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Study may give new respect to our Milky Way neighborhood
NEW YORK (AP) -- Our corner of the Milky Way galaxy may be a bigger deal than scientists thought....

Study: As a species, humans inherit murderous tendencies

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Evolution and genetics seem to have baked a certain amount of murder into humans as a species, but civilization has tamed some of the savage beast in us, according to a new study....

Migratory bird struggles for shelter as chimneys torn down

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A crowd of several hundred people gathered in the growing darkness outside Chapman Elementary School in Portland, Oregon, before the first Vaux's Swift darted into view high above....




Driver defaces Death Valley landmark with tire tracks
DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) -- Federal investigators have identified a driver suspected of taking an illegal joyride on a fragile, dry lake bed in Death Valley National Park, leaving 10 miles of swerving tire tracks....

SpaceX chief envisions 1,000 passenger ships flying to Mars
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- On a personal quest to settle Mars, SpaceX founder Elon Musk envisions 1,000 passenger ships flying en masse to the red planet well within the next century, "Battlestar Galactica" style....

Spate of whale entanglements could inform regulations
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- A recent spate of entanglements of rare whales off of New England could help shape future regulations to preserve the endangered animals, federal authorities said Tuesday....

WHO: Excessive air pollution affects 92 percent of people
GENEVA (AP) -- More than nine out of 10 people worldwide live in areas with excessive air pollution, contributing to problems like strokes, heart disease and lung cancer, the World Health Organization said Tuesday....

US appeals court hears arguments in Clean Power Plan case
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Lawyers for a coalition of states and businesses reliant on fossil fuels made their case Tuesday to a federal appeals court that President Barack Obama's plan to curtail climate-warming greenhouse gases is an unconstitutional power grab....

Baby born with DNA from 3 people, first from new technique
NEW YORK (AP) -- Scientists say the first baby has been born from a controversial new technique that combines DNA from three people - the mother, the father and an egg donor....

Study: Earth's roughly warmest in about 100,000 years
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A new study paints a picture of an Earth that is warmer than it has been in about 120,000 years, and is locked into eventually hitting its hottest mark in more than 2 million years....