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Amid controversy, construction of telescope in Hawaii halted

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 23:20
HONOLULU (AP) — After more than a week of demonstrations and more than a dozen arrests, Hawaii Gov. David Ige said the company building one of the world's largest telescopes atop Hawaii's Mauna Kea has agreed to his request to halt construction for a week.

Amid controversy, construction of telescope in Hawaii halted

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 16:31
HONOLULU (AP) — After more than a week of demonstrations and dozens of arrests, Hawaii Gov. David Ige said Tuesday that the company building one of the world's largest telescopes atop Hawaii's Mauna Kea has agreed to his request to halt construction for a week.

Report: Detroit model in effort to clear rape-kit backlog

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 16:14
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Chronic understaffing and police attitudes toward victims contributed to thousands of rape kits going untested for years in Detroit, but the city's success in clearing the backlog could be a model for other cities facing similar problems, according to a report released Tuesday.

Storms pummel St. Louis region; more severe weather expected

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 12:21
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Lightning-packing storms pummeled the St. Louis region Tuesday with inches of rainfall and two-inch hail, causing flash flooding that turned streets and yards into makeshift ponds of standing water as the nation's midsection girded for more potential severe weather.

Arizona home of Pluto discovery dedicates year to icy world

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 23:06
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A sushi restaurant in downtown Flagstaff added a Pluto roll to its menu. A yearlong exhibit celebrates the work of the amateur astronomer in the city who discovered the now-dwarf planet in 1930. And a walking tour leads people to the movie theater and restaurant the astronomer visited the night of his big find.

Modi blames changing lifestyles for India's rising pollution

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 04:25
NEW DELHI (AP) — Prime Minister Narendra Modi is blaming changing lifestyles for rising pollution levels that have given India some of the world's dirtiest air.

Giant atom smasher starts up after 2-year shutdown

Sun, 04/05/2015 - 06:33
BERLIN (AP) — The world's biggest particle accelerator is about to start up again after a two-year shutdown and upgrade.

Clash over telescope at sacred Hawaiian site intensifies

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 06:11
HONOLULU (AP) — Scientists hoping to see 13 billion light years away, giving them a look into the early years of the universe, are facing opposition from Native Hawaiian groups who say the construction site of a new telescope is on sacred land.

Wanted: single snowy Sierra slope good for spring skiing

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 21:29
SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — We've trudged through deep powder, braved icy slopes and weathered rain, wind and snow in an annual quest to reach a ski cabin in the wilderness of Sequoia National Park for the past 13 years. We always had skis on our feet. Until this year.

Protesters arrested blocking road to giant telescope site

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 13:59
HONOLULU (AP) — Protesters on Hawaii's Big Island have been blocking the road to a mountain peak where one of the world's largest telescopes is being built.

Ohio governor signs new rules to help reduce Lake Erie algae

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 11:59
OREGON, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's governor has put in place new rules that should help cut down on the pollutants feeding the algae in Lake Erie.

Western governors tout sage grouse conservation efforts

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 23:20
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A group of Western-state governors has released a report on voluntary efforts in 11 states to conserve the habitat of sage grouse as part of an effort to avoid a federal listing of the bird under the federal Endangered Species Act.

Trinity Test site opening to face protest from residents

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 11:42
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Seven decades after an atomic bomb helped end World War II, descendants of families near a New Mexico test want tourists to know residents suffered for years afterward and some of their children may have been affected.

Total lunar eclipse offers weekend treat for West Coast

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 11:39
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The heavens are providing a holiday treat this weekend, but you'll have to be quick to catch it.

Scientists say polar bears won't thrive on land food

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 08:59
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A paper published Wednesday says polar bears forced onto land because of melting ice are unlikely to find enough food to replace their diet of seals.

TV vet takes to sky, dives into sea to help injured animals

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 07:52
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Not every veterinarian would call it paradise.

Next-generation GMOs: Pink pineapples and purple tomatoes

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 23:05
WASHINGTON (AP) — Cancer-fighting pink pineapples, heart-healthy purple tomatoes and less fatty vegetable oils may someday be on grocery shelves alongside more traditional products.

Tiny songbird tracked across 1,700 miles of open ocean

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 15:13
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A tiny songbird that summers in the forests of northern North America has been tracked on a 1,700-mile, over-the-ocean journey from the northeastern United States and eastern Canada to the Caribbean as part of their winter migration to South America, according to a new study.

US to pledge up to 28 percent emission cut in global treaty

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 23:25
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States will pledge Tuesday to cut its greenhouse gas emissions up to 28 percent as part of a global treaty aimed at preventing the worst effects of climate change.

Solar-powered plane lands in China on round-the-world flight

Mon, 03/30/2015 - 21:26
BEIJING (AP) — A groundbreaking solar-powered plane successfully flew from Myanmar to central China early Tuesday as part of an historic round-the-world journey promoting renewable energy use.