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President Joe Biden signs an executive order on climate change, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Biden: 'We can't wait any longer' to address climate crisis

Jan. 27, 2021 6:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the most ambitious U.S. effort to stave off the worst of climate change, President Joe Biden signed executive orders Wednesday to transform the nation’s heavily fossil-fuel powered economy into a clean-burning one, pausing oil and gas leasing on federal land and targeting...

FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2017, file photo, is the current supercomputer named Cheyenne at the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center near Cheyenne, Wyo. A new supercomputer in Wyoming will rank among the world's fastest and help study phenomena including climate change, severe weather, wildfires and solar flares. Houston-based Hewlett Packard Enterprise won in bidding to provide the $35-$40 million machine for a supercomputing center in Cheyenne, the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., announced Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Mead Gruver, File)

New supercomputer in Wyoming to rank among world's fastest

Jan. 27, 2021 4:03 PM EST

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A new supercomputer in Wyoming will rank among the world's fastest and help study phenomena including climate change, severe weather, wildfires and solar flares. Houston-based Hewlett Packard Enterprise won a bid to provide the $35 million to $40 million machine for a supercomputing...

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In CDC’s backyard, school reopening debate divides experts

Jan. 27, 2021 2:24 PM EST

Just down the road from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in a community flush with resident health professionals, the Decatur, Georgia, school system had no shortage of expert input on whether to resume in-person classes amid the coronavirus pandemic. Scores of public health and medical...

In this image taken from NASA video, NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins works outside the International Space Station’s European lab on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. Hopkins and Victor Glover went spacewalking Wednesday to install a high-speed data link outside the International Space Station’s European lab and connect cables for an experiment platform awaiting activation for almost a year. (NASA via AP)

Cable trouble dogs spacewalkers in European lab upgrades

Jan. 27, 2021 1:39 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacewalking astronauts encountered cable trouble Wednesday while attempting to make improvements to the International Space Station’s European lab. Only one of the two lab upgrades was completely successful. NASA’s Mike Hopkins and Victor Glover installed a new...

This 2001 photo provided by Dr. Greg Skomal shows a shortfin mako shark off the coast of Massachusetts. In a study published on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, researchers found the abundance of oceanic sharks and rays has dropped more than 70% between 1970 and 2018. (Greg Skomal via AP)

Empty seas: Oceanic shark populations dropped 71% since 1970

Jan. 27, 2021 12:54 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — When marine biologist Stuart Sandin talks about sharks, it sounds like he’s describing Jedis of the ocean. “They are terrific predators, fast swimmers and they have amazing senses — they can detect any disturbance in the ocean from great distance,” such as...

Hot lava runs down from the crater of Mount Merapi, partially seen behind a mosque in Sleman, Indonesia, late Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. The country's most active volcano erupted Wednesday with a river of lava and searing gas clouds flowing 1,500 meters (4,900 feet) down its slopes. (AP Photo/Slamet Riyadi)

Indonesian volcano unleashes river of lava in new eruption

Jan. 27, 2021 7:51 AM EST

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s most active volcano erupted Wednesday with a river of lava and searing gas clouds flowing 3,000 meters (nearly 10,000 feet) down its slopes. No casualties were reported. The sounds of the eruption could be heard 30 kilometers (18 miles) away, officials said....

Indian policemen wearing face mask to prevent the spread of the coronavirus march during rehearsals of Republic Day parade in Kolkata, India, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)

The Latest: India vaccinates 2 million health workers

Jan. 26, 2021 11:59 PM EST

NEW DELHI — India has vaccinated 2 million health workers in less than two weeks and recorded 12,689 new coronavirus positive cases in the past 24 hours, a sharp decline from a peak level of nearly 100,000 in mid-September. The health Ministry said the daily new cases had fallen below 10,000 on Tuesday...

FILE — In this Thursday April 9, 2020 file photo California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly, discusses the state's response to the coronavirus at a news briefing held at the the Governor's Office of Emergency Services in Rancho Cordova Calif. Ghaly discussed the math behind the state's calculation of when is safe to lift it's stay-at-home order and overnight curfew, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California discloses math behind easing stay-at-home order

Jan. 26, 2021 11:19 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s health director on Tuesday revealed the math behind the state's calculation that it was safe to lift all remaining stay-at-home orders, a response to criticism that Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration was hiding key data affecting people's lives and livelihoods....

FILE - In this April 9, 2014, file photo, oil rigs stand in the Loco Hills field on U.S. Highway 82 in Eddy County near Artesia, N.M., one of the most active regions of the Permian Basin. President Joe Biden is set to announce a wide-ranging moratorium on new oil and gas leasing on U.S. lands, as his administration moves quickly to reverse Trump administration policies on energy and the environment and address climate change.  (AP Photo/Jeri Clausing, File)

AP sources: Biden to pause oil and gas sales on public lands

Jan. 26, 2021 11:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is set to announce a wide-ranging moratorium on new oil and gas leasing on U.S. lands and waters, as his administration moves quickly to reverse Trump administration policies on energy and the environment and address climate change. Two people with knowledge of...

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a ceremony marking the start of the judicial year at the Supreme Court in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

Maduro's 'miracle' treatment for COVID-19 draws skeptics

Jan. 26, 2021 5:16 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro appears to be counting on yet another “miracle” to save his citizens from COVID-19, promoting a secretive solution with no published scientific evidence he claims will conquer the new coronavirus. “Ten drops under the...