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  • Raging against the sounds other people make

    WASHINGTON — Paul Dion says his problem is “I hear too much.” Dion is one of a growing number of people who can’t stand hearing the sounds other people make and who can be quickly…

  • The big melt: Antarctica’s retreating ice may re-shape Earth

    CAPE LEGOUPIL, Antarctica (AP) — From the ground in this extreme northern part of Antarctica, spectacularly white and blinding ice seems to extend forever. What can’t be seen is the battle raging underfoot to re-shape…

  • Feds spot third baby orca born recently to imperiled pods

    SEATTLE (AP) — U.S. scientists following endangered killer whales from a research vessel have spotted a baby orca off the coast of Washington state, the third birth documented this winter but still leaving the population…

  • Group backs off plan to put fracking ban on Colorado ballot

    DENVER (AP) — An activist group on Thursday backed off its earlier announcement that it would to try to get a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing on the Colorado ballot and said it would instead…

  • Spacewalking astronaut safe after water leaks into helmet

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A spacewalking astronaut ended up with unwanted water in his helmet Wednesday after breezing through a cable and lube job outside the International Space Station. The leak was scarily reminiscent…

  • Authorities recruit college for help finding human head

    POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — Authorities have recruited Idaho State University staff and graduate students to help search some large caves for a missing human head in a mysterious cold-case killing. Clark County Sheriff Bart May…

  • Scientists witness carbon dioxide trapping heat in air

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists have witnessed carbon dioxide trapping heat in the atmosphere above the United States, chronicling human-made climate change in action, live in the wild. A new study in the journal Nature demonstrates…

  • Pink cloud visible in Arizona after New Mexico rocket launch

    PHOENIX (AP) — Early risers across much of Arizona were treated to a colorful sight — a pink cloud from a NASA research rocket that was launched Wednesday from a U.S. Army installation in New…

  • After 2nd spacewalk, astronaut reports water in helmet

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacewalking astronauts breezed through a lube and cable job outside the International Space Station. But afterward, one of the men reported water in his helmet, scarily reminiscent of a near-drowning…

  • HAL wins: Computer program bests humans at ‘Space Invaders’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Computers already have bested human champions in “Jeopardy!” and chess, but artificial intelligence now has gone to master an entirely new level: “Space Invaders.” Google scientists have cooked up software that can…

  • Foam in liquids could be a safety measure

    WASHINGTON — Foamy beer and creamy lattes are less likely to spill than less bubbly versions of the beverages, and new research is showing there could be safety benefits that can be applied outside bars…

  • UK 1st country to allow creation of embryos from 3 people

    LONDON (AP) — Britain has become the first country in the world to allow the creation of human embryos from the DNA of three people, a technique intended to help mothers avoid passing on genetically…

  • Manhattan Project physicist Ralph Nobles dies at 94

    REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) — Ralph Nobles, a nuclear physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project and later led efforts to save thousands of acres of San Francisco Bay wetlands from development, died following complications…

  • 3 Austrians get bionic hands after amputation

    LONDON (AP) — Three Austrians have replaced injured hands with bionic ones that they can control using nerves and muscles transplanted into their arms from their legs. The three men are the first to undergo…

  • UK 1st country to allow creation of embryos from 3 people

    LONDON (AP) — Britain has become the first country in the world to allow the creation of human embryos from the DNA of three people, a technique intended to help mothers avoid passing on genetically…