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Study: 1 to 2 million tons of US plastic trash go astray

More than a million tons a year of America's plastic trash isn't ending up where it should. The equivalent of as many as 1,300...

US agency sets rules for cruise ships to start sailing again

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal health officials on Friday issued new rules that will enable large cruise ships to start sailing again in U.S....

Partial lockdown imposed in Belgium, EU’s worst-hit country

BUIZINGEN, Belgium (AP) — Belgium has imposed a partial lockdown in a new bid to gain control of the pandemic that has hit the...

After wolves rebound across US West, future up to voters

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — The saucer-sized footprints in the mud around the bloody, disemboweled bison carcass were unmistakable: wolves. ...

2nd study testing a COVID-19 antibody drug has a setback

For the second time, a study testing an experimental antibody drug for COVID-19 has been paused to investigate a possible safety issue in hospitalized...

Trump officials end gray wolf protections across most of US

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Trump administration officials on Thursday stripped Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in most of the U.S., ending longstanding...

Asteroid samples tucked into capsule for return to Earth

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A NASA spacecraft tucked more than 2 pounds of asteroid samples into a capsule for return to Earth after...

Lab tests show risks of using CRISPR gene editing on embryos

A lab experiment aimed at fixing defective DNA in human embryos shows what can go wrong with this type of gene editing and why...

India’s coronavirus cases cross 8 million, behind US

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s confirmed coronavirus caseload surpassed 8 million on Thursday with daily infections dipping to the lowest level this week, as...

The Latest: President declares emergency in Mississippi

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on Zeta (all times CDT): ...

Red coating contaminates SpaceX rockets, delays crew launch

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX’s second astronaut flight is off until mid-November because red lacquer dripped into tiny vent holes in two rocket...

Road, logging restrictions to end in largest national forest

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The federal government announced plans Wednesday to lift restrictions on logging and building roads in a pristine rainforest in Alaska...

Japan PM says plan to release Fukushima water coming soon

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Wednesday that his government is working on the final details of a plan to release...

Europe to send modules, astronauts to NASA moon station

BERLIN (AP) — The European Space Agency says it has agreed to provide several modules for NASA's planned outpost around the moon, in return...

Health panel proposes colon cancer tests start at 45, not 50

NEW YORK (AP) — A panel of health experts wants U.S. adults to start getting colon cancer screenings at age 45, five years younger...

Scientists remove 98 ‘murder hornets’ in Washington state

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Workers from the state Department of Agriculture managed to destroy the first nest of so-called murder hornets discovered in the...

Utility says its equipment may have sparked California blaze

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California Edison said its equipment may have sparked a fast-moving wildfire that forced evacuation orders for some 100,000 people...

Lilly antibody drug fails in a COVID-19 study; others go on

U.S. government officials are putting an early end to a study testing an Eli Lilly antibody drug for people hospitalized with COVID-19 because it...

Moon holds more water in more places than ever thought

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The moon’s shadowed, frigid nooks and crannies may hold frozen water in more places and in larger quantities than...

Health experts question Pence campaigning as essential work

Health policy specialists questioned White House officials' claim that federal rules on essential workers allow Vice President Mike Pence to continue to campaign and...

Minority communities question election-year push by EPA

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Theresa Landrum lives in southwest Detroit, where residents complain frequently about dirty air. Tree-shaded neighborhoods with schools, churches and...

California girds for most dangerous fire weather of year

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California, which has endured its worst wildfire season in history, is bracing for the most dangerous winds of the year,...

Contaminated plant turned over to state environmental trust

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A state environmental trust will take over a battery recycling plant in Southern California to prevent its bankrupt owners from...

Crews vacuum ‘murder hornets’ out of Washington nest

BLAINE, Wash. (AP) — Heavily protected crews in Washington state worked Saturday to destroy the first nest of so-called murder hornets discovered in the...

PG&E may cut power to over 1 million people in California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric may cut power to over 1 million people on Sunday to prevent the chance of sparking...

Asteroid samples escaping from jammed NASA spacecraft

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A NASA spacecraft is stuffed with so much asteroid rubble from this week’s grab that it’s jammed open and...

