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Santa, soldiers bring joy to town with river erosion crisis

Mark Thiessen, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 11:02pm

A school employee wearing a traditional pink Alaska Native smock called a kuspuk breezed through the hubbub in the cafeteria adorned with murals of purely Alaska scenes, zigzagging through children clutching presents and past uniformed soldiers wearing Santa caps.

California considers calling THC in pot a risk to moms-to-be

Michael R. Blood, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 10:52pm

More than three years after California voters broadly legalized marijuana, a state panel is considering if its potent, high-inducing chemical — THC — should be declared a risk to pregnant women and require warnings.

Apple's new Mac Pro could cost you more than $52,000

Jordan Valinsky, CNN  |  Posted Dec 10th - 8:53pm

Apple's new Mac Pro is about to go on sale. The top-of-the-line Mac, anticipated by power users for its jaw-dropping specs, and by Apple design fans for its cheese-grater-like appearance, will be available for preorders beginning Tuesday.

These robots are following people around the streets of Salt Lake

Liesl Nielsen,  |  Posted Dec 10th - 7:01pm

They’re a rare sight to behold, but little carrier robots on wheels are following people around the streets of Salt Lake — and people are starting to notice.

Officials want $100M for reef restoration in Florida Keys

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 1:31pm

Federal officials have announced plans to raise $100 million to fund projects to restore seven significant coral reef sites in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

Arctic habitats and cultures on thin ice as region warms

Christina Larson, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 12:02pm

Rising temperatures and shrinking snow and ice cover in the Arctic are endangering habitats, fisheries and local cultures, according to a report issued Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

In Sweden's Arctic, ice atop snow leaves reindeer starving

David Keyton, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 12:41am

Thick reindeer fur boots and a fur hat covering most of his face shielded Niila Inga from freezing winds as he raced his snowmobile up to a mountain top overlooking his reindeer in the Swedish arctic.

Increased activity on New Zealand volcano stymies recovery

Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 7:16pm

Experts said geothermal activity on a New Zealand volcanic island increased significantly on Wednesday, dealing a blow to relatives waiting for crews to recover the bodies that remain there following a deadly eruption two days earlier.

NASA chief gets latest look at new moon rocket

Stacey Plaisance, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 4:28pm

NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine and the media got an up-close look Monday at a huge, newly completed rocket for the program aimed at putting a man and woman on the moon as early as 2024.

Ice bucket challenge inspiration Pete Frates dies at 34

Mark Pratt, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 12:06pm

Pete Frates, a former college baseball player whose battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease helped inspire the ALS ice bucket challenge that has raised more than $200 million worldwide, died Monday. He was 34.

Here's why Gov. Herbert thinks the state should appropriate $10.2M for your kid's computer science education

Liesl Nielsen,  |  Posted Dec 9th - 9:46am

Utah tech leaders launched a computer science fund with $4 million Monday, and Gov. Gary Herbert declared the second week of December Computer Science Education Week.

Quake rattles Tuscany, no injuries reported

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 6:51am

An earthquake struck Tuscany north of Florence on Monday, sending frightened people into the street in the middle of the night, opening up cracks in walls and damaging a church.

Too much of a Greta thing? Activist urges focus on others

Frank Jordans and Aritz Parra, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 5:38am

With dozens of cameras pointing at her across a room full of reporters, celebrity teen environmentalist Greta Thunberg had an unexpected message: Look the other way.

N. Korea believed to test new rocket engine to provoke US

Hyung-Jin Kim and Kim Hyung-Jyung, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 2:22am

A day after North Korea said it had performed a “very important test” at its long-range rocket launch site, there is wide speculation that it involved a new engine for either a space launch vehicle or a long-range missile.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump, GOP misfires on Ukraine, Mueller probe

Hope Yen and Calvin Woodward, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 8th - 10:05pm

Facing almost-certain impeachment, President Donald Trump and his GOP allies are blasting theHouse inquiry into whether he abused his office as illegal and declaring him completely free of taint on Ukraine and in the Russia investigation.

AP Exclusive: Accidental shootings show police training gaps

Martha Bellisle, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 8th - 10:01pm

When an Iowa mother tried to take her child from her husband during an argument on a snowy sidewalk in 2015, an officer stepped in to stop the scuffle, but he accidentally fired his weapon as a dog approached. The bullet went through the woman’s arm and into her chest, killing her as her family watched in horror.

Michigan townships, company reach deal over contamination

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 5:59pm

Two western Michigan townships reached a tentative settlement with a footwear company in a federal lawsuit over contaminated water, officials announced Tuesday.

Man with Lou Gehrig’s disease who helped popularize ice bucket challenge, raising millions for ALS research, dies at 34

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 12:02pm

Man with Lou Gehrig’s disease who helped popularize ice bucket challenge, raising millions for ALS research, dies at 34.

Russian supply ship docks with International Space Station

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 3:59am

An unmanned Russian ship carrying tons of supplies successfully docked Monday with the International Space Station.