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Students in Germany, Switzerland protest climate change

Jan. 18, 2019 5:19 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Thousands of students are holding rallies across Germany and Switzerland to protest lack of action against climate change. The demonstrations taking place in dozens of cities Friday were inspired by a Swedish student's weekly "school strike." In Berlin, protesters focused on an upcoming...

Former teacher sentenced for communication with teen

Jan. 18, 2019 12:32 AM EST

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — A former middle school teacher in northwestern Washington state has been sentenced to 30 days in jail after pleading guilty to sexual communication with a teen. The Daily Herald reports 49-year-old Paul Chonka pleaded guilty Tuesday to a misdemeanor charge, stemming from conversations...

Total lunar eclipse meets supermoon Sunday night

Jan. 17, 2019 8:55 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Here comes a total lunar eclipse and supermoon, all wrapped into one. The moon, Earth and sun will line up this weekend for the only total lunar eclipse this year and next. At the same time, the moon will be ever so closer to Earth and appear slightly bigger and brighter than...

Gisele Bundchen fires back in feud with Brazilian Minister

Jan. 17, 2019 4:50 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian supermodel turned environmental activist Gisele Bundchen is pushing back against the agricultural minister in her homeland, along the way wading into a growing debate about the future of the Amazon. The brouhaha began Monday when Minister Tereza Cristina Dias accused...

US shutdown stalls training, other prep for wildfire season

Jan. 17, 2019 4:37 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Just two months after a wildfire wiped out Paradise, California, officials are gearing up for this year's fire season and fear the government shutdown could make it even more difficult than one of the worst in history. The winter months are critical for wildfire managers who use the...

Divers swim with giant great white shark off Oahu's coast

Jan. 17, 2019 3:26 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Divers monitoring a rotting whale carcass off the shores of Oahu this week found themselves face-to-face with a massive great white shark, prompting state officials to warn recreational divers and snorkelers to stay out of the water near the dead sperm whale amid reports some people have...

Scientists: Saturn spent billions of years without its rings

Jan. 17, 2019 2:48 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Saturn may have flown solo for billions of years — almost its entire existence — before getting its stunning set of rings, a new study suggests. An Italian-led team reported Thursday in the journal Science that Saturn's primary rings appear to be just 10 million to...

Huge numbers of stranded jellyfish wash up at Haystack Rock

Jan. 17, 2019 2:24 PM EST

CANNON BEACH, Ore. (AP) — Huge numbers of moon jellyfish have washed up as far as the eye can see around Haystack Rock on the Oregon Coast. The Daily Astorian reported Thursday that it's not unusual for the jellies to wash up after a winter storm or ocean upwelling. But marine biologists are urging...

Asteroids are smacking Earth twice as often as before

Jan. 17, 2019 2:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Giant rocks from space are falling from the sky more than they used to, but don't worry. For the past 290 million years, large asteroids have been crashing into Earth more than twice as often as they did in the previous 700 million years, according to a new study in Thursday's journal...

Pakistani-born math teacher sues Jefferson City district

Jan. 17, 2019 1:50 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Pakistani-born math teacher who alleges he's been singled out and passed over for opportunities has filed a discrimination lawsuit against the Jefferson City school district. The Jefferson City News-Tribune reports that 52-year-old Naveed Malik, of Columbia, filed the lawsuit...