | Getty Images Minnesota public health authorities on Thursday confirmed what appears to be the second case in the United States of the omicron variant of COVID-19 in a resident who recently returned from New York … Read more

Omicron clouds outlook for international travel that was just turning a corner

A passenger arrives at a terminal at Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington as countries react to the novel coronavirus variant Omicron amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Washington, United States, November 30, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Parilla Carlos Barria | Reuters The spread of the omicron variant Covid-19 around the world may delay the recovery … Read more

China issues directive to bring Boeing 737 Max back to the skies after more than 2 years

This December 15, 2018 photo shows a Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft delivered to China Airlines during a ceremony at the Boeing 737 Zhoushan Fulfillment and Delivery Center in Zhoushan, east China’s Zhejiang Province. STR | AFP | Getty Images Chinese aviation regulators on Thursday instructed airlines to make the changes needed to fly Boeing’s … Read more

Dollar General to open 1,000 Popshelf stores, aimed at wealthier shoppers

Dollar General debuted a new store called Popshelf about a year ago, aimed at affluent suburban shoppers who enjoy hunting for a good deal. The Tennessee-based discounter said Thursday that it now plans to have nearly 1,000 stores by the end of fiscal year 2025 — including about 100 more locations that will open in … Read more

U.S. tightens travel testing requirements, mask mandates

United States President Joe Biden talks about a Covid-19 vaccine that has been administered in the United States at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC, February 25, 2021. Saul Loeb | AFP | Getty Images The Biden administration is tightening rules for travel to and within the United States, requiring all domestic international … Read more

Biden asks businesses to proceed with vaccine mandate after omicron variant arrives in U.S.

US President Joe Biden talks about his administration’s efforts to ease supply chain problems during the holiday season, at the White House in Washington, December 1, 2021. Kevin Lamarck | Reuters President Joe Biden on Thursday asked companies to voluntarily press ahead with the administration’s Covid-19 vaccine and testing requirements, even as the rule was … Read more

Stock futures inch higher after sell-off prompted by first U.S. omicron case

U.S. stock index futures rose during overnight trading on Wednesday, after the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed the first known case of the omicron variant in the United States, sending stocks tumbling. Futures related to the Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 72 points. S&P 500 futures advanced 0.2%, while Nasdaq 100 futures gained 0.25%. … Read more