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A look at DNA testing that ID'd a suspected serial killer
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Joseph James DeAngelo, who authorities suspect is the so-called Golden State Killer responsible for at least a dozen murders and 50 rapes in the 1970s and 80s, was arrested more than three decades after the last killing with the help of information from an online genealogical site. Investigators haven't disclosed many key elements about how and why they took this very unusual step to find a suspect....

Genetic sleuthing bolsters food poisoning searches
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ATLANTA (AP) -- Disease hunters are using genetic sequencing in their investigation of the ongoing food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce, a technique that is revolutionizing the detection of germs in food....

European Space Agency releases 1st image from Mars orbiter
BERLIN (AP) -- The European Space Agency has released the first image taken by its Trace Gas Orbiter showing the ice-covered edge of a vast Martian crater....





Geologists say N. Korea's nuclear test site likely collapsed
BEIJING (AP) -- Research by Chinese geologists suggests that the mountain above North Korea's main nuclear test site has likely collapsed, rendering it unsafe for further testing and requiring that it be monitored for any leaking radiation....

Scientists find lots of gorillas in census, also see decline
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A first-of-its-kind intensive count of western Africa gorillas found far more of the apes than conservationists previously thought....

Portable test helps identify refugees at risk of outbreaks
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Call it a lab in a box: Researchers created a device about the size of a toaster that can test a drop of blood to tell, in about half an hour, who's immune to certain infections and who's not....

Greek space agency chief resigns citing lack of transparency
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's left-led government has come under opposition criticism after the head of the country's newly-formed space agency resigned, citing a lack of transparency and political interference in his work....

US officials slam Washington state nuke waste site problems
RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) -- Problems first identified six years ago at a Washington state plant where deadly nuclear waste is supposed to be treated in the future continue to plague the multi-billion dollar facility, U.S. investigators have said....

European Space Agency satellite rides to orbit from Russia
MOSCOW (AP) -- A Russian rocket has carried into orbit a satellite that is part of the European Space Agency's earth observation program....

Museum realizes collection's rare elephant bird egg is real
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- A Buffalo museum has made a rare discovery within its own collection: a fully intact egg from the extinct elephant bird that until now, was thought to be fake....