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SpaceX launches its first recycled rocket in historic leap
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- SpaceX successfully launched and then retrieved its first recycled rocket Thursday, the biggest leap yet in its bid to drive down costs and speed up flights....

Spacewalkers lose piece of shielding, use patch instead
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Spacewalking astronauts carried out an impromptu patch job outside the International Space Station on Thursday, after losing a vital piece of cloth shielding when it floated away....

Nature groups want role in suit challenging marine monument
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Environmental groups that want to save a marine monument created by former President Barack Obama in the Atlantic Ocean off New England's coast are asking to intervene in a federal lawsuit that challenges its creation....

First on the Martian menu: spuds
LIMA, Peru (AP) -- If human beings finally reach Mars, they may find themselves depending on the humble, if hardy potato....

EPA reverses course on safety of pesticide used on crops
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration won't ban a common pesticide used on food, reversing efforts by the Obama administration to bar the chemical based on findings it could hinder development of children's brains....

Spain will get giant telescope if Hawaii doesn't, group says
HONOLULU (AP) -- An agreement has been reached for a giant telescope to be built in Spain's Canary Islands if it cannot be put atop a Hawaii mountain....

From poor eyesight to bad teeth, pandas' needs grow with age
DUJIANGYAN, China (AP) -- Failing eyesight, poor digestion, bad teeth, limbs no longer so limber: With captive giant pandas living longer than ever, the list of their physical and even emotional needs is growing....

Vehicles kill 3 tortoises in Joshua Tree National Park
JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) -- People driving in Joshua Tree National Park are being asked to watch out for wildlife after the deaths of three desert tortoises in the past week....

Dirty air from global trade kills at home and abroad
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A study that measures the human toll of air pollution from global manufacturing and trade shows how buying goods made far away can lead to premature deaths both there and close to home....

US hearing on climate science focuses on name calling
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Climate science and politics too often reverts into name calling and bullying, which can get in the way of real work....