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Weather Service winter forecast: A bit warmer, but chaotic

Oct. 17, 2019 2:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Expect big swings in weather this winter, government forecasters say. The National Weather Service says the large global forces that help drive broad patterns of winter weather are weak, which often makes for more dramatic changes in local weather every few weeks. It also makes it harder...

Groups: Saving Mexican gray wolves requires new approach

Oct. 17, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Dozens of environmental groups and scientists have asked U.S. wildlife managers to rethink how they plan to ensure the survival of Mexican gray wolves in the Southwest. Following a loss in federal court last year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is crafting a new rule to guide...

Space station's 2 women prep for 1st all-female spacewalk

Oct. 17, 2019 1:50 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Men have floated out the hatch on all 420 spacewalks conducted over the past half-century. That changes Friday with spacewalk No. 421. NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir will make "HERstory," as NASA is calling it, with the first all-female spacewalk. All four men...

Former math teacher gets 45 months in prison for child porn

Oct. 17, 2019 1:08 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A former Massachusetts high school math teacher has been sentenced on federal child pornography charges. The U.S. Attorney's office in Boston says 27-year-old Warren Anderson, of Lowell and Harvard, was sentenced Wednesday to 45 months in prison and five years of supervised release. Anderson...

Most Missouri youth aren't at grade level in English, math

Oct. 17, 2019 12:55 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Less than half of Missouri schoolchildren are performing at grade level in English and math for the second straight year, according to newly released state data that critics complain makes it difficult to tell how individual school districts are faring overall. At issue is that the...

Queuing for eternity: Fossils show lining up is primal urge

Oct. 17, 2019 11:55 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Ever felt like you've been queuing forever? Scientists say fossils found in Morocco suggest the practice of forming orderly lines may date back 480 million years and could have had evolutionary advantages. Their study, published Thursday in the journal Scientific Reports, describes groups of...

Kayakers find partially fossilized bear skull in Kansas

Oct. 17, 2019 9:10 AM EDT

EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — Two sisters have found a partially fossilized bear skull while kayaking the Arkansas River in south-central Kansas. The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks said in a news release that sisters Ashley and Erin Watt made the discovery in August after flooding apparently dislodged the...

London commuters scuffle with climate activists

Oct. 17, 2019 6:42 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Angry commuters scuffled with climate activists who climbed onto the roofs of trains early Thursday, snarling services in the busy morning rush hours in the British capital. Londoners have largely tolerated a series of peaceful protests in recent days by the Extinction Rebellion group, but...

Congress may award Tennessee extra $14M to fight Asian carp

Oct. 17, 2019 2:42 AM EDT

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) — Congress may award an extra $14 million to help fight Asian carp in Tennessee. The Jackson Sun reports Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander announced last month that a Senate committee had approved $25 million to fight the invasive fish. That marks a $14 million increase from last year....

Nevada seeks to restart lawsuit over US plutonium shipment

Oct. 17, 2019 1:09 AM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Lawyers for Nevada and the U.S. Energy Department are accusing each other of contradicting their own past arguments as the state seeks to restart a legal challenge to force the government to remove weapons-grade plutonium it secretly shipped last year to a site near Las Vegas. A federal...