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Air pollution killing 4,000 in China a day, US study finds

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 14:35
WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study shows that air pollution is killing about 4,000 people in China a day, accounting for 1 in 6 premature deaths in the world's most populous country.

Drought forces trout to be trucked from California hatchery

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 14:29
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Tons of rainbow trout had to be rescued from a Central California fish hatchery and moved by truck to cooler lake water, sparing them from the state's relentless drought, wildlife officials said Wednesday.

Comet where spacecraft landed makes closest approach to sun

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 01:24
BERLIN (AP) — The comet where a European spacecraft landed last year has made the closest approach to the sun of its 6 ½-year orbit.

Army says nay to 700 feral horses roaming Louisiana base

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 18:06
Herds of feral horses are roaming on thousands of acres in Louisiana where soldiers conduct intensive training, posing a danger and a nuisance to troops at risk of being kicked, bitten or unpleasantly surprised by random piles of manure, Army officials say.

Los Angeles covers reservoir waters with 'shade balls'

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 15:36
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles has been blackballed.

Odd suckers: Octopus species that's weirdly social, romantic

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 10:20
WASHINGTON (AP) — The octopus already is an oddball of the ocean. Now biologists have rediscovered a species of the sea creature that's even stranger and shares some of our social and mating habits.

Wildlife groups say 41 tigers have died in India this year

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 00:34
NEW DELHI (AP) — Conservationists say at least 41 tigers have died in the first seven months of this year despite awareness campaigns across India to save the big cats.

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.