AstraZeneca, J&J resuming US tests of COVID-19 vaccines

Two drugmakers announced Friday the resumption of U.S. testing of their COVID-19 vaccine candidates. ...

Biden calls for ‘transition’ from oil, GOP sees opening

Democrat Joe Biden's remark that he would “transition” away from oil in the U.S. in favor of renewable energy drew quick attention Thursday night...

Washington state discovers first ‘murder hornet’ nest in US

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Scientists have discovered the first nest of so-called murder hornets in the United States and plan to wipe it out...

US suicide rate fell last year after decade of steady rise

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. suicide rate fell slightly last year, the first annual decline in more than a decade, according to new...

2 California wildfires last year blamed on electrical lines

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Investigations found that damaged electrical equipment ignited two Southern California wildfires last year, including one that threatened the Ronald Reagan...

Colorado wildfires drag on later than normal, break records

DENVER (AP) — Orange skies, winds gusting up to 70 mph, smoke tornadoes and hazardous air. While it could be an apocalyptic scene out...

US regulators seek advice on thorny issues as vaccines near

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientific advisers told U.S. regulators Thursday they’re concerned that allowing emergency use of a COVID-19 vaccine could damage confidence in the...

FDA approves first COVID-19 drug: antiviral remdesivir

U.S. regulators on Thursday approved the first drug to treat COVID-19: remdesivir, an antiviral medicine given to hospitalized patients through an IV. ...

Analysis: Racial inequity in who takes career, tech courses

Alphina Kamara wonders what might have happened if she’d been introduced to science and engineering careers at her high school in Wilmington, Delaware. ...

Trio who lived on space station return to Earth safely

MOSCOW (AP) — A trio of space travelers safely returned to Earth on Thursday after a six-month mission on the International Space Station. ...

Do I need to wear a mask if I’m 6 feet away from others?

Do I need to wear a mask if I’m 6 feet away from others? ...

NASA spacecraft sent asteroid rubble flying in sample grab

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's Osiris-Rex spacecraft crushed rocks and sent rubble flying as it briefly touched an asteroid, a strong indication that...

CDC redefines COVID-19 close contact, adds brief encounters

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials Wednesday redefined what counts as close contact with someone with COVID-19 to include briefer but repeated encounters....

Can’t crush this: Beetle armor gives clues to tougher planes

NEW YORK (AP) — It's a beetle that can withstand bird pecks, animal stomps and even being rolled over by a Toyota Camry. Now...

Next up in hunt for COVID-19 vaccine: Testing shots in kids

The global hunt for a COVID-19 vaccine for kids is only just beginning — a lagging start that has some U.S. pediatricians worried they...

Suit: Feds ignore risk of huge spills to endangered species

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Environmental groups asked a federal court Wednesday to throw out the Trump administration's assessment of oil and gas activity’s likely...

Polish academics protest ‘fundamentalist’ education minister

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Activists dressed as security guards climbed onto a balcony of a Polish Education Ministry building early Wednesday and hung a...

US spacecraft touches asteroid surface for rare rubble grab

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A NASA spacecraft descended to an asteroid Tuesday and, dodging boulders the size of buildings, momentarily touched the surface...

Older workers face higher unemployment amid virus pandemic

For the first time in nearly 50 years, older workers face higher unemployment than their midcareer counterparts, according to a study released Tuesday by...

UK to infect healthy volunteers in vaccine research trial

LONDON (AP) — Danica Marcos wants to be infected with COVID-19. ...

US overdose deaths appear to rise amid coronavirus pandemic

Matthew Davidson was beating his heroin addiction. The 31-year-old was attending group recovery meetings. He had a restaurant job he liked. He was a...

NATO to set up new space center amid China, Russia concerns

KESTER, Belgium (AP) — To a few of the locals, the top-secret, fenced-off installation on the hill is known as “the radar station.” Some...

What are the treatment options for COVID-19?

What are the treatment options for COVID-19? ...

