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US aims to relax testing of contaminants at nuke weapon lab

Sep. 27, 2021 15:58 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Energy Department wants to switch to less stringent testing for detecting cancer-causing chemicals at and around one of its premier nuclear weapons laboratories despite concerns from environmentalists and New Mexico regulators. The...

Earth-monitoring Landsat 9 satellite launches in California

Sep. 27, 2021 15:49 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The latest in a series of U.S. satellites that has recorded human and natural impacts on Earth’s surface for decades was launched into orbit from California on Monday to ensure continued observations in the era of climate change. Landsat 9 was...

Ford family member named head of global brand merchandising

Sep. 27, 2021 12:35 PM EDT

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — A member of a new generation of Ford family members is taking on another leadership role at the automaker. Alexandra Ford English, the daughter of Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford, was named global brand merchandising director for the Dearborn,...

Maine group to hold forum about how to help unvaccinated

Sep. 27, 2021 12:25 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine organization has scheduled an event designed to help residents talk to their family members and neighbors about the importance of getting vaccinated against COVID-19. Maine Community Action Partnership has slated the “Encouraging...

Satellite maker Terran Orbital building facility in Florida

Sep. 27, 2021 10:46 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Satellite manufacturer Terran Orbital announced Monday that it will build a $300 million facility on Florida's Space Coast that will bring more than 2,000 jobs to the area. The 660,000 square-foot facility will be able to produce more than 1,000...

Lobster fishing group files lawsuit against feds whale plan

Sep. 27, 2021 10:20 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A lobster fishing group based in Maine filed a lawsuit against the federal government on Monday charging new rules designed to protect whales are not based on the best available science. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration...

Scientists: Spanish volcano has entered 'low activity' phase

Sep. 27, 2021 07:12 AM EDT

LOS LLANOS DE ARIDANE, Canary Islands (AP) — A Spanish island volcano that has buried more than 500 buildings and displaced over 6,000 people since last week lessened its activity on Monday, although scientists warned that it was too early to declare the eruption phase finished and...

Ex-Northwestern professor to stand trial in fatal stabbing

Sep. 26, 2021 13:39 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A former Northwestern University professor is set to stand trial in the stabbing death of his boyfriend as part of what prosecutors said was a sexual fantasy he shared with another man who was charged in the case. Jury selection, opening statements and...

Volcanic ash cloud halts flights to and from Spanish island

Sep. 26, 2021 12:06 PM EDT

LA PALMA, Canary Islands (AP) — A massive cloud of ash prevented flights in and out of the Spanish island of La Palma on Sunday as molten rock continued to be flung high into the air from an erupting volcano. No flights arrived or departed, despite emergency workers...

US has enough COVID-19 vaccines for boosters, kids' shots

Sep. 26, 2021 09:53 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — With more than 40 million doses of coronavirus vaccines available, U.S. health authorities said they're confident there will be enough for both qualified older Americans seeking booster shots and the young children for whom initial vaccines are expected to be approved...