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9 people hurt in volcano eruption near Japanese ski resort
TOKYO (AP) -- A volcanic eruption Tuesday injured at least nine people at a ski resort in central Japan, officials said....

Philippine volcano spews lava fountains, 40,000 people flee
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LEGAZPI, Philippines (AP) -- The Philippines' most active volcano continued to spew fountains of red-hot lava and massive ash plumes Tuesday in a dazzling but increasingly dangerous eruption that has sent 40,000 villagers to shelter in evacuation centers....

Rocket launched in New Zealand deploys commercial satellites
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- A rocket launched from New Zealand on Sunday successfully reached orbit carrying small commercial satellites....





Island volcano in Papua New Guinea erupts with ash, steam
SYDNEY (AP) -- An island volcano in Papua New Guinea erupted again Sunday, sending plumes of steam and ash into the air....

Thai police arrest suspected kingpin of wildlife trafficking
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thai police have arrested a suspected kingpin of wildlife trafficking who allegedly fueled much of Asia's illegal trade for over a decade, officials said Saturday....

Christa McAuliffe's lost lessons finally taught in space
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Christa McAuliffe's lost lessons are finally getting taught in space....

NASA bumps astronaut off space station flight in rare move
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- NASA has bumped an astronaut off an upcoming spaceflight, a rare move for the space agency so close to launch....

Gabon says major ivory trafficking ring dismantled, 10 held
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Gabon says a major trafficking ring that smuggled six tons of ivory out of the country in 2017 has been dismantled, in a victory against poachers who have killed large numbers of forest elephants in the Central African country....

Unseasonable warmth creates hazards in rugged rural Alaska
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Winter is off to a late start in parts of the nation's largest - and usually coldest - state....

Hippo-y birthday to Fiona! The popular preemie is turning 1
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Some days, it's more like being a Hollywood star's agent than a communications official for the zoo. That's what happens when your prematurely born hippopotamus becomes a global celebrity....