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Report details damage to ancient Yemeni archaeological sites

Nov. 15, 2018 8:22 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A prominent Yemeni rights group has documented heavy damage from ground fighting and airstrikes to at least 34 archaeological sites over the past four years and urged the international community to protect Yemenis' "collective memory." In a lengthy report titled "The Degradation of History"...

Farm animals may soon get new features through gene editing

Nov. 15, 2018 7:53 AM EST

OAKFIELD, N.Y. (AP) — Cows that can withstand hotter temperatures. Cows born without pesky horns. Pigs that never reach puberty. A company wants to alter farm animals by adding and subtracting genetic traits in a lab. It sounds like science fiction, but Recombinetics sees opportunity for its technology in...

Free event designed to spark interest in science, technology

Nov. 15, 2018 4:37 AM EST

PETERSBURG, Va. (AP) — Virginia State University is offering is offering a new event for children designed to spark interest in science, technology, engineering, agriculture and math. STEAM Fest will be held at the VSU Multipurpose Center on Jan. 26. As many as 300 students and their parents are expected...

Dunleavy taps Feige to be Alaska Natural Resources head

Nov. 14, 2018 9:29 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov.-elect Mike Dunleavy on Wednesday named a former director of Alaska's Division of Oil and Gas to be his Natural Resources commissioner. Dunleavy announced his selection of Corri Feige during a Resource Development Council conference in Anchorage in which he repeated that Alaska...

As wildfires grow deadlier, officials search for solutions

Nov. 14, 2018 8:16 PM EST

BILLINGS, Montana (AP) — Creating fire buffers between housing and dry brush, burying spark-prone power lines and lighting more controlled burns to keep vegetation in check could give people a better chance of surviving wildfires, according to experts searching for ways to reduce growing death tolls from...

Serhii Plokhy wins nonfiction book prize for Chernobyl story

Nov. 14, 2018 7:31 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — A book about the causes and consequences of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster has won Britain's leading nonfiction literary award. Serhii Plokhy was awarded the 30,000-pound ($39,000) Baillie Gifford Prize at a ceremony in London on Wednesday for "Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy." Plokhy, a...

State completes inspections of 43 Detroit funeral homes

Nov. 14, 2018 6:43 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — State regulators have found no serious mortuary science or pre-paid funeral violations following inspections of 43 funeral homes in Detroit. Michigan's Licensing and Regulatory Affairs office says Wednesday that the completed inspections followed the discoveries last month in Detroit of the...

Arkansas, Oklahoma agencies agree to clean up Illinois River

Nov. 14, 2018 6:17 PM EST

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas and Oklahoma state agencies have signed an agreement which commits the states to work together to address concerns about water quality in the Illinois River. The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality says that the agency, along with the state's Natural...

Next generation of biotech food heading for grocery stores

Nov. 14, 2018 4:40 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The next generation of biotech food is headed for the grocery aisles, and first up may be salad dressings or granola bars made with soybean oil genetically tweaked to be good for your heart. By early next year, the first foods from plants or animals that had their DNA "edited" are...

Skulls reveal Neanderthals, humans had similarly harsh lives

Nov. 14, 2018 4:20 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Life as a Neanderthal was no picnic, but a new analysis says it was no more dangerous than what our own species faced in ancient times. That challenges what the authors call the prevailing view of our evolutionary cousins, that they lived risky, stressful lives. Some studies have suggested...