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Costly frost in France attributed to climate change

Jun. 15, 2021 02:34 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Scientists say damaging frost that caused significant economic loss to France's central winegrowing region this year was made more likely by climate change. A report released Tuesday by researchers who study the link between global warming and weather...

Southern California gets 2 large firefighting helicopters

Jun. 14, 2021 22:16 PM EDT

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) — Southern California fire agencies are getting two large-scale helicopters that can each carry up to 3,000 gallons (11.356 liters) of water or retardant to try to limit the spread of wildfires — and just as hot dry weather is setting in. ...

NATO nations ready to jointly respond to attacks in space

Jun. 14, 2021 20:52 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO leaders on Monday expanded the use of their all for one, one for all, mutual defense clause to include a collective response to attacks in space. Article 5 of NATO’s founding treaty states that an attack on any one of the 30 allies will be...

Operator says China nuclear plant facing 'performance issue'

Jun. 14, 2021 20:27 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The French joint operator of a Chinese nuclear plant near Hong Kong said Monday that the plant is dealing with a “performance issue” but is currently operating within safety limits, following a report of a potential radioactive leak. The Taishan...

Extra COVID vaccine may help protect transplant patients

Jun. 14, 2021 17:13 PM EDT

A small study offers the first hint that an extra dose of COVID-19 vaccines just might give some organ transplant recipients a needed boost in protection. Even as most vaccinated people celebrate a return to near normalcy, millions who take immune-suppressing medicines...

Suburban superintendent named interim Chicago schools CEO

Jun. 14, 2021 15:52 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A longtime educator and former suburban schools superintendent was named interim leader of Chicago Public Schools on Monday. Jose Torres most recently was president of the Illinois Math and Science Academy, a suburban magnet school, and formerly...

US bans dogs brought in from 100 countries with rabies risk

Jun. 14, 2021 15:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials Monday announced a one-year ban on bringing in dogs from more than 100 countries where rabies is still a problem. Dogs coming in from those countries already needed proof of rabies vaccination. The ban is being imposed because of a...

State biologist pleads no contest in sturgeon caviar case

Jun. 14, 2021 14:13 PM EDT

OSHKOHS, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s top sturgeon biologist has pleaded no contest in Winnebago County to obstructing a warden. Ryan Koenigs, 36, was charged following an investigation into illegally processing sturgeon eggs into caviar. "Quite...

Novavax: Large study finds COVID-19 shot about 90% effective

Jun. 14, 2021 11:58 AM EDT

Vaccine maker Novavax said Monday its COVID-19 shot was highly effective against the disease and also protected against variants in a large study in the U.S. and Mexico, potentially offering the world yet another weapon against the virus at a time when developing countries are desperate for...

Endangered corpse flower blooms in Warsaw, drawing crowds

Jun. 14, 2021 09:27 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The endangered Sumatran Titan arum, a giant foul-smelling blossom also known as the corpse flower, went into a rare, short bloom at a botanical garden in Warsaw, drawing crowds who waited for hours to see it. The extraordinary flower, which emits...