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NASA weighing risk of adding crew to megarocket's 1st flight
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- NASA is weighing the risk of adding astronauts to the first flight of its new megarocket, designed to eventually send crews to Mars....

Nigerian kidnappers demand $200,000 for German scientists
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KADUNA, Nigeria (AP) -- Kidnappers are demanding a ransom of 60 million naira (about $200,000) for a German archaeologist and his associate abducted this week from a northern Nigerian village, a worker at the excavation site said. Two villagers were shot and killed in the kidnapping, police confirmed Friday....

AP Explains: What chemical weapons N. Korea possesses
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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea may have found a new use for its large stockpile of chemical and biological weapons, which are meant to attack South Korean and U.S. troops in case of another war....

NASA's Jupiter-circling spacecraft stuck making long laps
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- NASA's Jupiter-circling spacecraft is stuck making long laps around the gas giant because of sticky valves....

SpaceX makes good on space station delivery a little late
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- SpaceX made good on a 250-mile-high delivery at the International Space Station on Thursday, after fixing a navigation problem that held up the shipment a day....

Study: Global warming is shrinking river vital to 40M people
DENVER (AP) -- Global warming is already shrinking the Colorado River, the most important waterway in the American Southwest, and it could reduce the flow by more than a third by the end of the century, two scientists say....

Maine's smelts, sought by ice fishermen, have strong winter
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Ice fishing for smelts is a winter tradition in Maine, where the small fish are fried and eaten whole....

New Jersey OKs gas pipeline through protected Pinelands
CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey environmental regulators on Friday approved a hotly contested plan to run a natural gas pipeline through a federally protected forest preserve amid raucous protests that included drums, tambourines and choruses of "This Land Is Your Land."...

Arctic 'doomsday' seed vault receives 50,000 new deposits
HELSINKI (AP) -- Nearly 10 years after a "doomsday" seed vault opened on an Arctic island, some 50,000 new samples from seed collections around the world have been deposited in the world's largest repository built to safeguard against wars or natural disasters wiping out global food crops....

Bouncing baby bongo shows its stripes at Los Angeles Zoo
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A rare baby bongo has made its debut at the Los Angeles Zoo....