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Carcass of giant blue whale brought to surface for study

Nov. 22, 2019 4:16 PM EST

NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) — The carcass of a giant blue whale that’s been submerged off the Oregon coast for more than three years is being hauled to the surface so it can be reassembled, studied and put on public display. Oregon State University said Friday that the dead whale washed ashore near Gold...

Spacewalking astronauts slice into cosmic ray detector

Nov. 22, 2019 2:19 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacewalking astronauts ventured out Friday for the second week in a row to repair a cosmic ray detector, this time actually cutting into the $2 billion instrument. The International Space Station’s Luca Parmitano sliced through eight stainless steel tubes, using hardware...

Pennsylvania to fund research into fracking health dangers

Nov. 22, 2019 1:06 PM EST

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said Friday his administration will spend $3 million on a pair of studies to explore the potential health effects of the natural gas industry, taking action after months of impassioned pleas by the families of pediatric cancer patients who live in the most heavily drilled region of the...

US-born Bei Bei settles into new home at Chinese panda base

Nov. 21, 2019 10:40 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — After an intercontinental flight on the “Panda Express,” a furry American darling arrived early Thursday in his new Chinese home. Giant panda Bei Bei was a beloved figure at the National Zoo in Washington, where he was born and spent the first four years of his life. By...

Boeing names space test dummy Rosie after WWII riveter

Nov. 21, 2019 4:39 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX had Ripley. Now Boeing has Rosie. As Boeing moved its Starliner crew capsule to its pad Thursday for a launch next month, the company revealed the name of the test dummy on board. Rosie the Astronaut is named after World War II’s Rosie the Riveter. The dummy has...

Bacteria-infected mosquitoes take bite out of deadly dengue

Nov. 21, 2019 4:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — They still bite, but new research shows lab-grown mosquitoes are fighting dangerous dengue fever that they normally would spread. Dengue infections appear to be dropping fast in communities in Indonesia, Vietnam, Brazil and Australia that are buzzing with the specially bred mosquitoes, an...

Vape debate: Are e-cigarettes wiping out teen smoking?

Nov. 21, 2019 12:58 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In almost any other year it would be hailed as a public health victory: The smoking rate among U.S. high schoolers took its biggest hit ever this year, federal figures show, falling to a new low. Instead the milestone was relegated to a lone figure at the bottom of a government press...

Study: Yellowstone bison mow, fertilize their own grass

Nov. 21, 2019 12:30 PM EST

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A study of grazing in Yellowstone National Park found that bison essentially mow and fertilize their own food. This allows them to graze in one area for two to three months during the spring and summer while other hoofed mammals must keep migrating to higher elevations to follow new...

Gore kicking off 24 hours of climate talks around the world

Nov. 21, 2019 6:51 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Vice President Al Gore said that even though President Donald Trump wants to back out of the Paris Climate Agreement, the U.S. cannot legally pull out until the day after next year’s presidential election. “If there’s a new president -- pardon me for a...

AP FACT CHECK: Claims from the Democratic debate

Nov. 21, 2019 12:15 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten Democrats seeking the presidency vied for advantage Wednesday night in a debate just over two months before the primary voting begins. How some of their claims from Atlanta stack up with the facts: BERNIE SANDERS: “What the scientists are telling us is if we don’t get...