‘It’ floats away with record-breaking $117.2 million weekend
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‘It’ floats away with record-breaking $117.2 million weekend

LOS ANGELES (AP) — ‘It’ is a hit. The Stephen King adaptation from New Line and Warner Bros. shattered records over the weekend earning $117.2 million from 4,103 locations according to studio estimates on Sunday. Not only is “It” now the largest ever opening for a horror movie and the largest September opening of all … Continue reading

Hurricane Irma pummels Florida; ‘This one scares me’
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Hurricane Irma pummels Florida; ‘This one scares me’

MIAMI (AP) — A monster Hurricane Irma roared into Florida with 130 mph winds Sunday for what could be a sustained assault on nearly the entire Sunshine State, flooding streets, knocking out power to more than 1.8 million homes and businesses and snapping massive construction cranes over the Miami skyline. The nearly 400-mile-wide storm blew … Continue reading

Pope arrival in Cartagena off to bumpy start with black eye
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Pope arrival in Cartagena off to bumpy start with black eye

CARTAGENA, Colombia (AP) — Pope Francis wrapped up his Colombia trip with a deeply personal final day Sunday honoring St. Peter Claver, a fellow Jesuit who ministered to hundreds of thousands of African slaves who arrived in the port of Cartagena to be sold during Spanish colonial times. Francis’ visit to Cartagena got off to … Continue reading

Charlottesville residents vent at ‘recovery’ town hall
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Charlottesville residents vent at ‘recovery’ town hall

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Charlottesville residents told city leaders at an emotional community meeting they were traumatized by a white nationalist rally and dissatisfied with the way officials handled the event and the violence that unfolded. Hundreds of people attended the event promoted as a “community recovery town hall” Sunday at a performing arts center. … Continue reading

Watch out: Mammals shrink when Earth heats up, study says
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Watch out: Mammals shrink when Earth heats up, study says

WASHINGTON (AP) — Global warming shrank certain animals in the ancient past, and scientists worry it could happen again. Warm-blooded animals got smaller at least twice in Earth’s history when carbon dioxide levels soared and temperatures spiked as part of a natural warming, a new study says. washingtonUniversity of New Hampshire researcher Abigail D’Ambrosia warned … Continue reading

Sax in space: French astronaut delighted with birthday gift
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Sax in space: French astronaut delighted with birthday gift

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — This is one cosmically cool sax — and saxophone player. France’s musical astronaut Thomas Pesquet is enjoying a special birthday present delivered to him up at the International Space Station. The saxophone arrived in a SpaceX cargo ship on Feb. 23, and his crewmates kept it hidden until his 39th … Continue reading

AP Interview: US hails UN plan to monitor fentanyl market
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AP Interview: US hails UN plan to monitor fentanyl market

VIENNA (AP) — The chief U.S. State Department counter-narcotics official on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 hailed a pending United Nations move to control substances used to make a deadly synthetic drug, but acknowledged it will not put an immediate dent in illegal trafficking of the chemicals. Assistant Secretary of State William Brownfield said the U.N.’s … Continue reading

Biologists find weird cave life that may be 50,000 years old
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Biologists find weird cave life that may be 50,000 years old

BOSTON (AP) — In a Mexican cave system so beautiful and hot that it is called both Fairyland and hell, scientists have discovered life trapped in crystals that could be 50,000 years old. The bizarre and ancient microbes were found dormant in caves in Naica, Mexico, and were able to exist by living on minerals … Continue reading

2 dams illustrate challenge of maintaining older designs
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2 dams illustrate challenge of maintaining older designs

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Twelve years ago, widespread destruction from Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast helped compel federal engineers 2,000 miles away in California to remake a 1950s-era dam by constructing a massive steel-and-concrete gutter that would manage surging waters in times of torrential storms. The nearly $1 billion auxiliary spillway at Folsom Dam, … Continue reading

New supercomputer aids climate research in top coal state
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New supercomputer aids climate research in top coal state

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A new supercomputer in the top coal-mining state has begun critical climate-change research with support from even some global warming doubters, but scientists worry President Donald Trump could cut funding for such programs. The $30 million, house-sized supercomputer named Cheyenne belongs to a federally funded research center. It got to work … Continue reading

SpaceX launches rocket from NASA’s historic moon pad
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SpaceX launches rocket from NASA’s historic moon pad

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A SpaceX rocket soared from NASA’s long-idled moonshot pad Sunday, Feb 19, 2017, sending up space station supplies from the exact spot where astronauts embarked on the lunar landings nearly a half-century ago. It was the first flight from NASA’s legendary Launch Complex 39A since the shuttle program ended almost six … Continue reading

North Korea reportedly test fires missile, challenging US
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North Korea reportedly test fires missile, challenging US

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea reportedly fired a ballistic missile Sunday, Feb 12, 2017  in what would be its first such test of the year and an implicit challenge to President Donald Trump, who stood with the Japanese leader as Shinzo Abe called the move “absolutely intolerable.” There was no immediate confirmation from … Continue reading

Senators try to speed up deployment of self-driving cars
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Senators try to speed up deployment of self-driving cars

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the first major congressional attempt to address the advent of self-driving cars, two senators said Monday, Feb 13, 2017 they’re launching a bipartisan effort to help to speed up the deployment of the vehicles on the nation’s roads. Republican John Thune of South Dakota, the chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and … Continue reading

Monarch butterfly numbers drop by 27 percent in Mexico
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Monarch butterfly numbers drop by 27 percent in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The number of monarch butterflies wintering in Mexico dropped by 27 percent this year, reversing last year’s recovery from historically low numbers, according to a study by government and independent experts released Thursday. The experts say the decline could be due to late winter storms last year that blew down more … Continue reading

Tech firms take stand against travel ban, risking backlash
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Tech firms take stand against travel ban, risking backlash

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Through a Super Bowl ad, public statements and court filings, Silicon Valley’s biggest companies are taking a strong stand against President Donald Trump’s travel ban, saying high tech needs immigrants’ creativity and energy to stay competitive. Although the companies are risking a backlash from customers who side with Trump, they say … Continue reading

Tiny move: Nasdaq notches new high as US stocks inch higher
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Tiny move: Nasdaq notches new high as US stocks inch higher

Wall Street capped a subdued day of trading Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017 with a tiny gain and another milestone. After spending much of the day drifting between small gains and losses, U.S. stock indexes closed slightly higher, nudging the Nasdaq composite to another high, eclipsing the record it set last Friday. Consumer goods makers and technology … Continue reading

Visa changes could stunt budding US-India ties under Trump
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Visa changes could stunt budding US-India ties under Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. and India seem like a natural fit in the Trump era: rambunctious democracies, led by populists, focused on economic growth and fighting radical Islam. It’s a budding partnership that could be set back by a nuts-and-bolts dispute over employment visas. As President Donald Trump looks to help American workers, his … Continue reading

Revolutionary War artifacts crop up in Gloucester Point dig
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Revolutionary War artifacts crop up in Gloucester Point dig

GLOUCERSTER POINT, Va. (AP) — Archaeologists nearing the end of a prolonged Gloucester Point dig were rewarded for their doggedness this past week when they unearthed one of the most noteworthy caches of Revolutionary War artifacts to be found in the region in years. Slowed at first by stubbornly compacted soil — then by a … Continue reading