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New Mexico makes push to attract US Space Command center

Aug. 15, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s largest city is among 31 potential locations for the federal government’s new space command center. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller announced Friday that they will lead a community effort to land what is expected to be a major...

FILE - In this April 24, 2008, file photo, a sea lion eats a salmon in the Columbia River near Bonneville Dam in North Bonneville, Wash. Federal authorities on Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, granted permission for Washington state, Oregon and several Native American tribes to begin killing hundreds of salmon-hungry sea lions in the Columbia River and its tributaries over the next five years. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)

US allows killing sea lions eating at-risk Northwest salmon

Aug. 14, 2020 5:05 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — U.S. authorities on Friday gave wildlife managers in Washington, Oregon and Idaho permission to start killing hundreds of sea lions in the Columbia River basin in hopes of helping struggling salmon and steelhead trout. The bulky marine mammals long ago figured out that they could feast on...

University of Oregon to cover racist library murals

Aug. 14, 2020 4:55 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The University of Oregon will cover four murals in a library after years of outcry from students, staff, faculty and community members who felt the murals’ language and portrayal of Indigenous people was racist. One mural in the Knight Library, titled the “Mission of a...

US West faces reckoning over water but avoids cuts for now

Aug. 14, 2020 3:47 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The white rings that wrap around two massive lakes in the U.S. West are a stark reminder of how water levels are dropping and a warning that the 40 million people who rely on the Colorado River face a much drier future. Amid prolonged drought and climate change in a region that's...

FILE - In this Friday, June 12, 2020 file photo, a doctor holds a bag of blood plasma donated by a COVID-19 survivor at at blood bank in La Paz, Bolivia. Mayo Clinic researchers are reporting a strong hint that blood plasma from COVID-19 survivors helps other patients recover. But it's not proof, and some experts worry if, amid clamor for the treatment, they'll ever get a clear answer. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

Study hints, can't prove, survivor plasma fights COVID-19

Aug. 14, 2020 3:38 PM EDT

Mayo Clinic researchers reported a strong hint that blood plasma from COVID-19 survivors helps other patients recover, but it’s not proof and some experts worry if, amid clamor for the treatment, they'll ever get a clear answer. More than 64,000 patients in the U.S. have been given convalescent plasma, a...

This photo provided Friday Aug.14, 2020 by the French Defense Ministry shows the French Tonnerre helicopter carrier, center, escorted by Greek and French military vessels during a maritime exercise in the Eastern Mediterranean, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. Greece's prime minister warmly thanked France Thursday for boosting its military presence in the eastern Mediterranean, where Greek and Turkish warships are closely shadowing each other over a Turkish energy exploration bid in waters Athens claims as its own. (French Defense Ministry via AP)

EU urges Turkey to 'deescalate' energy dispute with Greece

Aug. 14, 2020 3:23 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The European Union's foreign policy chief expressed “full solidarity” with Greece and Cyprus and urged a “immediate deescalation” by Turkey after EU foreign ministers held urgent talks Friday on high military tensions over offshore drilling rights in the...

Memphis university sends researchers to study NC earthquake

Aug. 14, 2020 7:10 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Specialists from the University of Memphis are traveling to North Carolina to monitor aftershocks of this past weekend’s 5.1 magnitude earthquake, the school said. The most powerful earthquake to hit North Carolina in more than 100 years struck Sunday morning. There were no...

This photo provided by Inventive Resources Inc., shows a boat at the Lakeside Marina in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., equipped with ultraviolet lights that is proving effective at killing algae and other marine plants that eat away at Lake Tahoe's clarity. The UV vessel designed by Inventive Resources Inc. and operated by researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno, is designed to operate in the tight spaces of a marina or the open lake. (Inventive Resources Inc. via AP)

Ultraviolet algae killer aids bid to help Lake Tahoe clarity

Aug. 14, 2020 12:22 AM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Encouraged by three years of experimentation, scientists at Lake Tahoe plan to expand the use of ultraviolet light to kill algae and other invasive plants that eat away at the clarity of the mountain water. Researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno are monitoring the project and...

A passenger wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus is disinfected her hand before getting on a trolley bus in Pyongyang, North Korea, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

The Latest: S Korea concerned as new cases spike above 100

Aug. 13, 2020 10:23 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea is reporting 103 new coronavirus cases. It is one of the country’s biggest daily jumps in months, and officials are expressing concern that infections are getting out of control in the capital of Seoul and other major cities as Koreans increasingly venture out in...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, the sun shines through clouds above a shale gas drilling site in St. Mary's, Pa. President Donald Trump's administration is expected to undo Obama-era rules designed to limit greenhouse gas emissions from oil and gas fields and pipelines, formalizing the changes in the heart of the nation's most prolific natural gas reservoir and in the premier presidential battleground state of Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Trump's EPA dumps methane emissions rule for oil, gas fields

Aug. 13, 2020 8:00 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump's administration is undoing Obama-era rules designed to limit potent greenhouse gas emissions from oil and gas fields and pipelines, formalizing the changes Thursday in the heart of the nation's most prolific natural gas reservoir and in the premier...