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Judge denies DNA testing sought 13 years post-execution

Nov. 18, 2019 2:20 PM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The daughter of a man executed 13 years ago for murder does not have standing to seek DNA testing of evidence in the case, a Memphis judge ruled Monday, but the judge also said the ruling wasn’t based on the merits of the claims. April Alley is the daughter of Sedley Alley,...

Correction: Tribe-Whaling story

Nov. 18, 2019 2:18 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — In a story Nov. 14 about the Makah Tribe’s effort to resume whaling in Washington state, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Makah is the only tribe with a treaty right to hunt whales. While the Makah is the only tribe whose treaty specifically mentions a right to hunt...

New and old drugs may offer new ways to fight heart disease

Nov. 18, 2019 2:13 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Novel drugs may offer fresh ways to reduce heart risks beyond the usual medicines to lower cholesterol and blood pressure. One new study found that heart attack survivors benefited from a medicine long used to treat gout. Several experimental drugs also showed early promise for...

Oregon State gets grant to study tiny plastics in waterways

Nov. 18, 2019 1:11 PM EST

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State University will use a $3.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to study pollution from tiny plastics and its impact on aquatic life. The university said Monday that scientists will develop tools and methods for evaluating micro- and nanoplastics in...

Italian police smash cross-border antiquities trafficking

Nov. 18, 2019 10:54 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Italian police have broken up a cross-border criminal gang illicitly trafficking in archaeological artifacts clandestinely excavated in southern Italy for export abroad, authorities said Monday. The culture-crime division of the Carabinieri military police said two suspects were jailed and 21...

Trustees approve new degree program for UW

Nov. 18, 2019 10:31 AM EST

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — The University of Wyoming’s Board of Trustees has approved a new computer science education certificate program that will help Wyoming K-12 teachers become qualified to teach computer science curriculum. The Laramie Boomerang reports that the computer science certificate program...

Agency says climate change imperils 60% of Superfund sites

Nov. 18, 2019 10:11 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — At least 60% of U.S. Superfund sites are in areas vulnerable to flooding or other worsening disasters of climate change, and the Trump administration’s reluctance to directly acknowledge global warming is deterring efforts to safeguard them, a congressional watchdog agency says. In...

Snooze cruise: Study sees future for hibernating astronauts

Nov. 18, 2019 7:55 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The European Space Agency says putting astronauts into a state of suspended animation could make it easier to reach other planets. The agency said Monday that its researchers examined how hibernation would affect the design of a crewed mission to Mars and concluded that it could help to...

Test turnaround: Oostburg schools now among Wisconsin elite

Nov. 18, 2019 1:06 AM EST

OOSTBURG, Wis. (AP) — Kevin Bruggink knew something didn't add up. His small-town eastern Wisconsin school district had a reputation for talented teachers and strong community support. In his 12 years in Oostburg, he'd come to feel it was deserved. But they didn't have the test scores to show it. For five...

Two Arkansas chemistry professors accused of making meth

Nov. 17, 2019 1:39 PM EST

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (AP) — Two Arkansas college chemistry professors have been arrested on charges of making meth, in an apparent case of life imitating art. The Clark County sheriff’s office says Henderson State University professors Terry David Bateman and Bradley Allen Rowland were arrested Friday...