With 32 launches from New Zealand in the books, Rocket Lab made its first launch from the U.S. on a flight called “Virginia is For Launch Lovers” on Tuesday.

The Long Beach, California-based company sent its Electron rocket loaded with three satellites for radio frequency geospatial analytics provider HawkEye 360 into space with liftoff at 6 p.m. from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA Wallops Flight Facility on the Eastern Shore in Virginia.

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The Blue Bay LPGA has been canceled for the third time in four years because of what the LPGA Tour described as ongoing COVID-19 matters. The decision comes from the China Golf Association, which regulates golf in the country. The tour said it looked forward to returning to Hainan Island in 2024. The Blue Bay LPGA had been scheduled for March 9-12 as the third and final leg of its first Asia swing. The tournament was part of the LPGA Tour schedule from 2014 through 2018.

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The new district attorney for California's Alameda County in the San Francisco Bay Area says she'll re-investigate eight police shootings and custody deaths, including two killings of unarmed men by the same Oakland police officer. Pamela Price, who was elected last November on a justice reform platform, says a new Public Accountability Unit will look into whether to file criminal charges in two 15-year-old shootings of unarmed men by Oakland Officer Hector Jimenez and the April 2021 death of Mario Gonzalez, who was pinned to the ground by three Oakland officers for several minutes. The previous DA declined to file criminal charges in those cases. Four other deadly shootings and a jail suicide also will be re-examined.

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Shakeel Moore scored a career-high 22 points, Tolu Smith had 15 points and eight rebounds and Mississippi State beat South Carolina 66-51 for its second SEC victory of the season. Mississippi State, which was coming off an 81-74 victory over No. 11 TCU behind Smith’s career-high 27 points and 13 rebounds, posted back-to-back victories for the first time since opening the season 11-0. Mississippi State closed the first half on an 11-4 run and opened the second by scoring six straight points for a 38-26 lead. The Bulldogs extended it to 66-46 after making seven straight shots and holding South Carolina without a field goal for four-plus minutes.

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A defense attorney says a former Minneapolis police officer who held back bystanders while his colleagues restrained a dying George Floyd is innocent of criminal wrongdoing and should be acquitted. But prosecutors argue Tou Thao “acted without courage and displayed no compassion” even though he could see Floyd’s life slowly ebbing away. Tuesday was the deadline for both sides to file final written arguments in the case of Thao, the last of the four former officers facing judgement in Floyd’s murder. Judge Peter Cahill has 90 days to rule on whether Thao is guilty on state charges of aiding and abetting murder and manslaughter.

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The Michigan House voted along party lines Tuesday to move the state's primary to the fourth week of February to match an early presidential primary plan approved by a Democratic National Committee panel last month. Michigan would become the fifth state to hold its primary under the new plan, which leaders say will give it an increased voice in national politics. House Republicans argued that the move could cost nearly the state party nearly all of their delegates in 2024 after the Republican National Committee already set their early primary calendar that does not include Michigan. The legislation now heads to Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's desk and will not take immediate effect, leaving questions about how it will be implemented in 2024.

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The first Black woman elected to the Mississippi Legislature 38 years ago says she will not seek another term. Democratic Rep. Alyce Clarke of Jackson announced her decision Tuesday — one day before candidates’ qualifying deadline for statewide, regional, legislative and county offices in Mississippi. The first Black man to win a seat in the Mississippi Legislature in the 20th century was Robert Clark, elected in 1967. Alyce Clarke — no relation — won a March 1985 special election. Several other Black women have been elected to Mississippi’s 122-member House and 52-member Senate, but women generally remain a small minority in both chambers.

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American forward Matthew Hoppe was loaned to Hibernian of the Scottish Premier League for the rest of the season  by Middlesbrough of England’s first tier League Championship. A 21-year-old from Yorba Linda, California, Hoppe joined Middlesbrough from Spain’s Mallorca last summer but made just six league appearances, all as a second-half substitute. Hoppe made his professional debut for Germany’s Schalke in November 2020 and the following Jan. 9 against Hoffenheim became the first American to score a hat trick in the Bundesliga.

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Police say a man at the center of an intense police search in Oregon after a violent kidnapping last week was seen walking a dog in the same part of southern Oregon where the victim had been tortured. The Grants Pass Police Department said on Facebook that Benjamin Obadiah Foster was spotted Tuesday morning in the Grants Pass area. Officers from multiple law enforcement agencies have been looking for Foster since a woman was found unconscious, bound and near death on Jan. 24 in Grants Pass. Last Thursday, law enforcement raided a property in the unincorporated community of Wolf Creek, but Foster managed to escape.

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Longtime University of California women’s swimming coach Teri McKeever has been fired following an investigation into alleged harassment, bullying and verbally abusive conduct. McKeever led the Golden Bears to four NCAA team titles over 29 years. She coached the U.S. women’s swim team at the London Olympics in 2012, the first woman to serve in that role. Cal hired a law firm to investigate the allegations against McKeever. Athletic director Jim Knowlton said in a statement that many of the allegations were substantiated and that McKeever violated numerous university policies.

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Diego Castillo and the Seattle Mariners have gone to salary arbitration, with the relief pitcher asking for $3,225,000 and the team offering $2.95 million. Richard Bloch, Melinda Gordon and Brian Keller heard the case. A decision is expected Wednesday. A 29-year-old right-hander, Castillo was 7-3 with a 3.64 ERA and seven saves in 59 relief appearances last year for the Mariners, who made the playoffs for the first time since 2001 and lost to eventual World Series champion Houston in the Division Series.

