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Russia launches 1st rocket from new space facility
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia on Thursday successfully launched the first rocket from its new space facility after a last-minute delay the day before....

France shows off humanoid underwater exploration robot

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MARSEILLE, France (AP) -- French officials have unveiled a humanoid diving robot that they hope will give a big artificial hand to the practice of underwater archaeology....

After fanfare, forecasters review talk of storm 'outbreak'

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- After warning for days about violent storms that could rake the central U.S. with huge hail, high winds and strong tornadoes, forecasters will review whether the messages they sent were appropriate for severe weather that some considered a "bust" because the tornadoes that did develop were small....




Sea lion that made strange, 50-mile trek to ranch found dead
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Washington state biologists are trying to determine what killed a sea lion that was captured and released after it was strangely found in the driveway of a cattle ranch about 50 miles from the ocean....

EPA announces latest steps addressing Missouri landfill fire
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The owner of a burning suburban St. Louis landfill near buried radioactive waste has agreed to new measures meant to slow and help monitor the underground blaze, a U.S. Environmental Agency administrator said Thursday....

Revered Chinese monk is mummified and covered in gold leaf
BEIJING (AP) -- A revered Buddhist monk in China has been mummified and covered in gold leaf, a practice reserved for holy men in some areas with strong Buddhist traditions....

Scientists say oilfield wastewater spills release toxins
Brine spills from oil development in western North Dakota are releasing toxins into soils and waterways, sometimes at levels exceeding federal water quality standards, scientists reported Wednesday....

SpaceX aims to send 'Red Dragon' capsule to Mars in 2018
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- SpaceX is shooting for Mars....

Corps determines Kennewick Man is Native American
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- The ancient skeleton known as Kennewick Man is related to modern Native American tribes, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Wednesday, opening the process for returning to tribes for burial one of the oldest and most complete set of bones ever found in North America....

Egypt explorers hunt gold in the desert, following ancients
EASTERN DESERT, Egypt (AP) -- Off the off-road tracks deep in Egypt's eastern desert, prospectors are ramping up the hunt for the treasure once revered by the Pharaohs as the "skin of the gods" - gold....

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