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Filing: FBI searched cell of man charged in scholar's death

Dec. 17, 2018 12:12 PM EST

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Attorneys for the man charged with kidnapping and killing a Chinese scholar at the University of Illinois-Champaign say the FBI searched his jail cell when he was in court. Brendt Christensen's attorneys now want a judge to force the FBI to divulge what they found in Friday's search....

First private Israeli lunar mission will launch in February

Dec. 17, 2018 11:47 AM EST

YEHUD, Israel (AP) — An Israeli nonprofit on Monday said it has pushed back the launch of what it hopes will be the first private spacecraft to land on the moon until February. Officials from SpaceIL and its project partner, the state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries, announced that the landing craft,...

Pennsylvania man pushes to make Slinky official state toy

Dec. 17, 2018 8:10 AM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania has a state dog, a state insect, a state fossil, and even a state beverage. Why, Bob Swaim wonders, can't it also have a state toy? Swaim, a retired math teacher from Springfield Township in upper Bucks County, has made it his mission over the last five years to persuade...

Talks adopt 'rulebook' to put Paris climate deal into action

Dec. 17, 2018 2:23 AM EST

KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — Almost 200 nations, including the world's top greenhouse gas producers, China and the United States, have adopted a set of rules meant to breathe life into the 2015 Paris climate accord by setting out how countries should report their emissions and efforts to reduce them. But...

SD conservation agency amasses over 1.8 million archives

Dec. 17, 2018 2:06 AM EST

SPEARFISH, S.D. (AP) — People who have lived in Spearfish all their lives are often surprised to find out that the D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery also includes the National Fish and Aquatic Conservation Archives — meaning that there are items from every state and several foreign...

Collection of fish species grows at Western New Mexico

Dec. 17, 2018 12:07 AM EST

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — The collection of preserved deep-sea fish at Western New Mexico University has expanded to include ones with long teeth and glowing organs. The Silver City Sun-News reports the school's Department of Natural Sciences recently received 18 jars of rare specimens. The donation came...

Experts: More armadillos making St. Louis home

Dec. 16, 2018 8:52 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The nine-banded armadillo is settling into the St. Louis area after marching from Texas across the county for the last 169 years, according to wildlife experts. Missouri Department of Conservation wildlife biologist Tom Meister told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that armadillos were first...

Next-generation of GPS satellites are headed to space

Dec. 16, 2018 5:19 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — After months of delays, the U.S. Air Force is about to launch the first of a new generation of GPS satellites, designed to be more accurate, secure and versatile. But some of their most highly touted features will not be fully available until 2022 or later because of problems in a companion...

Study: Several Vermont bumblebee species are declining

Dec. 16, 2018 2:08 PM EST

COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — A new study finds that about half of Vermont's native species of bumblebees are in serious decline or have disappeared. Vermont Public Radio reports that the Vermont Center for Ecostudies and the University of Vermont point to factors including pesticide use the climate change. The...

Kansas man gets second chance at outer space

Dec. 16, 2018 12:21 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas astronaut says he's ready for his next mission after a failed space launch in October. Hoxie native Nick Hague will embark on a six-month stay with two other crew members at the International Space Station. The scheduled launch aboard a Soyuz MS12 spacecraft is set for Feb....