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Vanishing kelp: Warm ocean takes toll on undersea forests

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APPLEDORE ISLAND, Maine (AP) -- When diving in the Gulf of Maine a few years back, Jennifer Dijkstra expected to be swimming through a flowing kelp forest that had long served as a nursery and food for juvenile fish and lobster....

'A primal experience': Americans dazzled by solar eclipse

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The stars came out in the middle of the day, zoo animals ran in agitated circles, crickets chirped, birds fell silent and a chilly darkness settled upon the land Monday as the U.S. witnessed its first full-blown, coast-to-coast solar eclipse since World War I....

The Latest: Car strikes 2 women watching eclipse, 1 dies

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The Latest on the total solar eclipse crossing the U.S., from Oregon to South Carolina (all times EDT):...




Eclipse science: From galloping giraffes to solar wisps
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) -- The giraffes ran in circles. The flamingos huddled together. And the rhinos just looked confused....

Eclipse watchers: 'Really, really, really awesome'
Reaction to the total solar eclipse in the U.S.:...

Appeals court revives suit over US military base in Japan
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A federal appeals court Monday revived a lawsuit that seeks to block construction of a U.S. military base in Okinawa, Japan over concerns about its impact on the Okinawa dugong, an endangered marine mammal that resembles a manatee....

Researchers find wreckage of WWII-era USS Indianapolis
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Civilian researchers say they have located the wreck of the USS Indianapolis, the World War II heavy cruiser that played a critical role in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima before being struck by Japanese torpedoes....

Tribes hope for renewal in solar eclipse; not all will watch
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- While much of the country gawks at the solar eclipse, Bobbieann Baldwin will be inside with her children, shades drawn....

Schools in eclipse's path seize on ready-made science lesson
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A fourth-grade class at a suburban Kansas City school erupted in wonder when they tried on their solar eclipse glasses for the first time and turned toward the sun for an eclipse "practice."...

DNA lab reduces testing for missing people amid funding woes
DALLAS (AP) -- Karen Stipes always believed her missing mother was "Mountain Jane Doe," buried unidentified in a paupers' cemetery deep in the woods outside Harlan, Kentucky. But without proof, it took nearly half a century and the development of DNA technology for forensic scientists at the University of North Texas to confirm her intuition....