Here's the latest for Tuesday, July 21st: White House defends use of federal troops in Portland; US accuses hackers of stealing COVID data; Astronauts prepare for return to earth; Arctic polar bears may die off by the end of the century.
LUKE SHERIDAN: This is AP News Minute. The White House is defending the use of federal officers at protests in Portland, Oregon, citing a US code that allows the Department of Homeland Security to deputize officers in other agencies to protect federal property. The standoff could potentially set off a constitutional crisis.
The Justice Department has accused two Chinese hackers of stealing hundreds of millions of dollars in trade secrets from companies developing a vaccine for the coronavirus. The indictment says data taken in the breach would be of interest and value to the Chinese government.
Astronauts at the International Space Station conducted their fourth and final spacewalk in under a month before turning their attention to the end of SpaceX's first crewed flight. NASA's Bob Behnken and Chris Cassidy will now prepare to depart the ISS in the same Dragon SpaceX capsule in which they arrived at the end of May.
And a new study says most polar bears could disappear from the Arctic by 2100. The study by the University of Toronto in Canada published in the "Nature Climate Change Journal" says aggressive cuts to greenhouse-gas emissions are needed now to save the animals from extinction. Luke Sheridan, Associated Press, with AP News Minute.