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7 Earth-size worlds found orbiting star; could hold life
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- For the first time, astronomers have discovered seven Earth-size planets orbiting a single nearby star - and these new worlds could hold life....

Cool facts about 7 Earth-size planets circling single star
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Talk about an Earth-shattering discovery....

Adding friendly bacteria to skin lotion wards off bad germs
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Bacteria live on everyone's skin, and new research shows some friendly germs produce natural antibiotics that ward off their disease-causing cousins. Now scientists are mixing the good bugs into lotions in hopes of spreading protection....





In hot water: Climate change harms hot spots of ocean life
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The six ocean hot spots that teem with the biggest mix of species are also getting hit hardest by global warming and industrial fishing, a new study finds....

SpaceX aborts approach to space station, delivery delayed
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- A navigation error forced SpaceX to delay its shipment to the International Space Station on Wednesday, following an otherwise smooth flight from NASA's historic moon pad....

NY lawmakers: Cuomo is moving to cut funds to fight cancer
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing a $25 million reduction to programs that fight cancer, diabetes and other public health challenges - a move intended to eliminate inefficiencies that is being fought by some lawmakers and health advocates who oppose the cuts....

NASA aims to measure vital snow data from satellites
DENVER (AP) -- Instrument-laden aircraft are surveying the Colorado high country this month as scientists search for better ways to measure how much water is locked up in the world's mountain snows - water that sustains a substantial share of the global population....

South Dakota bill leaves evolution skepticism up to teachers
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) -- South Dakota legislators are weighing whether to let teachers decide how much skepticism to work into lessons on contentious scientific topics such as evolution and climate change....

Court considers constitutionality of Ohio execution process
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A federal appeals court plans to consider arguments over the constitutionality of Ohio's lethal injection process as the state tries to start carrying out executions once again....

SpaceX launches rocket from NASA's historic moon pad
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- A SpaceX rocket soared from NASA's long-idled moonshot pad Sunday, sending up space station supplies from the exact spot where astronauts embarked on the lunar landings nearly a half-century ago....