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SpaceX 1st: Recycled rocket soars with recycled capsule
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- SpaceX racked up another first on Friday, launching a recycled rocket with a recycled capsule on a grocery run for NASA....

A bird, a plane, a polar bear? Wild guests at Alaska airport
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Scott Babcock was wrapping up an early morning runway inspection at America's farthest north airport when he saw what he thought were a couple of wolves....

2 rare sea lion attacks shut down cove in San Francisco Bay
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Two unusual sea lion attacks in a San Francisco Bay cove led authorities to close the popular area to swimmers Friday as officials try to determine the reason for the aggressive behavior....

NASA drops replica Orion spacecraft to test parachutes
YUMA, Ariz. (AP) -- NASA on Friday successfully dropped a replica Orion spacecraft from an Air Force transport aircraft to a southwestern Arizona desert site to test the craft's ability to cope with a partial parachute failure....

Eighth planet found in faraway solar system, matching ours
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- A record-tying eighth planet has been found in a faraway solar system, matching our own in number....

No Paris climate accord? No problem, bloc of states says
HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) -- Since President Donald Trump vowed this summer to pull the United States out of an international climate accord, states looking to tackle carbon pollution have been forced to go it alone....

Dakota Access developer, publication argue over lawsuit
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- The Texas-based developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline and a Florida-based environmental publication are arguing in court over whether something billed as a social movement can be sued....

EPA mum on whether failed Trump nominee is still on the job
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Environmental Protection Agency is refusing to say whether President Donald Trump's failed pick to oversee chemical safety will continue to work there as a senior adviser, a role that doesn't require Senate confirmation....

Scientists solve speed surprise in stratospheric stunt
BERLIN (AP) -- Scientists say they've figured out why an Austrian who became the first skydiver to break the speed of sound fell faster than the drag of his body should have allowed....

Studies: Warming made Harvey's deluge 3 times more likely
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Global warming's fingerprints were all over the record rainfall from Hurricane Harvey this year, confirming what scientists suspected, according to new research....