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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A volcanic eruption in Tonga has created a new island — although scientists say it could soon disappear.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A Navy communications satellite is bound for orbit.
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Construction of an ice playground has begun in an Alaska city ahead of its annual world ice sculpture championships.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A federal report says genetic markers of Asian carp are still showing up in Chicago-area waterways.
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.
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.
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.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The world's oceans are now rising far faster than they did in the past, a new study says.