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This photo provided by NASA shows SpaceX's Dragon undocking from International Space Station on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021.  SpaceX's Dragon cargo capsule undocked with 12 bottles of Bordeaux wine and hundreds of snippets of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon vines. The capsule is aiming for a splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida coast Wednesday night. (NASA via AP)

Cheers! French wine, vines headed home after year in space

Jan. 12, 2021 11:41 AM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The International Space Station bid adieu Tuesday to 12 bottles of French Bordeaux wine and hundreds of snippets of grapevines that spent a year orbiting the world in the name of science. SpaceX’s Dragon cargo capsule undocked with the wine and vines — and...

Denise Dutton walks in the snow while shopping on Brookside Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020, in Tulsa, Okla. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP)

Heavy snow expected in Texas; storm could spawn tornadoes

Dec. 30, 2020 11:33 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A winter storm moving across southwestern Texas on Wednesday could dump more than a foot (0.30 meters) of snow before moving eastward and possibly spawning tornadoes in parts of Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi on New Year's Eve, according to weather forecasters. Jeremy Grams, a...

4 dead, 3 missing after river surge hits Mexico canyon group

Dec. 21, 2020 4:44 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Rain unleased a surge of water that swept away most of a 21-member group on a canyoning expedition in southern Mexico, killing at least four people and leaving three missing, authorities said Monday. The civil defense office of Veracruz state said five more people were injured in the Rio...

Salvage firm says it found old submarine off Maryland coast

Dec. 10, 2020 6:57 PM EST

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) — A salvage company says that it has likely discovered the wreckage of a century-old submarine off the coast of Maryland. The USS R-8 was a U.S. Navy sub that was used for target practice at the end of its life in the 1930, The Baltimore Sun reported Thursday. Atlantic Wreck Salvage...

In this screen grab from video posted by SpaceX, the company's Starship launches for a test flight, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020, in a remote area of Texas. (SpaceX via AP)

SpaceX launches Starship on highest test flight, crash-lands

Dec. 9, 2020 8:20 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX launched its shiny, bullet-shaped, straight-out-of-science fiction Starship several miles into the air from a remote corner of Texas on Wednesday, but the 6 1/2-minute test flight ended in an explosive fireball at touchdown. It was the highest and most elaborate flight...

Man gets 3 months for shooting flares, triggering rescue

Dec. 2, 2020 8:10 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to three months in federal prison for shooting distress flares from a boat when there was no real emergency and triggering a U.S. Coast Guard rescue operation. Justin Patrick Obert, 32, was sentenced Wednesday in Fort Myers federal court, according...

This photo provided by the University of Maryland shows Brooke Czwartacki taking a measurement in a well in Awendaw, South Carolina. Czwartacki regularly checks the salinity of well water as saltwater invades the state’s aquifers. (Hunter Musi/Stanford University via AP)

Coastal harm from invading saltwater ‘happening right now’

Nov. 23, 2020 1:48 PM EST

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Four Native American tribes on Louisiana’s Gulf Coast requested United Nations assistance this year to force action by the U.S. government on invading salt. Their formal complaint cited “climate-forced displacement’’ and said saltwater had poisoned their...