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Astronomers spy nearby star that could be chomping a planet

Jul. 18, 2018 6:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Astronomers may have caught a relatively nearby star munching on a planet or mini-planets. A NASA space telescope noticed that the star suddenly started looking a bit strange last year. The Chandra X-Ray Observatory spotted a 30-fold increase in iron on the edge of the star, which is only...

Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin launches spacecraft higher than ever

Jul. 18, 2018 6:22 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin rocket company shot a capsule higher into space Wednesday than it's ever done before. The New Shepard rocket blasted off from West Texas on the company's latest test flight. Once the booster separated, the capsule's escape motor fired, lifting the...

The Latest: Fire knocks out power to some near Oregon blaze

Jul. 18, 2018 6:20 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on fires in the Pacific Northwest (all times local): 3:20 p.m. A rapidly spreading fire in Oregon has knocked out power to some people because of a burned transmission line. The grass fire east of Portland took out a 115-kilovolt power line southeast of the city of The...

Growing fire shows potential for explosive Northwest season

Jul. 18, 2018 4:54 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A fast-moving grass fire fueled by gusting winds in the Pacific Northwest has forced dozens of households to evacuate and prompted Oregon Gov. Kate Brown to declare an emergency Wednesday. The flames near the city of The Dalles started Tuesday and expanded overnight to more than 45...

Study links air pollution to drop in national park visitors

Jul. 18, 2018 3:21 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Visitors appear to be steering clear of some U.S. national parks or cutting visits short because of pollution levels that are comparable to what's found in major cities, according to a study released Wednesday. Researchers at Iowa State and Cornell universities looked at more than two decades...

Elon Musk apologizes for comments about cave rescue diver

Jul. 18, 2018 12:04 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has apologized for calling a British diver involved in the Thailand cave rescue a pedophile, saying he spoke in anger but was wrong to do so. There was no immediate public reaction from diver Vern Unsworth to Musk's latest tweets . Musk's initial tweet calling...

Investigation leads to closure of 6 Virginia fox pens

Jul. 18, 2018 11:30 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A two-year investigation has led to the closure of six of Virginia's nearly 30 fox pens, large enclosures in which wild foxes are contained and chased by hunting dogs, Attorney General Mark Herring's office said. Herring's office told The Associated Press ahead of an official...

Poison parsnip causes severe burns, blisters on woman's legs

Jul. 18, 2018 11:20 AM EDT

ESSEX, Vt. (AP) — A woman was left with severe burns and blisters on her legs after encountering an invasive species of plant in Vermont. Charlotte Murphy says she developed painful blisters overnight after brushing against poison parsnip. Murphy says the blisters got so bad she had to go to the hospital...

Alaska spaceport shortlisted for Rocket Lab launch site

Jul. 18, 2018 11:12 AM EDT

KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — A California-based rocket company has shortlisted the spaceport in Kodiak, Alaska, as a possible permanent home for its launches. Rocket Lab announced Tuesday that it's seeking to build a launch complex in the U.S. to complement its current site in New Zealand, the Kodiak Daily Mirror...

Judge asked to keep public away from ex-nuke weapons plant

Jul. 17, 2018 9:14 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A retired professor testified Tuesday he found evidence that billions of particles of plutonium had escaped from a former nuclear weapons plant in Colorado and settled on land that is now a wildlife refuge, raising concerns about whether the site is safe for the public. But an attorney for...