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Jump in wildfires means smoke's health impact will spread

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 11:04pm

Climate change in the Western U.S. means more intense and frequent wildfires churning out waves of smoke that scientists say will sweep across the continent to affect tens of millions of people and cause a spike in premature deaths.

Canadian, Russian, American back on Earth from space station

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 9:08pm

Three astronauts safely returned to Earth on Tuesday after spending more than six months aboard the International Space Station.

12 apps that are actually helpful for senior citizens

Carrie Rogers-whitehead, Contributor  |  Posted Jun 24th - 5:10pm

As more senior citizens adopt smartphones, app developers have worked to meet the unique needs and challenges of this demographic. Here are 12 apps that might actually be useful for the more elderly among us.

Hidden oil spill: New study contradicts owner's claims

Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 8:04am

A new federally led study of oil seeping from a platform toppled off Louisiana's coast 14½ years ago found releases lower than other recent estimates, but contradicts the well owner's assertions about the amount and source of oil.

Medical groups warn climate change is a 'health emergency'

Elana Schor, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 3:07am

As Democratic presidential hopefuls prepare for their first 2020 primary debate this week, 74 medical and public health groups aligned on Monday to push for a series of consensus commitments to combat climate change, bluntly defined by the organizations as "a health emergency."

50 years later, the moon is still great for business

Alexandra Olson, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 23rd - 11:02pm

Fifty years after humans first visited, businesses are still trying to make a buck off the moon.

Tech makes it easier to search wilderness for missing people

Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 23rd - 10:33pm

Yesenia D'Alessandro loaded a GPS tracking app on her cellphone and trudged into a remote Hawaii forest, joining more than 100 other volunteers looking for a missing hiker.

Tyrannosaurus, a social creature?

Peter Rosen, KSL TV  |  Posted Jun 23rd - 7:45pm

When you think of a T-Rex, do you think of a lone operator? Maybe think again.

Aerial photos help census officials pinpoint faraway people

Russell Contreras, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 23rd - 10:24am

The U.S. Census Bureau is using new high-tech tools to help get an accurate population count next year as its faces challenges tallying people of color who live in remote places and can be wary of the federal government.

Arizona fire highlights challenges for energy storage

Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 23rd - 10:08am

Arizona's largest electric company installed massive batteries near neighborhoods with a large number of solar panels, hoping to capture some of the energy from the afternoon sun to use after dark.

Device to trap plastic waste in Pacific Ocean relaunches

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 6:36pm

A floating device designed to catch plastic waste has been redeployed in second attempt to clean up a huge island of trash swirling in the Pacific Ocean between California and Hawaii.

AP FACT CHECK: The silent partner in Trump's boasts

Hope Yen and Calvin Woodward, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 22nd - 6:04am

President Donald Trump has a silent partner behind several of the accomplishments he likes to boast about: Barack Obama.

Militia threat shuts down Oregon Statehouse amid walkout

Sarah Zimmerman and Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 10:14pm

The Oregon Capitol will be closed Saturday due to a "possible militia threat" from right-wing protesters as a walkout by Republican lawmakers over landmark climate change legislation drags on.

The Latest: 'Militia threat' shuts down Oregon statehouse

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 8:24pm

The Latest on a walkout by Oregon Senate Republicans to protest legislation to address climate change (all times local):

Old spy images reveal Himalayan glaciers are melting fast

Seth Borenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 8:30am

Cold War era spy satellite images are showing scientists that glaciers on the Himalayas are now melting about twice as fast as they used to.

UK study shows seal singing 'Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star'

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 7:44am

Researchers in Scotland say gray seals can copy the sounds of human words and songs including "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star."

California Assembly committee backs vaccine exemption law

Andrew Oxford and Don Thompson, Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 7:34am

A California Assembly committee backed new rules for vaccination exemptions on Thursday following a raucous, hours-long hearing in the midst of a national measles outbreak and renewed scrutiny of immunization policies.

3 astronauts head to Earth from International Space Station

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 5:33pm

A Soyuz spacecraft carrying astronauts from Canada, Russia and the United States has undocked from the International Space Station and is headed back to Earth.

University of Iowa team wins $115M 'space weather' grant

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 24th - 6:16am

A University of Iowa team has won a $115 million grant to develop satellites for studying a system of radiation created by the sun — "space weather."

Scientists predicting record dead zone in Chesapeake Bay

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jun 21st - 1:12pm

Some ecologists at the University of Maryland are worried that a large spot of low oxygen in the Chesapeake Bay could harm the state's seafood industry.