May 14, 2019

Trump Tower loses its luster in New York

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Trump Tower, which has sold several of its condos at more than a 20% loss over the last two years, is now one of the "least desirable luxury properties in Manhattan," reports Bloomberg.

Details: The tower's occupancy rate has tanked for 7 years — well before Trump was elected president. Things aren't much better on the commercial side either with 42,000 vacant square feet of office space. The building's vacancy rate is around twice Manhattan's average, despite the building advertising rent significantly below the area's average.

The other side: Trump's association with the building has led to heavy security, an inconvenience for many residents that could be driving them away and driving down prices. "The name on the building became a problem," the son of one former resident told Bloomberg.

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Updated 39 mins ago - Politics & Policy

In photos: Protesters clash with police nationwide over George Floyd

Police officers grapple with protesters in Atlanta. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images

Police used tear gas, rubber bullets and pepper spray as the protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd spread nationwide on Friday evening.

The big picture: Police responded in force in cities ranging from Atlanta to Des Moines, Houston to Detroit, Milwaukee to Washington, D.C. and Denver to Louisville. In Los Angeles, police declared a stretch of downtown off limits, with Oakland issuing a similar warning.

Updated 58 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Gov. Tim Walz to mobilize Minnesota's full National Guard

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Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced on Saturday he is activating the full National Guard to respond to street violence in Minneapolis that broke out during protests of a police encounter that left a black man, George Floyd, dead.

Why it matters: This is the first time the state has activated the full National Guard since World War II. " The Minnesota National Guard told Axios in an email that up to 10,000 soldiers and airmen would be deployed after all activations and processing are complete.

Updated 1 hour ago - Science

Live updates: SpaceX attempts to launch NASA astronauts Saturday

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket on the launch pad. Photo: NASA/Joel Kowsky

At 3:22 p.m. ET today, SpaceX is expected to launch NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley to the International Space Station for the first time.

Why it matters: The liftoff — should it go off without a hitch — will be the first time a private company has launched people to orbit. It will also bring crewed launches back to the U.S. for the first time in nine years, since the end of the space shuttle program.

Follow along below for live updates throughout the day...