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CIA considered potential truth serum for terror suspects

Nov. 13, 2018 2:11 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Shortly after 9/11, the CIA considered using a drug it thought might work like a truth serum and force terror suspects to give up information about potential attacks. After months of research, the agency decided that a drug called Versed, a sedative often prescribed to reduce anxiety, was...

Greek authorities say lost ancient city of Tenea is located

Nov. 13, 2018 12:58 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's culture ministry said Tuesday that archaeologists have located the first tangible remains of a lost city that the ancient Greeks believed was first settled by Trojan captives of war after the sack of Troy. A ministry statement said excavations from September to early October...

Maine students see slight decline in math, English scores

Nov. 13, 2018 12:19 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine education officials say standardized test scores declined slightly in the last school year compared to the 2016-2017 school year. The Portland Press Herald reports 50 percent of Maine students tested at or above grade level in English and 37 percent of students tested at or...

Spain considers ban on sale of gas and diesel cars by 2040

Nov. 13, 2018 11:59 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spain's government is eyeing ambitious steps to tackle climate change, including a ban on the sale of gas and diesel cars from 2040. The government presented a blueprint Tuesday that foresees an end to state financial subsidies for fossil fuels and a prohibition on fracking. The working...

Ancient artifacts stolen 40 years ago in Alabama recovered

Nov. 13, 2018 11:50 AM EST

MOUNDVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The recent recovery of three Native American artifacts stolen nearly 40 years ago could be the thread that unravels the mystery of the greatest antiquities theft in this part of the world. Hundreds of pottery vessels, bottles, bowls, ornaments and jewelry items were stolen from the...

No accounting for these tastes: Artificial flavors a mystery

Nov. 13, 2018 11:31 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Six artificial flavors are being ordered out of the food supply in a dispute over their safety, but good luck to anyone who wants to know which cookies, candies or drinks they're in. The dispute highlights the complex rules that govern what goes in our food, how much the public knows about...

IAEA urges quick plan on Fukushima radioactive water cleanup

Nov. 13, 2018 10:53 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency urged the operator of Japan's tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant on Tuesday to urgently decide on a plan to dispose of massive amounts of treated but still radioactive water stored in tanks on the compound. A 13-member IAEA team told...

Lacking sea ice affects temperatures in northern Alaska town

Nov. 13, 2018 9:48 AM EST

UTQIAGVIK, Alaska (AP) — Changing sea ice patterns are affecting fall temperatures in the far northern Alaska city of Utqiagvik, scientists say. Temperatures in the town formerly known as Barrow have increased in October more than any other month over the last five decades, Alaska's Energy Desk reported ....

This is heavy: The kilogram is getting an update

Nov. 13, 2018 8:05 AM EST

SEVRES, France (AP) — The kilogram is getting an update. No, your bathroom scales won't suddenly become kinder and a kilo of fruit will still weigh a kilo. But the way scientists define the exact mass of a kilogram is about to change. Until now, its mass has been defined by the granddaddy of all kilos: a...

Scientists: Wind, drought worsen fires, not bad management

Nov. 13, 2018 1:00 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Both nature and humans share blame for California's devastating wildfires, but forest management did not play a major role, despite President Donald Trump's claims, fire scientists say. Nature provides the dangerous winds that have whipped the fires, and human-caused climate change over...