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Sneaker wave deaths witnessed by mom show need for awareness
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SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- One moment, Jayson Thomas was on the Oregon beach with his 3-year-old son. The next, they were gone, swept away by a "sneaker wave" as his wife looked on....

GOP targets landmark Endangered Species Act for big changes
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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- In control of Congress and soon the White House, Republicans are readying plans to roll back the influence of the Endangered Species Act, one of the government's most powerful conservation tools, after decades of complaints that it hinders drilling, logging and other activities....

Gene Cernan, last astronaut to walk on the moon, dies at 82
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HOUSTON (AP) -- Astronaut Gene Cernan traced his only child's initials in the dust of the lunar surface. Then he climbed into the lunar module for the ride home, becoming the last person to walk on the moon....





UK to close Halley Research Station in Antarctica for winter
LONDON (AP) -- British scientists have decided to close the Halley VI Research Station in Antarctica for the winter amid concerns about safety....

Sonar maps from MH370 search will reveal more about seafloor
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- The deep-sea sonar search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 may not have found the plane but will reveal more about how land beneath the Indian Ocean formed over millions of years and where oil fields could lie....

Britain's Prince Charles co-authors a book on climate change
LONDON (AP) -- Penguin Books says Prince Charles has co-authored a book on climate change together with an environmentalist and a Cambridge scientist....

Cutest captain: Sea lion caught in fishing gear hops on boat
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Officials say a juvenile sea lion was so happy to be rescued after getting hooked by fishing gear off Southern California, it jumped into a Coast Guard boat....

Recovered SpaceX rocket arrives in Port of Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The first stage of a SpaceX rocket that landed on a platform floating in the Pacific Ocean after a weekend launch has arrived in the Port of Los Angeles....

'Miracle on the Hudson' legacy: 70,000 slain birds
NEW YORK (AP) -- Birds took the blame for bringing down the jetliner that "Sully" Sullenberger landed on the Hudson River eight years ago this weekend. They have been paying for it with their lives ever since....

Oil pipeline safety rule scaled back after cost objections
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- President Barack Obama's administration scaled back new safety measures for the sprawling network of fuel pipelines that crisscross the United States on Friday, following oil industry complaints that proposed changes would cost companies billions of dollars....