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AP Top Science News at 6:09 p.m. EDT

SpaceX Dragon returns to Earth with station science, gear
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- A SpaceX Dragon capsule returned to Earth on Friday with scientific gifts from the International Space Station....

Goodbye, herring? Biotech bait gives lobstermen alternative
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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Lobster and crab fishermen have baited traps with dead herring for generations, but an effort to find a synthetic substitute for forage fish is nearing fruition just as the little fish are in short supply, threatening livelihoods in a lucrative industry....

Alaska identifies first case of H5N2 bird flu
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- The bird flu strain that wiped out millions of turkeys and chickens in the Midwest last year has been found in Alaska for the first time....

Alaskans live among bears _ both real and brightly colored
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Alaska's largest city is home to more than 300 grizzly and black bears - and now more than a dozen multicolored ones....

Indonesia steps up fire response as haze blankets Singapore
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Six Indonesian provinces have declared states of emergency as forest fires blanketed a swath of Southeast Asia in a smoky haze....

Rosetta space probe sees bright flares, landslide on comet
BERLIN (AP) -- The European Space Agency's Rosetta space probe has captured images of a bright burst of light on the comet it is orbiting, apparently caused by a landslide....

Auction house to sell composite skeleton of a dodo bird
LONDON (AP) -- The dodo bird is extinct - but one collector can now have their own dodo skeleton....

Quake damages scores of Myanmar's heritage Bagan temples
BAGAN, Myanmar (AP) -- It was a time of conquest and conversions. Above all, it was a time of construction, on a scale never seen before. Over 250 years, from the 11th century onwards, the rulers of Bagan built more than 10,000 magnificent religious monuments....