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Utah company helping Xavier start genetic counseling program

Sep. 24, 2021 17:52 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A genetic testing company based in Salt Lake City is helping a historically Black and Catholic university in New Orleans create a genetic counseling program. The donation from Myriad Genetics will support initial development and launch of the program,...

Study: Odds of school virus flare-up lower with mask mandate

Sep. 24, 2021 16:01 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona public schools without mask requirements were several times more likely to experience COVID-19 outbreaks than schools with mandates in place when the current school year began, researchers said Friday in an article published by a federal health agency. ...

Great Wall of Lights: China’s sea power on Darwin’s doorstep

Sep. 24, 2021 11:55 AM EDT

ABOARD THE OCEAN WARRIOR in the eastern Pacific Ocean (AP) — It’s 3 a.m., and after five days plying through the high seas, the Ocean Warrior is surrounded by an atoll of blazing lights that overtakes the nighttime sky. “Welcome to the party!" says third officer...

Small Fry: Peru's fishermen battle China's overseas fleet

Sep. 24, 2021 08:52 AM EDT

ABOARD THE OCEAN WARRIOR in the eastern Pacific Ocean (AP) — José López proudly remembers his first catch: he was 13 and a local skipper, pitying his ragamuffin look, hired him as an extra hand. When he returned home, his pockets stuffed with a day’s wages, his mother protested. ...

4th murder hornet nest destroyed in northwestern Washington

Sep. 23, 2021 17:34 PM EDT

BLAINE, Wash. (AP) — Another nest built by Asian giant hornets north of Seattle close to the Canada border has been destroyed, according to state officials. The Washington State Department of Agriculture said Thursday on social media that the latest nest eradication of...

West Nile virus at high levels in Arizona due to wet monsoon

Sep. 22, 2021 00:39 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — This year's wet monsoon in Arizona is contributing to a record-high season for the West Nile virus, which is spread through mosquito bites, health officials said. Arizona had 123 cases and four deaths through late last week, the state Department of...

Southern Resident grandmother orca missing and likely dead

Sep. 21, 2021 18:10 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Center for Whale Research has declared an orca in one of the Puget Sound’s endangered Southern Resident killer whale pods “missing and likely dead.” The Bellingham Herald reports mother and grandmother L47, or Marina as she was also known, was...

Sauk-Suiattle tribe sues Seattle utility over green stance

Sep. 18, 2021 10:16 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe has filed a class-action lawsuit against the city of Seattle on behalf of its members and the public, saying the electric utility’s green power claims are misleading and hurting the tribe. The lawsuit filed in King County...

Asian insect known to kill native plants found in Indiana

Sep. 18, 2021 01:15 AM EDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Earlier this summer, a photograph of a spotted lanternfly taken in southern Indiana set off a huge effort to eradicate the insect that’s on the federally regulated invasive species list. The Vevay man’s picture was the first sighting of a...

COVID sequencing hunts for variants at Tennessee’s state lab

Sep. 18, 2021 00:09 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Once a week, in an unremarkable brick building in East Nashville, a few dozen samples of the coronavirus undergo a journey that is nothing short of extraordinary. Lab workers use magnetic beads to strip the microscopic virus of its genetic code,...