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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.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Residents of a Native village threatened by erosion were thankful for President Barack Obama's attention to their plight, saying they hope his visit to Alaska will help them secure funding to build a critical evacuation road to drier ground.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Residents of a Native village threatened by erosion were thankful Wednesday for President Obama's attention to their plight, saying they hope his visit to Alaska will help them secure funding to build a critical evacuation road to drier ground.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A NASA satellite launched seven months ago has lost use of one of two science instruments, but the agency says the mission to map global soil moisture will continue.
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 3 trillion trees now grow on Earth, seven times more than scientists previously thought. But it's also trillions fewer than there used to be, a new study concludes.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — North America's tallest mountain just got a shorter name. Now it has a shorter elevation.
BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) — A Soyuz space craft carrying a Russian, a Dane and a Kazakh has blasted off for the International Space Station.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A proposal from two congressmen to convert a central Utah dinosaur fossil quarry rich in Jurassic-period bones into a national monument gained a key endorsement Tuesday from county officials.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The regulatory agency overseeing Texas' oil and gas industry has determined that a series of small earthquakes in North Texas likely wasn't caused by drilling operations by an Exxon Mobil subsidiary.
GENEVA (AP) — Experts at the World Meteorological Organization say the El Nino event may be on track for one of the strongest in more than a half-century.
GENEVA (AP) — Two years after finding the elusive Higgs boson "God particle," physicists now know a little bit more about how it acts. And it acts just like they thought it would.