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Elusive black bear spotted again in Phoenix suburb

Tue, 12/23/2014 - 11:51
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — A black bear that caused a stir when it ran through a field in a Phoenix suburb has been spotted again, a state wildlife official said Tuesday.

PacifiCorp Energy pleads guilty in bird deaths

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 13:45
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wind farm operator PacifiCorp Energy will pay $2.5 million in fines after pleading guilty Friday to charges related to the deaths of protected birds in Wyoming.

Chevron: Big flames at refinery no cause for alarm

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 13:16
RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) — Large flames and white clouds of steam visible for miles from a San Francisco Bay Area refinery caused no harm to the surrounding community.

EPA sets first national standard for coal waste

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 11:57
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Friday set the first national standards for waste generated from coal burned for electricity, treating it more like household garbage rather than a hazardous material.

Efforts to save rare northern white rhino continue

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 07:32
PRAGUE (AP) — Experts will meet in Kenya next month to discuss ways to save the critically endangered northern white rhinos from extinction.

Indonesia volcano erupts, injuring 4; 1 missing

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 00:52
TERNATE, Indonesia (AP) — A volcano in eastern Indonesia erupted Friday, spewing towering clouds of hot ash into the air and sending a group of hikers to scramble to safety, leaving nine injured and one missing, an official said.

Group challenges timber producer's 'green' label

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 12:47
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A watchdog group is challenging the environmentally friendly "green lumber" certification for Plum Creek Timberlands, one of the nation's biggest landowners and timber producers.

2 Astronauts Will Expand Envelope With Yearlong Spaceflight

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 08:41
American and Russian depart Earth in March for yearlong mission. 

Washington governor proposes cap on carbon pollution

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 10:53
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has proposed a cap-and-trade program that would require industrial polluters to pay for every ton of carbon they release.

Report: Arctic loses snow, ice; absorbs more heat

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 09:30
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Arctic and its future are looking dimmer every year, a new federal report says.

Curiosity Rover Detects Spikes of Methane on Mars

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 11:01
The methane found in the atmosphere of Mars, not necessarily biology-based.

California gets funding for quake warning system

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 09:39
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California received funding to help begin an earthquake warning system across the state next year that would provide enough time for trains to brake, utilities to shut off gas lines and people to dive under a table until the shaking stops.

Peru seeks to unblock snarled UN climate talks

Sat, 12/13/2014 - 20:40
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Negotiators struggled to unblock U.N. climate talks early Sunday after developing countries rejected a draft deal they said would allow rich countries to shirk their responsibilities to fight global warming and pay for its impacts.

Defense satellite launches from California coast

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 18:26
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A U.S. defense satellite has launched from California's central coast.

Giant European particle collider ready for 2nd run

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 09:11
GENEVA (AP) — The scientific organization that operates the world's biggest particle accelerator says it's gearing up for a second three-year run.

Clouds fill Grand Canyon in rare weather event

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 11:46
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — A rare weather phenomenon at the Grand Canyon had visitors looking out on a sea of thick clouds just below the rim.

California battles whooping cough epidemic

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 11:46
SAN DIEGO (AP) — California officials are battling the worst whopping cough epidemic to hit the state in seven decades as a recent rebound in cases raises questions about the effectiveness of the pertussis vaccine.

New family tree for birds spurs ideas on evolution

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 10:22
NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists have produced a new family tree for nearly all species of birds alive today, drawing on a massive DNA analysis to gain insights into evolutionary history.