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Wave of killings triggers memories of dark past in Kashmir

Oct. 20, 2021 01:27 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — The Kashmiri Hindu activist was listening to religious hymns on his cellphone when he was interrupted by a tragic WhatsApp message. It brought news of a fatal shooting of a prominent chemist from his community, just a few miles from the activist’s home in Srinagar,...

Study: Fossil fuel plans would far overshoot climate goals

Oct. 20, 2021 00:48 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The world needs to cut by more than half its production of coal, oil and gas in the coming decade to maintain a chance of keeping global warming from reaching dangerous levels, according to a U.N.-backed study released Wednesday. The report published by...

Volcano in southern Japan erupts with massive smoke column

Oct. 20, 2021 00:07 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A volcano in southern Japan erupted Wednesday with a massive column of gray smoke billowing into the sky. The Japan Meteorological Agency raised the warning level for Mount Aso to three on a scale of five, warning hikers and residents to avoid the mountain....

Pig-to-human transplants come a step closer with new test

Oct. 19, 2021 21:51 PM EDT

Scientists temporarily attached a pig’s kidney to a human body and watched it begin to work, a small step in the decades-long quest to one day use animal organs for life-saving transplants. Pigs have been the most recent research focus to address the organ shortage, but...

Aerospace school halts flights after student dies in crash

Oct. 19, 2021 16:22 PM EDT

BUXTON, N.D. (AP) — The University of North Dakota’s aerospace school has cancelled all flight activities after a student pilot from Chicago died in a plane crash. The University of North Dakota plane went down about 8:30 p.m. Monday in a field near the Traill County...

COVID-19 and pregnancy: Women regret not getting the vaccine

Oct. 19, 2021 15:42 PM EDT

PHENIX CITY, Ala. (AP) — Sometimes when she’s feeding her infant daughter, Amanda Harrison is overcome with emotion and has to wipe away tears of gratitude. She is lucky to be here, holding her baby. Harrison was 29 weeks pregnant and unvaccinated when she got sick...

Vulnerable nations lay out demands for climate talks

Oct. 19, 2021 15:21 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A group comprising dozens of nations particularly vulnerable to the effects of global warming have laid out their key demands ahead of the upcoming U.N. climate summit in Glasgow. These include getting rich countries to commit to fulfill and step up their...

New Mexico finishes tests of wells for Air Force chemicals

Oct. 19, 2021 13:48 PM EDT

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico environmental protection officials have wrapped up testing of nearly five dozen private wells near a U.S. Air Force base on the eastern side of the state for so-called “forever chemicals” known as PFAS, which can be toxic to humans and animals. ...

New-York Historical Society selects new trustee chair

Oct. 19, 2021 13:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The New-York Historical Society has chosen Dr. H.M. Agnes Hsu-Tang, a scholar of art and archeology, as its next chair of the Board of Trustees. Dr. Hsu-Tang, a current trustee who will succeed Pam B. Schafler, begins her new position in February. Her...

US regulators lay out plan for over-the-counter hearing aids

Oct. 19, 2021 12:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Health regulators on Tuesday unveiled their proposal to allow Americans to buy hearing aids without a prescription, a long-awaited move intended to make the devices more accessible to millions of people with hearing problems. The Food and Drug...