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Apollo 11 mission, Baseball Hall of Fame, Marvel hits Comic-Con: 5 things to know this weekend

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Looking back at Apollo 11, 50 years later

Fifty years ago Saturday, the first humans landed on the moon. NASA’s Apollo 11 mission expanded humanity’s reach beyond the sky. But most agree it would not have happened – at least not until much later – if John F. Kennedy hadn’t pushed to win the space race against the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War. It’s not that the United States didn’t have what we would need, said author Charles Fishman, “we didn’t even know what we would need.” Read more of our 50th-anniversary moon landing coverage here:

  • “Here Comes the Sun”:The songs astronauts listen to above Earth may surprise you (or not).
  • Moon myths debunked: Let’s talk about that dark side.
  • NASA wants to go back to the moon by 2024. There are plenty of challenges ahead.
  • What happened to the American flags on the moon? 
  • Lunar dust? Let’s talk about those gray spots on Neil Armstrong’s moon landing glove.
  • Relive the event: Here’s what to watch on TV.

Excessive heat impacts tens of millions of people

A summer heatwave hits most of the eastern and central United States this weekend and temperatures in cities across the East Coast are expected to hit triple digits. For a while on Saturday, it will feel about as hot in Washington, D.C., as it is in Death Valley, California, according to AccuWeather. Lucky timing? Sunday is National Ice Cream Day. Customers nationwide will be treated to a variety of special deals marking the occasion, with brands such as Baskin Robbins, Dairy Queen and even goPuff joining in.

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Britain warns Iran of ‘serious consequences’ if oil tanker not released

Tensions will remain high Saturday after British officials warned Iran of “serious consequences” if Tehran does not release a British-flagged oil tanker it seized in the strategic Strait of Hormuz waterway. The seizing of the “Stena Impero” potentially marks the most significant escalation in tensions between Iran and the West about a year after the United States pulled out of an international accord aimed at Iran’s nuclear program. Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said the “Stena Impero” was taken to an Iranian port because it was not complying with “international maritime laws and regulations.” On Saturday, Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency reported that the “Stena Impero” collided with an Iranian fishing boat, causing it damage, and then failed to respond to calls from the smaller craft. 

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President Trump called Iran “nothing but trouble” after saying he heard from the U.K. that tankers were seized in the Strait of Hormuz.
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Baseball honors new Hall of Fame class

The Baseball Hall of Fame will welcome six new members Sunday. Legendary closer Mariano Rivera, the first player inducted unanimously in Hall of Fame history, leads the class of 2019 that also includes Edgar Martinez, Roy Halladay, Mike Mussina, Lee Smith and Harold Baines. The inductions of Rivera and Smith — first and third all-time in saves, respectively — are helping closers get their due in Cooperstown. Mussina and Halladay making the Hall illustrate the evolution of standards for starting pitchers, where the once-hallowed milestone of 300 career wins may not be seen again for years. 

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USA TODAY Sports’ Bob Nightengale breaks down the prominent careers of the 2019 Baseball Hall of Fame class.
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Comic-Con: Will Marvel reveal plans to reload its powerful pack of heroes?

Marvel Studios returns Saturday to San Diego Comic-Con, the annual gargantuan festival of pop culture, with one of its most important presentations. Why? As Brian Truitt explains: “While the Marvel Cinematic Universe is still chock-full of stars, the galaxy needs to be reloaded.” “Avengers: Endgame” and “Spider-Man: Far From Home” capped off Marvel’s Phase 3 films, but — spoiler alert — they left two huge holes in the company’s stable of superheroes.  Despite reports of upcoming sequels to “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Thor,” “Black Panther” and “Doctor Strange” and talk of Angelina Jolie starring in the myth-heavy “The Eternals,” Marvel hasn’t officially revealed any Phase 4 plans. That’s a far cry from 2014 when the studio announced its entire Phase 3 lineup.  

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  • Jake Gyllenhaal plays the enigmatic Mysterio, a different kind of hero in Spider-Man: Far From Home.1 of 33
  • Mickey Rourke as Whiplash in Iron Man 2.2 of 33
  • Malekith of the Dark Elves (Chris Eccleston) in a scene from 'Thor: The Dark World.'3 of 33
  • The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) in a scene from the motion picture Iron Man 3.4 of 33
  • General Thunderbolt Ross (William Hurt) in Captain America: Civil War.5 of 33
  • Taserface (Chris Sullivan, right) and the Ravagers6 of 33
  • Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen) has big plans for the world7 of 33
  • Ronan (Lee Pace) in a scene from the motion picture Guardians of the Galaxy.8 of 33
  • Mad scientist Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) in a scene from Iron Man 3.9 of 33
  • Crossbones (Frank Grillo) in Captain America: Civil War.10 of 33
  • The Abomination in a scene from the motion picture The Incredible Hulk.11 of 33
  • Yellowjacket (Corey Stoll) and Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) in Ant-Man.12 of 33
  • We may be seeing 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' villainess13 of 33
  • Supreme Intelligence (Annette Bening) in Captain Marvel.14 of 33
  • Ultron (voiced by James Spader) in a scene from the motion picture Avengers: Age Of Ultron.15 of 33
  • Obadiah Stane (Jeff Bridges) in a scene from the motion picture Iron Man16 of 33
  • Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen) in Ant-Man and the Wasp.17 of 33
  • strong16. Yondu./strong The Ravagers leader (Michael Rooker, center) is a space outlaw who sacrificed himself to save his surrogate son Star-Lord yet had a definitely underhanded side in quot;Guardians of the Galaxyquot; (2014).18 of 33
  • Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis) in Black Panther.19 of 33
  • Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.20 of 33
  • Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum) in Thor: Ragnarok.21 of 33
  • Kurt Russell plays Ego, a living planet, in 'Guardians22 of 33
  • Helmut Zemo (Daniel Brhl) in Captain America: Civil War.23 of 33
  • Nebula (Karen Gillan) returns with a bone to pick with24 of 33
  • The Vulture (Michael Keaton) has dual roles as supervillain and family man in 'Spider-Man: Homecoming.'25 of 33
  • Hugo Weaving plays Red Skull in a scene from the motion picture Captain America: The First Avenger.26 of 33
  • Sam Rockwell, with the Drones, in a scene from the motion picture Iron Man 2.27 of 33
  • Peter Parker (Tom Holland, left, with Jake Gyllenhaal) faces a new world five years after Thanos' snap in Spider-Man: Far From Home.28 of 33
  • Hela (Cate Blanchett) in Thor: Ragnarok.29 of 33
  • Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) in a scene from Captain America: The Winter Soldier.30 of 33
  • Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in The Avengers.31 of 33
  • Thanos (Josh Brolin) leads his army against Earth's mightiest heroes in Avengers: Endgame.32 of 33
  • Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) in Black Panther.33 of 33

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