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Panel: Nuclear contamination found on worker at weapons lab

Jun. 18, 2018 5:18 PM EDT

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Reports from an independent safety panel show radioactive contamination was found on a worker's hands and other places at a nuclear weapons lab in New Mexico — the latest safety lapse at the facility as it ramps up work with nuclear material. All pipefitting work was paused...

US stocks recover from sharp early drop and finish mixed

Jun. 18, 2018 5:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks shrugged off early losses and wound up with a mixed finish Monday. Household goods companies took some of the worst losses as the S&P 500 index fell for the third time in four days. The S&P 500 dropped as much as 22 points early on. Consumer products and packaged foods...

Warned 30 years ago, global warming 'is in our living room'

Jun. 18, 2018 5:06 PM EDT

SALIDA, Colo. (AP) — We were warned. On June 23, 1988, a sultry day in Washington, James Hansen told Congress and the world that global warming wasn't approaching — it had already arrived. The testimony of the top NASA scientist, said Rice University historian Douglas Brinkley, was "the opening...

Studies show groundwater holding own against drilling boom

Jun. 18, 2018 5:01 PM EDT

New research suggests drinking water supplies in Pennsylvania have shown resilience in the face of a drilling boom that has turned swaths of countryside into a major production zone for natural gas. Energy companies have drilled more than 11,000 wells since arriving en masse in 2008, making Pennsylvania the...

In 'Jurassic World,' a dino-sized animal-rights parable

Jun. 18, 2018 1:43 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The dinosaurs of "Jurassic Park" are many things. They are special-effects wonders. They are unruly house guests. And they are some of the biggest, most foot-stomping metaphors around. Since Steven Spielberg's 1993 original, the dinos of "Jurassic Park" — many of them not light on...

Canada temporarily shuts fishing areas to help right whales

Jun. 18, 2018 1:31 PM EDT

NEWPORT, Quebec (AP) — The Canadian government says it is taking steps to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales from encounters with fishing vessels and gear. The whales are one of the world's rarest marine mammals, and they have struggled with high mortality in recent years, especially in...

The Latest: Trump signing directive to clean up space junk

Jun. 18, 2018 12:57 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump announcing new "Space Force," other space initiatives. (all times local): 12:50 p.m.: President Donald Trump is signing a new space policy directive at the White House that aims to reduce satellite clutter in space. Trump said Monday that the...

How the Audi CEO's arrest fits into the VW diesel scandal

Jun. 18, 2018 11:37 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The arrest of the CEO of Volkswagen's Audi division is another milestone in the German automaker's three-year scandal over diesel emissions cheating. Rupert Stadler, who was detained in Germany on Monday, is the highest-level executive at Volkswagen to have been arrested since the scandal...

Puerto Rico struggles with jump in asthma cases post-Maria

Jun. 18, 2018 11:20 AM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Shortly after he turned 2, Yadriel Hernandez started struggling to breathe. His doctor prescribed an inhaler and an allergy pill for asthma, and his symptoms were mostly under control. Then Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, strewing mold-producing wreckage across the...

Germany will fail 2020 climate goals, now eyes 2030 target

Jun. 18, 2018 10:54 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany will likely miss its goal of cutting emissions by 40 percent by 2020, the country's environment minister said Monday, an embarrassing admission for a government that wants to lead the charge on limiting climate change. Official estimates project that Europe's biggest economy will trim...