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Iraq says goodbye to its beloved archaeologist al-Gailani

Jan. 21, 2019 4:52 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq on Monday mourned the loss of Lamia al-Gailani, a beloved archaeologist who helped rebuild the Baghdad museum after it was looted following the 2003 U.S.-led invasion to oust Saddam Hussein. Al-Gailani, who died in Amman, Jordan, on Friday at the age of 80, was one of Iraq's first women...

2-for-1: Total lunar eclipse comes with supermoon bonus

Jan. 21, 2019 4:23 AM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The only total lunar eclipse this year and next came with a supermoon bonus. On Sunday night, the moon, Earth and sun lined up to create the eclipse, which was visible throughout North and South America, where skies were clear. There won't be another until the year 2021. It was...

China says doctor behind gene-edited babies acted on his own

Jan. 21, 2019 4:19 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese investigators have determined that the doctor behind the reported birth of two babies whose genes had been edited in hopes of making them resistant to the AIDS virus acted on his own and will be punished for any violations of the law, a state media report said Monday. Investigators...

Bee pollination declining with increased use of pesticide

Jan. 21, 2019 1:06 AM EST

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Bobby Coy and his son, Richard Coy, owners of Crooked Creek Bee Co., in Jonesboro, began noticing a decline in bee pollination after nearby farmers began using the pesticide dicamba on nearby crops during the past three years. It's gotten bad enough to force the Coys to move their...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's murky claims on weather, shutdown

Jan. 21, 2019 12:13 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — There's nothing like a cold snap to bring out the global-warming skepticism of President Donald Trump. The fact that periods of extreme cold happen in a warming climate is well known by his government but Trump's crack Sunday — "Wouldn't be bad to have a little of that good old...

Iraqi archaeologist, museums champion dies at 80

Jan. 20, 2019 6:16 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Lamia al-Gailani, an Iraqi archaeologist who lent her expertise to rebuilding the National Museum's collection after it was looted in 2003, has died at age 80. Her daughter, Noorah al-Gailani, said Sunday that her mother died Friday in Amman, Jordan. She didn't give a cause of death. A...

US spy satellite launched into orbit from California

Jan. 19, 2019 5:24 PM EST

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A powerful Delta 4 Heavy rocket carrying a U.S. spy satellite lifted off Saturday from California. The rocket propelled the National Reconnaissance Office satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 11:10 a.m. Pacific time, arcing over the Pacific Ocean west of Los...

Anxiety in Alaska as endless aftershocks rattle residents

Jan. 19, 2019 4:43 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Seven weeks after a massive earthquake rocked Alaska, aftershocks are still shattering 7-year-old Connor Cartwright's sense of safety. They shake the earth far less than the 7.0 magnitude quake that sent a mirror, TV and dishes crashing to the ground in the Anchorage home where...

Affirmative action proposed for medical marijuana licensing

Jan. 19, 2019 11:28 AM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Now that Missouri is entering the medical marijuana industry, two Democratic lawmakers from Kansas City want to give businesses owned by women and minorities a slight edge in entering the market. The Kansas City Star reports that the virtually identical proposals by Rep. Barbara...

Scientists ID another possible threat to orcas: pink salmon

Jan. 19, 2019 5:30 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Over the years, scientists have identified dams, pollution and vessel noise as causes of the troubling decline of the Pacific Northwest's resident killer whales. Now, they may have found a new and more surprising culprit: pink salmon. Four salmon researchers were perusing data on the website...