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Separating earthquake fact from fiction in 'San Andreas'

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 10:36
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The San Andreas Fault awakens, unleashing back-to-back jolts that leave a trail of misery from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Skyscrapers crumble. Fires erupt. The letters of the Hollywood Sign topple. Tsunami waves swamp the Golden Gate Bridge.

Japan pledges climate change aid to Pacific island nations

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 23:01
TOKYO (AP) — Japan pledged Saturday 55 billion yen ($450 million) in climate change and disaster aid to Pacific island nations that are battling rising sea levels and natural calamities as a result of global warming.

Local ban nullified by Texas; fracking resumes in Denton

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 16:25
DENTON, Texas (AP) — A North Texas city whose fracking ban prompted state lawmakers to limit such local power says a driller has revealed plans to resume fracking gas wells in the city.

Giant hole forms at entrance of Missouri golf course

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 16:19
BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — A big sinkhole discovered Friday near the driving range of a southwest Missouri golf course is attracting the attention of geological experts.

Government hunters prepare to kill salmon-eating birds

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 16:10
Government hunters have begun scouting an island at the mouth of the Columbia River as they prepare to shoot thousands of hungry seabirds to stop them from eating baby salmon.

Rutgers urged to cancel ocean blasting off New Jersey coast

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 16:01
SHIP BOTTOM, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Senate president and a congressman representing the Jersey shore are asking Rutgers University to cancel planned research that involves blasting the ocean floor with sound waves.

Las Vegas feels magnitude-5.4 earthquake 100-plus miles away

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 11:26
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A magnitude-5.4 earthquake has struck a rural area of southern Nevada and has been felt more than 100 miles away in Las Vegas.

Quake rattles nerves in Napa Valley after 2014 disaster

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 07:03
NAPA, Calif. (AP) — A magnitude-4.1 earthquake has jolted Napa Valley and became an unwelcome reminder of the wine country's large temblor last summer — the strongest quake to hit Northern California in a quarter-century.

Endangered antelope dying off in vast numbers in Kazakhstan

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 04:22
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Authorities in Kazakhstan says around one-third of the endangered saiga antelope population in this Central Asian nation has mysteriously died off in the last few days.

World's biggest atom smasher sets energy record

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 06:02
BERLIN (AP) — Scientists operating the world's biggest particle collider say they have set a new energy record ahead of the massive machine's full restart in June.

Next stop Earth: SpaceX cargo capsule departs space station

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 03:07
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A SpaceX Dragon capsule has left the space station for return to Earth.

California water cuts move to those with century-old rights

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 23:52
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California farmers who hold rights to water that date as far back as the Gold Rush are bracing for their first state-ordered conservation in decades, as a record drought prompts some of the deepest cuts yet in the country's most productive agricultural state.

California oil sop-up starts, thousands of gallons gathered

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 23:36
GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — More than 6,000 gallons of oil had been raked, skimmed and vacuumed from a spill that stretched across 9 miles of California coast in a cleanup effort that is now going 24 hours a day, officials said, but that's some of the sticky, stinking goo that escaped from a broken pipeline.

Professor seeks retraction of Science article he co-authored

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 11:08
NEW YORK (AP) — Citing irregularities on the part of his colleague, a prominent Columbia University professor has asked Science magazine to retract a study he co-authored last year about the ability of openly gay canvassers to shift voters' views toward support for same-sex marriage.

Service dogs that sniff out seizures improve kids' lives

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 07:59
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Alyssa Howes was 4, she lost her sight and started having seizures — up to 20 a day.

Forest Service sees hope in battle against bat disease

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 07:46
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Officials with the U.S. Forest Service are cautiously optimistic that a new treatment may help bats survive a disease known as white-nose syndrome that has killed millions of bats.

Koch, Kravis donate total of $250M for hospitals, research

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 05:36
NEW YORK (AP) — Industrialist David H. Koch (kohk) and financier Henry R. Kravis have made separate donations totaling $250 million for hospitals and medical research in New York City.

Obama frames global warming as national security threat

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 02:02
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is framing the challenges of climate change as a matter of national security that threatens to aggravate political instability around the globe and jeopardize the readiness of U.S. forces.

Japan aquariums say they'll stop getting Taiji-hunt dolphins

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 02:00
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's aquariums say they'll stop acquiring dolphins captured in a bloody hunt that was depicted in the Oscar-winning film "The Cove" and has caused global outrage.

Health officials: New strain of rabies found in New Mexico

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 16:02
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A new strain of rabies has been discovered in southern New Mexico, federal and state health officials confirmed Tuesday.