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Sea lions hurt by chlorine at center waddle back into waves

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 11:30
LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A crowd in Southern California cheered as 14 sea lions injured by chlorine contamination at a rehab center waddled back into the waves.

Wind damages wing of solar plane sidelined in Japan

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 10:09
NAGOYA, Japan (AP) — A solar-powered plane forced to land in Japan when it hit bad weather during its trip around the globe has encountered more challenges after wind gusts damaged a wing on the grounded aircraft.

Solar system's weirdest dance scene: The moons around Pluto

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 09:01
WASHINGTON (AP) — There's a chaotic dance going on at the far end of our solar system, involving Pluto and five of its closest friends, a new study finds.

$4 million fire-prevention grant ignites passions in Oakland

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 08:47
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — City officials have accepted a $4 million federal grant to chop down trees in the ritzy Oakland hills, a decision that ignited debate over how best to prevent deadly wildfires.

Giant atom smasher back in business after 2-year upgrade

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 01:40
BERLIN (AP) — Scientists say they have successfully restarted the world's biggest particle collider after a two-year shutdown and upgrade and it's now producing almost double the collision energy of its first run.

2004 Nobel chemistry winner Irwin Rose dies at 88

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 16:56
DEERFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Irwin Rose, a biochemist who shared the 2004 Nobel Prize in chemistry for discovering a way that cells destroy unwanted proteins — a key for developing new cancer therapies — has died. He was 88.

Noisy debate about storm-protection research off New Jersey

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 12:42
BARNEGAT LIGHT, N.J. (AP) — A plan to help the world's coastal regions protect themselves against killer weather like Superstorm Sandy is pitting a group of scientists against an array of environmentalists and politicians, who fear that it could harm dolphins, turtles and other marine life.

Activists: Decline of elephants in Tanzania is catastrophic

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 11:57
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A wildlife conservation group says the sharp decline of the elephant population in Tanzania, most likely due to poaching, is catastrophic.

Storage bunkers sealed off at nuclear dump closed by leak

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 11:48
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Workers have finished sealing off storage bunkers affected by a radiation leak at the federal government's underground nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico.

Feds releasing plan for bull trout conservation in 5 states

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 08:47
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal officials are releasing a plan to recover struggling bull trout populations in five Western states with the goal of lifting Endangered Species Act protections.

Federal cafeterias to serve meat with fewer antibiotics

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 02:03
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's effort to curb the use of antibiotics in meat is starting with his own employees.

Series of quakes strikes off Northwest coast; no tsunamis

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 14:08
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A string of five earthquakes with a top magnitude of 5.9 has struck in an area off the Pacific Northwest known for lots of activity along faults but little tsunami danger.

Solar Impulse plane to land in Japan due to bad weather

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 02:03
TOKYO (AP) — A solar plane attempting to fly around the world without a drop of fuel says it is making an unscheduled stop in Nagoya because of bad weather.

Coast Guard: There were boots on the ground after oil spill

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 23:05
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The leader overseeing a massive oil cleanup along the California coast defended the initial response, saying there were boots on the ground after the spill that stained popular beaches.

APNewsBreak: Some telescope protesters' charges to be tossed

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 11:37
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii County's top prosecutor said Friday he will dismiss charges against about 10 of the 31 protesters who were arrested while blocking construction of a giant telescope on a mountain held sacred by Native Hawaiians.

Russia: Rocket failure was due to vibrations

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 11:02
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian space officials say this month's launch failure of a Proton rocket was due to excessive vibrations in the engine of the rocket's third stage.

Response by operator of broken oil pipeline faces scrutiny

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 06:56
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Emergency workers and officials from a pipeline operator had gathered last week to train for the worst — an oil spill — when a 911 call came in reporting a noxious smell at a nearby beach.

Physicist's Nobel Prize sells for $765,000 in online auction

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 06:25
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A 1988 Nobel Prize put up for auction by a retired experimental physicist has sold for $765,002.

Magnitude-6.7 quake strikes remote area off Alaska coast

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 05:36
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A strong earthquake has struck in a remote region off the Alaska coast, but officials say there is no tsunami threat or immediate reports of damage.

Fossils of previously unknown beaver species found in Oregon

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 15:05
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A fossilized skull and teeth from a newly described species of beaver that lived 28 million years ago have been unearthed in eastern Oregon.