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Tensions rise in water battle along Oregon-California line

Apr. 12, 2021 15:52 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — One of the worst droughts in memory in a massive agricultural region straddling the California-Oregon border could mean steep cuts to irrigation water for hundreds of farmers this summer to sustain endangered fish species critical to local tribes. ...

Eighth-grader wins contest to name Wyoming supercomputer

Apr. 12, 2021 15:44 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming middle school student has won a contest to name one of the world's fastest supercomputers. The new machine will be named “Derecho,” after a type of weather event that can bring hurricane-force winds and heavy rains, the Boulder,...

'Huge' explosion rocks St. Vincent as volcano keeps erupting

Apr. 12, 2021 14:33 PM EDT

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent (AP) — La Soufriere volcano fired an enormous amount of ash and hot gas early Monday in the biggest explosive eruption yet since volcanic activity began on the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent late last week, with officials worried about the lives of those who...

Immune-boosting drug may help before lung cancer surgery

Apr. 12, 2021 13:00 PM EDT

A drug that helps the immune system fight cancer gave dramatic results when used with chemotherapy before surgery in patients with operable lung tumors, doctors report. One out of 4 patients given chemo and the Bristol Myers Squibb drug Opdivo had no signs of cancer...

Tweaked COVID vaccines in testing aim to fend off variants

Apr. 12, 2021 12:18 PM EDT

Dozens of Americans are rolling up their sleeves for a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine -- this time, shots tweaked to guard against a worrisome mutated version of the virus. Make no mistake: The vaccines currently being rolled out across the U.S. offer strong protection....

Off-duty Italy art cops find looted statue in Belgian shop

Apr. 12, 2021 10:34 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian police say they have recovered a 1st century Roman statue that was stolen from an archaeological site in 2011 and found in a Belgian antiques shop by two off-duty Italian art squad police officers. An Italian businessman who used a Spanish pseudonym...

Tennessee offering free online courses amid pandemic

Apr. 12, 2021 04:14 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee labor officials are continuing to offer free online courses to help people without work during the COVID-19 pandemic advance their skills. The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development says the Coursera Workforce Recovery...

Marshall to hold summer conference for high school teachers

Apr. 12, 2021 04:06 AM EDT

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University will host a free online summer conference for high school STEM teachers. The Department of Computer Sciences and Electrical Engineering will host the conference June 14-18 for teachers in science, technology, engineering and...

AP PHOTOS: From Moscow to Pacific, Russia glorifies Gagarin

Apr. 12, 2021 03:36 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — From a giant statue towering over Moscow to a more modest monument on the Sakhalin Island in the Pacific Ocean, dozens of memorials across Russia commemorate Yuri Gagarin, the cosmonaut who became the first person in space 60 years ago. Gagarin’s...

Soviet cosmonaut made pioneering spaceflight 60 years ago

Apr. 12, 2021 02:46 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Crushed into the pilot's seat by heavy G-forces, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin saw flames outside his spacecraft and prepared to die. His voice broke the tense silence at ground control: “I’m burning. Goodbye, comrades.” Gagarin didn’t know that...