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India's population skews young, which may sway its elections

Apr. 19, 2019 1:41 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Young Indians could play a crucial role in the ongoing general election in the world's largest democracy. With nearly two-thirds of India's population below 35, and more than 15 million first-time voters aged 18 and 19, young men and women have the power to swing the national vote in any...

Oklahoma City bombing 'Survivor Tree' DNA to live on

Apr. 19, 2019 12:13 AM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City is using science and technology to sustain the DNA and spirit of a tree symbolizing hope 24 years after the deadliest act of domestic terrorism on U.S. soil. As part of an annual remembrance of the April 19, 1995, Oklahoma City bombing, civic leaders on Friday plan to...

Groundbreaking Indian Ocean science mission reaches an end

Apr. 18, 2019 11:29 PM EDT

VICTORIA, Seychelles (AP) — The British-led Nekton scientific mission on Thursday completed a seven-week expedition in the Indian Ocean aimed at documenting changes beneath the waves that could affect billions of people in the surrounding region over the coming decades. Little is known about the watery...

Chem professor on leave after Nazi gas chamber exam question

Apr. 18, 2019 7:58 PM EDT

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (AP) — A chemistry professor whose exam question asked students to calculate the lethal dose of a poisonous gas used in Nazi gas chambers during the Holocaust has taken a leave of absence, Middlebury College said. The Vermont liberal arts college said that it's investigating under the terms...

America's 1st female astronaut candidate, Jerrie Cobb, dies

Apr. 18, 2019 6:49 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — America's first female astronaut candidate, pilot Jerrie Cobb, who pushed for equality in space but never reached its heights, has died. Cobb died in Florida at age 88 on March 18 following a brief illness. News of her death came Thursday from journalist Miles O'Brien, serving...

Americans' energy use surges despite climate change concern

Apr. 18, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans burned a record amount of energy in 2018, with a 10% jump in consumption from booming natural gas helping to lead the way, the U.S. Energy Information Administration says. Overall consumption of all kinds of fuels rose 4% year on year, the largest such increase in eight years, a...

Judge voids rules aimed at reforming ultra-Orthodox schools

Apr. 18, 2019 4:55 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York state overstepped its authority with guidelines intended to ensure that ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools teach secular subjects like English and math, a judge ruled Thursday. The decision by a state judge in Albany nullifies state Education Department guidelines for monitoring private...

Israeli team investigating 'chain of events' in lunar crash

Apr. 18, 2019 2:59 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli start-up behind last week's failed lunar landing said Thursday that it is still investigating a malfunction that caused the spacecraft to plummet to the moon's surface. SpaceIL, the non-profit that undertook the lunar mission, said that engineers in mission control received a...

Southern California tickled by tiny tremors every 3 minutes

Apr. 18, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — There's a whole lot of shakin' going on in Southern California — 10 times more than seismologists had thought. But most of those earthquakes are so tiny that no one feels them. Using a more accurate way of finding teeny tiny earthquakes, scientists counted 1.8 million of the...

Archaeology site looted at Lewis and Clark Historical Park

Apr. 18, 2019 12:44 PM EDT

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — The National Park Service is investigating the looting of an archaeological site at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park. The Daily Astorian reported Thursday that artifacts were unearthed near the Netul River Trail on the south end of the park sometime in late March....