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Strong explosion, fire hits French university building

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 17th - 2:28am

A strong explosion and fire hit a science building undergoing repairs at the University of Lyon on Thursday, injuring three people slightly, French officials said.

Government shutdown taking toll on wildfire preparations

Gillian Flaccus, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 16th - 11:09pm

Just two months after a wildfire wiped out Paradise, California, officials are gearing up for this year's fire season and fear the government shutdown could make it even more difficult than one of the worst in history.

Volcano in southern Japan erupts; no injuries or damage

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 16th - 9:10pm

A small island volcano in southern Japan erupted Thursday, blasting rocks and ashes into the air but causing no damage or injuries.

Weather forecast looks bleak for northern Utahns to see ‘Super Blood Moon’ this Sunday

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan 16th - 7:00pm

The moon will briefly turn a reddish, copper color Sunday night as Earth overshadows the moon; however, Utahns may have to scramble to see it.

Robot recreates the walk of a 290-million-year-old creature

Christina Larson, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 16th - 12:59pm

How did the earliest land animals move? Scientists have used a nearly 300-million-year old fossil skeleton and preserved ancient footprints to create a moving robot model of prehistoric life.

German official says neighbors closely watching coal debate

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 16th - 7:44am

A senior German official says neighboring countries are closely watching Germany's political debate on phasing out the use of coal.

World's permafrost gets warmer; Siberia rises the most

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 16th - 6:00am

Scientists say the world's permafrost is getting warmer, with temperatures increasing by an average of 0.3 degrees Celsius (0.54 Fahrenheit) over a decade.

Northridge quake thrashed Los Angeles 25 years ago this week

John Antczak, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 11:44pm

Twenty-five years ago this week, a violent, pre-dawn earthquake shook Los Angeles from its sleep, and sunrise revealed widespread devastation, with dozens killed and $25 billion in damage.

AP PHOTOS: 1994 LA quake caused widespread devastation

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 11:40pm

Twenty-five years ago this week, a hidden fault under Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley neighborhoods unleashed a magnitude 6.7 earthquake that killed dozens, shattered buildings, broke water mains and ignited fires.

AP WAS THERE: California's deadly 1994 Northridge earthquake

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 11:36pm

This week marks 25 years since a deadly earthquake struck Southern California's densely populated San Fernando Valley.

Lights, camera, action! Tumbling space snowman in film debut

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 4:53pm

The tumbling space snowman is making its out-of-this-world film premiere.

APNewsBreak: New pen may allow sale of horses for slaughter

Scott Sonner, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 12:07pm

The U.S. Forest Service has built a new corral for wild horses in Northern California, which could allow it to bypass federal restrictions and sell the animals for slaughter.

Why US classrooms are starting to resemble arcades

Michael Melia, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 10:22am

It's 1 o'clock on a Wednesday afternoon in Wallingford, Connecticut, and about 20 children are watching a screen at the front of the room as they take turns navigating challenges and collecting virtual currency to unlock powers, outfits and pets for their characters.

Why US classrooms are starting to resemble arcades

Michael Melia, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 10:18am

It's 1 o'clock on a Wednesday afternoon in Wallingford, Connecticut, and about 20 children are watching a screen at the front of the room as they take turns navigating challenges and collecting virtual currency to unlock powers, outfits and pets for their characters.

Apps let everyone help track health of insect populations

Katherine Roth, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 8:04am

noting and sharing exactly what one sees and where — is nevertheless on the rise.

Archaeologists find Rome-era tombs in Egypt's Western Desert

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 5:52am

Egypt says archaeologists have uncovered two ancient tombs dating back to the Roman period in the country's Western Desert.

Teach kids about climate change? This state might require it

Michael Melia, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 16th - 10:08am

A legislative proposal in Connecticut would mandate instruction on climate change in public schools statewide, beginning in elementary school.

Key West moves to ban sunscreens that could damage reefs

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 16th - 7:53am

Officials in Key West took the initial steps toward banning the sale of sunscreens containing two ingredients that could be harmful to coral reefs.

CERN lays out vision for next-generation particle collider

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 11:37am

Scientists behind the world's largest atom smasher have laid out their multibillion-euro vision to build an even bigger one, in hopes of unlocking even more secrets of matter and the universe in the coming decades.