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Science Says: European art scene began with Neanderthals
NEW YORK (AP) -- From the murky depths of Spanish caves comes a surprising insight: Neanderthals created art....

Vice president wants US businesses trailblazing into space
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Vice President Mike Pence and his new space advisory council want U.S. private companies moving faster and farther into the cosmos, with the government easing restrictions on these 21st century pioneers....

Scientists in Germany improve malaria drug production

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BERLIN (AP) -- Scientists in Germany who developed a new way to make a key malaria drug several years ago said Wednesday they have come up with a technique to make the process even more efficient, which should increase global access and reduce the cost....




European space probe prepares to sniff Martian atmosphere
BERLIN (AP) -- A European space probe has swung into position around Mars in preparation to analyze its atmosphere for possible signs of life....

Stuck in an opioids crisis, officials turn to acupuncture
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Marine veteran Jeff Harris was among the first to sign up when the Providence VA hospital started offering acupuncture for chronic pain....

Correction: Fishing's Footprint story
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a story Feb. 22 about the global extent of commercial fishing, The Associated Press erroneously included whales among the species caught with longline fishing....

Judge orders gov't review of Keystone pipeline documents
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- A judge has told federal officials to go back and review documents related to the disputed Keystone XL oil pipeline after environmentalists accused the government of withholding details on the project's approval....

Some fear California drought cuts could erase water rights
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A proposal to make California's drought-era water restrictions permanent could allow the state to chip away at long-held water rights in an unprecedented power grab, representatives from water districts and other users told regulators Tuesday....

Volcanic blast reshaped summit of Indonesia's Mount Sinabung
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- The eruption of Indonesia's Mount Sinabung that shot ash 5 kilometers (3 miles) high also blew away much of the mountain's summit....

Experts: Underwater archaeology site imperiled in Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Pollution is threatening the recently mapped Sac Actun cave system in the Yucatan Peninsula, a vast underground network that experts in Mexico say could be the most important underwater archaeological site in the world....