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Memory's frailty may be playing role in Kavanaugh matter

Sep. 21, 2018 3:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — She says he sexually assaulted her; he denies it. Is somebody deliberately lying? Not necessarily. Experts say that because of how memory works, it's possible that both Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford — the woman who says a drunken Kavanaugh pinned her...

Oklahoma astronaut corn maze photographed from space

Sep. 21, 2018 2:40 PM EDT

HYDRO, Okla. (AP) — It's apt that a maze cut into an Oklahoma cornfield featuring the likeness of a former NASA astronaut can be seen from space — and has been photographed by a satellite orbiting Earth. The image of Oklahoma-born Thomas P. Stafford is cut into a 10-acre field at P Bar Farms in...

Company gets OK to build Maine's biggest lobster operation

Sep. 21, 2018 11:14 AM EDT

SACO, Maine (AP) — A Maine seafood company has obtained the final permit to develop the largest lobster processing operation in the state. Ready Seafood wants to build the $10 million facility in Saco to process, store and research lobsters. The Portland Press Herald reports the city's planning board has...

Good rhino news in South Africa, where killing rate drops

Sep. 21, 2018 10:39 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa is reporting some cautiously good news for rhinos after years in which poachers killed them in record numbers. The government said Friday that most provinces have experienced "dramatic declines" in the killing of rhinos. It says poachers killed 508 rhinos in the first eight...

Japan space rovers lowered to asteroid to collect data

Sep. 21, 2018 10:19 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese spacecraft released two small rovers on an asteroid on Friday in a mission that could provide clues to the origin of the solar system. The Japan Space Exploration Agency said the two Minerva-II-1 rovers were lowered from the unmanned spacecraft Hayabusa2 to the asteroid Ryugu. The...

German energy company: saving threatened forest 'illusion'

Sep. 21, 2018 3:27 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A German energy executive whose company plans to clear an ancient forest to expand a lignite strip mine says it's an "illusion" to think the woodland can be saved, and halting the project would cost his firm up to 5 billion euros ($5.9 billion). RWE wants to start cutting down half the...

Ancient treasures on show in Germany reveal turbulent past

Sep. 21, 2018 2:29 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — An arrowhead firmly lodged in the skull of an ancient fallen warrior, a voluptuous woman's form carved from ivory and the mask of a Roman river god are among more than 1,000 major archaeological discoveries being brought together for the first time. The exhibition opening Friday at Berlin's...

Missouri teacher shares love of sheep with students

Sep. 21, 2018 1:05 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — "Do you have any more silly sheep stories?" Sam Garrett frequently fields the question from her third-graders at Fairview Elementary School. "I actually make a list of stories and cross them off if I tell them that one so I don't forget," Garrett said. Then there's Kalabar, a...

Ivanka Trump tours NASA center in Houston, calls space crew

Sep. 20, 2018 9:47 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Ivanka Trump made a telephone call to the International Space Station and spoke to the crew while touring NASA's Johnson Space Center. Trump, who is an adviser to her father, President Donald Trump, talked to the space station crew whose members are flying 250 miles (402 kilometers) above...

FBI: Solar observatory closed after child porn case opened

Sep. 20, 2018 8:06 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The mysterious closure of a solar observatory in New Mexico earlier this month happened after the FBI opened a child pornography investigation involving a janitor's computer found at the observatory, and agents tracked wireless signals used to access child porn, according to an FBI...