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The Plastic Free July challenge is here to help you rid your life of single-use plastic waste

Joe Bagliere, CNN  |  Posted Jul 5th - 4:08pm

Unlike dance battles and dangerous dares, here's a "challenge" just about anyone can get behind.

Virus, Floyd death merge in brutal blow to Black well-being

Lindsey Tanner, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 5th - 8:07am

one killing Black people in alarming numbers, the other shining a harsh light on systemic racism. In a matter of months and nearly 8 minutes, it became clear that institutions designed to ensure the two most important things in life — health and safety — had converged to turn against one segment of the population in stark, horrific ways.

Muti conducts Syria musicians in memorial concert amid ruins

Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 5th - 8:03am

Nine musicians from the Syrian diaspora in Europe are playing Sunday in the 24th friendship concert conducted by Riccardo Muti, this year at the Paestum archaeological site in southern Italy, but the coronavirus pandemic blocked others from arriving directly from Syria.

Indians keep their distance in mass tree planting campaign

Biswajeet Banerjee, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 5th - 2:51am

More than 2 million people gathered Sunday at river banks, farmlands and government buildings in northern India while trying to practice social distancing to plant 250 million trees as part of a government plan to tackle climate change.

Fireworks canceled this year? Watch the lunar eclipse 'Buck Moon' instead

Derek Van Dam, CNN  |  Posted Jul 4th - 7:11pm

If your family's Fourth of July fireworks plans are up in smoke because of the pandemic, watch the sky for a lunar eclipse instead.

Stimulus money could pose dilemmas in nursing homes

Candice Choi, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 4th - 7:30am

Nursing home residents are among the Americans getting $1,200 checks as part of the U.S. government’s plan to revive the economy. But with many long-term care facilities under lockdown to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks, what are the rules around how the money is handled?

Experts find early ocher mine in Mexican underwater caves

Mark Stevenson, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 3rd - 12:03pm

Experts and cave divers in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula have found ocher mines that are some of the oldest on the continent, which could explain why ancient skeletons were found in the narrow, twisting labyrinths of now-submerged sinkhole caves.

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.

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.