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Newtown parents score a win in growing fight against hoaxers

Jun. 18, 2019 12:17 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The father of a victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre has won a defamation lawsuit against the authors of a book that claimed the shooting never happened — the latest victory for victims' relatives who have been taking a more aggressive stance against conspiracy...

Serbian police probe leaks of key math exam for students

Jun. 18, 2019 9:05 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's education minister has come under fire after math tests were leaked for 8th grade graduation exams. Serbian school children take the exams in mathematics, Serbian language and a combined test in other subjects at the end of primary school. The exam results are included in...

Oregon Democrats rally behind cap-and-trade emissions plan

Jun. 17, 2019 11:36 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon is on the precipice of becoming the second state after California to adopt a cap-and-trade program, a market-based approach to lowering the greenhouse gas emissions behind global warming. The House approved the plan 36-24 Monday after nearly six hours of debate, with supporters...

The Latest: Oregon House approves progressive climate policy

Jun. 17, 2019 11:31 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on Oregon's cap and trade proposal (all times local): 8:30 p.m. The Oregon House has approved an economywide cap-and trade-program. The program would put an overall limit on greenhouse gas emissions and auction off pollution "allowances" for each ton of carbon industries plan...

Gray whale washes ashore on Oregon beach amid spike

Jun. 17, 2019 8:06 PM EDT

SEASIDE, Ore. (AP) — Officials with Seaside Aquarium say a female gray whale was found Friday stranded south of Sunset Beach. Biologists at the aquarium performed a necropsy on the 23-foot (7-meter) whale, but "nothing too telling was found," the aquarium said in a Facebook post. Officials say they...

Climate talks held as Arctic ice melts, concerns grow

Jun. 17, 2019 5:08 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Diplomats and climate experts gathered Monday in Germany for U.N.-hosted talks on climate change amid growing public pressure for governments to act faster against global warming. Officials meeting in the western city of Bonn for the June 17-27 talks are focusing on resolving issues that...

Child death hike halts hospital's complex heart surgeries

Jun. 17, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Complex pediatric heart surgeries will not be performed at North Carolina Children's Hospital because of an increase in patient deaths. The News & Observer of Raleigh quotes hospital officials as saying heart surgeons won't do complicated procedures until an outside group can...

Scientists take a peek behind those sad puppy dog eyes

Jun. 17, 2019 3:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — What's behind those hard-to-resist puppy dog eyes? New research suggests that over thousands of years of dog domestication, people preferred pups that could pull off that appealing, sad look. And that encouraged the development of the facial muscle that creates it. Today, pooches use the...

JFK Library launches app to celebrate Apollo 11 mission

Jun. 17, 2019 11:33 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing with a new app that helps users relive the 1969 launch of the Apollo 11 mission. The free app available now uses videos, images, and audio recordings from the mission that on July...

Oregon wildlife officials kill bear after people fed him

Jun. 17, 2019 11:33 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon wildlife officials have killed a young black bear that people have been feeding and taking photos with. The Statesman Journal reports state wildlife biologists determined last week that the 100-pound (45-kilogram) male bear could not be relocated because it had grown accustomed to...