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FILE - In this April 10, 1912 file photo the Titanic leaves Southampton, England on her maiden voyage. The salvage firm that has plucked artifacts from the sunken Titanic cruise ship over the decades is seeking a judge's permission to rescue more items from the rapidly deteriorating wreck. (AP Photo/File)

Firm wants to recover the Titanic's iconic telegraph machine

Feb. 21, 2020 8:28 AM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The salvage firm that has plucked silverware, china and gold coins from the wreckage of the Titanic now wants to recover the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Machine that transmitted the doomed ship's increasingly frantic distress calls. Lawyers for the company, R.M.S. Titanic, Inc., called...

Grant will help Virginia test schools for lead in water

Feb. 21, 2020 3:56 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday announced it was awarding Virginia over $700,000 in grant funding to assist with identifying sources of lead in drinking water in schools and child care facilities. The $737,000 will go to the Department of Health, which will use it to...

Mexico scientist accused as Russian spy due for bail hearing

Feb. 21, 2020 1:14 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — A bail hearing is set Friday for a Mexican scientist accused of spying for Russia in Miami. An FBI affidavit said a Russian government official tasked Hector Cabrera Fuentes, 35, with tracking down a vehicle owned by a U.S. government informant. The FBI says Cabrera and his Mexican wife did...

NY project would map genes of 1 million to fight Alzheimer's

Feb. 21, 2020 1:00 AM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Researchers would aim to map the genes of one million people living with or at-risk of Alzheimer's disease over five years through a proposed initiative at the State University of New York. Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed Friday to establish the SUNY Curing Alzheimer's Health Consortium to...

Georgia lawmakers look to tackle surprise medical bills

Feb. 20, 2020 9:28 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Legislation that would protect some patients in Georgia from surprise medical bills that can run to tens of thousands of dollars is gaining momentum at the state Capitol. A Georgia Senate committee approved a bill Wednesday that would require insurers in many cases to pay for care by a...

EPA will regulate two toxic chemicals in drinking water

Feb. 20, 2020 9:19 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that it plans to regulate two nonstick and stain-resistant compounds in the drinking water amid growing concerns the chemicals found in everything from pizza boxes to carpet pose a health hazard. The agency is targeting a class of...

In this 1970s photo provided by Xerox PARC, Larry Tesler uses the Xerox Parc Alto early personal computer system. Tesler, the Silicon Valley pioneer who created the now-ubiquitous computer concepts such as “cut,” “copy” and “paste,” has died. He was 74. (Xerox PARC via AP)

Computer scientist who pioneered 'copy' and 'paste' has died

Feb. 20, 2020 4:16 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Larry Tesler, the Silicon Valley pioneer who created the now-ubiquitous computer concepts such as “cut,” “copy” and “paste,” has died. He was 74. He made using computers easier for generations as a proponent and pioneer of what he called...

In this Sept. 5, 1983, file photo, Guion Bluford, Jr., shuttle Challenger mission specialist, is shown in portrait on returning to the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. The documentary

'Black in Space' looks at final frontier of civil rights

Feb. 20, 2020 1:56 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — In 1959, Ronald Erwin McNair walked into a South Carolina library. The 9-year-old aspiring astronaut wanted to check out a calculus book, but a librarian threatened to call the police if he didn't leave. McNair was black. Years later, McNair was selected to become only the second...

Retired Air Force Col. Guion Bluford discusses his career as a fighter pilot in Vietnam and later as the first black astronaut in space at a news conference on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. Bluford, 77, was presented with the Ohio Distinguished Service Medal, the state's highest non-combat decoration for service, by Gov. Mike DeWine. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins)

Retired colonel, astronaut honored for lifetime achievement

Feb. 20, 2020 1:30 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday presented the state's highest non-combat decoration for service to a retired fighter pilot and astronaut. Col. Guion Bluford of Westlake in suburban Cleveland flew 144 combat missions in South Vietnam with the U.S. Air Force and later earned a...

In this Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 photo, Kyle Martin, a worker at HealthMap, a system using artificial intelligence to monitor global disease outbreaks, mines health data to keep the system up to date in a work area at Boston Children's Hospital in Boston. Early warnings of an emerging epidemic, some of them collected by HealthMap, showed AI's potential for giving global health experts a head start when bureaucratic hurdles and language barriers might get in the way. A screen behind displays a world map with colored dots marking cases of the disease known as COVID-19. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Can AI flag disease outbreaks faster than humans? Not quite

Feb. 20, 2020 10:27 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Did an artificial-intelligence system beat human doctors in warning the world of a severe coronavirus outbreak in China? In a narrow sense, yes. But what the humans lacked in sheer speed, they more than made up in finesse. Early warnings of disease outbreaks can help people and governments...