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Radioactive capsule that fell off truck found in Australia

Feb. 01, 2023 04:11 AM EST

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Authorities in Western Australia on Wednesday recovered a tiny but dangerous radioactive capsule that fell off a truck while being transported along a 1,400-kilometer (870-mile) Outback highway last month in what an official said was like finding the needle in the...

Bring back dodo? Ambitious plan draws investors, critics

Jan. 31, 2023 12:54 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The dodo bird isn’t coming back anytime soon. Nor is the woolly mammoth. But a company working on technologies to bring back extinct species has attracted more investors, while other scientists are skeptical such feats are possible or a good idea. Colossal...

Tiger on the loose in South Africa successfully captured

Jan. 30, 2023 06:11 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African animal welfare officials on Monday successfully sedated and captured a tiger that was spotted roaming a residential area to the east of the capital Johannesburg. Guards monitoring security cameras on an office building in the Johannesburg suburb of...

Australia mining company sorry for losing radioactive device

Jan. 30, 2023 01:01 AM EST

PERTH, Australia (AP) — A mining corporation apologized for losing a highly radioactive capsule over a 1,400-kilometer (870-mile) stretch of Western Australia, as authorities combed parts of the road looking for the tiny but dangerous substance. The capsule was part of a device...

Tiny radioactive capsule lost in Australia triggers search

Jan. 29, 2023 03:21 AM EST

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Authorities in Western Australia were searching for a tiny but potentially deadly radioactive capsule that got lost while being transported on a truck from a mine to a depot in the city of Perth, officials said Saturday. Emergency services said they were...

Fully clothed bathing burglar found in Seattle bathroom

Jan. 28, 2023 16:53 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A man suspected of breaking into a Seattle home has refused to come clean about his intentions, even though police found him fully clothed in a bathtub filled with water. A woman returned to her home Friday night to find a window smashed and an unknown man inside the...

Police: 29-year-old posed as teen to enroll in high school

Jan. 27, 2023 15:44 PM EST

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — A 29-year-old woman used false documents to enroll as a New Jersey high school student and attended some classes over a four-day period before her scheme was discovered last week, authorities said. It's not yet known what the woman's intentions were,...

Man crushed to death under outdoor urinal in London

Jan. 27, 2023 12:50 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — A pop-up urinal crushed a man to death in London’s theater district Friday, police said. Firefighters used a winch to free the man after he became trapped under a hydraulic urinal at Cambridge Circus, a busy intersection in the city’s West End. The...

World champion says Rubik's Cube and violin go hand in hand

Jan. 27, 2023 07:41 AM EST

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A University of Michigan student is one of the world’s foremost “speedcubers,” a person capable of quickly solving a Rubik’s Cube. He also is an accomplished violinist. Stanley Chapel says the two fields go hand in hand. Not only does...

Member of Congress reads AI-generated speech on House floor

Jan. 25, 2023 15:52 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — When U.S. Rep. Jake Auchincloss decided to deliver a speech on a bill that would create a U.S.-Israel artificial intelligence center, he opted to let the AI do the talking. The brief two-paragragh speech read by the Massachusetts Democrat on the floor of the U.S....