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BERLIN (AP) — Scientists say the fossil of a small, furry creature found in a Spanish quarry indicates that mammals evolved hedgehog-like spines far earlier than previously thought, according to a paper published Wednesday in the journal Nature.
NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists say dozens of fossil human teeth from a cave in China show that people lived in southern Asia more than 80,000 years ago,
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A European zoo organization says it supports a Danish park's plan to dissect a year-old lion culled to avoid inbreeding, adding some of the online uproar disregards the educational part of it.
TOKYO (AP) — Toyota, under ambitious environmental targets, is aiming to sell hardly any regular gasoline vehicles by 2050, only hybrids and fuel cells, to radically reduce emissions.
DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — From seeding to slurping, what gets served on the half shell is not even half the story when it comes to New Hampshire oysters.
HONOLULU (AP) — Cases are being dismissed against the people who were arrested or cited for violating an emergency rule aimed at stopping telescope protesters from camping on the Big Island's Mauna Kea, Hawaii County's top prosecutor said Tuesday.
MILOVICE, Czech Republic (AP) — Such an animal has not been seen on Czech territory for hundreds of years.
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — American Nobel laureate for chemistry Richard Heck, who designed a method of building complex molecules that has helped fight cancer, protect crops and make electronic devices, has been buried in a metropolitan Manila cemetery beside the tomb of his Filipino wife. He was 84.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has adopted the toughest limits in the nation on the use of antibiotics in healthy livestock, barring their routine use to prevent illness or promote growth.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's Prince William Sound will see more, but smaller icebergs in the next decade.
HURLEY, N.Y. (AP) — While scientists have documented cases of tiny flies infesting honeybees, causing the bees to lurch and stagger around like zombies before they die, researchers don't know the scope of the problem.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A federal lawsuit against a privately owned zoo in Iowa that houses hundreds of animals, including exotic tigers and lemurs, could provide the first definitive court ruling in the country on how so-called "roadside zoos" must care for animals considered endangered.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The remnants of a tropical storm were expected to bring heavy rains and gusty winds to parts of southeast Alaska on Friday in what is a rare weather event.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The new director of Idaho's federal nuclear facility says he sees plenty of opportunity to make it the nation's premier energy security lab while also bolstering the region's economy.
BERLIN (AP) — Scientists say they have extracted ancient DNA from the skull of a man buried in the highlands of Ethiopia 4,500 years ago that supports the theory that Eurasian farmers migrated into Africa some 3,000 years ago.
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A rocket carrying a secret payload for the U.S. government has successfully launched from the central California coast.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The sky over Pluto may not be sunny but it's undoubtedly blue.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The bleaching of colorful coral is spreading into a worldwide, devastating crisis, scientists say, and they predict it will likely get worse.
MOSCOW (AP) — Hamburgers could soon be debuting on Russian menus in space.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown dramatically increased California's climate-change goals, committing the state to use renewable energy for half its electricity and make existing buildings twice as energy-efficient in just 15 years.