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SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says 435 small earthquakes have rattled the San Francisco Bay Area city of San Ramon in the last two weeks.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Seismologists say a catastrophe like the earthquake and tsunami that devastated communities in Japan in 2011 is inevitable in the Pacific Northwest, and could happen any time.
WASHINGTON (AP) — If carbon dioxide emissions continue at their current pace, by the end of century parts of the Persian Gulf will sometimes be just too hot for the human body to tolerate, a new study says.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Catholic patriarchs, cardinals and bishops representing five continents have issued a 10-point appeal to climate negotiators in Paris to approve a "transformative" and fair, legally binding agreement that sets global temperature limits and decarbonization goals to save the planet from climate-induced catastrophe.
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The Coast Guard says contractors will search for the source of what appears to be a petroleum leak coming from a sunken barge found recently in Lake Erie near the U.S.-Canadian border.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Riders on horseback are herding bison on Utah's Antelope Island in an annual roundup of one of the country's largest and oldest public herds.
WASHINGTON (AP) — With a strong El Nino in place, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is urging Californians in flood prone places to buy insurance before it's too late.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal officials say workers have stolen radioactive materials from Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico multiple times this year.
ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — Detroit Zoo officials are chirping about a new program they say will make it easier and cheaper to feed their attractions.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — More than half a century after a group of beavers parachuted into the Idaho backcountry, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game has uncovered film footage of the quirky wildlife management moment.
DALLAS (AP) — Storms that dumped more than 3 inches of rain in West Texas led to flooding that floated several travel trailers and a double-wide mobile home away from an RV park.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Scientists from Washington State University have discovered a parasitic wasp in the state that kills its host like a scene from the movie "Alien." But the discovery is good news because the wasp kills a type of stink bug that harms fruit orchards.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The spacecraft that gave us the first close-up views of Pluto now has a much smaller object in its sights.
LONDON (AP) — The plague was spreading nearly 3,000 years before previously thought, scientists say after finding traces of the disease in the teeth of ancient people — a discovery that could provide clues to how dangerous diseases evolve.
SEATTLE (AP) — Federal biologists flying a drone have taken thousands of rich images of endangered Puget Sound orcas showing the whales are in good condition this year and that several appear to be pregnant.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A study by NASA and university researchers finds there's a 99.9 percent probability of a magnitude-5 or greater earthquake within three years in an area of greater Los Angeles where a moderate temblor occurred last year.
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Scientists say a new species of giant tortoise has been discovered in the Galapagos Islands off Ecuador thanks to genetic testing.
HAVANA (AP) — Cuba has announced that it is launching a long-term plan to preserve its sharks in cooperation with a U.S. environmental group.
HONOLULU (AP) — The University of Hawaii has announced the third Mauna Kea observatory that will be decommissioned, fulfilling the governor's request to remove 25 percent of the telescopes from the mountain.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A strange pig-snouted turtle that lived alongside tyrannosaurs and duck-billed dinosaurs has been discovered in Utah.