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Paramedic convictions in Elijah McClain's death spur changes for patients in police custody

Mar. 01, 2024 00:33 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — Medical responders across the U.S. are rethinking how they treat people in police custody after a jury last December handed down a rare decision: It convicted two Colorado paramedics for their roles in the 2019 death of Elijah McClain following an overdose of a powerful sedative. ...

New Zealand tour operators told to pay $7.8 million in fines and reparations over volcanic eruption

Feb. 29, 2024 22:40 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Tour booking agents and managers of a New Zealand island where a volcanic eruption killed 22 people in 2019 were ordered Friday to pay nearly $13 million (US$7.8 million) in fines and reparations. The holding company of the island's owners, a boat...

First US moon lander in half a century stops working a week after tipping over at touchdown

Feb. 29, 2024 18:46 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The first U.S. spacecraft to land on the moon since the Apollo astronauts fell silent Thursday, a week after breaking a leg at touchdown and tipping over near the lunar south pole. Intuitive Machines’ lander, Odysseus, lasted longer than the company...

Hatch watch is underway at a California bald eagle nest monitored by a popular online camera feed

Feb. 29, 2024 16:06 PM EST

BIG BEAR LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Hatch watch is underway in Southern California mountains. Three bald eagle chicks could emerge this week from eggs laid in a nest monitored by nature lovers via a popular online camera feed. The mother, Jackie, laid the eggs in late January atop a tree...

Climate change cost U.S. ski industry billions, study says, and future depends on emissions

Feb. 29, 2024 09:47 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — U.S. ski areas lost $5 billion from 2000 to 2019 as a result of human-caused climate change and could lose around $1 billion annually in the 2050s depending on how much emissions are reduced, a new study found. People “may not care about the loss of the species...

First drone probe of melted fuel inside Fukushima Daiichi reactor halted due to equipment glitch

Feb. 29, 2024 08:46 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese authorities said they were forced to abandon plans Thursday to send in drones for a second day to probe one of the damaged reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant because of equipment failure. Two drones successfully flew inside the reactor for...

Fired scientists in Canada failed to acknowledge links to China, newly released records say

Feb. 29, 2024 04:39 AM EST

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Two scientists at a high-security infectious disease laboratory in Canada lost their jobs after reviews found they failed to protect sensitive material and information and did not acknowledge links with China, newly released records show. The scientists,...

Russian rocket successfully puts Iranian satellite into orbit

Feb. 29, 2024 03:55 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian rocket on Thursday successfully put an Iranian satellite into orbit, a launch that underlined increasingly close cooperation between Moscow and Tehran. Russia's state-run Roscosmos corporation said that a Soyuz rocket blasted off from the Vostochny launch...

Private US moon lander still working after breaking leg and falling, but not for long

Feb. 28, 2024 21:45 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The first private U.S. spacecraft to land on the moon broke a leg at touchdown before falling over, according to company officials who said Wednesday it was on the verge of losing power. Intuitive Machines, the company that built the lander, released new...

Visitors line up to see and smell a corpse flower's stinking bloom in San Francisco

Feb. 28, 2024 19:14 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Crowds lined up in San Francisco on Wednesday to see — and smell — the blooming of an endangered tropical flower that releases a pungent odor when it opens once every several years. An Amorphophallus titanum, also known as a corpse flower, began blooming...