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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.

China wind power capacity jumps to record high

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 19:38
BEIJING (AP) — China boosted its installed wind energy capacity last year to a record 19.81 million kilowatts as the world's biggest greenhouse gas emitter tries to switch its power grid to cleaner energy sources.

1st Chinese female astronaut gives birth

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 19:16
BEIJING (AP) — China's first female astronaut has begun training for her next mission after giving birth to her first child, state media reported Friday.

Ship company, engineer reach deal in Alaska pollution case

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 18:08
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A ship company based in Germany and the chief engineer on one of its vessels have agreed to plead guilty to illegally dumping oily water off Alaska.

Agency: Sage grouse spending to top $750 million by 2018

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 12:11
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Spending on a government-sponsored initiative to help struggling sage grouse populations in the West is projected to exceed $750 million by 2018.

European capsule leaving space station Sat., skipping test

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 07:56
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A European cargo ship is set to depart the International Space Station this weekend. But it will re-enter the atmosphere and burn up the next day, skipping a special descent test because of a problem.

Ancient tablets displayed in Jerusalem fuel looting debate

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 22:28
JERUSALEM (AP) — At first glance, the ancient Babylonian tablets on exhibit for the first time at a Jerusalem museum look like nothing more than pockmarked lumps of clay.