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NASA aims to measure vital snow data from satellites

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DENVER (AP) -- Instrument-laden aircraft are surveying the Colorado high country this month as scientists search for better ways to measure how much water is locked up in the world's mountain snows - water that sustains a substantial share of the global population....

Court considers constitutionality of Ohio execution process

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A federal appeals court will hear arguments Tuesday over the constitutionality of Ohio's lethal injection process as the state tries to start carrying out executions once again....

SpaceX launches rocket from NASA's historic moon pad
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- A SpaceX rocket soared from NASA's long-idled moonshot pad Sunday, sending up space station supplies from the exact spot where astronauts embarked on the lunar landings nearly a half-century ago....





Scientists hold rally in Boston to protest threat to science
BOSTON (AP) -- Hundreds of scientists, environmental advocates and their supporters held a rally in Boston on Sunday to protest what they see as increasing threats to science and research in the U.S....

Finding poison in N. Korea attack may be hardest part
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- A paranoid dictator's estranged brother. Two young female assassins. A crowded international airport. And a mysterious poison that kills within hours....

Biologists find weird cave life that may be 50,000 years old
BOSTON (AP) -- In a Mexican cave system so beautiful and hot that it is called both Fairyland and hell, scientists have discovered life trapped in crystals that could be 50,000 years old....

Moonshot pad roaring back into action with SpaceX launch
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- The launch pad used to send Americans to the moon and shuttle astronauts into orbit is roaring back into action....

Roaming telescope brings Kenyan kids views of night sky
MOLO, Kenya (AP) -- Thousands of schoolchildren in Kenya are getting a rare opportunity to look at the stars....

Zoo introduces endangered African painted dog pups to public
CUMBERLAND, Ohio (AP) -- An Ohio zoo says a litter of six African painted dog puppies born in December can now be viewed by the public....

Are face transplants still research, or regular care?
Is replacing a severely disfigured person's face with one from a dead donor ready to be called regular care, something insurers should cover? Mayo Clinic has raised that question by doing the first U.S. face transplant that's not part of research....