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Shark bites woman twice while she is swimming in Hawaii bay

Aug. 20, 2019 6:17 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A woman was taken to a hospital Tuesday in serious condition after being bitten twice by a shark while swimming in Hawaii, authorities said. The shark, believed to be a 6-foot (1.8-meter) black tip reef shark, bit one of the woman's legs and her torso while she was swimming in Kealakekua...

Report: Yale professor sexually assaulted 5 students

Aug. 20, 2019 5:17 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Yale University psychiatry professor sexually assaulted five students at a research facility on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts and committed sexual misconduct against at least eight others, according to a former federal prosecutor's report released Tuesday. Commissioned by Yale,...

FBI investigating University of Kansas research complex

Aug. 20, 2019 5:14 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Federal authorities are conducting an investigation at a research facility on the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence. FBI spokeswoman Bridget Patton confirmed the FBI and Lawrence police were at the Life Sciences Research Laboratories complex Tuesday but said she could not...

Earth's future is being written in fast-melting Greenland

Aug. 20, 2019 4:35 PM EDT

HELHEIM GLACIER, Greenland (AP) — This is where Earth's refrigerator door is left open, where glaciers dwindle and seas begin to rise. New York University air and ocean scientist David Holland, who is tracking what's happening in Greenland from both above and below, calls it "the end of the planet." He is...

California to build largest wildlife crossing in world

Aug. 20, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Like many urban singles, the mountain lion P-22 lives a solitary life in a too-small habitat. And he has a hard time finding a mate in the big city. Famous for traveling across two freeways and making a huge Los Angeles park his home, the lonesome big cat has become a symbol of the...

500-year-old mummy of Incan girl returns to Bolivia

Aug. 20, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — A 500-year-old mummy of an Incan girl has been returned to Bolivia some 129 years after it was donated to the Michigan State University Museum, marking what an official says is the first time human remains of archaeological importance have been repatriated to the Andean country....

Afghans restore art shattered by Taliban as peace deal nears

Aug. 20, 2019 7:39 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban fighters arrived with hammers and hatred. What they left behind is laid out on tables at the National Museum of Afghanistan, 18 years later: shattered pieces of ancient Buddha figurines, smashed because they were judged to be against Islam. Museum workers in Kabul have...

Indian spacecraft launched last month is now orbiting moon

Aug. 20, 2019 3:23 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — An unmanned spacecraft India launched last month began orbiting the moon Tuesday as it approaches the lunar south pole to study previously discovered water deposits. The Indian Space Research Organization said it successfully maneuvered Chandrayaan-2, the Sanskrit word for "moon craft,"...

Urgency for vaccine grows as virus ravages China's pigs

Aug. 20, 2019 1:14 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Scientists are working to develop a vaccine to help guard the world's pork supply as a deadly virus ravages Asia's pig herds. Farmers have long contained its spread by quarantining and killing infected animals, but the disease's devastating march into East Asia is intensifying the search for...

Kayakers get up close with collapsing Alaska glacier

Aug. 19, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

Andrew Hooper's wife had warned him about getting too close to an Alaska glacier. She wasn't pleased, he said, when he returned from a kayaking trip earlier this month soaked to the bone but with incredible footage of part of the giant glacier's sudden and dramatic collapse. "It was absolutely gorgeous watching...