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West Coast quake warning system now operational, with limits

Oct. 17, 2018 8:08 PM EDT

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Automated alerts from the fledgling West Coast earthquake early warning system are ready to be used broadly by businesses, utilities, schools and other entities but not for mass public notification, officials said Wednesday. "We're making a large change from a production prototype...

Experts urge gulf refuge for endangered vaquita porpoise

Oct. 17, 2018 6:30 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Experts called on Mexico's government Wednesday to use floating barriers to enclose a small area of the Gulf of California where a half dozen critically endangered vaquita porpoises were spotted in September. The sightings were an unexpected mix of good and bad news for the world's...

Startup plans to launch small satellites from Virginia coast

Oct. 17, 2018 4:00 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A California-based startup said Wednesday that it will rocket small satellites into orbit from Virginia, an endeavor that reflects increasing demand from companies and governments alike to monitor ships, crops and the weather from space. Rocket Lab said it will build its launch pad at...

Nobel Prize winner honored with dedicated campus bike rack

Oct. 17, 2018 3:52 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri is honoring its Nobel Prize-winning scientist with an unusual accolade: a dedicated spot in a bicycle rack. George Smith learned this month that he'll share this year's Nobel Prize in chemistry with two other scientists. Other schools have recognized their...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump misses on storms, science, clean air

Oct. 17, 2018 3:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump in his interview with The Associated Press said he has "a natural instinct for science." But what he said about hurricanes, clean air and climate doesn't quite get the science right. More than a dozen scientists, economists and climate negotiators pointed out where...

'Brazen Botanist' sentenced to jail for plant thefts

Oct. 17, 2018 1:50 PM EDT

SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man who police dubbed the "Brazen Botanist" after he was captured on a surveillance camera stealing plants from a porch has pleaded guilty. The Salem News reports 43-year-old Joseph Gardner was sentenced Tuesday to one year in jail. Police say a man was seen on a...

Oldest fossils on Earth? New look finds might just be rocks

Oct. 17, 2018 1:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — What were billed as the oldest fossils on Earth may just be some rocks, according to a new study. Two years ago, a team of Australian scientists found odd structures in Greenland that they said were partly leftovers from microbes that lived on an ancient seafloor. They were said to be 3.7...

EPA puts off final say on science transparency rule

Oct. 17, 2018 1:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday it is putting off for at least a year any final announcement on a controversial proposal overhauling how the agency evaluates science. The agency's so-called transparency in regulatory science rule was one of the most contentious proposed...

Tornadoes are spinning up farther east in US, study finds

Oct. 17, 2018 6:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Over the past few decades tornadoes have been shifting — decreasing in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas but spinning up more in states along the Mississippi River and farther east, a new study shows. Scientists aren't quite certain why. Tornado activity is increasing most in Mississippi,...

Potentially deadly infection hits California sea lions

Oct. 16, 2018 11:16 PM EDT

SAUSALITO, Calif. (AP) — A rescue center says California sea lions are coming down with a potentially fatal bacterial infection in near-record numbers. The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito says more than 220 sea lions rescued this year have been diagnosed with leptospirosis. It's the second-largest...