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Israeli, UAE technology firms pen deal on virus research

Joseph Krauss, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 1:55am

A state-linked technology company in the United Arab Emirates has signed a partnership with two major Israeli defense firms to research ways of combating the coronavirus pandemic.

Watchdog says govt blocking report on Trump-hurricane flap

Aamer Madhani, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 2nd - 2:04pm

A government watchdog says the Commerce Department is trying to block the findings of an investigation into the agency’s role in rebuking forecasters who contradicted President Donald Trump’s inaccurate claims about the path of Hurricane Dorian last year.

Fish more vulnerable to warming water than first thought

Seth Borenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 2nd - 12:04pm

the biggest fishery in the United States and the source of fast food fillets — and well-known species such as sockeye salmon, brown trout, bonito, barracuda and swordfish.

Virus ban gives tobacco illegal drug status in South Africa

Gerald Imray, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 2nd - 12:56am

The message was dropped into a WhatsApp group used by suburban moms in South Africa. Amid the grumblings over homeschooling during lockdown, one mom went off topic: “Does anyone know where to get illegal cigarettes? I just need a few. I'm desperate.”

Little evidence that protests spread coronavirus in US

Mike Stobbe and Nicky Forster, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 1st - 12:17pm

There is little evidence that the protests that erupted after George Floyd’s death caused a significant increase in U.S. coronavirus infections, according to public health experts.

Pfizer reports encouraging, very early vaccine test results

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 1st - 9:00am

although there's no guarantee. The Pfizer and BioNTech candidates use a piece of the coronavirus genetic code to prime the body to recognize and attack the virus.

Launch of NASA Mars rover delayed again, 2 weeks left to fly

Marcia Dunn, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 1st - 8:33am

NASA has delayed the launch of its newest Mars rover yet again — to the end of July at the earliest — this time for a rocket issue.

Astronauts complete 2nd spacewalk to swap station batteries

Marcia Dunn, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 1st - 5:31am

Astronauts completed their second spacewalk in under a week Wednesday to replace old batteries outside the International Space Station.

Protest versus Africa's 1st COVID-19 vaccine test shows fear

Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 1st - 4:22am

Protesters against Africa’s first COVID-19 vaccine trial burned their face masks Wednesday as experts note a worrying level of resistance and misinformation around testing on the continent.'s newest customer? The United States government

Ryan Miller,  |  Posted Jun 30th - 6:31pm

The General Services Administration announced is one of three companies that have been selected for a pilot program to provide an online marketplace for federal agencies.

Fauci: US 'going in wrong direction' in coronavirus outbreak

Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 30th - 12:15pm

just as schools and colleges are wrestling with how to safely reopen.

'Pooled testing' for COVID-19 holds promise, pitfalls

Matthew Perrone, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 30th - 11:42am

The nation's top health officials are banking on a new approach to dramatically boost U.S. screening for the coronavirus: combining test samples in batches instead of running them one by one.

Serious coronavirus-linked condition hit 285 US children

Lindsey Tanner, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 29th - 3:58pm

At least 285 U.S. children have developed a serious inflammatory condition linked to the coronavirus and while most recovered, the potential for long-term or permanent damage is unknown, two new studies suggest.

Reddit bans pro-Trump forum and other communities that promote hate

Kaya Yurieff, CNN  |  Posted Jun 29th - 2:47pm

Reddit, one of the most controversial social sites, is now trying to tackle hateful content on its platform amid broader calls for racial justice.

Cape Cod officials warn of white sharks ahead of July Fourth

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 29th - 2:36pm

Cape Cod's beaches and towns may be quieter because of the coronavirus pandemic, but officials are reminding visitors ahead of the July Fourth holiday that the famous Massachusetts destination remains a popular getaway for other summertime travelers: great white sharks.

UN agency: North Europe radiation likely linked to reactor

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 4:27am

The U.N. nuclear agency said Friday that slightly elevated levels of radioactivity detected in northern Europe likely were related to a nuclear reactor that was either operating or undergoing maintenance, but it's still unclear where it is located.

Yellowstone park to reconsider controversial bison plan

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 1st - 5:46pm

Federal officials plan to reconsider how they manage Yellowstone National Park's famous wild bison herds following longstanding complaints over thousands of the animals that have been killed by hunters and agencies as they attempted to migrate into Montana.

UN agency: Source of radioactivity in Nordics still unclear

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 30th - 8:21am

The U.N. nuclear agency says slightly elevated levels of radioactivity that have been detected in northern Europe pose no risk to human health or to the environment but it's still unclear what the cause was.

Firm to offer balloon rides from Alaska to the edge of space

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 30th - 7:46am

A company wants to use an advanced balloon to fly customers from Earth's surface in Alaska to the highest reaches of the planet's atmosphere.