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Whale freed from entanglement in Cape Cod Bay

Apr. 24, 2018 10:06 AM EDT

PROVINCETOWN, Mass. (AP) — Animal welfare officials in Massachusetts say a humpback whale previously entangled in Cape Cod Bay is now swimming free. A Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises vessel reported the entangled whale Sunday about six miles off Provincetown, prompting a response from a Center for Coastal...

Mummified body found in Iran could be father of last shah

Apr. 24, 2018 9:56 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A mummified body discovered near the site of a former royal mausoleum in Iran may be the remains of Reza Shah Pahlavi, the founder of the Pahlavi dynasty and the father of the country's last shah. The recent find of the gauze-wrapped body — and the speculation it...

Academic says ex-Cambridge Analytica CEO lied

Apr. 24, 2018 8:14 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A Cambridge University professor at the heart of the Facebook privacy scandal says that the former CEO of data firm Cambridge Analytica lied to a British parliamentary committee investigating fake news. Academic Aleksandr Kogan's company, Global Science Research, developed a Facebook app that...

Asian elephants said at risk from Chinese demand for skin

Apr. 24, 2018 6:37 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A report by a British-based conservation group says rising Chinese demand for products made from elephant skin is driving poaching and posing an even greater threat to Asia's wild herds than the ivory trade. The group Elephant Family says the threat is currently greatest in Myanmar, but...

Power-sucking Bitcoin 'mines' spark backlash

Apr. 24, 2018 4:34 AM EDT

Bitcoin "miners" who use rows of computers whirring at the same time to produce virtual currencies began taking root along New York's northern border a couple of years ago to tap into some of the nation's cheapest hydroelectric power, offering an air of Silicon Valley sophistication to this often-snowy region....

Oscars returning to February, announce key dates of season

Apr. 23, 2018 5:26 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Next year's Oscars season has been set, with several events leading up to the broadcast of the 91st Academy Awards on Feb. 24, 2019. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced key dates during the season on Monday, including the handing out of its honorary Oscars, the...

New NASA boss gets 'hearty congratulations' from space

Apr. 23, 2018 4:33 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA's new boss is already getting cheers from space. Immediately after being sworn into office Monday by Vice President Mike Pence, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine took a call from the three U.S. astronauts at the International Space Station who offered "hearty...

A Cold War poison resurfaces in a quiet English town

Apr. 23, 2018 7:08 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — During the Cold War, Soviet scientists at a secret, high-security lab worked frantically to counter the latest U.S. chemical weapons. More than 40 years later, the nerve agent they developed apparently turned up in a quiet English town, where it nearly killed a former Russian spy and his...

A Cold War poison resurfaces in a quiet English town

Apr. 23, 2018 6:50 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — During the Cold War, Soviet scientists at a secret, high-security lab worked frantically to counter the latest U.S. chemical weapons. More than four decades later, the nerve agent they developed apparently turned up in a quiet English town, where it nearly killed a former Russian spy and his...

Census finds increase in Mekong River's Irrawaddy dolphins

Apr. 23, 2018 6:47 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The number of critically endangered Irrawaddy dolphins along a stretch of the Mekong River has increased for the first time in 20 years but the animals still face serious threats, Cambodia's government and a major conservation group said Monday. A joint statement issued by the...