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Fossil fuel divestment effort comes to energy-rich Colorado

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 09:12
DENVER (AP) — A campaign to get universities to stop investing in greenhouse gas-producing fuels has come deep into energy country as activists ask the University of Colorado to divest from coal and petroleum companies.

NASA delays space station spacewalk because of suit issue

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 12:45
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A series of upcoming spacewalks at the International Space Station will begin a day late.

Egg-laying season starts at California condor breeding sites

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 12:21
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Egg-laying season has started at four breeding facilities for captive California condors, North America's largest bird.

More sick sea lion pups turning up on California beaches

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 10:05
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Unusually warm ocean water along the West Coast is to blame for four times more sick and dying sea lion pups getting stranded on California beaches this year.

Fireball! Meteor going 45,000 mph lights up Pennsylvania sky

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 10:46
KITTANNING, Pa. (AP) — A meteor moving at 45,000 mph lit up the sky over western Pennsylvania.

Colorado mountain snow is bright spot during drought in West

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 10:13
DENVER (AP) — Snowpack in the mountain valleys where the Colorado River originates is only a little below normal, marking one of the few bright spots in an increasingly grim drought gripping much of the West.

Washington state quake shows early warning system is slow

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 09:44
SEATTLE (AP) — A magnitude-4.3 earthquake that rumbled under Washington state's Cascade Range early Wednesday was "not a great advertisement" for an early warning system undergoing tests, an official said.

Israeli divers stumble upon large stash of medieval coins

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 03:02
CAESAREA, Israel (AP) — A group of amateur Israeli divers have stumbled upon the largest collection of medieval gold coins ever found in the country, dating back to the 11th century and likely from a shipwreck in the Mediterranean Sea.

Tiny Oregon minnow is first fish taken off endangered list

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 08:02
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A tiny minnow that lives only in backwaters in Oregon's Willamette Valley is the first fish to be formally removed from Endangered Species Act protection because it is no longer in danger of extinction.

Rosetta space probe takes sharp, close-up images of comet

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 06:56
BERLIN (AP) — The European Space Agency says high-resolution images the Rosetta space probe took during a swoop close to a comet it's been tracking for months show boulders on the comet's surface as well as "stunning details of the contrasting terrain."

Amid measles outbreak, few rules on teacher vaccinations

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 06:52
LOS ANGELES (AP) — While much of the attention in the ongoing measles outbreak has focused on student vaccination, less attention has been paid to another group in the nation's classrooms: Teachers and staff members, who by and large are not required to be vaccinated.

Australian project to combat Myanmar snakebite deaths

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 02:27
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Australia is funding a three-year, 2.3 million Australian dollar ($1.8 million) project that will aid snakebite victims in Myanmar by upgrading care facilities and the quality and availability of antivenom.

Europe's Rosetta craft swoops for close look at comet

Sat, 02/14/2015 - 06:03
BERLIN (AP) — The European Space Agency has sent its Rosetta probe in for a close look at the comet it's been tracking for months, a swoop that scientists hope will provide them with detailed measurements and photos of its surface.

140 whales die after getting stranded on New Zealand beach

Sat, 02/14/2015 - 02:35
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — About 140 pilot whales that stranded themselves on a remote stretch of New Zealand beach have died.

Rescuers reach fishing boat stuck in Antarctic ice

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 20:34
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Rescuers on Saturday reached a fishing boat with 26 people aboard trapped in ice near Antarctica and plan to use an unmanned underwater vehicle to assess the damage to it.

Rescuers reach fishing boat stuck in Antarctic ice

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 18:44
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Rescuers have reached a fishing boat with 26 people aboard that's trapped in ice near Antarctica and plan to use an unmanned underwater vehicle to assess the damage to it.

Greek archaeologists find couple locked in millennia-old hug

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 11:55
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Death did not part them.

Mexican gray wolf population peaks in American Southwest

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 10:51
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — There are now more Mexican gray wolves roaming the American Southwest than at any time since the federal government began reintroducing the endangered predators.

Scientists spot 2nd baby orca in endangered pod in 2 months

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 08:16
FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash. (AP) — A scientist who tracks a group of endangered killer whales that frequent Puget Sound says he's spotted a second baby born to the pod in the past two months.

Nearly 200 pilot whales stranded on New Zealand beach

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 20:02
SYDNEY (AP) — Nearly 200 pilot whales stranded themselves on New Zealand's South Island on Friday, with hordes of rescuers rushing to the remote area in a bid to guide them back to sea.