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Fearing stigma, Colorado contested Superfund status for mine

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 15:27
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Local officials in towns downstream from where millions of gallons of mine waste spilled into a southwest Colorado river are demanding answers about possible long-term threats to the water supply.

Federal appeals court hears arguments on polar bear habitat

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 14:32
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The federal government wants to push ahead with its plan to designate a huge swath of the Arctic as critical habitat for endangered polar bears over the wishes of the state of Alaska and trade associations.

Blue Bell begins 1st ice cream shipments after listeria

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 11:32
BRENHAM, Texas (AP) — Blue Bell Creameries has resumed ice cream shipments four months after listeria contamination halted sales and production.

Health officials say amoeba did not kill Minnesota youth

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 12:56
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Health officials say lab tests have determined that a Minnesota teenager did not die from a water parasite as initially suspected, but instead from a bacterial disease.

1st restocked Iowa turkey farmer talks lessons from bird flu

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 12:42
MANSON, Iowa (AP) — Thousands of young turkeys are running around barns on a farm that was the first in Iowa to restock after a bird flu outbreak devastated Midwest flocks.

Parasite yet another threat to already troubled amphibians

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 11:53
WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists have identified a new problem for amphibians, which are already shrinking in numbers: A parasite is infesting tadpoles worldwide.

Space salad: 1 small bite for man, 1 giant leaf for mankind

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 11:18
WASHINGTON (AP) — These are the salad days of scientific research on the International Space Station. On Monday, for the first time astronauts munched on red romaine lettuce that they grew in space.

2 Russian cosmonauts on ISS conduct spacewalk

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 07:47
MOSCOW (AP) — Two Russian crewmembers at the International Space Station have begun a spacewalk to install new equipment and inspect the orbiting outpost's exterior.

Stinking mats of seaweed piling up on Caribbean beaches

Sun, 08/09/2015 - 20:14
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — The picture-perfect beaches and turquoise waters that people expect on their visits to the Caribbean are increasingly being fouled by mats of decaying seaweed that attract biting sand fleas and smell like rotten eggs.

Bangladesh police kill 6 alleged tiger poachers in gunfight

Sun, 08/09/2015 - 08:45
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Police in Bangladesh have shot dead six suspected tiger poachers in the world's largest mangrove forest after a new survey found that the population of the big cats has dropped alarmingly.

Typhoon weakens over China after leaving 22 dead, missing

Sat, 08/08/2015 - 23:36
BEIJING (AP) — A typhoon that lashed Taiwan dumped heavy rain and winds on the Chinese mainland on Sunday, leaving a total of 22 people dead or missing, collapsing homes and trees and cutting power to more than a million homes.

Typhoon Soudelor hits Taiwan; 4 dead, 1 missing, 27 injured

Fri, 08/07/2015 - 19:27
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Typhoon Soudelor is lashing Taiwan, downing trees, traffic lights and power lines, and leaving at least four dead, one missing and dozens injured.

Baby sloth born at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 11:45
CHICAGO (AP) — A Hoffman's two-toed sloth born at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo is the first offspring of a breeding pair.

Warming Temps Push Walrus North, Leave Alaskans Without Food

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 21:50
Warming temperatures push walrus further north, leaving Alaska natives with fewer food sources.

Puerto Ricans face punishing drought amid economic slump

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 20:26
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Ricans are learning to live without water on an island that already was suffering an economic crisis.

NASA says it needs $490 million for seats on Russian rockets

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 13:40
WASHINGTON (AP) — NASA is asking Congress for another half billion dollars to pay Russia to fly astronauts to the International Space Station.

16 states ask Obama admin to put power plant rules on hold

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 12:29
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sixteen states are banding together to ask the Obama administration to put its greenhouse gas limits for power plants on hold while they sue to stop them.

US carbon pollution from power plants hits 27-year low

Wed, 08/05/2015 - 11:16
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Energy Department says heat-trapping pollution from U.S. power plants hit a 27-year low in April.