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Tom Hanks draws on his love of space for immersive documentary 'The Moonwalkers'

Dec. 05, 2023 11:52 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — You won’t see Tom Hanks on one of those space tourism flights that whisk celebrities and millionaires on a suborbital jaunt for a few hours. He says it wouldn’t be enough time out of this world. “I don’t need to go up and down,” Hanks said Tuesday. “I...

More bodies found after sudden eruption of Indonesia's Mount Marapi, raising confirmed toll to 22

Dec. 05, 2023 10:08 AM EST

BATU PALANO, Indonesia (AP) — Rescuers searching the hazardous slopes of Indonesia's Mount Marapi volcano found 11 more bodies of climbers who were caught by a surprise weekend eruption, raising the number of confirmed dead to 22, officials said Tuesday. One person remained missing. ...

Students around the world suffered huge learning setbacks during the pandemic, study finds

Dec. 05, 2023 05:06 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Students around the world suffered historic setbacks in reading and math during the COVID-19 pandemic, with declines in test scores so widespread that the United States climbed in global rankings simply by falling behind less sharply, a new study finds. The state...

British research ship crosses paths with world's largest iceberg as it drifts out of Antarctica

Dec. 05, 2023 04:23 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain's polar research ship has crossed paths with the largest iceberg in the world — a “lucky” encounter that enabled scientists to collect seawater samples around the colossal berg as it drifts out of Antarctic waters, the British Antarctic Survey said Monday. ...

Lebanon's Christians feel the heat of climate change in its sacred forest and valley

Dec. 05, 2023 01:06 AM EST

BCHARRE, Lebanon (AP) — Majestic cedar trees towered over dozens of Lebanese Christians gathered outside a small mid-19th century chapel hidden in a mountain forest to celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration, the miracle where Jesus Christ, on a mountaintop, shined with light before his...

Indonesia's Marapi volcano erupts for the second day, halting search for 12 missing climbers

Dec. 04, 2023 21:25 PM EST

PADANG, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities halted the search for 12 climbers after Mount Marapi volcano erupted again Monday, spewing a new burst of hot ash as high as 800 meters (2,620 feet) into the air, officials said. The bodies of 11 climbers were recovered earlier in the...

World carbon dioxide emissions increase again, driven by China, India and aviation

Dec. 04, 2023 19:11 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The world this year pumped 1.1% more heat-trapping carbon dioxide into the air than last year because of increased pollution from China and India, a team of scientists reported. The increase was reported early Tuesday at international climate...

Maine loon population dips for a second year, but biologists are optimistic about more chicks

Dec. 04, 2023 14:33 PM EST

FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — The population of a beloved Maine bird, the common loon, dipped for the second straight year, but wildlife surveyors said they are heartened by an increased number of the bird's chicks. Maine has the largest number of common loons in the eastern U.S., and the...

Plan to add teaching of Holocaust, genocide to science education draws questions from Maine teachers

Dec. 04, 2023 00:18 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Teachers and science advocates are voicing skepticism about a Maine proposal to update standards to incorporate teaching about genocide, eugenics and the Holocaust into middle school science education. They argue that teachers need more training before introducing such...

Indonesian rescuers recover 11 bodies of climbers in their search for 26 people still missing after volcanic eruption

Dec. 03, 2023 21:53 PM EST
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian rescuers recover 11 bodies of climbers in their search for 26 people still missing after volcanic eruption.