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Scuba-diving Santa brings holiday cheer to fish, museumgoers

Dec. 13, 2018 6:12 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — It's a busy time for Santa Claus, but he's making time to feed some fish in San Francisco. The California Academy of Sciences launched its holiday festivities Thursday by having a scuba diver dressed as St. Nick submerge into a coral reef exhibit while dozens of children watched from...

UN climate talks inch forward, appear headed for overtime

Dec. 13, 2018 4:55 PM EST

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — Efforts to agree on the fine print of the Paris climate accord drew closer Thursday, three years after the landmark agreement on curbing global warming, but negotiators remained deadlocked on the thorniest issues and appeared set for overtime. A summary text from the Polish diplomat...

Renewed battle over using fetal tissue in medical research

Dec. 13, 2018 4:53 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers clashed over science, ethics and politics at a House hearing Thursday on using fetal tissue in critically important medical research, as the Trump administration reviews the government's ongoing support for such studies. Research fields in which fetal tissue is used include HIV,...

In 'Beale Street,' a radiant portrait of young black love

Dec. 13, 2018 4:37 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Barry Jenkins years ago went on Etsy to have a James Baldwin quote embroidered onto his leather phone case. The line so resonated with the filmmaker that it's also spoken in Spanish by a character in his short film "Chlorophyl." Jenkins no longer has the case but when the Baldwin line is...

Texas report says 'changing climate' intensifying disasters

Dec. 13, 2018 4:37 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Powerful natural disasters in Texas on the scale of Hurricane Harvey's deadly destruction last year will become more frequent because of a changing climate, warned a new report Thursday ordered by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in a state where skepticism about climate change runs deep....

Virgin Galactic tourism rocket ship reaches space in test

Dec. 13, 2018 4:18 PM EST

MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) — Virgin Galactic's tourism spaceship climbed more than 50 miles high above California's Mojave Desert on Thursday, reaching for the first time what the company considers the boundary of space. The rocket ship hit an altitude of 51 miles (82 kilometers) before beginning its gliding...

No. 2 gas-producing state moves to curb air pollution

Dec. 13, 2018 3:56 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania is aiming to curb air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from its vast natural gas exploration fields, with the governor's administration proposing new regulations Thursday even as the Trump administration moves to relax federal requirements. Gov. Tom Wolf's...

The Latest: Climate delegate: 'What's the point?' of talks

Dec. 13, 2018 3:33 PM EST

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. climate talks in Poland and other climate news (all times local): 8:45 p.m. The head of the Maldives delegation to the U.N. climate conference is questioning the point of the yearly summits, saying they are "failing" to produce meaningful results. Former...

Record number of Mexican gray wolves found dead in 2018

Dec. 13, 2018 2:34 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Wildlife managers have confirmed a record number of Mexican gray wolves have been reported dead this year, fueling concerns about the decades-long effort to return the endangered predator to the southwestern U.S. Five wolves were found dead in New Mexico in November, bringing the...

Mint launches commemorative coins marking moon landing

Dec. 13, 2018 2:09 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The U.S. Mint in Philadelphia is marking the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing by launching a new commemorative coin. The children of Apollo 11 crew members Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were on hand at the mint Thursday at the first pressing of the 2019 Apollo 11 50th...