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The Associated Press
AP Top Science News at 9:31 a.m. EDT

Strong quake in western Japan knocks out power, injures 7
TOKYO (AP) -- A powerful earthquake in western Japan knocked loose roof tiles, toppled store shelves and caused power outages Friday afternoon, but apparently caused no widespread damage. At least seven people were injured, one seriously....

Typhoon Haima lashes China; death toll up in Philippines
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BEIJING (AP) -- Typhoon Haima barreled into southern China on Friday after hammering the northern Philippines with ferocious wind and rain, triggering flooding, landslides and power outages and killing at least 13 people....

Soyuz capsule docks with International Space Station
MOSCOW (AP) -- A Soyuz space capsule carrying astronauts from Russia and the United States has docked with the International Space Station after a two-day voyage....

Scientists in Europe downplay likely loss of Mars lander
BERLIN (AP) -- Scientists at the European Space Agency downplayed the likely loss of its Mars lander, saying Thursday that a wealth of data sent back by the experimental probe would help them prepare for a future mission to the red planet....

Winter outlook: Warm south; cooler north; murky in middle
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal forecasters predict this winter may paint the U.S. in stripes of different weather: Warmer and drier than normal in the south, and colder and wetter than usual in the far north....

Soaring species: Endangered baby toads fly to Puerto Rico
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- More than 4,000 wiggling tadpoles conceived via wine fridges in California and then packed in a passenger plane headed to Puerto Rico on Thursday as part of a program to re-establish a technicolor native toad once thought extinct....

UNESCO urges halt to plan for Bangladesh coal plant in delta
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) -- The U.N. agency devoted to preserving world heritage has joined environmental groups urging Bangladesh to halt plans for a massive coal-fired power plant near ecologically sensitive mangrove forests on the coast. UNESCO says it poses a "serious threat" to a region that protects the nation from flooding and holds one of the world's last populations of wild tigers....

NASA: Jupiter spacecraft detects problem, turns off camera
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A NASA spacecraft circling Jupiter has hit another snag....

Rock-smashing monkeys make flakes like early stone tools
NEW YORK (AP) -- Call them knockoffs. Rock-smashing monkeys in Brazil make stone flakes that look a lot like tools made by our ancient ancestors....

Russian observatory once closed to public houses art exhibit
NIZHNY ARKHYZ, Russia (AP) -- A remote Russian observatory housing what was once the world's largest mirrored telescope has become the setting for an art installation that explores the near-infinite reaches of both outer space and the human imagination....



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