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Food supplier sues egg farm alleging breach of contract

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 14:37
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A food supplier has filed a lawsuit alleging an Iowa farm breached an egg supply contract after its parent company lost millions of chickens to bird flu.

Protesters vow to stop telescope construction from resuming

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 12:48
HONOLULU (AP) — About 20 people opposed to building what would be one of the world's largest telescopes on a Hawaii mountain are camped out near the construction site, vowing to stop work from resuming.

Harvey Cedars, New Jersey Has Dangerous Jellyfish

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 12:39
Dangerous jellyfish, including Portuguese man-of-war, showing up at New Jersey shore.

Image of Asia: Lava flows from Mount Sinabung at night

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 02:59
In this long-exposure photo by Binsar Bakkara, hot lava flows from the crater of Mount Sinabung as seen from a location about 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) from the volcano, in Tiga Kicat, in Indonesia's North Sumatra province early Tuesday. Lava, hot rocks and ash have spewed from the 2,460-meter (8,070-foot) volcano almost daily since its alert status was raised to the highest level on June 2. According to the monitoring post watching the volcano's activity, lava is continuing to flow into the dome but the small eruptions are keeping its estimated volume relatively constant at about 30 million cubic meters. Growth of the lava dome is a key indicator of a volcano's eruption potential. More than 10,300 villagers whose homes are in the danger zone have been evacuated to safer areas.

Feds paying for sewer analysis of pot usage in Washington

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 23:05
SEATTLE (AP) — The federal government is chipping in money for a three-year pilot study using sewage samples to determine levels of marijuana use in two Washington cities — research that could help answer some key questions about pot legalization, according to the University of Puget Sound,

Feds paying for sewer analysis of pot usage in Washington

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 17:30
SEATTLE (AP) — The federal government is chipping in money for a three-year pilot study using sewage samples to determine levels of marijuana use in two Washington cities — research that could help answer some key questions about pot legalization, the University of Puget Sound announced Monday.

Top doctors' prescription for feverish planet: Cut out coal

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 15:06
WASHINGTON (AP) — Some top international doctors and public health experts have issued an urgent prescription for a feverish planet Earth: Get off coal as soon as possible.

Huge undertaking, dredging of Hudson for PCBs, nears its end

Sun, 06/21/2015 - 22:09
WATERFORD, N.Y. (AP) — Long after the last barge dredging toxins from the bottom of the upper Hudson River moves on, scientists will track the slow fade in contamination levels.

Telescope backers to resume construction on Hawaii Island

Sun, 06/21/2015 - 10:39
The chairman of the Thirty Meter Telescope Observatory Board says construction of the project will resume Wednesday.

Destructive southern pine beetle appears in Northeast states

Sat, 06/20/2015 - 05:36
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.

Japan aims to resume Antarctic whaling later this year

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 19:21
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.

Battle over proposed Yellowstone River dam ramps up

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 15:18
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.

Philae comet lander back in touch after 5-day gap

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 09:10
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.

Pope Francis' climate message yields little GOP response

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 23:33
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.

Study: Mega injections of wastewater triggers more quakes

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 10:55
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.

DNA from ancient skeleton shows ties to Native Americans

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 09:24
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.

Grocers: Vermont GMO law could lead to fines of $10M a day

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 05:53
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.

APNewsBreak: US to pay millions for Agent Orange claims

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 05:44
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.

Pope urges revolution to save Earth, fix 'perverse' economy

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 05:13
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."

NASA: International satellite studying oceans stops working

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 14:37
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — NASA says an international satellite studying the world's oceans has stopped working after four years.