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GAO: Climate change already costing US billions in losses

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A non-partisan federal watchdog says climate change is already costing U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars each year, with those costs expected to rise as devastating storms, floods, wildfires and droughts become more frequent in the coming decades....

Study: NYC could see bad flooding every 5 years
NEW YORK (AP) -- Within the next three decades, floods that used to strike the New York City area only once every 500 years could occur every five years, according to a new scientific study released just days before the fifth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy....

Waaah: Crying babies push same 'buttons' in mothers' brains

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Crying babies push the same "buttons" in their mothers' brains no matter what their culture, a new study suggests....




Stephen Hawking's Ph.D thesis goes online, website crashes
LONDON (AP) -- Cambridge University has put Stephen Hawking's doctoral thesis online, triggering such interest that it crashed the university's website....

Not so cold duck? Man keeps looking for bird thought extinct
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hope is the thing with feathers, poet Emily Dickinson wrote. For Richard Thorns, the feathers are pink....

EPA keeps scientists from speaking about report on climate
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- The Environmental Protection Agency kept three scientists from speaking at a Monday event in a move condemned by researchers and Democratic members of Congress as an attempt by the agency to silence a discussion of climate change....

Jurors to begin deliberating in meningitis outbreak case
BOSTON (AP) -- Jury deliberations are set to begin in the case of a Massachusetts pharmacist charged with murder in the 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed 76 people....

Astronomers measure Milky Way with radio waves
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- A collection of radio telescopes that spans thousands of miles and is remotely operated from central New Mexico has measured a span of 66,000 light-years (one light-year is equal to 6 trillion miles) from Earth across the Milky Way's center to a star-forming area near the edge of the other side of the galaxy....

Spacewalking astronaut copes with frayed tether, bad jetpack
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- A spacewalking astronaut successfully replaced a blurry camera outside the International Space Station on Friday, but had to contend with a balky jetpack and a frayed safety tether....