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USDA to approve Simplot's genetically engineered potato

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 11:14
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved a potato genetically engineered by Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co. to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine and that still damages crops around the world.

Leading stem cell scientist cleared of misconduct charges

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 02:34
LONDON (AP) — Sweden's Karolinska Institute says a leading stem cell scientist accused of unethical behavior has been cleared of scientific misconduct though he sometimes acted without due care.

Walrus leave ice, come ashore on Alaska's northwest coast

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 15:51
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Pacific walrus have come ashore on the northwest coast of Alaska in what has become an annual sign of the effects of climate change.

Health officials: Utah man in his 70s dies from plague

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 10:34
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An elderly Utah resident has died after contracting the plague earlier this month, health officials said Thursday, noting it's the state's first recorded death from the disease in over three decades.

What killed Knut? Riddle of polar bear's death solved

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 07:28
BERLIN (AP) — Scientists in Germany say they have finally figured out what killed Knut, the polar bear who was a worldwide celebrity.

Ag secretary promises more sage grouse spending across West

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 23:59
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says his agency plans to spend more than $200 million over the next three years on programs to protect greater sage grouse — regardless of whether the bird receives federal protections.

Drought-plagued California readies for El Nino storms

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 22:04
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — While drought-plagued California is eager for rain, the forecast of a potentially Godzilla-like El Nino event has communities clearing out debris basins, urging residents to stock up on emergency supplies and even talking about how a deluge could affect the 50th Super Bowl.

2 bears who caused trouble at Grand Teton at Dakota zoo

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 15:21
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A zoo in southeast South Dakota has taken in two black bears that caused some trouble at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

In reversal, Colorado mine town to seek federal cleanup help

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 12:03
SILVERTON, Colo. (AP) — The Colorado town where a toxic mine leak earlier this month unleashed a torrent of heavy metals into Western rivers has decided to change course and request federal disaster funds to clean up the mine.

Deforestation in Mexico butterfly reserve nearly triples

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 08:15
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Illegal logging has almost tripled in the monarch butterfly's wintering grounds In central Mexico, reversing several years of steady improvements.

APNewsBreak: Ohio zoo sending endangered rhino to Indonesia

Tue, 08/25/2015 - 06:12
CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio zoo that has the last Sumatran rhino in the United States will send the endangered species to Southeast Asia on a mission to mate.

Texas lab criticized for study that led to primate deaths

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 12:33
DALLAS (AP) — A Texas lab is under federal investigation after inspectors found it didn't do enough to prevent the suffering of primates who were infected with a deadly virus as part of a study.

Japan Delivers Whiskey to Space Station, For Science

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 07:12
Japan delivers whiskey to space station, just a bit for research purposes only.

EPA knew of 'blowout' risk for tainted water at gold mine

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 22:15
WASHINGTON (AP) — Internal documents show managers at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency were aware of the potential for a catastrophic "blowout" at an abandoned mine that could release "large volumes" of wastewater laced with toxic heavy metals.

Attorneys argue powers during hearing on federal water rule

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 16:19
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Attorneys argued over state and federal powers for more than four hours Friday on an effort by 13 states to block a new rule that gives U.S. authorities jurisdiction over some state waters.

Q&A: Southwest struggles to stem fire-fueling invasive plant

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 22:18
PHOENIX (AP) — The tiny seedling was brought over from Eastern Europe and parts of Asia nearly 200 years ago and planted along riverbanks across the United States, mostly in the Southwest, to prevent erosion. It grew fast, its thick branches and oily leaves spreading across five states.

Q&A: The story behind an invasive plant in the southwest

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 21:50
PHOENIX (AP) — The tiny seedling was brought over from Eastern Europe and parts of Asia nearly 200 years ago and planted along riverbanks across the United States, mostly in the Southwest, to prevent erosion. It grew fast, its thick branches and oily leaves spreading across five states.

'They're in everything': California bug outbreak irks towns

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 21:39
LONE PINE, Calif. (AP) — A small winged bug is drawing concern in some high-desert communities on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada.

EPA downplays dangers of mine spill, but concerns linger

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 14:10
More than two weeks after a mine spill fouled waterways in three Western states, officials are expressing concern over the long-term effects of contaminated river bottoms as the federal agency that triggered the accident downplayed the dangers.

Mexico finds 'main' skull rack at Aztec temple complex

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 12:25
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican archaeologists believe they have found the main trophy rack of sacrificed human skulls at Mexico City's Templo Mayor Aztec ruin site.