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DNA, genealogy research lead to teen's arrest in sex assault

Oct. 21, 2019 4:31 PM EDT

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say they used DNA testing and genealogy research to arrest a teenager in the gunpoint sexual assault of a woman in a suburban Philadelphia park. Nineteen-year-old Mason Alexander Hall is being held on $1 million cash bail in the August 2017 attack at Norristown Farm Park....

Seattle Genetics and Coty rise while Boeing, McKesson fall

Oct. 21, 2019 4:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Monday. Boeing Co., down $12.94 to $331.06 The airplane maker could face further congressional scrutiny after its most recent revelation that it waited months to disclose troubling internal communications about its faulty 737 Max jet....

US takes step to require DNA samples from asylum-seekers

Oct. 21, 2019 3:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is planning to collect DNA samples from asylum-seekers and other migrants detained by immigration officials and will add the information to a massive FBI database used by law enforcement hunting for criminals, a Justice Department official said. The Justice...

Climate change making stronger El Ninos, study finds

Oct. 21, 2019 3:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Climate change is making stronger El Ninos, which change weather worldwide and heat up an already warming planet, a new study finds. Scientists examined 33 El Ninos — natural warming of equatorial Pacific that triggers weather extremes across the globe — since 1901. They...

Female spacewalking duo uplifted by excitement below

Oct. 21, 2019 3:12 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The astronauts who took part in the first all-female spacewalk are still uplifted by all the excitement down on Earth. International Space Station resident Jessica Meir said Monday that when she floated outside last week, she wasn't thinking about whether she was going out with...

Washington state students using drones to study algebra

Oct. 21, 2019 2:49 PM EDT

SEDRO-WOOLLEY, Wash. (AP) — Students at a Washington state high school are building and using aerial drones in a high-tech extension of traditional math studies. The Skagit Valley Herald reports that students in advanced algebra class at Sedro-Woolley High School are using RubiQ-brand drones to chart...

Planners eye ways to reduce Vegas 'urban heat island' effect

Oct. 21, 2019 2:29 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Officials and planners in Las Vegas say they are working to reduce rising temperatures in a city where paved areas create a warmer environment than plant-covered or rural desert areas. Several business, city and academic representatives at a roundtable last week considered an August report...

Conservancy to spend $2.5M on Glacier National Park projects

Oct. 21, 2019 12:33 PM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — The Glacier National Park Conservancy plans to spend $2.5 million to support 75 preservation, education and research projects in the Montana park next year. The projects to be funded by the park's nonprofit fundraising arm include a citizen science program that lets scientists use...

Study points to virus as culprit in kids' paralyzing illness

Oct. 21, 2019 11:36 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists have found the strongest evidence yet that a virus is to blame for a mysterious illness that can start like the sniffles but quickly paralyze children. The poliolike syndrome, called acute flaccid myelitis or AFM, is very rare. Since the first reports from California in 2012,...

Zimbabwe says 55 elephants have starved to death in 2 months

Oct. 21, 2019 10:38 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — At least 55 elephants have starved to death in the past two months in Zimbabwe's biggest national park as a serious drought forces animals to stray into nearby communities in search of food and water, authorities said on Monday. "The problem is real, the situation is dire," said...