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A security officer wears a hazardous materials suit at a subway station in Beijing, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. China moved to lock down at least three cities with a combined population of more than 18 million in an unprecedented effort to contain the deadly new virus that has sickened hundreds of people and spread to other parts of the world during the busy Lunar New Year holiday. (AP Photo/Yanan Wang)

China expands lockdowns to 25M people to halt viral outbreak

Jan. 23, 2020 11:22 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China broadened its unprecedented, open-ended lockdowns to encompass around 25 million people Friday to try to contain a deadly new virus that has sickened hundreds, though the measures' potential for success is uncertain. At least eight cities have been shut down —- Wuhan, Ezhou,...

Passengers wearing protective face masks enter the departure hall of a high speed train station in Hong Kong, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. China closed off a city of more than 11 million people Thursday, halting transportation and warning against public gatherings, to try to stop the spread of a deadly new virus that has sickened hundreds and spread to other cities and countries in the Lunar New Year travel rush. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

China confirms 1st death outside epicenter of viral outbreak

Jan. 23, 2020 7:57 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China moved to lock down at least three cities with a combined population of more than 18 million in an unprecedented effort to contain the deadly new virus that has sickened hundreds of people and spread to other parts of the world during the busy Lunar New Year holiday. The open-ended...

Son of ex-US Rep. Christopher Collins spared prison

Jan. 23, 2020 7:04 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The son of former U.S. Rep. Christopher Collins was spared a prison sentence Thursday after pleading guilty in an insider trading conspiracy with his father. U.S. District Judge Vernon Broderick ordered 27-year-old Cameron Collins to serve 500 hours of community service over the next five...

Idaho lawmakers told global warming has helped state

Jan. 23, 2020 6:38 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An attorney with an Illinois-based group that dismisses human-caused climate change told Idaho lawmakers Thursday that the warming that has occurred has had a net benefit for the state. James Taylor of the Heartland Institute told the House Resources and Conservation Committee that...

In this photo made available by U.S. astronaut Christina Koch via Twitter on Dec. 26, 2019, she and Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano pose for a photo with a cookie baked on the International Space Station. The results are finally in for the first chocolate chip cookie bake-off in space. While looking more or less normal, the best cookies required two hours of baking time last month up at the International Space Station. It takes far less time on Earth, under 20 minutes. And how do they taste? No one knows. (NASA via AP, File)

First space-baked cookies took 2 hours in experimental oven

Jan. 23, 2020 5:58 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The results are finally in for the first chocolate chip cookie bake-off in space. While looking more or less normal, the best cookies required two hours of baking time last month up at the International Space Station. It takes far less time on Earth, under 20 minutes. And how do...

CSU gets gift to open research center on cannabis compounds

Jan. 23, 2020 5:32 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — A research center at Colorado State University dedicated to studying the chemical compounds in marijuana and hemp is expected to open this spring, school officials said Thursday. The announcement comes after the university received a $1.5 million donation from a Golden-based company that...

Neil Armstrong donates personal items to Cosmosphere museum

Jan. 23, 2020 1:11 PM EST

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — The family of astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to step on the moon, has donated two items that were aboard the Apollo 11 mission in 1969 to the Cosmosphere space museum in Hutchinson. Armstrong's two sons donated a 4-by-6-inch U.S. flag and a small piece of fabric from the...

Ancient voice: Scientists recreate sound of Egyptian mummy

Jan. 23, 2020 11:18 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Researchers say they've mimicked the voice of a 3,000-year-old Egyptian mummy by recreating much of its vocal tract using medical scanners, 3D printing and an electronic larynx. In a paper published Thursday by the journal Scientific Reports, the authors say the technique allowed them to...

Speaker invited back to Middlebury 3 years after protest

Jan. 23, 2020 10:41 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A student organization has invited a controversial guest speaker back to Middlebury College this spring, three years after his appearance sparked a rowdy protest in which a professor was injured. The Middlebury College Republicans have invited Charles Murray to speak on campus on...

This photo released Thursday Jan. 23, 2020 by Herculaneum press office in Naples, southern Italy, shows a fragment of brain material of a victim incinerated by the ancient blast of Mount Vesuvius, and turned into glass. Officials at the Herculaneum archaeology site said this is the first time that the phenomenon has been verified from a volcanic eruption. (Herculaneum press office via AP)

Mount Vesuvius blast turned ancient victim's brain to glass

Jan. 23, 2020 9:12 AM EST

MILAN (AP) — The eruption of Mount Vesuvius turned an incinerated victim's brain material into glass, the first time scientists have verified the phenomenon from a volcanic blast, officials at the Herculaneum archaeology site said Thursday. Archaeologists rarely recover human brain tissue, and when they...