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Environmentalists ask court to restore oil-gas emission rule

Apr. 20, 2018 8:32 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Environmentalists are asking an appeals court to reinstate a rule restricting harmful methane emissions on U.S. lands, at least temporarily. Attorneys for 13 groups on Friday asked a federal appeals court in Denver to block an order by a lower court that halted the regulation. The rule...

Legendary scientist at lab that developed atomic bomb dies

Apr. 20, 2018 7:18 PM EDT

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Scientist Nerses "Krik" Krikorian, who was born a refugee and later became a legend in the once-secret New Mexico city where the atomic bomb was developed, has died. He was 97. Officials at Los Alamos National Laboratory confirmed that Krikorian died Wednesday at his home in Los...

Science Says: Amount of straws, plastic pollution is huge

Apr. 20, 2018 5:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cities and nations are looking at banning plastic straws and stirrers in hopes of addressing the world's plastic pollution problem. The problem is so large, though, that scientists say that's not nearly enough. Australian scientists Denise Hardesty and Chris Wilcox estimate, using trash...

UN health agency: Hungarian scientist exposed to Ebola

Apr. 20, 2018 10:53 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization says it has coordinated shipment of an experimental Ebola vaccine and drugs to treat a laboratory scientist in Hungary who was exposed to the potentially deadly disease earlier this month. The U.N. health agency said in an emailed statement on Friday that...

Dutch probe 'appalling' euthanasia of dementia patient

Apr. 20, 2018 4:34 AM EDT

In a rare series of moves, Dutch authorities are investigating whether doctors may have committed crimes in five euthanasia cases, including the deaths of two women with advanced Alzheimer's disease. In one of the Alzheimer's cases, which prosecutors began probing in September, a physician drugged the patient's...

Volcano in southern Japan erupts for 1st time in 250 years

Apr. 20, 2018 2:48 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A volcano in southern Japan has erupted for the first time in 250 years, and authorities set up a no-go zone around the mountain. Mount Io spewed smoke and ash high into the sky Thursday in its first eruption since 1768. Japan's Meteorological Agency on Friday expanded a no-go zone to the...

Trump's divisive pick to run NASA wins narrow confirmation

Apr. 19, 2018 4:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — NASA's latest nail-biting drama was far from orbit as the Senate narrowly confirmed President Donald Trump's choice of a tea party congressman to run the space agency in an unprecedented party-line vote. In a 50-49 vote Thursday, Oklahoma Rep. James Bridenstine, a Navy Reserve pilot, was...

Officials eye ways to protect squirrels near Idaho dam

Apr. 19, 2018 2:52 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Officials are eyeing ways to protect a threatened squirrel species amid plans to expand a dam in western Idaho. The Idaho Water Resource Board has approved spending up to $30,000 to study mitigation options involving the effects of the Lost Valley Dam expansion project on the northern...

Los Angeles port commission approves SpaceX rocket facility

Apr. 19, 2018 2:31 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles harbor commissioners have approved a permit for Space Exploration Technologies to build a facility on 19 acres of port land to manufacture a Mars rocket that will be so big it will require an oceangoing barge for transport to launch sites. SpaceX founder Elon Musk says the...

Hubble's 28 years marked by shot of wild stellar nursery

Apr. 19, 2018 12:39 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA is marking the 28th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope's launch with a peek into a wild stellar nursery. Scientists released the picture Thursday in advance of next week's milestone. Resembling a vivid watercolor painting, the photo captures an immense, blindingly...