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APNewsBreak: California oil spill cleanup costs $69 million

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 12:08
GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — The cost of cleaning up last month's oil spill on the California coast has reached $69 million so far.

Planetary Society's solar-sail test a success in space

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 11:22
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — An experimental solar sail is being called a success three weeks after its arrival in space.

Nobel laureate stirs storm with comments on 'girls' in labs

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 04:19
LONDON (AP) — A Nobel Prize-winning British scientist has apologized for saying the "trouble with girls" working in science labs is that it leads to romantic entanglements and harms science.

Indonesia volcano at high alert level unleashes fresh burst

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 21:01
TANAH KARO, Indonesia (AP) — A volcano in western Indonesia that has been spewing clouds of searing gas high into the air has let out a new powerful burst.

Spotted owl numbers not only down but also at faster rate

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 15:24
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Scientists report that after 20 years of attempts to save the species, northern spotted owl numbers in the Northwest are still on the decline — and at a faster rate.

Glitch shifts position of International Space Station

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 15:23
MOSCOW (AP) — A glitch at the International Space Station on Tuesday caused its position in orbit to change, but the crew was not in danger, the Russian space agency said.

Woman gives birth after transplant of ovarian tissue

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 15:16
LONDON (AP) — A woman who had ovarian tissue removed and frozen during childhood has given birth to a baby after the tissue was successfully transplanted back into her, enabling her to get pregnant.

NASA: Mars test parachute failed soon after inflating

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 11:43
HONOLULU (AP) — NASA officials say a parachute inflated during a test of new technology for landing larger spacecraft on Mars, but it then disintegrated immediately afterward.

South African veterinarians intervene to save Hope the rhino

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 11:01
SHAMWARI GAME RESERVE, South Africa (AP) — The horns and a large portion of the rhino's face were severed by poachers, a horrific injury that had some observers wincing at the sight of exposed flesh and bone. One South African veterinarian treating the mutilated survivor was so distressed at the rhino's suffering that he stepped away briefly, his eyes glassy with tears.

Wet spring reduces wildfire risk this month in most of US

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 09:08
DENVER (AP) — The National Interagency Fire Center says a wet spring reduced the likelihood of wildfires during June over much of the nation, but the risk is above normal in drought-stricken California.

Appeals court tosses suits challenging climate change plan

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 06:40
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court has thrown out a pair of lawsuits challenging the Obama administration's plan to address climate change.

G7 climate vision requires gargantuan economic shift

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 13:39
STOCKHOLM (AP) — When leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy countries pledge to "decarbonize" the global economy they're talking about a shift so dramatic that one analyst described it as a new Apollo mission.

Beyond Lyme, new illnesses, more reason to watch for ticks

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 13:07
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lyme disease makes the headlines but there are plenty of additional reasons to avoid tick bites. New research highlights the latest in a growing list of tick-borne threats — a distant relative of Lyme that's easy to confuse with other illnesses.

Feds release plan for recovering Northwest fish species

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 12:13
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal authorities have released their final recovery plan for a fish species that teetered on the brink of extinction in the early 1990s in one of the Pacific Northwest's major rivers.

Hawaii skies stand in for Mars atmosphere in NASA gear test

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 11:17
HONOLULU (AP) — NASA is using the skies around the Hawaiian island of Kauai to test new technology that it wants to use for landing larger spacecraft — and eventually astronauts — on Mars.

Report: Israel built, exploded 'dirty bombs' in nuclear test

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 10:18
JERUSALEM (AP) — A major Israeli newspaper says the government built and exploded a "dirty bomb" with nuclear material inside it to see how such an attack would affect the country.

Forget April showers, this May was wettest in US records

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 08:21
WASHINGTON (AP) — Feeling soggy? Federal officials calculate that last month was the wettest on record for the contiguous United States.

Republicans shift strategy in effort to increase logging

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 08:10
WASHINGTON (AP) — Drought has killed about 12 million trees in California's national forests. In the Rocky Mountain region, an epidemic of pine beetles has damaged trees over a stretch of 32 million acres. Altogether, up to 40 percent of the entire national forest system is in need of treatment to reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfire and disease.

Aging MDs prompt call for competency tests at AMA meeting

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 06:55
CHICAGO (AP) — Should old doctors be forced to retire?

In northern Haiti, conservation efforts focus on coastlines

Sun, 06/07/2015 - 20:33
CARACOL, Haiti (AP) — Only little fish are pulled from the coastal waters off Haiti.