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Ray Liotta, 'Goodfellas' and 'Field of Dreams' star, dies

May. 26, 2022 16:09 PM EDT

Ray Liotta, the blue-eyed actor best known for playing mobster Henry Hill in “Goodfellas” and baseball player Shoeless Joe Jackson in “Field of Dreams,” has died. He was 67. Liotta's publicist, Jen Allen, said he was in the Dominican Republic shooting a new movie and didn't...

Germany: G-7 nations can lead the way on ending coal use

May. 26, 2022 15:51 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's energy and climate minister said Thursday that the Group of Seven wealthy nations can lead the way on ending the use of coal, a heavily polluting fossil fuel that's responsible for a fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions caused by humans. Senior officials...

Former UNC Wilmington dean named school's new chancellor

May. 26, 2022 13:26 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A former dean at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington is returning to the school as its new chancellor, officials announced Thursday. Aswani Volety, currently serving as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Elon University, was...

Dominant coronavirus mutant contains ghost of pandemic past

May. 26, 2022 11:44 AM EDT

The coronavirus mutant that is now dominant in the United States is a member of the omicron family but scientists say it spreads faster than its omicron predecessors, is adept at escaping immunity and might possibly cause more serious disease. Why? Because it combines properties of...

Cancer patients seek damages from Fukushima nuclear plant

May. 26, 2022 09:34 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A Tokyo court began hearings Thursday in a lawsuit seeking nearly $5 million in damages for six people who were children in Fukushima at the time of its 2011 nuclear power plant disaster and later developed thyroid cancer. The plaintiffs are suing the operator of the...

Boeing capsule lands back on Earth after space shakedown

May. 25, 2022 21:53 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Boeing’s crew taxi returned to Earth from the International Space Station on Wednesday, completing a repeat test flight before NASA astronauts climb aboard. It was a quick trip back: The Starliner capsule parachuted into the New Mexico desert just four...

An ocean first: Underwater drone tracks CO2 in Alaska gulf

May. 25, 2022 20:23 PM EDT

SEWARD, Alaska (AP) — In the cold, choppy waters of Alaska’s Resurrection Bay, all eyes were on the gray water, looking for one thing only. It wasn’t a spout from humpback whales that power through this scenic fjord, or a sea otter lazing on its back, munching a king crab. ...

FDA chief struggles to explain slow response on baby formula

May. 25, 2022 16:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Food and Drug Administration faced bipartisan fury from House lawmakers Wednesday over months of delays investigating problems at the nation's largest baby formula plant that prompted an ongoing shortage. FDA Commissioner Robert Califf laid out a...

Correction: Western Cities-Water-Explainer story

May. 25, 2022 16:24 PM EDT
In a story published May 24, 2022 about where western states obtain their water, The Associated Press mistakenly referred to San Diego rather than the San Diego water wholesaler. The term San Diego has been replaced with San Diego County Water Authority.

Gas wells leak explosive levels of methane in Bakersfield

May. 25, 2022 14:17 PM EDT

Some Bakersfield residents are concerned about potential explosions after a state agency found that six idle oil wells near homes were leaking methane in the past several days. State and regional inspectors found concentrations of methane in the air around some of the wells at levels...