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California farm region plagued by dirty air looks to Trump
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FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- California's vast San Joaquin Valley, the country's most productive farming region, is engulfed by some of the nation's dirtiest skies, forcing the state's largest air district to spend more than $40 billion in the past quarter-century to enforce hundreds of stringent pollution rules....

Powerful storms in cause damage, flooding in Midwest
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Several hundred people evacuated their homes early Thursday in the small western Wisconsin community of Arcadia as heavy rain sent a creek over its banks....

Moon dust heading to auction after galactic court battle
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NEW YORK (AP) -- A bag containing traces of moon dust is heading to auction - surrounded by some fallout from a galactic court battle....

Lifestyle changes to stave off Alzheimer's? Hints, no proof
WASHINGTON (AP) -- There are no proven ways to stave off Alzheimer's, but a new report raises the prospect that avoiding nine key risks starting in childhood just might delay or even prevent about a third of dementia cases around the world....

Researchers in Cambodia find nest of rare riverine bird
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) -- Wildlife researchers in Cambodia have found a breeding location for the masked finfoot bird, one of the world's most endangered, raising hopes of its continuing survival, the researchers announced Thursday....

World's plastic waste could bury Manhattan 2 miles deep
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Industry has made more than 9.1 billion tons of plastic since 1950 and there's enough left over to bury Manhattan under more than two miles of trash, according to a new cradle-to-grave global study....

SpaceX chief says 1st launch of big new rocket will be risky
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- SpaceX's chief said Wednesday that the first launch of its big new rocket is risky and stands "a real good chance" of failure....

An African village's monkey guardian draws researchers
GBETITAPEA, Ivory Coast (AP) -- An Ivory Coast village where monkeys are sacred has drawn the interest of primatologists who hope the approach can help protect animals elsewhere in West Africa....

Swimming robot probes Fukushima reactor to find melted fuel
TOKYO (AP) -- An underwater robot entered a badly damaged reactor at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant Wednesday, capturing images of the harsh impact of its meltdown, including key structures that were torn and knocked out of place....

Man beats odds of catching blue lobster, donates to science
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) -- A New Hampshire lobsterman has joined an elite club after catching a rare blue lobster....