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FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash. (AP) — A scientist who tracks a group of endangered killer whales that frequent Puget Sound says he's spotted a second baby born to the pod in the past two months.
SYDNEY (AP) — Nearly 200 pilot whales stranded themselves on New Zealand's South Island on Friday, with hordes of rescuers rushing to the remote area in a bid to guide them back to sea.
BEIJING (AP) — China boosted its installed wind energy capacity last year to a record 19.81 million kilowatts as the world's biggest greenhouse gas emitter tries to switch its power grid to cleaner energy sources.
BEIJING (AP) — China's first female astronaut has begun training for her next mission after giving birth to her first child, state media reported Friday.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A ship company based in Germany and the chief engineer on one of its vessels have agreed to plead guilty to illegally dumping oily water off Alaska.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Spending on a government-sponsored initiative to help struggling sage grouse populations in the West is projected to exceed $750 million by 2018.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A European cargo ship is set to depart the International Space Station this weekend. But it will re-enter the atmosphere and burn up the next day, skipping a special descent test because of a problem.
JERUSALEM (AP) — At first glance, the ancient Babylonian tablets on exhibit for the first time at a Jerusalem museum look like nothing more than pockmarked lumps of clay.
CHICAGO (AP) — Film clips have surfaced of a 1915 disaster that left 844 people dead when a ship headed to a company picnic capsized in the Chicago River.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Federal wildlife officials say DNA tests confirm a wolf accidently shot by a hunter in Utah was the same one seen in the Grand Canyon area last year.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A plateau on the Arctic Ocean floor, where thousands of Pacific walrus gather to feed and raise pups, has received new protections from the Obama administration that recognize it as a biological hot spot and mark it off-limits to future oil drilling.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX is counting on better weather as it tries a third time to launch an observatory and land the leftover rocket at sea.
BERLIN (AP) — The European Space Agency is preparing the first launch of a prototype spacecraft capable of returning to Earth.
ESCONDIDO, Calif. (AP) — Whenever an endangered animal dies at the San Diego Zoo, researchers race out, regardless of the hour, to remove its sperm or eggs, maybe a bit of ear or eyeball, and carefully freeze the cells in liquid nitrogen.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Dragon has landed near Southern California.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is setting a goal of raising $2 billion from the private sector for investments in clean energy.
NEW YORK (AP) — More than 40 years after the Apollo 11 moon landing, a cloth satchel full of souvenirs brought back by Neil Armstrong has come to light.
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Boris the 29-year-old polar bear is eating only soft foods for a while after having surgery to remove three broken or decayed teeth at a Washington state zoo.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — University of Rhode Island researchers are working with Native Americans to ensure that energy companies hoping to erect massive wind turbines off New England don't inadvertently disturb the tribes' sunken ceremonial sites and burial grounds.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A deep-space observatory has to wait yet another day before flying.