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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.

Ohio company wins rights to shipwreck's gold

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 14:32
CINCINNATI (AP) — A fugitive treasure hunter's company has lost its bid to stop deep-sea explorers from bringing up gold and other artifacts from a ship that sank off the South Carolina coast in 1857 and has been the subject of legal fights for nearly 30 years.

Mexico Mayan site gets double heritage status

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:49
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The southern Mexico Mayan ruins of Calakmul have become the country's first site to receive the "mixed" World Heritage designation from the United Nations.

GOP lawmakers try to ease new curbs on ivory sales

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 11:41
WASHINGTON (AP) — Illegal ivory trading is flourishing, and the U.S. wants to crack down on ivory sales as a way of combating elephant and rhinoceros poaching.

Water levels at Nevada's Lake Mead drop to new low

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 22:34
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Drought in the southwestern U.S. will deplete the vast Lake Mead this week to levels not seen since Hoover Dam was completed and the reservoir on the Colorado River was filled in the 1930s, federal water managers said Tuesday.

Interior secretary pledges $43M for conservation

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 14:33
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced Tuesday that more than $43 million will be distributed from a federal fund for recreation and conservation projects nationwide, kicking off a weeklong campaign around the nation to support the fund's permanent renewal as Congress resumes.

Tornado confirmed in Michigan; some injuries

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 16:33
KENTWOOD, Mich. (AP) — A severe thunderstorm packing winds estimated at more than 80 mph spawned a tornado, injured at least six people and caused significant damage to homes in western Michigan, officials said Monday, and storms with tornadoes damaged some homes in Iowa.