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Jurors to begin deliberating in meningitis outbreak case
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BOSTON (AP) -- Jury deliberations are set to begin in the case of a Massachusetts pharmacist charged with murder in the 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed 76 people....

EPA cancels appearance of scientists at Rhode Island event
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- The Environmental Protection Agency has canceled the appearance of three scientists at an event on Monday in Rhode Island about a report, which deals in part with climate change....

Astronomers measure Milky Way with radio waves
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- A collection of radio telescopes that spans thousands of miles and is remotely operated from central New Mexico has measured a span of 66,000 light-years (one light-year is equal to 6 trillion miles) from Earth across the Milky Way's center to a star-forming area near the edge of the other side of the galaxy....

Spacewalking astronaut copes with frayed tether, bad jetpack
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- A spacewalking astronaut successfully replaced a blurry camera outside the International Space Station on Friday, but had to contend with a balky jetpack and a frayed safety tether....

3 small earthquakes recorded in northern Oklahoma
RENFROW, Okla. (AP) -- The U.S. Geological Survey reports three small earthquakes have been recorded in northern Oklahoma....

Study: Pollution kills 9 million a year, costs $4.6 trillion
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Environmental pollution - from filthy air to contaminated water - is killing more people every year than all war and violence in the world. More than smoking, hunger or natural disasters. More than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined....

Searchers in Mexico find, but release, vaquita porpoise calf
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Researchers trying to catch and enclose the last survivors of the vaquita porpoise species captured a calf but released it because it was too young to survive without its mother....

UN says plague cases in Madagascar almost doubled in 5 days
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The number of plague cases in Madagascar has almost doubled over the last five days and medical experts project the situation will worsen, with 1,000 cases expected every month if funds aren't rapidly provided, the United Nations said Thursday....

Where's the buzz? German study finds dramatic insect decline
BERLIN (AP) -- The number of flying insects in Germany has been dropping at an "alarming" rate that could signal serious trouble for ecosystems and food chains in the future, scientists say....

Nearly 200 report fireball streaking across Northeast sky
SEA GIRT, N.J. (AP) -- Nearly 200 people across the Northeast reported seeing a bright object streak across the sky....