California won’t allow virus vaccines without state approval

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California won't allow any distribution of coronavirus vaccines in the nation’s most populous state until it is reviewed by the...

As virus flares globally, new strategies target hot spots

NEW YORK (AP) — After entire nations were shut down during the first surge of the coronavirus earlier this year, some countries and U.S....

Millions more virus rapid tests, but are results reported?

WASHINGTON (AP) — After struggling to ramp up coronavirus testing, the U.S. can now screen several million people daily, thanks to a growing supply...

Plan to retrieve Titanic radio spurs debate on human remains

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — People have been diving to the Titanic's wreck for 35 years. No one has found human remains, according to the...

‘Big pile’ of eels dumped in NYC park; impact not yet known

NEW YORK (AP) — Andrew Orkin was taking a break from his evening jog to sit by Prospect Park Lake when he turned around...

AP Exchange: Nevada home to world’s 3rd largest Joshua tree

RENO, Nev. (AP) — In a land of twisted limbs and giant Dr. Seuss-like branches reaching toward the sky, it stood out among the...

Trump changes course, approves California relief for 6 fires

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — President Donald Trump's administration abruptly reversed course and approved California's application for disaster relief funds to clean up damage from...

WHO study finds remdesivir didn’t help COVID-19 patients

GENEVA (AP) — A large study led by the World Health Organization suggests that the antiviral drug remdesivir did not help hospitalized COVID-19 patients,...

Power cut to thousands in California to prevent wildfires

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Thousands of people in wine country were without power Thursday amid a fall heat wave that brought another round of...

FDA extends pregnancy warning for common pain relievers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pregnant women should avoid a group of common pain relievers including Advil and Aleve for the last four months of pregnancy,...

Mitt Romney calls for US commission to deal with wildfires

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah announced legislation Thursday to establish a national commission focused on diminishing future wildfire...

Forecasters: Drought more likely than blizzards this winter

Don’t expect much of a winter wallop this year, except for the pain of worsening drought, U.S. government forecasters said Thursday. ...

Researchers discover fossils of new species in Arizona

PETRIFIED FOREST NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Researchers have discovered fossils of a tiny burrowing reptile among a vast expanse of petrified wood in...

Wildfire smoke in US exposes millions to hazardous pollution

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — Wildfires churning out dense plumes of smoke as they scorch huge swaths of the U.S. West Coast have exposed...

Does the flu vaccine affect my chances of getting COVID-19?

Does the flu vaccine affect my chances of getting COVID-19? ...

Facing new fire threat, PG&E cuts power to tens of thousands

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas & Electric began turning off power to more than 50,000 Northern California customers Wednesday evening as dry, windy...

US regulators approve 1st treatment for Ebola virus

U.S. regulators Wednesday approved the first drug for the treatment of Ebola. ...

Cells at San Diego Zoo lead to cloning of endangered horse

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Little Kurt looks like any other baby horse as he frolics playfully in his pen. He isn't afraid to kick...

Earth breaks September heat record, may reach warmest year

Earth sweltered to a record hot September last month, with U.S. climate officials saying there’s nearly a two-to-one chance that 2020 will end up...

Study: Health systems, govt responses linked to virus tolls

BERLIN (AP) — Scientists say a comparison of 21 developed countries during the start of the coronavirus pandemic shows that those with early lockdowns...

Russia approves 2nd virus vaccine after early trials

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities have given regulatory approval to a second coronavirus vaccine after early-stage studies, two months after a similar move prompted...

Extra safety scrutiny planned as virus vaccine worries grow

Facing public skepticism about rushed COVID-19 vaccines, U.S. health officials are planning extra scrutiny of the first people vaccinated when shots become available —...

Russian, US astronauts launch to International Space Station

MOSCOW (AP) — A trio of space travelers has launched successfully to the International Space Station, for the first time using a fast-track maneuver...

Fall heat wave bringing California more fire danger

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California’s siege of wildfires has significantly quieted but forecasters warned Tuesday that a fall heat wave will bring back high...

