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Study: Dental care improves treatment outcomes dramatically for patients with drug and alcohol addiction

Cara MacDonald, KSL.com  |  Posted May 23rd - 2:32pm

A study published by University of Utah researchers this week has found that comprehensive dental care improves the efficacy of substance abuse treatment and improves overall mental health.

Clotilda: Last US slave ship discovered among gators, snakes

Jay Reeves, Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 1:31pm

The old wooden ship hull didn't look like much when researchers first saw it: just broken, waterlogged boards and a few pieces of rusted metal, all stuck in the muddy bottom of a bug-infested Alabama bayou where an alligator and poisonous water moccasins swam nearby.

NASA's first-of-kind tests look to manage drones in cities

Scott Sonner, Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 12:46pm

NASA has launched the final stage of a four-year effort to develop a national traffic management system for drones, testing them in cities for the first time beyond the operator's line of sight as businesses look in the future to unleash the unmanned devices in droves above busy streets and buildings.

Bitcoin could change the game for foreign aid

Alex Gladstein, CNN  |  Posted May 23rd - 11:31am

Today's humanitarian aid model is fundamentally broken. Whether you're a foundation making a donation to a nonprofit abroad, a government distributing aid to another government, or an individual sending emergency funds to family members across borders, your money only gets to where it needs to go after passing through intermediaries. Even in the simplest payment scenario, there's your bank; a coordination network; and the aid recipient's bank. But often, there are even more middlemen, with money moving along complex chains of third parties.

US forecasters: Expect near normal Atlantic hurricane season

Seth Borenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 9:37am

The Atlantic hurricane season is off to yet another early start, but U.S. weather officials say it should be a near normal year.

Chimpanzees spotted cracking open tortoises for meat

Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 7:05am

Scientists have observed wild chimpanzees tucking into an unusual snack: tortoises, whose hard shells they crack against tree trunks before scooping out the meat.

Botswana lifts ban on elephant hunting, to some anger

Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  Posted May 23rd - 5:57am

Botswana has lifted its ban on elephant hunting in a country with the world's highest number of the animals, a decision that has brought anger from some wildlife protection groups and warnings of a blow to lucrative tourism.

Oahu's Kailua beach is named best in the US by 'Dr. Beach'

Caleb Jones, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 11:04pm

In Kailua, the sand is soft and white, the water is clear and calm, and the view is exactly what you would expect from a beach in the Hawaiian Islands.

Illegal killings, political opposition hobble wolf recovery

Jonathan Drew, Susan Montoya Bryan and Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 10:08pm

Illegal killings and longstanding political resistance have undercut the return of two species of endangered wolves to the wild, frustrating government efforts that already cost more than $80 million but have failed to meet recovery targets.

2 elderly African lions die at San Francisco, San Diego zoos

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 6:24pm

Two beloved, elderly lions have died at zoos in California.

Israeli scientists brew beer with revived ancient yeasts

Ilan Ben Zion, Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 8:14am

Israeli researchers raised a glass Wednesday to celebrate a long-brewing project of making beer and mead using yeasts extracted from ancient clay vessels —some over 5,000 years old.

2 rare mammals, Chacoan peccaries, born in Prague zoo

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 6:49am

Prague's zoo says two Chacoan peccaries have been born there for the first time, a vital step in efforts to save an endangered species that was once considered extinct.

Utah attorney general signs on to beta test new AI tech that detects concealed weapons

Liesl Nielsen, KSL.com  |  Posted May 22nd - 6:01am

Utah’s attorney general has signed his office up to beta test a new tech that uses artificial intelligence to detect concealed weapons.

Seeking energy independence, Palestinians open solar plant

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 3:00am

Palestinian officials say they have inaugurated their first solar panel plant as part of a plan to reduce their dependence on Israeli power sources.

Sea dragons captivate visitors at California aquarium

Julie Watson, Associated Press  |  Posted May 21st - 11:13pm

At first glance, it looks like a branch of kelp, but then an eye moves among its leafy appendages, and ridges of tiny, translucent fins start to flutter, sending the creature gliding through the water like something from a fairy tale.

Construction workers find dinosaur fossils in Denver suburb

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 11:44am

Construction workers have unearthed fossils in a Denver suburb that experts say could be from a rare horned dinosaur.

Ohio power company fulfills Louisiana wetlands agreement

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 11:15am

An Ohio-based multinational power company has completed an agreement to pay for potential pollution by reforesting wetlands for a national wildlife refuge in Louisiana.

2 bullets strike bus after students taken to Chicago museum

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 8:58am

Police say stray gunfire struck a suburban school bus after it dropped students at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

Hawaii county officials close bay to assist coral spawning

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 8:14am

A Hawaii county has closed a bay to prevent disruption of coral spawning that scientists predicted would occur over two days, officials said.

Nashville Civil War fort gets 'slave route' designation

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 22nd - 7:34am

A fort built by African Americans during the Civil War in Nashville has received an international designation for its significance to the history of slavery.