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Study: More people could survive tsunami if they walk faster

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 12:16
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — About 5,500 more people could survive a major tsunami hitting the Pacific Northwest if they just walk a little faster to higher ground after roads are knocked out, a new study shows.

Profile in Courage Award to Go to Bob Inglis, Former GOP Congressman

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 08:17
Former GOP congressman, ousted in 2010, changed his mind on climate change, angered conservatives.

IWC panel: Japan's Antarctic whale hunt still not convincing

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 08:12
TOKYO (AP) — An International Whaling Commission panel said Monday that Japan's revised plan for research whaling in the Antarctic still lacks a convincing explanation of why it needs to kill the mammals.

1st robot into Fukushima reactor stalls, but gets some data

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 08:02
TOKYO (AP) — The operator of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant said Monday that the first robot sent inside one of the melted reactors stalled before finishing its work but collected data that indicates a path exists to send robots deeper into the reactor.

Caffeine High: Space station getting Italian espresso maker

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 14:44
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The next space station grocery run will carry caffeine to a whole new level: Aboard the SpaceX supply ship is an authentic espresso machine straight from Italy.

Hawaii governor says telescope-construction timeout extended

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 15:00
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige says a nonprofit company planning to build one of the world's largest telescopes atop a mountain many Native Hawaiians consider sacred will maintain a moratorium on construction for another week.

Bird flu confirmed at 1 ND turkey farm, 4 more in Minnesota

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 19:23
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A deadly bird flu strain was confirmed Friday at one North Dakota turkey farm and at four more in Minnesota, raising the number of farms affected across the Midwest to 20 and the toll to almost 1.1 million birds since the outbreak was first confirmed in early March.

Researchers say permafrost carbon release will be gradual

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 13:44
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A paper published by federal and academic researchers says greenhouse gases generated by thawing of permanently frozen Arctic soils will accelerate climate change but will do so gradually.

Officials in south China cancel incinerator after protests

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 22:45
BEIJING (AP) — A city government in southern China has revoked approval of a planned waste incinerator in response to public opposition and protests by residents.

Scientists seek source of giant methane mass over Southwest

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 21:18
DENVER (AP) — Scientists are working to pinpoint the source of a giant mass of methane hanging over the southwestern U.S., which a study found to be the country's largest concentration of the greenhouse gas.

Talking turkey: How bird flu outbreaks are playing out

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 12:17
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A deadly strain of bird flu has reached the Midwest, killing or requiring hundreds of thousands of turkeys to be euthanized. Some questions and answers about the outbreak:

Jennie-O Turkey Farm Hit by Deadly Bird Flu

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 11:39
It's the ninth Minnesota turkey farm hit by deadly bird flu; Jennie-O operation has 310,000 birds.

Amid controversy, construction of telescope in Hawaii halted

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 23:20
HONOLULU (AP) — After more than a week of demonstrations and more than a dozen arrests, Hawaii Gov. David Ige said the company building one of the world's largest telescopes atop Hawaii's Mauna Kea has agreed to his request to halt construction for a week.

Amid controversy, construction of telescope in Hawaii halted

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 16:31
HONOLULU (AP) — After more than a week of demonstrations and dozens of arrests, Hawaii Gov. David Ige said Tuesday that the company building one of the world's largest telescopes atop Hawaii's Mauna Kea has agreed to his request to halt construction for a week.

Report: Detroit model in effort to clear rape-kit backlog

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 16:14
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Chronic understaffing and police attitudes toward victims contributed to thousands of rape kits going untested for years in Detroit, but the city's success in clearing the backlog could be a model for other cities facing similar problems, according to a report released Tuesday.

Storms pummel St. Louis region; more severe weather expected

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 12:21
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Lightning-packing storms pummeled the St. Louis region Tuesday with inches of rainfall and two-inch hail, causing flash flooding that turned streets and yards into makeshift ponds of standing water as the nation's midsection girded for more potential severe weather.

Arizona home of Pluto discovery dedicates year to icy world

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 23:06
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A sushi restaurant in downtown Flagstaff added a Pluto roll to its menu. A yearlong exhibit celebrates the work of the amateur astronomer in the city who discovered the now-dwarf planet in 1930. And a walking tour leads people to the movie theater and restaurant the astronomer visited the night of his big find.

Modi blames changing lifestyles for India's rising pollution

Mon, 04/06/2015 - 04:25
NEW DELHI (AP) — Prime Minister Narendra Modi is blaming changing lifestyles for rising pollution levels that have given India some of the world's dirtiest air.

Giant atom smasher starts up after 2-year shutdown

Sun, 04/05/2015 - 06:33
BERLIN (AP) — The world's biggest particle accelerator is about to start up again after a two-year shutdown and upgrade.

Clash over telescope at sacred Hawaiian site intensifies

Fri, 04/03/2015 - 06:11
HONOLULU (AP) — Scientists hoping to see 13 billion light years away, giving them a look into the early years of the universe, are facing opposition from Native Hawaiian groups who say the construction site of a new telescope is on sacred land.