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Crew of NASA's earthbound simulated Mars habitat emerge after a year

Jul. 07, 2024 21:26 PM EDT

The crew of a NASA mission to Mars emerged from their craft after a yearlong voyage that never left Earth. The four volunteer crew members spent more than 12 months inside NASA's first simulated Mars environment at Johnson Space Center in Houston, coming out of the artificial alien...

Firefighters make progress against California wildfire, but heat and fire risks grow in the West

Jul. 05, 2024 15:08 PM EDT

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters made progress Friday against a California wildfire that triggered extensive evacuation orders, but damage assessments raised the number of destroyed structures to 25, and forecasters said heat and fire risk were expanding on the West Coast. ...

A study finds Indonesia's deforested land is often left idle. But some see potential in that

Jul. 04, 2024 21:08 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Years after being felled, vast swathes of Indonesia's old-growth forests are left sitting idle. And when the land is finally put to use, it's most often for new palm oil plantations, according to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. ...

California city cancels July Fourth fireworks as firefighters battle flames amid hot weather

Jul. 03, 2024 23:23 PM EDT

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Officials in a Northern California community cancelled an annual Fourth of July fireworks celebration as an estimated 26,000 residents remained displaced by a growing wildfire, while hundreds of firefighters toiled under extreme heat to keep flames from reaching more...

Connecticut governor to replant more than 180 trees, thousands of bushes cut down behind his house

Jun. 27, 2024 19:12 PM EDT

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont on Thursday was officially ordered by his local inland wetlands agency to replant more than 180 trees and thousands of bushes that were chopped down in November on property behind the Democrat's Greenwich home. While one of Lamont's neighbors and a...

List of threatened species grows by 1,000, but conservation efforts bring hope for some animals

Jun. 27, 2024 05:07 AM EDT

Over 45,000 species are now threatened with extinction — 1,000 more than last year — according to an international conservation organization that blames pressures from climate change, invasive species and human activity such as illicit trade and infrastructural expansion. The...

South Texas needs rain. Tropical Storm Alberto didn’t deliver enough.

Jun. 25, 2024 11:22 AM EDT

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — South Texas was prepared for a deluge. City officials distributed sandbags and planned road closures. Gov. Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster before Tropical Storm Alberto, which was projected to dump up to eight inches of rain in the Rio Grande Valley....

Gleaming monolith pops up in Nevada desert, the latest in a series of quickly vanishing structures

Jun. 20, 2024 21:19 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The strange monolith looks like it could have come from another world. Jutting out of the rocks in a remote mountain range near Las Vegas, the glimmering rectangular prism's reflective surface imitates the vast desert landscape surrounding the mountain peak where...

Historic SS United States is ordered out of its berth in Philadelphia. Can it find new shores?

Jun. 17, 2024 15:38 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The SS United States, a historic ship that still holds the transatlantic speed record it set more than 70 years ago, must leave its berth on the Delaware River in Philadelphia by Sept. 12, a federal judge says. The decision issued Friday by U.S. District Judge...

Milan menswear seeks reassurance in nostalgia and artisanal craft, from Fendi to Dolce&Gabbana

Jun. 15, 2024 18:22 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Amid ongoing wars, hardening political divides and accelerating climate change, Milan designers made a play for escapism on the second day Saturday of Milan Fashion Week, mostly menswear previews for Spring-Summer 2025. Many took inspiration from decades that now seem...