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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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DENVER (AP) — Scores of fierce-looking lynx roam the remote Colorado high country, 16 years after they were reintroduced to the state. But the elusive animals are rarely seen or photographed.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — With little time and deep-pocketed opposition from oil interests, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative Democrats were forced on Wednesday to retreat from their ambitious proposal to address climate change by dropping a key mandate to cut California's petroleum use by 50 percent.
HONOLULU (AP) — Eight people were detained early Wednesday in the latest round of arrests in an ongoing battle over construction of a giant telescope atop a mountain many Native Hawaiians consider sacred.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal scientists said Wednesday they expect nuisance flooding to increase in many places along the nation's coasts in coming months.
BEIJING (AP) — China's space program says it plans to attempt the first-ever landing of a lunar probe on the moon's far side.
SEATTLE (AP) — Scientists say a baby has been born to an endangered group of killer whales off Washington state, marking the fifth birth among the region's three pods since December.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Scientists who set out to use submersibles to study a German U-boat off the Rhode Island coast said Tuesday they were hampered by poor visibility but the mission was still a success because they were able to test new technologies that allow such expeditions to be broadcast to large audiences.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — New federal research shows that embryonic salmon and herring exposed to very low levels of crude oil can develop heart defects that hurt their chances for survival.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Are some bears just born to be bad? Or do they learn from other bears that raid garbage cans, break into cars and homes and eventually have to be killed because they've lost their fear of humans?
NARAHA, Japan (AP) — The Japanese town of Naraha near the disaster-stricken Fukushima nuclear plant is marking a fresh start since the 2011 tsunami by lifting an evacuation order and inviting its 7,400 residents to return.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Scientists are using submersibles to explore a German U-boat sunk 7 miles off the Rhode Island coast the day before Nazi Germany surrendered in World War II, and they're streaming the attempts online as they work to learn more about shipwrecks and how they affect the environment.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A Phoenix resident on a sanctioned dig for fossils at Petrified Forest National Park hit sort of a jackpot this summer.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel has unveiled an 1,800-year-old sarcophagus that workers found at a building site and initially tried to conceal.
TOKYO (AP) — An international body that monitors fisheries in most of the Pacific Ocean ended a meeting in Japan on Thursday without agreement on fresh measures to protect the dwindling bluefin tuna.