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Bat-killing disease found in Washington state, first in West

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 12:15
SEATTLE (AP) — A fungal disease that has killed millions of bats nationwide has spread to Washington state, the first time white-nose syndrome has turned up in the western United States, federal wildlife officials said Thursday.

Average snowpack could prolong California water conservation

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 23:28
ECHO SUMMIT, California (AP) — A nearly average spring snowpack in the Sierra Nevada will likely prolong tough water conservation measures in drought-stricken California — although the restrictions could be loosened in some areas after an El Nino storm system drenched the northern half of the state this winter, officials said.

Mexico City temporarily restricts all cars after smog alert

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 17:40
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Metropolitan authorities on Wednesday temporarily ordered all cars to remain idle one day a week in response to this notoriously smoggy capital's worst air-quality crisis in over a decade.

Average snowpack could prolong California water conservation

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 15:23
FRESNO, California (AP) — State drought surveyors will trudge through deep snow Wednesday to manually measure what could be close to a normal Sierra Nevada snowpack for this time of year.

Alaska air traffic resumes as volcano eruptions wane

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 14:22
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A village not far from an erupting Alaska volcano urged residents to stay indoors after the mountain rained down ash, coating ground areas and turning some rooftops and car windows black.

Study: Antarctic ice may melt faster than expected

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 09:22
WASHINGTON (AP) — Warmer air, less frigid water and gravity may combine to make parts of Antarctica's western ice sheet melt far faster than scientists had thought, raising sea levels much more than expected by the end of the century, according to a new study.

Man arrested after vehicle rams Mauna Kea telescope facility

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 17:52
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A man is under arrest after police say he rammed a vehicle into a radio telescope facility atop Hawaii's Mauna Kea.

Report details cause of 2014 radiation leak at national lab

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 14:42
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Compromised equipment caused a radiation leak at the Idaho National Laboratory two years ago and faulty air monitors failed to detect the release that exposed nine workers, a new report says.

Partial skull of Columbian mammoth found in Oklahoma

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 14:32
ALVA, Okla. (AP) — A partial skull and two tusks of a prehistoric Columbian mammoth have been found in northwest Oklahoma.

Arctic sea ice reaches new record low mark for wintertime

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 12:21
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal scientists say the winter maximum level of Arctic sea ice was the smallest they've seen, thanks to extraordinarily warm temperatures.

New NASA launch control software late, millions over budget

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 12:05
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Launch control software under development for NASA's deep-space exploration program is more than a year behind schedule and tens of millions of dollars over budget.

Feds: Risk of 2016 quake increases, especially in Oklahoma

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 12:02
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal scientists say the chance of damaging earthquakes hitting east of the Rockies has increased significantly, much of it a man-made byproduct of drilling for energy. Oklahoma now has a 1 in 8 chance of damaging quakes in 2016, surpassing California as the state with the highest probability.

Meteorologists may soon give 50-day notice for extreme heat

Mon, 03/28/2016 - 08:03
WASHINGTON (AP) — Meteorologists may soon be able to predict likelihood of extreme heat in the Eastern United States as much as 50 days in advance, according to a new study.

Federal oil, gas leases stall over bird concerns in US West

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 15:23
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Concerns over a bird that ranges across the American West continue to delay federal oil and gas lease sales, five months after Interior Secretary Sally Jewell proclaimed the Obama administration had found a way to balance drilling and conservation.

Study: Juneau Ice Field to shrink if warming continues

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 13:43
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Rhode Island-size ice field in the mountains behind Alaska's capital could disappear by 2200 if climate-warming trends continue, according to a University of Alaska Fairbanks study.

Baby seal found 4 miles from water in San Francisco Bay Area

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 09:43
FREMONT, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a baby seal made it 4 miles from the water to the front yard of a home in the San Francisco Bay Area.

North America's oldest orangutan born in zoo dies in Seattle

Fri, 03/25/2016 - 09:06
SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle zoo says North America's oldest orangutan born in a zoo has died after struggling with respiratory problems.

Microbe with stripped-down DNA may hint at secrets of life

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 10:01
NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists have deleted nearly half the genes of a microbe, creating a stripped-down version that still functions, an achievement that might reveal secrets of how life works.

Japanese fleet returns with quota of 333 whales in Antarctic

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 05:05
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's whaling fleet has returned with 333 whales it caught in its first Antarctic harvest since an international court ruling stopped its hunt two years ago.

Man who predicted space shuttle Challenger disaster dies

Thu, 03/24/2016 - 00:28
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Bob Ebeling spent three decades filled with guilt over not stopping the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger, but found relief in the weeks before his death.