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DNA tests help California shelter speed up dog adoptions

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 08:37
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A quarter of the dogs taken in by one California animal shelter look like Chihuahuas. So how do you make a pet stand out when it's similar to so many other dogs at the shelter? Check the DNA.

Another patient sues scope maker over 'superbug' outbreak

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 07:56
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Another patient has sued the maker of a medical scope linked to a deadly "superbug" outbreak at Ronald Regan UCLA Medical Center.

Harvard's president speaks in China about climate change

Tue, 03/17/2015 - 00:51
BEIJING (AP) — Harvard University's president has told students at one of China's most prestigious universities that schools in the two countries should collaborate on doing research and teaching the next generation how to tackle climate change.

Study finds some fish can live in low-oxygen dead zones

Mon, 03/16/2015 - 15:51
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Scientists say they have found that some fish can survive in low-oxygen dead zones that are expanding in deep waters off the West Coast as the climate changes.

Vanuatu struggles to account for cyclone damage, deaths

Sat, 03/14/2015 - 23:20
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Officials struggled on Sunday to determine the scale of the devastation wrought by a monstrous cyclone that tore through the tiny South Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu, with death counts varying in the single digits but expected to rise once communications are restored with outlying islands.

Vanuatu residents remain in shelters after massive cyclone

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 23:26
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Winds from an extremely powerful cyclone that blew through the Pacific's Vanuatu archipelago were beginning to subside Saturday, revealing widespread destruction and unconfirmed reports of dozens of deaths as relief workers rushed to assess the damage.

Revamped environmental law raises hope for cleanup in China

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 22:45
BEIJING (AP) — People in China who want to take industries to task for fouling their surroundings have been rushing to file complaints and lawsuits this year in a test of legal reforms that toughens environmental penalties and makes clear that many public-interest groups have the right to sue.

UN head urges better safeguards for climate disasters

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 21:01
SENDAI, Japan (AP) — The president of the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu appealed to a U.N. disaster conference Saturday for help as a powerful cyclone swept across his archipelago, driving painfully home the rising risks from extreme weather and climate change.

Scientists cheered by birth of Galapagos tortoises in wild

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 18:01
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — For the first time in a century, babies of the endangered Pinzon giant tortoise have been born in the wild in the Galapagos islands, scientists said.

At last, a theory about why Denver is a mile above sea level

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 16:41
DENVER (AP) — Geologists may finally be able to explain why Denver, the Mile High City, is a mile high: water.