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Accidental shootings by police expose training shortfalls

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.

Why airlines want you to go by train

Francesca Street, CNN  |  Posted Dec 8th - 9:21pm

We might not all be Greta Thunberg, shunning air travel for weeks-long odysseys aboard Atlantic yachts, but turning our backs on short-haul flights in favor of train travel is, for many of us, a more practical enterprise.

French activists use Macron portraits to urge climate action

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 8th - 4:21am

French environmental activists brandished stolen portraits of President Emmanuel Macron at a protest Sunday near the Eiffel Tower to try to push the government to do more to fight climate change.

SpaceX delivers 'mighty mice,' worms, robot to space station

Marcia Dunn, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 8th - 4:13am

SpaceX made an early holiday delivery to the International Space Station on Sunday, bringing muscle-bound “mighty mice,” pest-killing worms and a smart, empathetic robot.

Minister: Brazil can't stop deforestation without help

Dorothee Thiesing, Helena Alves and Marcelo By Sousa, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 8th - 3:15am

Brazil can’t stop deforestation in the Amazon without the help of rich countries, the country’s environment minister said at the United Nations' two-week climate change conference.

NYC set to require 'bird-friendly' glass on new construction

Karen Matthews, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 7th - 4:31pm

New York City lawmakers are poised to adopt legislation requiring “bird-friendly” glass on all new construction in an effort to cut down on the tens of thousands of birds who die flying into the city's buildings every year.

Nobel laureate: Face up to climate change, no escaping Earth

Jim Heintz and David Keyton, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 7th - 9:12am

An astronomer who shares this year's Nobel physics prize for discovering a planet outside the Earth's solar system is taking issue with people who shrug off climate change on the grounds that humans will eventually leave for distant planets.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump and the people he forgets he knew

Calvin Woodward and Hope Yen, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 7th - 7:04am

When certain associates and acquaintances of President Donald Trump get into hot water, he forgets he ever knew them. Various figures from the Russia investigation and the Ukraine matter as well as a British prince have fallen out of familiarity with the president in this way.

Russian supply ship lifts off to International Space Station

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 6th - 2:52am

An automatic Russian supply ship carrying tons of supplies successfully blasted off Friday heading for the International Space Station.

Flesh-eating bacteria linked to heroin kills 7 in California

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 5:24pm

A flesh-eating bacteria linked to the use of black tar heroin has killed at least seven people over the past two months in the San Diego area, prompting health authorities to alert law enforcement and other officials in California.

GM, Korea's LG Chem in venture to build factory in Ohio

Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 11:48am

General Motors and Korea's LG Chem have formed a joint venture to build an electric vehicle battery cell factory near Lordstown, Ohio, east of Cleveland.

Tufts University severs ties with family behind OxyContin

Collin Binkley, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 11:06am

Tufts University is cutting ties with the billionaire family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, saying it will strip the Sackler name from its campus and accept no further donations amid concerns over the family's role in the opioid crisis.

SpaceX launches beer malt, caring robot and 'mighty mice'

Marcia Dunn, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 10:31am

SpaceX launched a 3-ton shipment to the International Space Station on Thursday, including “mighty mice” for a muscle study, a robot sensitive to astronauts' emotions and a miniature version of a brewery's malt house.

Mekong River’s new aquamarine color may be sign of trouble

Busaba Sivasomboon, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 3:28am

The Mekong River has recently acquired an aquamarine color that may beguile tourists but also indicates a problem caused by upstream dams, experts in Thailand say.

Historic US towns endured wars, storms. What about sea rise?

Jeffrey Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 12:20am

Historic cities and towns along the Southeastern U.S. coast have survived wars, hurricanes, disease outbreaks and other calamities, but now that sea levels are creeping up with no sign of stopping, they face a more existential crisis.

Nobel laureates chat with International Space Station crew

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 6th - 9:03am

Winning a Nobel Prize is an achievement is a class of its own. But it might be even cooler to be an astronaut.

Gates Foundation CEO steps down after five years

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 6th - 9:00am

The CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is stepping down after more than five years in the role.

Russia suspends project with Iran due to uranium enrichment

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 5th - 7:38am

Russia’s state-controlled nuclear fuel company said Thursday it has suspended a joint research project with Iran because of its move to resume uranium enrichment.

New projection: Faster rising seas forecast in South Florida

Curt Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 4th - 3:11pm

New scientific projections released Wednesday predict that ocean levels will rise even faster than previously forecast over the next four decades in low-lying southeastern Florida, which is already prone to frequent flooding even on sunny days.