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MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Pioneering bear researcher and advocate Charles "Chuck" Jonkel died of natural causes at a Montana nursing home, his son Jamie Jonkel said.
WASHINGTON (AP) — In the midst of a major El Nino, federal meteorologists say its flip side, La Nina, is around the corner.
TOKYO (AP) — A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.4 has struck southern Japan.
STOCKHOLM (AP) — The U.N.'s scientific panel on climate change will write a special report on how to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) compared with pre-industrial times.
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Public Schools officials say elevated lead or copper levels have been found in 19 schools amid ongoing testing.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is failing in its mandate to protect underground drinking water reserves from oilfield contamination, according to a federal review singling out lax EPA oversight in California, where the state routinely allowed oil companies to dump wastewater into some drinking water aquifers.
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — The University of Connecticut has received a $500,000 National Science Foundation grant to preserve and exhibit a collection of 2 million dead army ants and other critters.
DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (AP) — Officials on Alabama's Dauphin Island say the spring bird migration season is bringing flocks of tourists and nature lovers to the coastal area.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Some of America's brightest children will visit the White House as President Barack Obama holds his final science fair to highlight work that excelled in a broad range of competitions.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Wilder swings in weather patterns in the past decade are making it trickier to keep reservoirs filled for irrigation and power generation while also avoiding the risk of flooding homes downstream, some Pacific Northwest reservoir operators say.
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Surgery has started in Texas to separate two 10-month-old sisters born conjoined below the waist.
WYLIE, Texas (AP) — Hail the size of baseballs has broken windows and damaged buildings and cars in the Dallas area, forcing the closure of some schools.
NEW YORK (AP) — An Internet investor has enlisted famed physicist Stephen Hawking and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to help him with a futuristic plan for seeking life in outer space.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli mathematicians and archaeologists say they have found evidence to suggest that key biblical texts may have been composed earlier than what some scholars think.
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has highlighted Russia's cooperation with the United States in space, despite all of the difficulties the two countries face on Earth.
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Environment activists have protested Poland's plans of extensive logging in Europe's last primeval forest and have demanded full protection for the rare Bialowieza woods.
BEIJING (AP) — A government report says more than 80 percent of underground water drawn from relatively shallow wells used by farms, factories and mostly rural households is unsafe for drinking because of pollution.
GAUHATI, India (AP) — With the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge set to visit the world's largest one-horn rhino park in remote northeastern India, conservationists hope the British royals can help raise global alarms about how black-market demand for rhino horns and other animal parts is fueling illegal poaching and pushing species to the brink.
NEW DELHI (AP) — Conservation groups say the world's count of wild tigers has gone up for the first time in more than a century.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA is trying to resuscitate its planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft, in a state of emergency 75 million miles away.