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This photo provided by NASA shows the view from NASA's Andrew Morgan's helmet cam as Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano works outside the International Space Station during a spacewalk Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020.  The astronauts worked to complete repairs to a cosmic ray detector outside the International Space Station.   (NASA via AP)

Spacewalking astronauts plug leak, finish fixing detector

Jan. 25, 2020 1:59 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacewalking astronauts plugged a leak in a cosmic ray detector outside the International Space Station on Saturday, completing a series of complex repairs to give the instrument new life. The $2 billion Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer could resume its hunt for elusive antimatter...

Grant to fund child exploitation research

Jan. 25, 2020 10:00 AM EST

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — University of New Hampshire researchers are getting a four-year grant to track trends in the use of technology to sexually exploit children. The National Institute of Justice grant will fund the fourth in a series of studies conducted by the university's Crimes Against Children Research...

In this Jan. 9, 2020, photo provided by the Anti-Poaching Special Squad, police look at items seized from store suspected of trafficking wildlife in Guangde city in central China's Anhui Province. The outbreak of a new virus linked to a wildlife market in central China is prompting renewed calls for enforcement of laws against the trade in and consumption of exotic species. (Anti-Poaching Special Squad via AP)

China virus outbreak revives calls to stop wildlife trade

Jan. 25, 2020 2:06 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The outbreak of a new virus linked to a wildlife market in central China is prompting renewed calls for enforcement of laws against the trade in and consumption of exotic species. It's also raising questions about how it could happen again after the lessons learned from the 2002-2003...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, file photo, a staff member moves bio-waste containers past the entrance of the Wuhan Medical Treatment Center in Wuhan, China, where some people infected with a new virus are being treated. The new virus comes from a large family of coronaviruses, some causing nothing worse than a cold. Others named SARS and MERS have killed hundreds in separate outbreaks. (AP Photo/Dake Kang, File)

Too soon to tell if new virus as dangerous as SARS cousin

Jan. 24, 2020 11:14 PM EST

The new virus from China has the world on edge because it’s a close cousin to viruses that killed hundreds in separate outbreaks. While it’s too early to tell if this latest threat will prove as deadly, health authorities are drawing on lessons from that grim past. WHAT’S THE LINK The new...

In this Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, image from China's CCTV video, a patient is carried on a stretcher to an ambulance by medical workers in protective suits in Wuhan, China. China is swiftly building a hospital dedicated to treating patients infected with a new virus that sickened hundreds and prompted unprecedented lockdowns of cities home to millions of people during the country's most important holiday. (CCTV via AP)

China expands lockdown against virus, fast-tracks hospital

Jan. 24, 2020 6:17 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China expanded its lockdown against the deadly new virus to an unprecedented 36 million people and rushed to build a prefabricated, 1,000-bed hospital for victims Friday as the outbreak cast a pall over Lunar New Year, the country's biggest, most festive holiday. The number of confirmed...

CSU gets gift to open research center on cannabis compounds

Jan. 24, 2020 5:27 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — A research center at Colorado State University dedicated to studying the chemical compounds in hemp is expected to open this spring, school officials said Thursday. The announcement comes after the university received a $1.5 million donation from a Golden-based company that makes products out...

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 13, 2020 file photo, State Sen. Chuck Hufstetler, Chairman of the Finance Committee, speaks to the media while gathered with other Senate leaders during the first day of the year for the general session of the state legislature in Atlanta. Hufstetler said Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 that he doesn’t “see the math” for another state income tax cut in Georgia. (AP Photo/John Amis, File)

Leading Georgia senator doesn't "see the math" for tax cut

Jan. 24, 2020 4:34 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A top Republican lawmaker is casting doubt on whether Georgia's taxpayers will see another income tax cut this year. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Hufstetler of Rome said Friday that he doubts that the General Assembly will further reduce the top rate on Georgia's state income tax...

Correction: Uranium Effects Research story

Jan. 24, 2020 11:52 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — In a story Jan. 22, 2020, about the public health effects of depleted uranium, The Associated Press erroneously reported several details about the presentation by an Alaska woman interested in the public health effects of radiation. Shelby Surdyk, who presented to the Juneau World...

Crab larvae suffering shell damage from ocean acidification

Jan. 24, 2020 10:34 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Ocean acidification is damaging the shells of young Dungeness crab in the Pacific Northwest, an impact that scientists did not expect until much later this century, according to new research. A study released in the journal Science of the Total Environment this week is based on a 2016 survey...

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet college scholarships offered

Jan. 24, 2020 4:51 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — College students pursuing civil engineering and engineering technology degrees can apply for scholarships offered by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. The cabinet will award up to 30 new scholarships for the 2020-2021 school year to prospective and current college students, the...