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FILE - In this April 11, 2018 file photo, water moves through a spillway of the Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River near Almota, Wash. Farmers, environmentalists, tribal leaders and public utility officials are eagerly awaiting a federal report due Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, that could decide the fate of four hydroelectric dams on the Snake River. (AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios,File)

Report to assess removal of 4 Snake River dams for salmon

Feb. 27, 2020 11:12 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A long-awaited federal report due Friday is expected to address the feasibility of removing four hydroelectric dams on a major Pacific Northwest river in a last-ditch effort to save more than a dozen species of threatened or endangered salmon. The four dams on the lower Snake River...

Sean de Guzman, chief of snow surveys, for the California Department of Water Resources, right, carries the snowpack measuring tube as he and DWR's Chief of State Water Project Operations Molly White, left, and Water Resources Engineer Nathan Burley, center, cross an area normally covered in snow during the third snow survey of the season at Phillips Station near Echo Summit, Calif., Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. The survey found the snowpack at 29 inches deep with a water content of 11.5 inches at this location. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California is abnormally dry after low-precipitation winter

Feb. 27, 2020 7:35 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A dry beginning of the year has left most of California abnormally parched, as officials brace for the possibility of an early and more intense wildfire season amid record-breaking temperatures. Drought has expanded from just under 10% of the state last week to nearly a quarter, mainly...

This undated photo provided by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows CDC’s laboratory test kit for the new coronavirus. (CDC via AP)

In scramble to stop virus, testing raises tough questions

Feb. 27, 2020 6:47 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials confronted tough questions and doubts Thursday about testing to intercept the fast-spreading virus, with scrutiny focused on a four-day delay in screening an infected California woman despite her doctors’ early calls to do so. The questions are global: not just who,...

House leaders set hearing about arousal study at Iowa center

Feb. 27, 2020 5:46 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa House leaders said Thursday they will hold a government oversight committee hearing on March 16 to investigate problems that have surfaced at a state-run institution for people with intellectual disabilities. House Speaker Pat Grassley said the committee will discuss issues...

Virginia city renames road for Apollo 11 astronaut Armstrong

Feb. 27, 2020 5:39 PM EST

HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — The Hampton City Council has voted to place the name of Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong on a road which had been named for a Confederate general. The road was named for Confederate general John B. Magruder, but city officials said the change happened only because a NASA employee last...

Bill would shield info on endangered species on private land

Feb. 27, 2020 5:19 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Biologists looking for endangered species on private property would be required to keep much of what they find secret under a proposal poised for quick approval by the Republican-controlled Arizona Legislature. Minority Democrats have unsuccessfully argued that if the new policy becomes law...

President Donald Trump with members of the president's coronavirus task force glances at reporters as he leaves a news conference at the Brady press briefing room of the White House, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's misplaced statistics on virus risks

Feb. 27, 2020 4:20 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is painting a misleading portrait of the risks of the coronavirus, citing statistics to suggest it is far less dangerous than the flu when in fact, it’s not yet clear just how dangerous the new virus is. A look at his claim at a news briefing Wednesday:...

This image made available by NASA on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020 shows the Ophiuchus galaxy cluster viewed in a composite of X-ray, radio and infrared data. The inset image at bottom right shows data from the Chandra X-ray Observatory which confirmed a cavity formed by a record-breaking explosion from a super-massive black hole. The explosion was so large it carved out a crater in the hot gas that could hold 15 Milky Ways, said lead author Simona Giacintucci of the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington. (Chandra: NASA/CXC/NRL/S. Giacintucci, et al., XMM: ESA/XMM; Radio: NCRA/TIFR/GMRT; Infrared: 2MASS/UMass/IPAC-Caltech/NASA/NSF via AP)

Biggest explosion seen in universe came from black hole

Feb. 27, 2020 3:24 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Astronomers have discovered the biggest explosion seen in the universe, originating from a super-massive black hole. Scientists reported Thursday that the blast came from a black hole in a cluster of galaxies 390 million light-years away. The explosion was so large it carved...

Governor says state prepared for 'low' coronavirus threat

Feb. 27, 2020 2:14 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Kristi Noem said on Thursday the state has created an internal task force to prepare South Dakota for the possibility of a new coronavirus outbreak. The Republican governor called the threat of an outbreak in the state “very low." Shortly before Noem spoke, California...

In this Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, photo, animal park curator Jeff Pawloski feeds two new sea lions from California, Niblet, left, and Brawler at Sea Life Park in Waimanalo, Hawaii. The pair were rescued separately by the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, a nonprofit organization that rescues, rehabilitates and releases marine animals back to the wild. (Dennis Oda/Honolulu Star-Advertiser via AP)

Rescued California sea lions now at Hawaii aquatic park

Feb. 27, 2020 11:27 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Two sea lions rescued off the coast of California are making their debut at a new home in a Hawaii aquatic park. The sea lions named Niblet and Brawler are 3-year-old females and joined the aquatic attractions at Sea Life Park on Oahu Wednesday, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported. They...