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Space station shipment launched from Virginia

Jul 13, 2014

By Aerospace Writer Marcia Dunn, Associated Press

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A fresh delivery is on its way to the International Space Station.

Orbital Sciences Corp. launched a cargo ship Sunday from the Virginia coast. Daylight limited visibility, but sky-gazers from North Carolina to New Jersey ...

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Heads up! Supermoon is here

Jul 13, 2014

By The Associated Press

Look! Up in the sky! It's supermoon!

Because our celestial neighbor is relatively close to Earth, these full moons will appear to be unusually large. That distance varies because the moon follows an elliptical orbit. When it's close and full, it appears bigger and brighter ...

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Near spill, reservation wrestles with oil's impact

Jul 12, 2014

By JOSH WOOD

MANDAREE, N.D. (AP) — Growing up, Ruth Anna Buffalo would follow the dirt track behind her house into the rugged North Dakota badlands, swimming in creeks picketed with beaver dams, finding artifacts and climbing bluffs overlooking Lake Sakakawea. For the young, the lake and the land ...

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Polar vortex? Nope, just cooler Midwestern weather

Jul 11, 2014

By DON BABWIN, Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — Unseasonably cool weather will arrive next week in the Midwest and as far south as Arkansas and Oklahoma.

It is not, however, the second coming of a polar vortex, a phrase the National Weather Service's Chicago office tweeted earlier this week to ...

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Billionaire Elon Musk giving $1M to Tesla museum

Jul 11, 2014

SHOREHAM, N.Y. (AP) — The billionaire owner of Tesla Motors is giving $1 million to a New York museum dedicated to preserving the legacy of the inventor who inspired its name.

The Tesla Science Center announced Elon Musk's donation on what would have been Nikola Tesla's 158th birthday.

The museum ...

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Anthrax scare reveals more CDC lab safety problems

Jul 11, 2014

By MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Citing an anthrax scare and other safety problems, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday said it shut down two research labs and stopped shipping highly dangerous germs to other labs.

An incident at one of the closed Atlanta labs ...

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Inventor pushes solar panels for roads, highways

Jul 11, 2014

By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The solar panels that Idaho inventor Scott Brusaw has built aren't meant for rooftops. They are meant for roads, driveways, parking lots, bike trails and, eventually, highways.

Brusaw, an electrical engineer, says the hexagon-shaped ...

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Cleanup area extends nearly 2 miles after ND spill

Jul 10, 2014

By JOSH WOOD and JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press

MANDAREE, N.D. (AP) — The path of brine spilled from an underground North Dakota pipeline extends nearly 2 miles down a steep ravine, but dead vegetation is limited to about 200 yards from the source of the spill, a company official said Thursday.

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US officials: Dinosaurs returning home to Mongolia

Jul 10, 2014

By LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. officials on Thursday turned over to the Mongolian government enough 80 million-year-old dinosaur skeletons to stock a museum, including two relics of a kind of dinosaur that a prosecutor said "memorably stampeded" in a Hollywood movie.

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Questions and answers about saltwater spills

Jul 10, 2014

By JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer

An estimated 1 million gallons of saltwater generated by oil drilling has leaked from a North Dakota pipeline, company and tribal officials say, and federal authorities are investigating whether any of the liquid reached Lake Sakakawea, one of the nation's ...

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Ohio company wins rights to shipwreck's gold

Jul 10, 2014

By AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press

CINCINNATI (AP) — A fugitive treasure hunter's company has lost its bid to stop deep-sea explorers from bringing up gold and other artifacts from a ship that sank off the South Carolina coast in 1857 and has been the subject of legal fights for nearly 30 years.

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Mexico Mayan site gets double heritage status

Jul 9, 2014

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The southern Mexico Mayan ruins of Calakmul have become the country's first site to receive the "mixed" World Heritage designation from the United Nations.

The designation cites both the pyramids of the ancient city-state and hundreds of thousands of acres of well-preserved ...

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GOP lawmakers try to ease new curbs on ivory sales

Jul 9, 2014

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans in the House want to hold up new federal rules intended to crack down on ivory sales because it is becoming more difficult for owners of musical instruments, antiques and guns made with ivory to trade in such items.

A House ...

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Water levels at Nevada's Lake Mead drop to new low

Jul 9, 2014

By KEN RITTER, Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Drought in the southwestern U.S. will deplete the vast Lake Mead this week to levels not seen since Hoover Dam was completed and the reservoir on the Colorado River was filled in the 1930s, federal water managers said Tuesday.

The projected lake ...

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Interior secretary pledges $43M for conservation

Jul 8, 2014

By EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced Tuesday that more than $43 million will be distributed from a federal fund for recreation and conservation projects nationwide, kicking off a weeklong campaign around the nation to support the ...

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Forgotten vials of smallpox found in storage room

Jul 8, 2014

By MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer

ATLANTA (AP) — A government scientist cleaning out an old storage room at a research center near Washington made a startling discovery last week — decades-old vials of smallpox packed away and forgotten in a cardboard box.

The six glass vials were intact and sealed,

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Tornado confirmed in Michigan; some injuries

Jul 7, 2014

KENTWOOD, Mich. (AP) — A severe thunderstorm packing winds estimated at more than 80 mph spawned a tornado, injured at least six people and caused significant damage to homes in western Michigan, officials said Monday, and storms with tornadoes damaged some homes in Iowa.

A fast-moving ...

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Feds doubt climate change's impact on wolverines

Jul 7, 2014

By MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A top federal wildlife official said there's too much uncertainty about climate change to prove it threatens the snow-loving wolverine — overruling agency scientists who warned of impending habitat loss for the so-called "mountain devil."

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Scientists criticize Europe's $1.6B brain project

Jul 7, 2014

By The Associated Press

BRUSSELS (AP) — Dozens of neuroscientists are protesting Europe's $1.6 billion attempt to recreate the functioning of the human brain on supercomputers, fearing it will waste vast amounts of money and harm neuroscience in general.

The 10-year Human Brain Project is largely ...

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US moves to protect scalloped hammerhead sharks

Jul 3, 2014

By AUDREY McAVOY, Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) — The National Marine Fisheries Service on Thursday classified as endangered and threated four distinct populations of a shark species whose fins are favored as an ingredient in shark fin soup.

The agency said it's listing scalloped hammerhead sharks ...

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