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Explorers find WWII Navy destroyer, deepest wreck discovered

Jun. 26, 2022 16:34 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A U.S. Navy destroyer that engaged a superior Japanese fleet in the largest sea battle of World War II in the Philippines has become the deepest wreck to be discovered, according to explorers. The USS Samuel B. Roberts, popularly known as the “Sammy...

'Biblical' insect swarms spur Oregon push to fight pests

Jun. 26, 2022 12:40 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Ore. (AP) — Driving down a windy canyon road in northern Oregon rangeland, Jordan Maley and April Aamodt are on the look out for Mormon crickets, giant insects that can ravage crops. “There’s one right there,” Aamodt says. They’re not hard to spot....

Retired professor builds wooden anatomy puzzles

Jun. 26, 2022 09:11 AM EDT

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — Roman Miller, a native of Iowa, said he expected to spend two years in Harrisonburg. When he was offered an endowed professorship position in the biology department at Eastern Mennonite University, Miller said he planned to try the job but move on within a...

Pfizer says tweaked COVID-19 shots boost omicron protection

Jun. 25, 2022 10:28 AM EDT

Pfizer announced Saturday that tweaking its COVID-19 vaccine to better target the omicron variant is safe and works — just days before regulators debate whether to offer Americans updated booster shots this fall. The vaccines currently used in the U.S. still offer strong protection...

UNF digs deeper to reveal possible center of native village

Jun. 25, 2022 03:13 AM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Victoria Hayes and Kaia Lacey found buried treasure Wednesday morning as they used spoons to gently scrape the side of a small hole at an archaeological dig on Big Talbot Island. Pirate gold was not the bounty unearthed by these University of North Florida...

Juul can keep selling e-cigarettes as court blocks FDA ban

Jun. 24, 2022 18:12 PM EDT

Juul can continue to sell its electronic cigarettes, at least for now, after a federal appeals court on Friday temporarily blocked a government ban. Juul filed an emergency motion earlier Friday, seeking the temporary hold while it appeals the sales ban. The...

NASA asteroid mission on hold due to late software delivery

Jun. 24, 2022 16:36 PM EDT

NASA put an asteroid mission on hold Friday, blaming the late delivery of its own navigation software. The Psyche mission to a strange metal asteroid of the same name was supposed to launch this September or October. But the agency’s Jet Propulsion Lab was several months late...

Sweltering streets: Hundreds of homeless die in extreme heat

Jun. 24, 2022 13:35 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Hundreds of blue, green and grey tents are pitched under the sun’s searing rays in downtown Phoenix, a jumble of flimsy canvas and plastic along dusty sidewalks. Here, in the hottest big city in America, thousands of homeless people swelter as the summer’s triple digit...

Moderna COVID-19 shots now an option for older kids in US

Jun. 24, 2022 11:18 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — There is now a second COVID-19 option for kids ages 6 to 17 in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday announced it is recommending Moderna shots as an option for school-age kids and teens. This group has been able to get shots made by...

Summer swelter: Persistent heat wave breaks records, spirits

Jun. 24, 2022 09:36 AM EDT

From the normally chilly Russian Arctic to the traditionally sweltering American South, big swaths of the Northern Hemisphere continued to sizzle with extreme heat as the start of summer more resembled the dog days of August with parts of China and Japan setting all-time heat records Friday. ...