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Koko the gorilla, who learned sign language, dies at 46

Jun. 21, 2018 4:08 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Koko the gorilla, whose remarkable sign-language ability and motherly attachment to pet cats helped change the world's views about the intelligence of animals and their capacity for empathy, has died at 46. Koko was taught sign language from an early age as a scientific test subject...

The Latest: Telescope foes decry permit decision process

Jun. 21, 2018 3:55 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on arguments before the Hawaii Supreme Court about whether a giant telescope should be built (all times local): 9:45 a.m. A lawyer representing opponents of a giant telescope planned for Hawaii's tallest mountain says a hearings officer who recommended granting the project a...

Arkansas court clears way for medical pot program's launch

Jun. 21, 2018 3:33 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday cleared the way for the state to launch its medical marijuana program, reversing and dismissing a judge's ruling that prevented officials from issuing the first licenses for businesses to grow the drug. Pulaski County Judge Wendell Griffen...

University seeks $10M in state funding for new research labs

Jun. 21, 2018 3:12 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The University of New Hampshire is seeking $10 million in state funding to begin building new research laboratories to better prepare students for careers in regenerative medicine, bioengineering and other competitive growth industries. Officials made their pitch Thursday as Republican...

Researchers to study why seabird species is disappearing

Jun. 21, 2018 1:40 PM EDT

CANNON BEACH, Ore. (AP) — The tufted puffins population at Haystack Rock in Oregon's Cannon Beach is steadily declining and no one knows why. The Daily Astorian reports federal wildlife officials will study the low count of the seabird with a $15,000 donation from the Friends of Haystack Rock. The money...

Science Says: What makes something truly addictive

Jun. 21, 2018 11:56 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Now that the world's leading public health group says too much Minecraft can be an addiction, could overindulging in chocolate, exercise, even sex, be next? The short answer is probably not. The new "gaming disorder" classification from the World Health Organization revives a debate in the...

New evidence that viruses may play a role in Alzheimer's

Jun. 21, 2018 11:53 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Viruses that sneak into the brain just might play a role in Alzheimer's, scientists reported Thursday in a provocative study that promises to re-ignite some long-debated theories about what triggers the mind-robbing disease. The findings don't prove viruses cause Alzheimer's, nor do they...

Thousands celebrate summer solstice at Stonehenge

Jun. 21, 2018 11:29 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Thousands watched the sun glint over the horizon at Stonehenge on Thursday, celebrating the summer solstice at the Neolithic stone circle. The sun rose behind the Heel Stone, which traditionally marks the spot on the horizon for the sunrise, at 4.52 a.m. Thursday (0352 GMT; 23:52 EDT...

Dig it: Archaeologists scour Woodstock '69 concert field

Jun. 21, 2018 10:53 AM EDT

BETHEL, N.Y. (AP) — Archaeologists scouring the grassy hillside famously trampled during the 1969 Woodstock music festival carefully sifted through the dirt from a time of peace, love, protest and good vibes. Perhaps they would find an old peace symbol? Or a strand of hippie beads? Or Jimi Hendrix's guitar...

UC Riverside researchers name fossil after Barack Obama

Jun. 21, 2018 10:51 AM EDT

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — University of California, Riverside researchers are naming one of two fossils they discovered in an Australian desert after former President Barack Obama. Professor Mary Droser told The Press-Enterprise in a phone interview on Wednesday that the fossils belong to two...