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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
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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....





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....

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....

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....

Even without El Nino last year, Earth keeps on warming
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Earth last year wasn't quite as hot as 2016's record-shattering mark, but it ranked second or third, depending on who was counting....

Group pinpoints riches hidden in Europe's mountains of waste
BERLIN (AP) -- Researchers have completed the first survey of valuable materials they say are waiting to be mined from Europe's vast landfills and scrapyards....