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The Latest: American Samoa reports first case of coronavirus

Sep. 17, 2021 21:45 PM EDT

PAGO PAGO, AMERICAN SAMOA -- American Samoa reported its first case of coronavirus on Friday. The U.S. territory’s acting governor and health officials said the islands’ first case of COVID-19 was of a resident who returned to America Samoa from Hawaii this week. ...

California wildfires burn into groves of giant sequoia trees

Sep. 17, 2021 21:16 PM EDT

THREE RIVERS, Calif. (AP) — California wildfires have burned into at least four groves of gigantic ancient sequoias in national parks and forests, though cooler weather on Friday helped crews trying to keep the flames away from a famous cluster containing the world’s largest tree. ...

US panel backs COVID-19 boosters only for seniors, high-risk

Sep. 17, 2021 19:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dealing the White House a stinging setback, a government advisory panel overwhelmingly rejected a plan Friday to give Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots across the board, and instead endorsed the extra vaccine dose only for those who are 65 or older or run a high risk of severe...

Tom Cruise gets sneak preview from SpaceX's 1st private crew

Sep. 17, 2021 18:17 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Tom Cruise got a sneak preview of what it’s like to circle Earth in a SpaceX capsule. Representatives for SpaceX’s first privately chartered flight revealed Friday that the actor took part in a call with the four space tourists orbiting...

DNR: Virus behind deaths of common carp on Detroit-area lake

Sep. 17, 2021 17:00 PM EDT

LAKE ORION, Mich. (AP) — A virus is being blamed on the deaths of between 300 and 600 mostly adult common carp this summer in a Detroit-area lake. An investigation has confirmed that the koi herpesvirus caused the fish kill in Lake Orion, Michigan’s Department of...

Officials: Human remains found in Research Triangle Park

Sep. 17, 2021 13:59 PM EDT

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Human remains have been found behind a building in Research Triangle Park, according to a North Carolina sheriff’s office. In a news release, the Durham County Sheriff’s Office says that some bones were discovered on Thursday in a wooded area...

New Mexico reports 5 cases of West Nile virus infections

Sep. 17, 2021 13:37 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State health officials say they have identified five cases of West Nile virus infections across New Mexico and that wet weather may be a factor. The Department of Health said Friday that no deaths have been reported so far...

Colombian teen draws, donates bird guide to raise awareness

Sep. 17, 2021 10:44 AM EDT

Jacobo Rendon, 14, began setting out in March 2020 with his ornithologist mother on a mission to spot, count and record the birds they saw in their Colombian town of El Carmen de Viboral. Working with binoculars and a borrowed camera, they figured it could make for a nice science fair entry....

Chinese astronauts return after 90 days aboard space station

Sep. 17, 2021 02:43 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A trio of Chinese astronauts returned to Earth on Friday after a 90-day stay aboard their nation’s first space station in China’s longest mission yet. Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo landed in the Shenzhou-12 spaceship just after 1:30 p.m....

Chinese astronauts return to Earth after 90-day stay aboard nation's space station in China's longest mission yet

Sep. 17, 2021 01:33 AM EDT
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese astronauts return to Earth after 90-day stay aboard nation's space station in China's longest mission yet.