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Student finishing old TVA research on tree rings and weather

May. 25, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

JASPER, Tenn. (AP) — A University of Tennessee doctoral student is resurrecting research that was abandoned nearly 80 years ago that could be crucial for Tennessee Valley Authority's understanding of long-term weather patterns that factor into the agency's decisions regarding water. Scientist Florence...

WKU storm chase class embarks on 10th annual journey

May. 25, 2019 12:04 PM EDT

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — For as long as she can remember, Olivia Cahill has been captivated with weather. What compelled Cahill, a meteorology student from Dry Ridge, to study at Western Kentucky University was the chance to conduct real-time forecasting and track storms across the Great Plains through an...

Toxic plants suspected of killing cows in Four Corners

May. 25, 2019 11:54 AM EDT

SHIPROCK, N.M. (AP) — Ranchers in northwestern New Mexico suspect toxic plants, used in Navajo and Hopi religious ceremonies, are responsible for the recent deaths of more than a dozen cows. At least 15 cows from different herds in the Shiprock area have died of a mysterious illness in the past three...

Erie native dives for prehistoric shark teeth

May. 25, 2019 9:16 AM EDT

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — Bill Eberlein, a 1983 graduate of Erie Tech Memorial High School, learned to dive in the murky waters of Lake Erie, honing his skills with the Erie County Sheriff's Office Scuba Team. Maybe that's why the the 54-year-old Erie native is so comfortable most mornings when he plunges 40 or 50...

Biologists hope derby will curb lake's salmon overpopulation

May. 25, 2019 9:02 AM EDT

CHESUNCOOK, Maine (AP) — A lake in the North Maine Woods area is overpopulated with salmon, and anglers will try to help control the population with a fishing derby this weekend. An overabundance of salmon is an odd problem, as Atlantic salmon are considered endangered by the federal government. But the...

Students are brewing moonshine, and career opportunities

May. 25, 2019 8:12 AM EDT

NEW STRAITSVILLE, Ohio (AP) — The smoke from a coal seam fire once obscured the smell of stills in the hollows of southern Perry County near New Straitsville, hiding the odors of moonshine creation from the revenuers hoping to shut them down. One hundred years later, the pungent smell of corn mash lingers...

Volcano on Bali erupts, briefly disrupting flights

May. 25, 2019 2:20 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Bali's airport has returned to normal operations after some flights were canceled on Friday night following an eruption of the Mount Agung volcano that spread ash over the south of the Indonesian island. The national disaster agency said the eruption lasted 4 minutes and 30...

13th dead whale of the year washes ashore near San Francisco

May. 24, 2019 6:25 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Authorities say a dead gray whale has washed ashore in the San Francisco Bay Area, bringing the total to 13 dead whales found in the area since March. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the whale carcass was found Thursday along the Point Reyes National Seashore near Limantour...

WWII researcher: Sea wreck must be plane of US MIA pilot

May. 24, 2019 6:07 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Wreckage on the ocean floor near a Japanese island must be from a fighter-bomber that crashed in 1945 with an American pilot who is still listed as missing in action, according to a World War II researcher who recently visited the crash site. The aircraft, lying on coral reef about 70...

Climate change is hot topic in the European Parliament vote

May. 24, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

LANGEOOG, Germany (AP) — Hungry tourists stream into the glass-fronted balcony of Michael Recktenwald's restaurant on the German island of Langeoog, with its splendid view of the North Sea and the blue skies above. The 53-year-old has lived on Langeoog for most of his life, and his wife's family has been...