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FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — The nation's largest irrigation district has agreed to spend $3.5 billion to clean up contaminated water on central California farmland in a tentative deal to settle a decades-old dispute with the federal government.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Space station astronaut Scott Kelly is halfway home.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Federal wildlife officials have declined the suggestion of a wildlife advocacy group to place experimental rafts off Alaska's northwest coast as a resting place for walrus.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal scientists said summer Arctic sea ice shrank to its fourth lowest level on record this month, dispelling faint hopes of a recovery.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is shipping his space business to Florida.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Fishermen benefiting from booming prices for American eels are squirming about a decision expected this month on whether to list the fish under the Endangered Species Act.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ever wonder what's really underneath that 5,000-year-old mummy's elaborate wrapping?
SEATTLE (AP) — An archaeological survey to clear the way for construction near a mall has unearthed thousands of stone tools crafted at least 10,000 years ago.
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuador's environment ministry says a man who killed a jaguar and posted photos of the corpse on Facebook has been sentenced to six months in prison for killing a member of an endangered species.
MOSCOW (AP) — A three-person crew from the International Space Station has landed safely in Kazakhstan.
TOKYO (AP) — A strong earthquake shook Tokyo early Saturday morning, knocking books from shelves, but authorities said there was no risk of a tsunami.
KANEOHE, Hawaii (AP) — Researchers say warmer-than-normal ocean temperatures around Hawaii this year will likely lead to the worst coral bleaching the islands have ever seen.
DOVER, N.H. (AP) — The federal government says it can take the New England cottontail rabbit off the list of species under consideration for special protection, thanks to conservation efforts.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The spigot has opened again, and Pluto pictures are pouring in once more from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court has blocked the use of a pesticide over concerns about its effect on honey bees.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — More than 1,000 years before Starbucks, caffeine was an international market mover, with ancient civilizations trading holly and cacao-based chocolate beverages between what is now modern-day Mexico, the Southwest, and the South, according to a new study.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal forecasters upgraded this year's El Nino to an unusual strong status, but said it's probably not a record breaker or drought buster.
MAGALIESBURG, South Africa (AP) — Jagged rocks hooked into Steven Tucker's overalls as he squeezed through a crack deep in a subterranean cave. Upon emerging at the other end, he saw he was in a chamber with stalactites hanging from the ceiling. Then his headlamp shone onto a bone. Then more bones, and half of a skull.
NEW YORK (AP) — Researchers said Thursday that they had discovered a previously unknown relative of humans, revealed by bones found deep in a South African cave. Here's a quick look at the discovery:
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