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Smoke rises over a vineyard as the Glass Fire burns, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, in Calistoga, Calif. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

California's wine country residents facing fire fatigue

Sep. 29, 2020 7:26 PM EDT

NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Will Abrams and his family packed their pickup truck with laptops, clothes, sleeping bags and a tent and quickly left their rental home in California's wine country after seeing flames on a hill about a quarter-mile away Monday morning. It was their third hurried fire evacuation in as...

Influencers behaving badly: Mexico kicks them out of ruins

Sep. 29, 2020 6:38 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Archaeological authorities in Mexico said Tuesday they kicked some cast members of a popular local “Jersey Shore”-style reality show out of the Mayan ruins of Uxmal after they behaved "immaturely" and refused to wear masks or follow social distancing rules. It was the...

UMaine will rename building named for eugenics advocate

Sep. 29, 2020 6:09 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The name of a former university president and scientist who advocated for eugenics and helped obscure the health risks of tobacco will be removed from a building at the University of Maine. The board voted Monday to remove Clarence Cook Little's name from Little Hall on the Orono...

FILE - This July 19, 2011 photo of the International Space Station was taken from the space shuttle Atlantis. On Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, NASA said that the two Russians and one American on board were awakened late Monday to hurriedly seal hatches between compartments and search for the ongoing leak, which appeared to be getting worse. It was the third time in just over a month that the crew had to isolate themselves on the Russian side, in an attempt to find the growing leak.  (NASA via AP)

Space station air leak forces middle-of-night crew wakeup

Sep. 29, 2020 5:52 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A small air leak at the International Space Station finally has been traced to the Russian side, following a middle-of-the-night search by astronauts. NASA said Tuesday that the two Russians and one American on board were awakened late Monday to hurriedly seal hatches between...

Iowa lawyer, Tulane grad gives school $3M for new department

Sep. 29, 2020 5:51 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An Iowa attorney and Tulane University alumna has given $3 million to one of the newest departments at the private university in New Orleans. The Department of River-Coastal Science and Engineering is so new that undergraduate and graduate programs are still in the works. “I...

Evers, Wisconsin health officials say state in 'crisis'

Sep. 29, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers urged people throughout Wisconsin on Tuesday to “get on the same team” by taking steps to slow the spread of COVID-19, with cases statewide at their highest numbers since the pandemic started. “We are in crisis right now,” said Dr. Ryan...

University of Hawaii proposes teaching telescope on mountain

Sep. 29, 2020 5:17 PM EDT

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The University of Hawaii has proposed installing a teaching telescope on the state's highest mountain and is seeking public input on the project. The university plans to solicit public comment on the plan for the telescope on Mauna Kea, the site of a months long protest against the...

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How can I volunteer for a COVID-19 vaccine study?

Sep. 29, 2020 5:12 PM EDT

How can I volunteer for a COVID-19 vaccine study? Governments and companies are setting up websites where people can sign up. Enthusiasm is high: More than 400,000 people have signed a registry of possible volunteers that’s part of a vaccine network set up by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. But...

In this Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 photo released by Kensington Palace, Britain's Prince William and Prince Louis react as Prince George holds the tooth of a giant shark given to him by Naturalist Sir David Attenborough in the gardens of Kensington Palace in London after Prince William joined Attenborough for an outdoor screening of his upcoming film - David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet. (Kensington Palace via AP)

Malta U-turn: Prince George can keep his shark tooth fossil

Sep. 29, 2020 4:58 PM EDT

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Britain's young Prince George can keep his giant shark tooth fossil. Culture Minister Jose Herrera reversed himself after facing a backlash for announcing his intention to reclaim the shark tooth fossil that had been a gift to 7-year-old prince from British naturalist and TV...

Tennessee receives suicide prevention funding

Sep. 29, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Health has announced that it has received $750,000 for suicide prevention efforts over the next five years. Tennessee's health agency is one of nine organizations to receive the funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to a...