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Michigan governor seeks cap on 'forever' chemicals in water

Mar. 26, 2019 6:15 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday directed Michigan's environmental agency to develop drinking water standards for certain toxic industrial chemicals rather than waiting for updated federal guidelines. The rules will cover long-lasting "forever" chemicals known as perfluoroalkyl and...

Scientists to dig Jurassic site in Wyoming this summer

Mar. 26, 2019 6:15 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — They're calling it the "Jurassic Mile," where dinosaurs once chased prey through muck and some of the biggest creatures of 150 million years ago lumbered over a tropical flood plain. This summer, the Children's Museum of Indianapolis will coordinate a project that will bring over 100...

Pence calls for landing US astronauts on moon in 5 years

Mar. 26, 2019 5:20 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday called for landing astronauts on the moon within five years, an accelerated pace that would aim to put Americans on the lunar south pole. Pence said NASA needs to achieve that goal "by any means necessary." Speaking at a meeting of the...

Oklahoma attorney general's statement on opioids settlement

Mar. 26, 2019 4:01 PM EDT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter confirmed at a news conference Tuesday that the state has reached a $270 million settlement with the company that produces the painkiller OxyContin, blamed in part for a local and national opioid crisis. Hunter also released a statement outlining...

Mexico president calls for truth commission on conquest

Mar. 26, 2019 3:07 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador asked Spain on Tuesday to set up a kind of fact-finding commission on the 1519-1521 conquest of Mexico to determine what kind of apology is warranted. Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell quickly knocked the idea down, saying, "Obviously...

California utility fined for its handling of nuke canisters

Mar. 26, 2019 1:42 PM EDT

SAN ONOFRE, Calif. (AP) — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is fining the Southern California Edison utility $116,000 for violations in its handling of nuclear canisters at the shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. The decision announced Monday in an online town hall meeting involves the...

NASA nixes 1st all-female spacewalk due to suit-sizing issue

Mar. 26, 2019 1:07 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA has nixed the first all-female spacewalk over a spacesuit sizing issue. Astronaut Anne McClain was supposed to float out of the International Space Station this Friday with newly arrived Christina Koch, to replace old batteries. But McClain pulled herself from the lineup...

Egypt discovers ancient port used by temple builders

Mar. 26, 2019 10:02 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt says archaeologists have found a 3,000-year-old port where stones were transported to be used in the building of temples and obelisks. The Antiquities Ministry said Tuesday the port was located near the Gebel el-Silsila archaeological site in upper Egypt, near the southern city of Aswan....

WVU professor wins $500K to work on cybersecurity

Mar. 26, 2019 4:50 AM EDT

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia University professor has won a $500,000 grant to work on cybersecurity techniques. The college announced Monday that Yanfang Ye has won the CAREER award from the National Science Foundation. Ye is an assistant professor of computer science and electrical engineering...

Report: Drought, heat in New Mexico wiped out acres of trees

Mar. 26, 2019 1:09 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A new report says near-record heat and persistent drought in New Mexico wiped out more than 120,000 acres of ponderosa pine, spruce, pinon and other trees last year. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports an annual report on the health of the state's forests found that forest mortality...