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The chairman of the Thirty Meter Telescope Observatory Board says construction of the project will resume Wednesday.
ROCKY POINT, N.Y. (AP) — For generations, the southern pine beetle has attacked forests throughout the southeastern United States. Now it is methodically making its way northward, destroying thousands of trees in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and elsewhere.
TOKYO (AP) — Japan says it plans to resume whale hunts in the Antarctic later this year, even though the International Whaling Commission says Tokyo hasn't proven that the mammals need to be killed for research.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An escalating legal fight over a $59 million federal dam project on Montana's lower Yellowstone River could decide the fate of an endangered, dinosaur-like fish population that has been blocked from its spawning grounds for decades.
BERLIN (AP) — The European Space Agency says its Philae lander has made contact again after a five-day gap as mission controllers work to improve communications with the washing machine-sized spacecraft on a speeding comet.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pope Francis' call for dramatic action on climate change drew a round of shrugs from congressional Republicans on Thursday, while many of the party's presidential candidates ignored it entirely.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The more oil and gas companies pump their saltwater waste into the ground, and the faster they do it, the more they have triggered earthquakes in the central United States, a massive new study found.
NEW YORK (AP) — A DNA study says that an ancient skeleton found nearly 20 years ago in Washington is related to Native Americans. The finding could help resolve a long-running dispute over its ancestry and custody.
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The industry group suing to block Vermont's first-in-the-nation law requiring the labeling of foods made with genetically modified organisms says the law could cost the nation's grocers fines of up to $10 million a day.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ending years of wait, the government agreed Thursday to provide millions of dollars in disability benefits to as many as 2,100 Air Force reservists and active-duty forces exposed to Agent Orange residue on airplanes used in the Vietnam War.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis called Thursday for a bold cultural revolution to correct what he calls the "structurally perverse" economic system of the rich exploiting the poor that is turning Earth into an "immense pile of filth."
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — NASA says an international satellite studying the world's oceans has stopped working after four years.
STOCKHOLM (AP) — The growth of renewable energy outpaced that of fossil fuels in the electricity sector last year, with a record 135 gigawatts of capacity added from wind, solar, hydropower and other natural sources, a new study shows.
LE BOURGET, France (AP) — European scientists are confident they'll soon be able to start experiments on the surface of a speeding comet after a spacecraft lost for months on its surface suddenly "woke up" this week.
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's largest private donor supporting science has been fined for refusing to register as a foreign agent.
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Satellite data show people are overdrawing water from some of the world's largest groundwater basins.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is on Pluto's doorstep, following an incredible journey of nine years and 3 billion miles.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's antiquities authority says archaeologists have discovered a rare 3,000-year-old inscription of a name mentioned in the Bible.