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Robots, high-tech tools join battle against invasive species

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A robot zaps and vacuums up venomous lionfish in Bermuda. A helicopter pelts Guam's trees with poison-baited dead mice to fight the voracious brown tree snake. A special boat with giant winglike nets stuns and catches Asian carp in the U.S. Midwest....

Robotic fruit pickers may help orchards with worker shortage
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Harvesting Washington state's vast fruit orchards each year requires thousands of farmworkers, and many of them work illegally in the United States....

2nd company shuts oil, gas wells after fatal Colorado blast
DENVER (AP) -- A second petroleum company said it would shut down and inspect wells after a fatal house explosion near a gas well in Colorado, although investigators have not said whether the well was the cause....





Review: Coal terminal would boost global climate-warming gas
SEATTLE (AP) -- A coal-export terminal proposed in Washington state would increase cancer risks for some residents, make rail accidents more likely and add millions of metric tons of climate-changing greenhouse gas globally every year, according to an environmental study released Friday....

Spacecraft survives unprecedented trip between Saturn, rings
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- NASA's Cassini spacecraft has survived an unprecedented trip between Saturn and its rings, and has amazing pictures to show for it....

Touch new stamp and presto, total solar eclipse becomes moon
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- The U.S. Postal Service is going all out for this summer's total solar eclipse, with a first-of-its kind stamp....

California says oceans could rise higher than thought
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- New climate-change findings mean the Pacific Ocean off California may rise higher, and storms and high tides hit harder, than previously thought, officials said....

Scientists investigate large number of humpback whale deaths
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Government scientists launched an investigation Thursday into an unusually large number of humpback whale deaths from North Carolina to Maine, the first such "unusual mortality event" declaration in a decade....

SeaWorld San Diego gets a furry surprise: a baby sea lion
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- SeaWorld San Diego is caring for a sea lion that was unexpectedly born to a sick mother....

DNA from dirt: Tracing ancient humans found in 'empty' caves
BERLIN (AP) -- No bones? No problem!...