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SpaceX to build rocket launch site in South Texas

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 15:51
McALLEN, Texas (AP) — SpaceX will build the world's first commercial site for orbital rocket launches in the southernmost tip of Texas.

Rare whale fossil pulled from California backyard

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 19:12
RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. (AP) — A rare whale fossil has been pulled from a Southern California backyard with some unusual help — a sheriff's search-and-rescue team.

2-pound Michigan baby undergoes heart procedure

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 03:29
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A 2-pound Michigan newborn dubbed "Mighty Girl" by her parents is one of the smallest babies in the world to undergo a heart procedure to open up a blocked artery caused by a congenital defect.

$11M deal struck to conserve Colorado River basin

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 20:21
DENVER (AP) — Water providers from four western states and the federal government announced an $11 million agreement Thursday to fund projects meant to counteract critically low water levels in the Colorado River basin, which supplies water to about 40 million people in seven states.

See-through mice reveal details of inner anatomy

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 08:37
NEW YORK (AP) — Researchers have found a way to make see-through mice, but you won't find these critters scampering in your kitchen.

AP PHOTOS: Coal-exporting town fights rising seas

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 08:07
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Norfolk is trapped between the causes and consequences of global warming.

APNewsBreak: Study recommends inmate immunity test

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 16:05
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Federal experts are recommending that California test inmates for immunity to a sometimes fatal soil-borne fungus before incarcerating them at two Central Valley state prisons where the disease has killed nearly three dozen inmates, according to a report obtained Friday by The Associated Press.

Caught on radar: Beer-loving bugs swarm in Midwest

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 13:16
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Mayflies have begun hatching in the Mississippi River, emerging from the water in swarms that show up on radar like thunderstorms, coat roads and other surfaces and leave behind a slimy mess.

US wildlife officials propose limiting snake trade

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:21
HONOLULU (AP) — Federal wildlife officials recently proposed strict nationwide limits on importing and shipping boa constrictors and four other snake species in an effort to prevent them from being introduced into the wild.

Audit: NASA doesn't have the money for big rockets

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 13:56
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal auditors say NASA doesn't have enough money to start launching its new, $12 billion rocket program by the end of 2017 as planned.

Comet-chasing space probe makes surprise discovery

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 08:22
BERLIN (AP) — A space probe aiming to become the first to land on a comet has taken images that appear to show its target could actually be two separate lumps of rock and ice, scientists said Thursday.

Chinese woman in trade secrets case seeks release

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 12:07
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A woman from China awaiting trial in Iowa on charges she conspired to steal trade secrets from U.S. seed corn companies is asking the government to release her on bond so she can travel to California and to her homeland.

Texas city weighs ban on new fracking permits

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 22:43
DENTON, Texas (AP) — A North Texas community that sits on what's believed to hold one of the biggest natural gas reserves in the U.S. could become the first city in the state to ban hydraulic fracturing, with Denton City Council members set to vote Tuesday night on a citizen-led petition.

Earthquakes cause minor damage in central Oklahoma

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 11:18
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two early morning earthquakes rattled residents in central Oklahoma on Tuesday and caused minor damage at local businesses.

South Dakota teen finishes flight around the world

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 11:14
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A South Dakota teen may have become the youngest person to fly solo around the world.

Court KOs New Jersey bid to block ocean blasting

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 13:59
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Monday cleared the path for seismic testing off the coast of New Jersey that will blast the floor of the Atlantic Ocean with loud noises as part of a climate change research project.

SpaceX launches cluster of commercial satellites

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 07:38
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The SpaceX company has launched a rocket packed with communication satellites.

Near spill, reservation wrestles with oil's impact

Sat, 07/12/2014 - 12:13
MANDAREE, N.D. (AP) — Growing up, Ruth Anna Buffalo would follow the dirt track behind her house into the rugged North Dakota badlands, swimming in creeks picketed with beaver dams, finding artifacts and climbing bluffs overlooking Lake Sakakawea. For the young, the lake and the land around it were a wonderland.

US officials: Dinosaurs returning home to Mongolia

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 15:28
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. officials on Thursday turned over to the Mongolian government enough 80 million-year-old dinosaur skeletons to stock a museum, including two relics of a kind of dinosaur that a prosecutor said "memorably stampeded" in a Hollywood movie.