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This season’s Georgia Tech men’s basketball team is the worst-ever in Ken Pomeroy’s statistical rankings, which date to the 2001-02 season. The 2009 Yellow Jackets finished 2-14 in the ACC, but at least they lost a lot of close games. This season’s Jackets are 1-10 in the ACC, and the losing…

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Mourners are paying their respects to Cardinal George Pell who lies in state in a Sydney cathedral as police seek a court order to prevent protesters from disrupting his funeral. The staunchly conservative church leader will lie in St. Mary’s Cathedral from Wednesday until he is interred in the cathedral crypt after a funeral Mass the following day. The New South Wales Police Force have rejected an application from a gay rights group for a permit to protest outside the cathedral on Thursday due to safety concerns. Police are applying to the New South Wales Supreme Court on Wednesday to prohibit the rally. Protesters tied ribbons in memory of victims of clergy abuse to the cathedral’s fence early Wednesday.

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Oregon's recently inaugurated Democratic Gov. Tina Kotek has unveiled her budget proposal for the upcoming biennium. She's requesting that $1 billion in spending go toward building and maintaining affordable housing in a bid to address the state's interconnected housing and homelessness crises. She's also asking for hundreds of millions of dollars to fund her other top priorities: mental health and addiction treatment, education and child care. Kotek said the biggest issue when drafting the budget was determining how to keep programs afloat with $3.5 billion in one-time federal funding set to expire. The country's national COVID-19 emergencies are set to end in May.

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — The statewide Sierra Nevada snowpack — the source of nearly one-third of California’s water supply — is at its highest level since 1995, boosting hopes that an end to the drought is near, but also raising concerns that a few warm spring storms could melt it too early and t…

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Fiction by Percival Everett and Ling Ma, nonfiction by Annie Proulx and biographies of George Balanchine and J. Edgar Hoover are among the finalists for National Book Critics Circle awards. Former U.S. poet laureate Joy Harjo has won an honorary award for lifetime achievement. Last fall’s National Book Award winner for fiction, Tess Gunty’s “The Rabbit Hutch,” is a nominee for best first book. Other finalists announced Tuesday night include Ed Yong’s “An Immense World” and the poetry collection “Milkweed Smithereens,” by Bernadette Mayer, who died in November at age 77. Winners will be announced March 23 during a ceremony in Manhattan.

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The widow of a California man fatally shot by police in a Los Angeles suburb last year has filed a wrongful death lawsuit claiming he was suffering from a mental health crisis and unarmed when he was shot in the back. Adriana Medina sued Culver City police and one of its officers Tuesday in U.S. District Court. Medina says she called police because Guillermo Medina, who was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, was pounding on her windows. Police said after the Dec. 18 shooting that they had responded to a call of a husband threatening his wife with a handgun. Medina's lawyer says she never reported her husband was armed. Police declined to comment on pending litigation.

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WASHINGTON — The House Oversight and Accountability Committee adopted its new rules on Tuesday after rejecting six amendments proposed by Democrats, in a first glimpse of a key committee whose new chairman, James R. Comer, has promised to launch a series of partisan investigations.

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The U.S. government has made it clear to Cuban authorities that the imprisonment of hundreds of peaceful protesters who took part in island-wide demonstrations on July 2021 is the “most serious obstacle” to improving bilateral relations, the head of the U.S. Embassy in Havana told the Miami …

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North Carolina has hired former star player Erin Matson — barely a month after she graduated — to take over its field hockey program after the retirement of 10-time NCAA champion Karen Shelton. The school announced the move Tuesday, roughly two months after Shelton announced she would retire as the sport’s winningest coach. The 22-year-old Matson was the star on four of Shelton’s NCAA championship teams, including last year in an unbeaten season while finishing as the career scoring leader in NCAA Tournament play. She’s also the Atlantic Coast Conference’s career scoring leader and the only five-time league offensive player of the year. Matson has been a member of the U.S. national team since she was 17.

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In the wake of the shooting death of an environmental activist, Atlanta-area officials have reiterated that they are moving forward with plans to construct a huge police and firefighter training center that protesters derisively refer to as “Cop City.” Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens held a news conference to announce the city had signed a memorandum of understanding with DeKalb County to build the $90 million Atlanta Public Safety Training Center. He also said officials have pledged to enact certain environmental protections after consulting with a “community advisory committee.” Outside City Hall, a few dozen protesters gathered to oppose the project, chanting, “We don’t want your compromise! Stop Cop City!”

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An Illinois appellate court has upheld a temporary restraining order on enforcement of the state’s three-week-old law banning semiautomatic weapons. A three-judge panel for the 5th District Appellate Court on Tuesday affirmed the restraining order issued Jan. 20 by an Effingham County circuit judge. The state’s attorney general plans appeal the ruling to the state Supreme Court. The law was enacted largely in response to the mass shooting at an Independence Day parade in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park. It prohibits the manufacture or possession of semiautomatic handguns and rifles and says existing guns must be registered with state police,

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Winning a batting title put Jeff McNeil in the driver’s seat — for a big-money contract and a new car. Mets teammate Francisco Lindor told McNeil early last season he would gift him the vehicle if McNeil won a batting championship. McNeil led the major leagues at .326, and the Mets rewarded him with a $50 million, four-year deal. McNeil says: “I did send Lindor a pretty good video of some very nice cars the other day." He adds: “So any one of those should be up to my standards.”