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BEIJING (AP) — A study shows that women in the final stage of pregnancy during the 2008 Beijing Olympics — when officials strictly controlled pollution — gave birth to heavier babies than in years when the Chinese capital was smoggier.
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's Mission Control has failed to stabilize a cargo ship spinning out of control in orbit, but says it has not yet given up on saving the unmanned spacecraft.
No mercy at Mercury: NASA spacecraft to plunge from orbit and slam into planet Thursday.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's Mercury-orbiting spacecraft, Messenger, is going out with a bang this week, adding a hefty crater to the little planet closest to the sun.
U.N. chief praises pope for framing climate change as moral imperative as Vatican-U.N. join forces.
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's space agency has postponed the docking of a cargo ship with the International Space Station because of problems with the unmanned spacecraft.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An ocean advocacy group and a university law clinic are petitioning the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for an investigation of Royal Dutch Shell PLC and what the group call misstatements in regulatory filings regarding Arctic offshore drilling.
WASHINGTON (AP) — If you find yourself sweating out a day that is monstrously hot, chances are you can blame humanity. A new report links three out of four such days to man's effects on climate.
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand seized 3 tons of ivory hidden in tea leaf sacks from Kenya in the second-biggest bust in the country's history, one week after the biggest seizure, customs officials said Monday.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Northern New England's annual amphibian migration is always perilous, but critters that cross roads to breed are facing an additional challenge this year: a delayed start after the long winter.
Nepal's devastating earthquake was the disaster experts knew was coming.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — NASA says observations of a dwarf planet have been delayed slightly after a communication glitch.
DALLAS (AP) — A giraffe born at the Dallas Zoo as people around the world watched online has been named.
BRENHAM, Texas (AP) — Blue Bell Creameries says it will close all three of its creameries in Texas, Oklahoma and Alabama for intensive cleaning and employee training in response to listeria illnesses linked to its ice cream.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Wildlife officials have wrangled a moose that meandered through a park in Idaho's largest city, the second sighting of the animal captured last year in Boise.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — What better way to celebrate the Hubble Space Telescope's quarter-century in orbit than with cosmic fireworks?
NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists are getting their best look yet at the DNA code for the woolly mammoth, thanks to work that could be a step toward bringing back the extinct beast.
LONDON (AP) — Nicole Kidman is returning to the London stage in a play about the woman who helped unlock the secrets of DNA.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — More than a dozen areas in the United States have been shaken in recent years by small earthquakes triggered by oil and gas drilling, a government report released Thursday found.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scientists say more than 143 million Americans in the Lower 48 states now live in earthquake-prone areas.