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Vietnamese villagers block traffic to protest pollution

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 20:02
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Hundreds of villagers in central Vietnam blocked traffic on the country's main artery for hours to protest pollution from a coal-fired thermo power plant, a local official said Thursday.

Federal fisheries regulators halt West Coast sardine season

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 17:07
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Federal regulators have approved an early closure of commercial sardine fishing off Oregon, Washington and California to prevent overfishing.

Experts remove whale carcass near San Francisco

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 14:06
PACIFICA, Calif. (AP) — When a 50-foot sperm whale washed ashore on a beach south of San Francisco, people stopped to look, snapped pictures of the massive mammal and even reached out and touched the creature that looks more like a dark ocean rock than the largest tooth predator on earth.

Canine flu outbreak sickens hundreds of dogs in Midwest

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 14:00
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A canine flu outbreak has sickened many dogs in the Midwest, and veterinarians are cautioning pet owners to keep their dogs from going nose-to-nose with other four-legged friends.

Bird flu outbreak could head eastward with fall migration

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 13:00
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Some scientists say that eastern U.S. poultry producers should brace for the potential arrival of a deadly bird flu virus outbreak that farmers in the Midwest have struggled to stop.

Houston hospital says woman has given birth to 5 girls

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 11:42
HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston hospital says a woman has given birth to five girls in what it believes is the first set of all-female quintuplets born in the U.S.

Plight of imperiled Montana insect draws lawsuit

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 10:27
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife advocates want a judge to force federal officials to decide if a rare aquatic insect that's found only in Montana's Glacier National Park should be protected under the Endangered Species Act.

Cats chat with us through meows, blinks and roving whiskers

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 06:17
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When it comes to cats, those meows mean ... well, a lot of things.

Cougar camps under house, shrugs off efforts to move him

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 06:20
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A mountain lion certainly is acting like the Los Angeles celebrity he is: lounging under a home and refusing to be handled by wildlife officials who have used tennis balls, bean bags and prods in a failed attempt to dislodge the famous cat.

Comet lander's measurements weaken space magnetism theory

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 03:11
BERLIN (AP) — Whatever caused small space rocks to lump together billions of years ago, magnetism is unlikely to be the reason.

West Coast sardine season called off amid population decline

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 15:07
Fisheries managers have decided to call off the West Coast sardine fishing season that starts in July because of rapidly dwindling numbers, hoping to save an iconic industry from the kind of collapse that hit in the 1940s and lasted 50 years.

Black bear family roams Alaska neighborhood looking for food

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 12:52
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A family of five black bears is roaming an Alaska neighborhood, toppling trash cans as the group rummages for food and scaring some residents who believe the animals are the same ones seen in the area last summer.

Study: More people could survive tsunami if they walk faster

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 12:16
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — About 5,500 more people could survive a major tsunami hitting the Pacific Northwest if they just walk a little faster to higher ground after roads are knocked out, a new study shows.

Profile in Courage Award to Go to Bob Inglis, Former GOP Congressman

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 08:17
Former GOP congressman, ousted in 2010, changed his mind on climate change, angered conservatives.

IWC panel: Japan's Antarctic whale hunt still not convincing

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 08:12
TOKYO (AP) — An International Whaling Commission panel said Monday that Japan's revised plan for research whaling in the Antarctic still lacks a convincing explanation of why it needs to kill the mammals.

1st robot into Fukushima reactor stalls, but gets some data

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 08:02
TOKYO (AP) — The operator of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant said Monday that the first robot sent inside one of the melted reactors stalled before finishing its work but collected data that indicates a path exists to send robots deeper into the reactor.

Caffeine High: Space station getting Italian espresso maker

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 14:44
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The next space station grocery run will carry caffeine to a whole new level: Aboard the SpaceX supply ship is an authentic espresso machine straight from Italy.