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Scientists witness huge cosmic crash, find origins of gold

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- It was a faint signal, but it told of one of the most violent acts in the universe, and it would soon reveal secrets of the cosmos, including how gold was created....

What cosmic crash confirmed: Einstein was as good as gold

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- When two extremely dense neutron stars crashed together in a distant galaxy, astronomers struck scientific gold, confirming previously unproven theories, including some from Albert Einstein....

Trump voters in storm-ravaged county confront climate change

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PORT ARTHUR, Texas (AP) -- The church was empty, except for the piano too heavy for one man to move. It had been 21 days since the greatest storm Wayne Christopher had ever seen dumped a year's worth of rain on his town, drowning this church where he was baptized, met his high school sweetheart and later married her....




Forest-thinning project saved homes but highlights obstacles
SISTERS, Ore. (AP) -- Lightning started a forest fire one August afternoon near this Oregon tourist town, and it was spreading fast. Residents in outlying areas evacuated as flames marched toward their homes....

Group: Orangutan orphans a sign of habitat destruction
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- The discovery last week of two orphaned baby orangutans on Borneo is further evidence that deforestation and illegal hunting are threatening survival of the great apes, an Indonesian conservation group said Monday....

Proposed New Mexico science standards omit global warming
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) -- A proposed overhaul of New Mexico's state science standards for public schools came under intense criticism Monday at a packed public hearing in the state capital for omitting or deleting references to global warming, evolution and the age of the Earth....

Light in the sky over UAE likely Russian rocket breaking up
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- A light seen in the night sky over the United Arab Emirates likely was a discarded Russian rocket breaking up after re-entering the Earth's atmosphere....

Mass die-off of Antarctic penguin chicks alarms researchers
BERLIN (AP) -- Almost the entire cohort of chicks from an Adelie penguin colony in the eastern Antarctic was wiped out by starvation last summer in what scientists say is only the second such incident in over 40 years....

Russian supply ship docks at International Space Station
MOSCOW (AP) -- An unmanned Russian cargo ship has docked successfully at the International Space Station, delivering supplies to its six-member crew....

Pope at UN demands response to hunger, climate, migration
ROME (AP) -- Pope Francis demanded Monday that world governments collectively commit to end rising world hunger by resolving the conflicts and climate change-related disasters that force people to leave their homes in search of their daily bread....