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Darwin notebooks reported stolen from Cambridge library

Nov. 24, 2020 9:58 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Cambridge University launched an appeal Tuesday to find two valuable notebooks written by Charles Darwin after they were reported as stolen from the university’s library. The notebooks, estimated to be worth millions of pounds, include the 19th-century scientist’s famous...

FILE - Kurt Russell, left, and Goldie Hawn appear at the premiere of Hawn's film,

Kurt Russell, Goldie Hawn and Chris Columbus save Christmas

Nov. 24, 2020 9:22 AM EST

They may be one of Hollywood’s most beloved couples, but Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn have never felt the pressure to use that unmatched chemistry for the big screen time and time again. Since 1987's “Overboard," they’ve received hundreds of opportunities to reunite in a film. Although none...

In this photo taken Thursday, Oct 23, 2003, a man pushes his bicycle past the cover of a magazine showing China's first man in space, Yang Liwei and the Chinese characters for

Lunar mission is latest milestone in China's space ambitions

Nov. 24, 2020 6:00 AM EST

WENCHANG, China (AP) — China’s latest trip to the moon is another milestone in the Asian powerhouse’s slow but steady ascent to the stars. China became the third country to put a person into orbit 17 years ago and the first to land on the far side of the moon in 2019. Future ambitions include...

Are dining tents a safe way to eat out during the pandemic? AP Illustration/Peter Hamlin

Are dining tents a safe way to eat out during the pandemic?

Nov. 24, 2020 3:07 AM EST

Are dining tents a safe way to eat out during the pandemic? Health experts say outdoor dining tents are generally safer than dining inside, but caution that they’re not all equal. Many restaurants are erecting individual tents, igloos and other outdoor structures that let people who are dining together...

A Long March-5 rocket carrying the Chang'e 5 lunar mission lifts off at the Wenchang Space Launch Center in Wenchang in southern China's Hainan Province, early Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. China launched an ambitious mission on Tuesday to bring back material from the moon's surface for the first time in more than 40 years — an undertaking that could boost human understanding of the moon and of the solar system more generally. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

China launches mission to bring back material from moon

Nov. 23, 2020 7:50 PM EST

WENCHANG, China (AP) — China launched an ambitious mission on Tuesday to bring back rocks and debris from the moon’s surface for the first time in more than 40 years — an undertaking that could boost human understanding of the moon and of the solar system more generally. Chang’e 5...

New Orleans Saints free safety Marcus Williams (43) intercepts a pass by Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Saints exhibiting depth, chemistry, execution in all phases

Nov. 23, 2020 7:20 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Even as Taysom Hill produced amply in his triumphant first start, his job was made considerably easier by a defense that has allowed just one touchdown in three games. The levels of depth and performance on both sides of the ball have given the Saints, winners of seven straight, the...

China launches ambitious mission to bring back material from the moon’s surface for the first time in more than 40 years

Nov. 23, 2020 3:33 PM EST
WENCHANG, China (AP) — China launches ambitious mission to bring back material from the moon’s surface for the first time in more than 40 years.
FILE - In this March 25, 2020, file photo, a worker weighs and sorts pollack at the Portland Fish Exchange in Portland, Maine. The coronavirus pandemic has hurt the U.S. seafood industry due to a precipitous fall in imports and exports and a drop in catch of some species. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Pandemic has taken a bite out of seafood trade, consumption

Nov. 23, 2020 3:14 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has hurt the U.S. seafood industry due to a precipitous fall in imports and exports and a drop in catch of some species. Those are the findings of a group of scientists who sought to quantify the damage of the pandemic on America's seafood business, which has...

In this undated photo issued by the University of Oxford, a researcher in a laboratory at the Jenner Institute in Oxford, England, works on the coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University. Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca said Monday Nov. 23, 2020, that late-stage trials showed its coronavirus vaccine was up to 90% effective, giving public health officials hope they may soon have access to a vaccine that is cheaper and easier to distribute than some of its rivals. (University of Oxford/John Cairns via AP)

3rd major COVID-19 vaccine shown to be effective and cheaper

Nov. 23, 2020 2:44 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Drugmaker AstraZeneca said Monday that late-stage trials showed its COVID-19 vaccine is highly effective, buoying the prospects of a relatively cheap, easy-to-store product that may become the vaccine of choice for the developing world. The results are based on an interim analysis of trials...

This photo provided by the University of Maryland shows Brooke Czwartacki taking a measurement in a well in Awendaw, South Carolina. Czwartacki regularly checks the salinity of well water as saltwater invades the state’s aquifers. (Hunter Musi/Stanford University via AP)

Coastal harm from invading saltwater ‘happening right now’

Nov. 23, 2020 1:48 PM EST

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Four Native American tribes on Louisiana’s Gulf Coast requested United Nations assistance this year to force action by the U.S. government on invading salt. Their formal complaint cited “climate-forced displacement’’ and said saltwater had poisoned their...