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In this Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, photo released by Xinhua News Agency, patients infected with the coronavirus take rest at a temporary hospital converted from Wuhan Sports Center in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province. China reported thousands new virus cases and more deaths in its update Tuesday on a disease outbreak that has caused milder illness in most people, an assessment that promoted guarded optimism from global health authorities. (Xiao Yijiu/Xinhua via AP)

Virus claims life of hospital director in hard-hit Wuhan

Feb. 18, 2020 5:58 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — As a mysterious new virus enveloped central China's Wuhan early this year, Liu Zhiming mobilized all the resources of his hospital in the city's Wuchang district to deal with the thousands of sick people arriving daily, threatening to overwhelm the local health care system. That dedication...

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2020, file photo, buses carrying American passengers from the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship leave a port in Yokohama, near Tokyo. After 14 days, an extraordinary quarantine of the Diamond Princess cruise ship ends Wednesday, with thousands of passengers and crew set to disembark over the next several days in the port of Yokohama. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Experts ponder why cruise ship quarantine failed in Japan

Feb. 18, 2020 5:39 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — As an extraordinary two-week quarantine of a cruise ship ends Wednesday in Japan, many scientists say it was a failed experiment: The ship seemed to serve as an incubator for the new virus from China instead of an isolation facility meant to prevent the worsening of an outbreak. Since the...

This undated photo made available by SpaceX in February 2020 shows the Crew Dragon spacecraft undergoing acoustic testing in Florida. On Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, SpaceX announced it is working with Space Adventures Inc. to take tourists into a high orbit. Ticket prices aren't being divulged but are likely to be in the millions of dollars. (SpaceX via AP)

SpaceX aims to launch up to 4 tourists into super high orbit

Feb. 18, 2020 1:49 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX aims to launch up to four tourists into a super high orbit, possibly by the end of next year. The private company is working with Space Adventures Inc. for the flight, officials announced Tuesday. Ticket prices are not being divulged but expected to be in the millions....

This photo taken July 1, 2016 shows a group of first-year honeybee hives in a pasture near Langley, Wash. Chemicals are routinely applied to kill insect pests and troublesome weeds but many are indiscriminate, devastating beneficial insects in the process. Landowners should avoid using pesticides in areas attractive to pollinators and instead use non-toxic methods to get rid of such pests as aphids. (Dean Fosdick via AP)

Backyard gardeners can act to help bee populations

Feb. 18, 2020 11:36 AM EST

Chemicals are routinely applied around residential landscapes to kill insect pests and troublesome weeds, but many are indiscriminate and devastate pollinators in the process. Over the past 30-plus years, pollinator populations have crashed worldwide due to a variety of reasons, including pesticide and herbicide...

Sarcophagus dedicated to Romulus discovered in Roman forum

Feb. 18, 2020 9:38 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Archaeologists excavating the Roman Forum have discovered an underground shrine dedicated to Romulus, the founder of the ancient city. The monument includes an underground chamber with a 1.4-meter (55-inch) high sarcophagus and what appears to be an altar. The sarcophagus dates from the 6th...

Gov. Northam awards grants for computer science education

Feb. 18, 2020 4:07 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced new school grants aimed at promoting computer science education. Northam said Monday he had approved a total of $1.3 million in grants to a number of public schools and colleges. Lawmakers authorized the grants last year, which are to be used...

Virginia moves toward banning conversion therapy

Feb. 17, 2020 4:09 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia General Assembly is moving to ban the discredited practice of conversion therapy for LGBTQ children. Conversion therapy is a practice used to try to change sexual orientation or gender identity. The Virginia Senate voted Monday to ban licensed therapists and counselors...

Mauna Kea rules implementation could take 6 to 12 months

Feb. 17, 2020 2:30 PM EST

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — The University of Hawaii's new administrative rules governing Mauna Kea could take up to a year before they are fully implemented, officials said. Democratic Gov. David Ige approved the rules in January. But it is likely to be six to 12 months before they are put into effect on the...

Alaska official disputes EPA toxic chemical release analysis

Feb. 17, 2020 2:27 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency reported Alaska led the nation in 2018 toxic chemical releases. But a state commissioner contends a large portion should not be categorized as toxic. Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Jason Brune argued that releases...

Washington to open fishing in May despite steelhead drop

Feb. 17, 2020 2:14 PM EST

SULTAN, Wash. (AP) — Despite concerns from scientists and conservationists, the Washington state Department of Fish and Wildlife says fishing does not make a large enough impact on wild winter steelhead to delay the fishing season. The season is scheduled to open May 23, The Everett Herald reports. The...