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Crater collapse causes lava explosion on Hawaii's Kilauea

Mon, 05/04/2015 - 13:33
HONOLULU (AP) — Molten lava and rocks went flying through the air on Hawaii's Kilauea (kih-luh-WAY'-uh) volcano after an explosion caused by the partial collapse of a crater wall.

Q&A: A look at the big waves pounding California beaches

Mon, 05/04/2015 - 13:32
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Big waves have been lashing Southern California, attracting surfers and thousands of gawkers to south-facing beaches.

Study: Trace amount of drilling fluid found in water wells

Mon, 05/04/2015 - 13:08
A new study says toxic fluids used in drilling and hydraulic fracturing likely escaped an unlined borehole and migrated thousands of feet into residential drinking-water wells in Pennsylvania.

Huge waves in California lure surfers, cause minor flooding

Mon, 05/04/2015 - 10:07
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Big surf generated by a Southern Hemisphere storm is rolling ashore along south-facing sections of the Southern California coast.

Italian Astronaut Brews, Sips First Fresh Espresso in Space

Mon, 05/04/2015 - 06:22
Italian trekkie astronaut brews, sips fresh espresso in space, a first for humankind.

New sea star babies offer hope amid mass deaths in Pacific

Sun, 05/03/2015 - 20:46
LOPEZ PASS, Wash. (AP) — Emerging from a recent dive 40 feet below the surface of Puget Sound, biologist Ben Miner wasn't surprised by what he found: The troubling disease that wiped out millions of sea stars up and down the West Coast had not spared this site along the rocky cliffs of Lopez Island.

SeaWorld cited over safety of trainers who work with orcas

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 10:43
SAN DIEGO (AP) — SeaWorld — whose safety practices have been under scrutiny since an animal trainer was killed in 2010 by an orca at its Orlando, Florida, park — has now been cited for not adequately protecting its killer-whale trainers at its park in San Diego.

SpaceX mile-high escape test will feature 'Buster' the dummy

Fri, 05/01/2015 - 08:13
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX is just days away from shooting up a crew capsule to test a launch escape system designed to save astronauts' lives.

Documentary on T-rex discovery leads to pardon request

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 18:24
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The paleontologist who unearthed the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex ever found is pushing for President Barack Obama to pardon his 20-year-old federal conviction.

Scientists breed Arctic fish as they study ocean warming

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 15:25
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Federal scientists say they have successfully grown Arctic cod in a laboratory, giving them hope that they can learn more about a key Arctic species vulnerable to warming ocean waters.

Sea lion pup spotted on San Francisco sidewalk gets rescued

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 12:27
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A stranded sea lion pup has been spotted wandering a San Francisco sidewalk in a scene that marine rescuers warn could become commonplace as the ocean heats up.

Bezos' secretive space company launches unmanned test flight

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 12:05
VAN HORN, Texas (AP) — A private space company founded by CEO Jeff Bezos has launched an unmanned spaceship in its first test flight, the latest development in the commercial space race.

Lawsuit: Educational cadavers mishandled at Chicago college

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 11:41
CHICAGO (AP) — For more than a decade, a college in Chicago stored four unidentified human cadavers in cardboard boxes in a locked, unrefrigerated closet, then fired a doctor who raised questions about it, according to a recently filed lawsuit.

California cuts wetland, wildlife restoration in water plan

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 05:45
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — California officials dramatically scaled back habitat restoration planned during construction of two massive tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to send water to farms and millions of people.

Angry Birds to help save their counterparts in South Pacific

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 03:09
HELSINKI (AP) — Angry Birds are getting angrier, because some of their real-life counterparts in the South Pacific are facing extinction.

Black band coral disease continues to affect Kauai reefs

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 02:03
HONOLULU (AP) — Black band coral disease is affecting nearly half of the reef sites researchers have surveyed in waters off Kauai, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources said.

Things to know about California's plan to cut emissions

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 12:43
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown announced a new target Wednesday in the state's efforts to reduce carbon emissions that contribute to climate change. Here are some things to know about what California is doing:

$4 million in US projects aim to protect sage grouse habitat

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 10:06
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal officials have announced more than $4 million in projects in four states as part of a wildfire-fighting strategy to protect a wide swath of intermountain West sagebrush country that supports cattle ranching and is home to a struggling bird species.

Space station astronauts get big screen, watch 'Gravity'

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 09:35
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Space station astronauts have finally hit the big time, at least when it comes to the big screen.

Tiny Chinese Dinosaur Sported Unusual Wings

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 09:17
Big surprise from a little dinosaur: Fossil indicates wings made of skin rather than feathers.