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Tuna catch dries up for Kenya's local fisherfolk

Jul. 07, 2022 05:33 AM EDT

VANGA, Kenya (AP) — “Tuna is not for everyone,” lamented 65-year-old Chapoka Miongo, a handline fisher on Kenya’s south coast, from his dugout canoe. He's one of many artisanal fishers in Shimoni, a bustling coastal town 82 kilometers (51 miles) south of Mombasa, dotted with...

Yellowstone flooding reveals forecast flaws as climate warms

Jul. 07, 2022 00:12 AM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Yellowstone National Park area's weather forecast the morning of June 12 seemed fairly tame: warmer temperatures and rain showers would accelerate mountain snow melt and could produce “minor flooding." A National Weather Service bulletin recommended moving livestock...

Juul, FDA suspend court case while e-cigarette ban on hold

Jul. 06, 2022 20:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration and Juul agreed Wednesday to put their court fight on hold while the government reopens its review of the company’s electronic cigarettes. The agreement comes one day after the FDA placed a hold on its initial order banning...

Contact restored with NASA spacecraft headed to lunar orbit

Jul. 06, 2022 18:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — NASA said Wednesday that contact has been restored with its $32.7 million spacecraft headed to the moon to test out a lopsided lunar orbit. Contact was lost after one successful communication and a second partial one on Monday, after the spacecraft left Earth's...

Star Trek’s ‘Strange New Worlds’: In defense of episodic TV

Jul. 06, 2022 17:05 PM EDT

Two generations after its 1966 debut, the universe of “Star Trek” has become a vast and sprawling mural in these heady days of streaming TV. There’s the dark and bingeworthy “Star Trek: Picard,” a deep character study of an aging and beloved captain confronting his demons...

Biologists' fears confirmed on the lower Colorado River

Jul. 06, 2022 16:15 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — For National Park Service fisheries biologist Jeff Arnold, it was a moment he'd been dreading. Bare-legged in sandals, he was pulling in a net in a shallow backwater of the lower Colorado River last week, when he spotted three young fish that didn't belong there. “Give me a call...

US allows pharmacists to prescribe Pfizer's COVID-19 pill

Jul. 06, 2022 15:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pharmacists can prescribe the leading COVID-19 pill directly to patients under a new U.S. policy announced Wednesday that's intended to expand use of Pfizer's drug Paxlovid. The Food and Drug Administration said pharmacists can begin screening patients to see if...

Drones spot 2 more bodies from Italy avalanche, toll at 9

Jul. 06, 2022 13:57 PM EDT

CANAZEI, Italy (AP) — Authorities said conditions downslope from a glacier in the Italian Alps were too unstable for searchers and dogs to work on the mountain where a chunk of ice the size of an apartment building broke loose at the weekend, killing several hikers. But with the aid of drones,...

Biomedical grantmakers' diversity push gains new momentum

Jul. 06, 2022 09:43 AM EDT

One and a half billion dollars is a big mea culpa, but that is what one philanthropy is throwing on the table to address what it admits is a longstanding problem: the failure to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in health research. The Howard Hughes Medical Institute,...

EXPLAINER: Factors behind Sydney's recent flood emergencies

Jul. 06, 2022 05:41 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Parts of Australia’s largest city have been inundated by four major floods since March last year, leaving weary residents questioning how many times they can rebuild. The latest disaster follows Sydney’s wettest-ever start to a year with dams...