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Residents of eroding village welcome Obama's attention
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Residents of a Native village threatened by erosion were thankful Wednesday for President Barack Obama's attention to their plight, saying they hope his visit to Alaska will help them secure funding to build a critical evacuation road to drier ground....

New NASA soil moisture satellite loses 1 science instrument
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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A NASA satellite launched just seven months ago has lost the use of one of two science instruments, but the space agency said Wednesday that the mission to map global soil moisture will continue....

Lots of trees to hug: Study counts 3 trillion trees on Earth
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- More than 3 trillion trees now grow on Earth, seven times more than scientists previously thought. But it's also trillions fewer than there used to be, a new study concludes....

Soyuz carrying 3-man crew blasts off for orbiting station
BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) -- A Soyuz spacecraft carrying a Russian, a Dane and a Kazakh blasted off on Wednesday for a two-day trip to the International Space Station....

UN: This El Nino to be among the strongest since 1950
GENEVA (AP) -- The current El Nino weather pattern may be on track to become one of the strongest in more than half a century, experts at the World Meteorological Organization said Tuesday....

North America's tallest mountain gets new name _ and height
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- North America's tallest mountain doesn't just have a new name. It also has a new elevation....

New collars monitor pets for pain, problems
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- You can use wearables with GPS to keep track of wandering dogs. Others help you track animals' physical activity....

Fossils show big bug ruled the seas 460 million years ago
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Earth's first big predatory monster was a weird water bug as big as Tom Cruise, newly found fossils show....

CERN: Test results show more detail about 'God particle'
GENEVA (AP) -- After three years of scrutinizing the elusive Higgs boson closely, scientists say they've determined that the "God particle" behaves just as predicted....

Texas regulator clears oil and gas company of causing quakes
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- The regulatory agency overseeing Texas' oil and gas industry has determined that a series of small earthquakes in North Texas likely wasn't caused by drilling operations by an Exxon Mobil subsidiary....