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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....

For 10 years, possibly biggest pearl was hidden under bed
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A Filipino fisherman in western Palawan island has found possibly the world's biggest pearl, but he didn't know it....

Jackpot: Scientists find Earth-like planet at star next door
WASHINGTON (AP) -- After scanning the vast reaches of the cosmos for Earth-like planets where life might exist, astronomers have found one right next door....

Meet Octobot, a robot that's a real softie, and cheap
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The latest revolutionary robot isn't the metallic, costly machine you'd expect: It's squishy like Silly Putty, wireless, battery-less and made for pennies by a 3-D printer....

AP EXPLAINS: Difference between shallow, deep earthquakes
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Italy's earthquake was a lot weaker than the one in Myanmar, but it did far more damage because it happened at a shallower depth. The Associated Press explains the difference between shallow and deep earthquakes....

Study: Man-made warming may have started decades earlier
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Man-made global warming may have started a few decades earlier than scientists previously figured, a new study suggests....

Astronaut breaks US record: 521 days in space and counting
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Astronaut Jeffrey Williams has a new record for NASA under his space belt....