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Tests results pending on dead birds in Northern California

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 07:47
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Nearly a week after a mysterious gray gunk surfaced on shorelines in the San Francisco Bay Area, the substance has killed more than 200 seabirds.

Romney says leaders in both parties failing the nation

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 22:24
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mitt Romney says one of the biggest challenges facing the country is climate change and that global solutions are needed to combat it.

Montana oil spill renews worries over pipeline safety

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 14:26
GLENDIVE, Mont. (AP) — Authorities were scrambling to decontaminate a water treatment plant serving 6,000 eastern Montana residents after a cancer-causing component of oil was found downstream of a Yellowstone River pipeline spill.

Asteroid 1,800 feet across to whip past Earth on Monday

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 10:37
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — An asteroid up to 1,800 feet across is headed Earth's way. But don't worry: It will miss us by 745,000 miles, about three times the distance between Earth and the moon.

Officials begin testing mystery gunk linked to bird deaths

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 09:55
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco Bay Area officials have begun laboratory tests and necropsies on dead seabirds found coated with a mysterious substance that looks and feels like dirty rubber cement.

Volcanic eruption in Tonga creates new island

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 22:35
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A volcanic eruption in Tonga has created a new island — although scientists say it could soon disappear.

Air Force launches rocket carrying a Navy satellite aloft

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 16:23
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A Navy communications satellite is bound for orbit.

Workers craft ice playground ahead of Alaska sculpture event

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 15:33
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Construction of an ice playground has begun in an Alaska city ahead of its annual world ice sculpture championships.

Discovery of larval Missouri River pallid sturgeon heralded

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 13:17
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers is trumpeting the discovery of two tiny pallid sturgeons in the Missouri River near St. Louis as fresh proof the endangered species that traces its origins to the dinosaur era is reproducing.

Mysterious goo blamed in Bay Area bird deaths; tests planned

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 08:56
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A mysterious sticky substance has been found coating the feathers of about 300 seabirds in the San Francisco Bay Area in the past few days, and wildlife officials blame it for dozens of deaths.

X-rays unlock secrets of ancient scrolls buried by volcano

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 07:23
BERLIN (AP) — Scientists have succeeded in reading parts of an ancient scroll that was buried in a volcanic eruption almost 2,000 years ago, holding out the promise that the world's oldest surviving library may one day reveal all of its secrets.

Romanian who claimed he invented world's 1st jetpack dies

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 05:12
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A Romanian inventor who claimed he beat the Americans to make the world's first jetpack and went on to design and build dozens of vehicles, calling the modern-day car "a disgrace," has died aged 81.

India counts more wild tigers, credits conservation

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 02:37
NEW DELHI (AP) — India's latest tiger census shows a sharp increase in the number of endangered cats in the wild, raising hopes that conservation efforts are working, officials said Tuesday.

Solar plane pioneers lay out round-the-world flight plan

Mon, 01/19/2015 - 23:03
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The founders of a Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft that is attempting to fly around the world say their journey will include stops in India, China and the United States after it takes off as early as next month.

Biggest reservoir for Brazil's largest city is running dry

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 18:07
SAO PAULO (AP) — Halfway through the rainy season, the key reservoir for the hemisphere's largest city holds just 6 percent of its capacity, and experts warned Friday that Sao Paulo authorities must take urgent steps to prevent the worst drought in more than 80 years from drying it out.

Feds: Sampling finds more Asian carp DNA near Lake Michigan

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 16:53
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A federal report says genetic markers of Asian carp are still showing up in Chicago-area waterways.

Judge: Dairy pollution threatens Washington valley's water

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 09:27
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that a large industrial dairy in eastern Washington has polluted drinking water through its application, storage and management of manure, in a case that could set precedents across the nation.

Pope on climate change: Man has 'slapped nature in the face'

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 04:14
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis said Thursday he is convinced that global warming is "mostly" man-made and that he hopes his upcoming encyclical on the environment will encourage negotiators at a climate change meeting in Paris to make "courageous" decisions to protect God's creation.

Report: Tests of ballast water treatment systems are flawed

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 14:07
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Government-sanctioned tests of equipment designed to cleanse ship ballast water of invasive species are seriously flawed because they don't determine whether the systems will remove microbes that cause gastrointestinal illnesses, scientists said Wednesday.

Study: Sea level rise accelerating more than once thought

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 09:15
WASHINGTON (AP) — The world's oceans are now rising far faster than they did in the past, a new study says.