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In this image take from NASA video, astronauts Jessica Meir, right, and Christina Koch install batteries for the International Space Station's solar power grid during a space walk Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. (NASA via AP)

Spacewalking astronauts wrap up battery improvements

Jan. 20, 2020 2:06 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A pair of spacewalking astronauts successfully wrapped up battery improvements outside the International Space Station on Monday, completing a job begun last fall. NASA's Jessica Meir and Christina Koch installed the last new battery in a set of six launched to the orbiting lab...

Dartmouth-Hitchcock invests in Colby-Sawyer health programs

Jan. 20, 2020 1:17 PM EST

NEW LONDON, N.H. (AP) — Efforts to address New Hampshire's health care workforce shortage are getting a multi-million dollar boost. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health system is investing up to $3.25 million into Colby-Sawyer Collelge, starting with an initial $750,000. The money will fund new health science...

Weber County sent 4 juveniles to Utah State Prison last year

Jan. 20, 2020 11:14 AM EST

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — A 17-year-old boy walked into an Ogden courtroom on a sunny June day, shackled and wearing a Weber County Jail uniform. Facing adult charges and prison time, Mario Segura asked the judge for another chance. “Once you’re in the adult system there’s no way of getting...

A woman wearing a gas mask takes part in a protest against air pollution, in Sarajevo, Bosnia, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. Dozens of people, some wearing face masks, gathered for a protest because of dangerously high levels of air pollution in the past weeks in the Bosnian capital after measurements in the past weeks have shown that levels of damaging airborne particles have exceeded European Union's safety norms by several times.(AP Photo/Eldar Emric)

Bosnian protesters hold anti-pollution protest in Sarajevo

Jan. 20, 2020 10:48 AM EST

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Dozens of people on Monday gathered for a protest in Sarajevo because of dangerously high levels of air pollution in the past few weeks in the Bosnian capital. Some of the participants wore face masks at the rally Monday held outside the building hosting Sarajevo's...

Teacher accused of secretly recording 2 females at his home

Jan. 20, 2020 10:38 AM EST

BETTENDORF, Iowa (AP) — A high school science teacher in Davenport has been accused of secretly recording nude videos of two females who'd stayed at his Bettendorf home. Clinton Van Fossen, 58, is charged with five misdemeanor counts of invasion of privacy and with other crimes. It's unclear whether he...

This 2009 photo provided by Sebastian Pfautsch shows a eucalyptus forest that burned during a 2009 wildfire in Victoria, Australia. As of early 2020, fires have consumed some 40,000 square miles of Australia this fire season and scientists say the effects on the nation’s forests could be long-lasting. (Sebastian Pfautsch via AP)

Fires set stage for irreversible forest losses in Australia

Jan. 20, 2020 12:35 AM EST

Australia’s forests are burning at a rate unmatched in modern times and scientists say the landscape is being permanently altered as a warming climate brings profound changes to the island continent. Heat waves and drought have fueled bigger and more frequent fires in parts of Australia, so far this...

In this Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, photo provided by NASA, astronauts Doug Hurley, left, and Robert Behnken pose in front of a Tesla Model X at a SpaceX launch dress rehearsal, at Kennedy Space Center, in Florida. The NASA astronauts rode to the pad in the Tesla. (Kim Shiflett/NASA via AP)

No astrovans for SpaceX, crews riding to rockets in Teslas

Jan. 19, 2020 6:43 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Astronauts launched by SpaceX in coming months will ride to their rockets in high fashion. Instead of using a retro-style astrovan, SpaceX crews will travel to the launch pad in Tesla sports cars. Elon Musk, who also runs both SpaceX and the electric car company, used Teslas to...

A Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket lifts off from pad 39A during a test flight to demonstrate the capsule's emergency escape system at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test

Jan. 19, 2020 6:33 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX completed the last big test of its crew capsule before launching astronauts in the next few months, mimicking an emergency escape shortly after liftoff Sunday. No one was aboard for the wild ride in the skies above Cape Canaveral, just two mannequins. The nine-minute...

FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2009 file photo, Frank Knight, 101, of Yarmouth, Maine, stands in front of an elm tree known as

Clones help famous elm tree named Herbie live on, for now

Jan. 19, 2020 1:11 PM EST

YARMOUTH, Maine (AP) — A massive elm tree nicknamed Herbie is long gone, but it is going to live on, thanks to cloned trees that are being made available to the public. At 110 feet and more than 200 years, Herbie was the tallest and oldest elm in New England and survived 14 bouts of Dutch elm disease...

Working group recommends quality control plan for quarries

Jan. 19, 2020 12:38 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A legislative working group has released a new quality control plan for quarries in light of the crumbling foundations problem afflicting many eastern Connecticut homeowners. The General Assembly's Quarries Working Group, which has been meeting since September, also studied the...