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Group votes to protect some Atlantic corals, balk on others
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- A federal panel voted on Thursday to offer new protections to some deep-sea corals in the Atlantic Ocean but held off on protecting others so it can get more information first....

Experts: US exiting climate pact may doom some small islands

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- To small island nations where the land juts just above the rising seas, the U.S. pulling out of the Paris global warming pact makes the future seem as fragile and built on hope as a sand castle....

Rolling sequoia: Idaho tree tied to John Muir set for move

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Not very often does a 10-story-tall, 800,000-pound landmark change locations. Especially one that's alive....




Fake quake: Report of major California temblor a false alarm
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The only tremors from a reported major earthquake off the California coast came on the internet....

EU court: Vaccines can be blamed for illnesses without proof
LONDON (AP) -- The highest court of the European Union ruled Wednesday that courts can consider whether a vaccination led to someone developing an illness even when there is no scientific proof....

Brazilian president says he built warm ties with Putin
MOSCOW (AP) -- Brazilian President Michel Temer says he has built warm ties with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin....

Bear in fatal Alaska mauling killed
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Alaska wildlife officials say a black bear believed to have mauled a 16-year-old to death during a weekend mountain race has been shot and killed along with three other black bears....

Scrutiny intensifies over safety at US nuclear weapons lab
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- The safety record at the U.S. laboratory that created the atomic bomb is facing intensifying criticism as work ramps up to produce a key component for the nation's nuclear weapons cache....

One of Africa's largest wildlife relocations begins
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Conservationists have launched what they call one of Africa's biggest wildlife relocations - the transfer of 7,500 animals over three years to a Mozambican park whose wildlife was nearly wiped out by civil war....

Jerry Nelson, astronomer who built advanced telescopes, dies
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) -- Jerry Nelson, an astronomer who designed advanced telescopes that help scientists glimpse far reaches of the universe, has died in California. He was 73....