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Western heat wave threatens health in vulnerable communities

Jun. 18, 2021 16:27 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Extreme temperatures like the ones blistering the American West this week aren't just annoying, they're deadly. The record-breaking temperatures this week are a weather emergency, scientists and health care experts say, with heat responsible for more...

Las Vegas pushes land swap to balance growth, conservation

Jun. 18, 2021 13:30 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Record-breaking heat and historic drought in the U.S. West are doing little to discourage cities from planning to welcome millions of new residents in the decades ahead. From Phoenix to Boise, officials are preparing for a future both with more...

Aquarium to auction off chance to name 3 beluga whales

Jun. 18, 2021 13:11 PM EDT

A Connecticut aquarium plans to auction off the chance to name three of its five recently arrived beluga whales to raise money for their care and to offset the cost of transporting them from Canada. President and CEO Stephen Coan said the Sea Research Foundation has...

AI-powered Mayflower, beset with glitch, returns to England

Jun. 18, 2021 12:08 PM EDT

PLYMOUTH, England (AP) — The Mayflower had a few false starts before its trailblazing sea voyage to America more than 400 years ago. Now, its artificial intelligence-powered namesake is having some glitches of its own. A sleek robotic trimaran retracing the 1620...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Jun. 18, 2021 12:07 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Brain waves not a...

EPA chief reinstates science advisory board he dismantled

Jun. 18, 2021 10:58 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday he has fully reinstated one of two key advisory boards he dismantled earlier this year in a push for “scientific integrity” at the agency. The new seven-member Clean Air Scientific...

EXPLAINER: How India is changing vaccine plan amid shortages

Jun. 18, 2021 09:18 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Starting Monday, every adult in India will be eligible for a free vaccine paid for by the federal government. The new policy, announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week, ends a complex system introduced just last month of buying and...

Rare poached cacti found in Italy sent home to native Chile

Jun. 18, 2021 07:02 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Armed with a search warrant, Italy’s police wildlife unit entered the house of a suspected cactus trafficker, finding over 1,000 rare cacti poached from Chile's Atacama Desert in a locked room. This February 2020 discovery became one of the largest known...

Crew starts making China's new space station their home

Jun. 17, 2021 22:06 PM EDT

JIUQUAN, China (AP) — Three Chinese astronauts have begun making China’s new space station their home for the next three months, after their launch and arrival at the station Thursday marked further advances in the country’s ambitious space program. Their...

California urges power conservation for second day amid heat

Jun. 17, 2021 21:20 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California's power grid operator called for a second day of voluntary energy conservation and the governor declared an emergency as much of the state sweltered under a heat wave that has baked the U.S. West. The California Independent System Operator...