Possible safety issue spurs pause of COVID-19 antibody study

Independent monitors have paused enrollment in a study testing the COVID-19 antiviral drug remdesivir plus an experimental antibody therapy being developed by Eli Lilly...

NASA’s new moonshot rules: No fighting or littering, please

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA’s new moonshot rules: No fighting and littering. And no trespassing at historic lunar landmarks like Apollo 11′s Tranquility...

Greek man convicted of murdering US scientist on Crete

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A 28-year-old man was convicted in Greece on Tuesday of raping and murdering American scientist Suzanne Eaton, who was killed...

NASA moon-landing tech hitches ride to space on Bezos rocket

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space company launched a New Shepard rocket for a seventh time from a remote corner...

How long can I expect a COVID-19 illness to last?

How long can I expect a COVID-19 illness to last? ...

Washington state again fails to live-track murder hornet

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state officials said Monday they were again unsuccessful at live-tracking a “murder” hornet while trying to find and destroy a...

2 Stanford economists win Nobel prize for improving auctions

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Auctions are everywhere in today’s economy. They determine how Google sells ads, what price consumers end up paying for electricity, and...

Scientists return from Arctic with wealth of climate data

BERLIN (AP) — An icebreaker carrying scientists on a year-long international effort to study the high Arctic has returned to its home port in...

Tennessee State researchers, others study wood-boring beetle

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A group of researchers from Tennessee State University will help develop new ways to manage a wood-boring beetle that attacks...

COVID-19 coverage safety net has plenty of holes in US

COVID-19 can do more than torment patients physically. It also clobbers some financially. ...

Fake asteroid? NASA expert IDs mystery object as old rocket

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The jig may be up for an “asteroid” that’s expected to get nabbed by Earth’s gravity and become a...

Italian teenage computer whiz beatified by Catholic Church

ASSISI, Italy (AP) — A 15-year-old Italian computer whiz who died of leukemia in 2006 moved a step closer to possible sainthood Saturday with...

World Food Program wins Nobel Peace Prize for hunger fight

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — The World Food Program won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for fighting hunger and seeking to end its use...

Trump still contagious? Experts say it’s impossible to know

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday he doesn't think he's contagious anymore, but medical experts say that's impossible to know a...

2 scientists win Nobel chemistry prize for gene-editing tool

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Nobel Prize in chemistry went to two researchers Wednesday for a gene-editing tool that has revolutionized science by providing a...

Experts: Warming makes Delta, other storms power up faster

Hurricane Delta, gaining strength as it bears down on the U.S. Gulf Coast, is the latest and nastiest in a recent flurry of rapidly...

Mexican bill to extinguish funds advances on party-line vote

MEXICO CITY (AP) — President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s Morena party beat back attempts Thursday to save 109 semi-independent government trust funds that finance...

US officials: Climate change not a threat to rare wolverine

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. wildlife officials are withdrawing proposed protections for the snow-loving wolverine after determining the rare and elusive predator is not...

Antibody drugs are no cure but seem promising for COVID-19

WASHINGTON (AP) — They’re not cures and it’s not likely that everyone will be able to get them as President Donald Trump has suggested....

Am I immune to the coronavirus if I’ve already had it?

Am I immune to the coronavirus if I’ve already had it? ...

Mario Molina, Mexico chemistry Nobel winner, dies at 77

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mario Molina, winner of the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1995 and the only Mexican scientist to be honored with...

Low tech talk in Google, Oracle high tech copyright clash

WASHINGTON (AP) — The topic was high tech: the code behind smartphones. ...

2 million stillbirths every year, pandemic might worsen toll

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization, UNICEF and partners said there are about 2 million stillbirths every year, mostly in the developing world,...

Elusive eastern black rail threatened by rising sea levels

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declared the Eastern black rail a threatened species on Wednesday, but stopped short of the stronger protections some...

Astronaut chooses daughter’s wedding over space test flight

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The commander of Boeing’s first astronaut flight has pulled himself off the crew so he’s on Earth — not...

A Nobel science first: More than one woman winner, no man

Wednesday's Nobel Prize in chemistry was a historic first for women. ...

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