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State kills over 80 bears in Southwest Alaska in second-year effort to boost caribou

State wildlife officials have now killed a total of 180 brown bears on Southwest Alaska caribou calving grounds in just over a year as part of a contested strategy to restore the renowned Mulchatna herd.

Shooting from a helicopter between May 10 and June 5, Alaska Department of Fish and Game employees killed 81 brown bears and 15 wolves they ...Read more

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SpaceX successful with booster replacement on Starlink mission

SpaceX was back at the launch pad Sunday with an updated rocket to finish off a Starlink mission it tried to send up earlier this month.

A Falcon 9 on the Starlink 10-2 mission lifted off at 1:15 p.m. from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 40 amid cloudy skies with 22 more Starlink satellites for the company’s ...Read more

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SpaceX queues up Space Coast retry of Starlink mission with replacement booster

SpaceX is back at the launch pad Sunday with an updated rocket to finish off a Starlink mission it tried to send up earlier this month.

A Falcon 9 on the Starlink 10-2 mission is targeting liftoff at 1:15 p.m. Eastern during a launch window that runs until 5:03 p.m. from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 40. Its ...Read more

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Editorial: Climate change just notched a win in Europe

The European Union’s efforts to combat climate change have suffered an electoral blow. Its centrist leaders need to wake up before this setback clears the way for an environmental catastrophe.

Five years ago, voters in European Parliament elections demanded action to fight global warming. Now the “green wave” has subsided. In the latest ...Read more

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A new threat to cannabis users: Smuggled Chinese pesticides

In coordinated raids last September, multiple California agencies stormed a network of illegal cannabis-growing warehouses across Oakland while state cannabis regulators singled out a salmon-colored warehouse complex surrounded by 7,000-volt security fencing.

The warehouse building — home to two licensed cannabis operations — was "highly-...Read more

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'Time for a reckoning.' Kansas farmers brace for water cuts to save Ogallala Aquifer

JETMORE, Kan. — An inch or two of corn peeks out of the dirt, just enough to reveal long rows forming over the horizon.

Sprinkler engines roar as they force water from underground to pour life into dusty fields.

Thunder cracks. The wind whips up dirt as a trail of dark storms looms. The crashing hot and cold fronts would probably set off ...Read more

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California lawmakers reject proposal to curb well-drilling where nearby wells could run dry

LOS ANGELES — Over the past several years, California’s water managers have seen a pattern emerge in farming areas of the Central Valley: Even as declining groundwater levels have left thousands of residents with dry wells and caused the ground to sink, counties have continued granting permits for agricultural landowners to drill new wells ...Read more

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Fish kill reported in Biscayne Bay. Blame it on last week's heavy rains

MIAMI — If you’re in some spots in Biscayne Bay during the weekend, you might be greeted with an unpleasant sight: dead fish floating on the surface.

That’s the unfortunate aftermath of the relentless rain that South Florida experienced last week — and a reminder of much larger fish kills that have plagued Biscayne Bay in the past few ...Read more

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To hear the cicadas sing, enthusiasts travel from near and far

During an afternoon stroll around Morton Arboretum, near Chicago, Maria Malayter’s Apple Watch buzzed twice with an unusual notification. The screen warned her of a “loud environment” with sound levels reaching 90 decibels as cicadas chorused on the treetops.

Exposure to such levels for over 30 minutes can cause permanent hearing damage, ...Read more


NASA, Boeing delay Starliner crew's return from station again

NASA and Boeing Co. are adjusting the timeline for the return of the Starliner crew from the International Space Station, the space agency said in a blog post.

The crew will no longer return from the space station on the scheduled date of June 26 to avoid clash between Starliner’s undocking and landing and a series of planned International ...Read more

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Ethylene oxide emissions from 2 plants could have raised cancer risks for Illinois residents, report shows

People living near two Lake County industries could face significantly greater risks of developing certain cancers, according to a new federal study based on monitoring of ethylene oxide pollution in surrounding neighborhoods.

Emissions of the highly toxic gas from Vantage Specialty Chemicals in Gurnee were responsible for long-term cancer ...Read more


Archaeologists find 18th century artifact at Colonial Michilimackinac

DETROIT — Archaeologists this week made an intriguing find this week at Michigan's Colonial Michilimackinac, Mackinac State Historic Parks officials said: an 18th century brass trade ring.

Researchers with the archaeological program at the Mackinaw City museum identified the piece as a trade good sometimes known as a "Jesuit Ring," parks ...Read more

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A full 'strawberry moon' will light up the sky Friday night. Here's when to see it

LOS ANGELES — Mark your calendars and turn to the sky — there will be another exciting celestial event Friday night, right after the start of summer.

The full moon, called a “strawberry moon” because of its pink or reddish hue, is expected to appear right after the summer solstice, which marks the onset of summer and the longest period ...Read more

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Alberto today, Beryl tomorrow. Will the next big storm have your name?

Meteorologists dubbed it "Alberto," the first named storm of the 2024 Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico hurricane season.

Alberto made landfall as a tropical storm Thursday near the Mexican port of Tampico, causing floods and at least four deaths.

Why was it called "Alberto"?

That happened to be first on an alphabetical list of names for ...Read more

Traffic engineers build roads that invite crashes because they rely on outdated research and faulty data

“Can you name the truck with four-wheel drive, smells like a steak, and seats 35?”

Back in 1998, “The Simpsons” joked about the Canyonero, an SUV so big that they were obviously kidding. At that time, it was preposterous to think anyone would drive something that was “12 yards long, two lanes wide, 65 tons of American Pride....Read more

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California lawmakers are trying to regulate AI before it's too late. Here's how

For four years, Jacob Hilton worked for one of the most influential startups in the Bay Area — OpenAI. His research helped test and improve the truthfulness of AI models such as ChatGPT. He believes artificial intelligence can benefit society, but he also recognizes the serious risks if the technology is left unchecked.

Hilton was among 13 ...Read more

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Saving the woodrats: Zoo raises endangered species for wild release

BALTIMORE -- Inside a hallway of the veterinary hospital at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, a popular new program plays 24/7 on a computer screen.

They call it “Woodrat TV,” said Erin Grimm, the zoo’s mammal curator.

On camera is a singularly important Allegheny woodrat, whose job it is to help repopulate her species, which is threatened ...Read more

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An energy bill boosting nuclear power heading to Biden's desk

Democrats and Republicans don’t agree on much on Capitol Hill these days, but they just passed bipartisan legislation to promote the growth of future nuclear power plants — and President Joe Biden is expected to sign it into law.

What’s called the ADVANCE (Accelerating Deployment of Versatile, Advanced Nuclear for Clean Energy) Act aims ...Read more

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Baltimore sues Coke, Pepsi and other producers of plastic, citing pollution concerns

Baltimore City filed suit Thursday against several companies that produce plastics, arguing they should foot the bill for cleaning up plastic pollution on city streets and in the city’s bodies of water.

The suit was filed against large, multinational companies such as Coca Cola, Pepsi and Frito Lay, which use plastic packaging for sodas, ...Read more


SpaceX ends nearly 2-week lull with Space Coast launch

ORLANDO, Fla. — A late scrub due to weather on Tuesday that also took a Wednesday attempt off the board continued SpaceX’s Cape Canaveral launch attempt woes of late, but it finally managed a liftoff on Thursday, going close to 13 days between launches from the Space Coast, the longest run since late 2022.

It was not for a lack of trying, ...Read more