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AP Explains: The causes and risks of the Amazon fires

Marcelo By Souza, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 23rd - 10:27pm

Fires have been breaking out at an unusual pace in Brazil this year, causing global alarm over deforestation in the Amazon region. The world's largest rainforest is often called the "lungs of the earth." Here's a look at what's happening:

Worst drought in decades hits Chile capital and outskirts

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 23rd - 6:39pm

Officials in Chile say the capital city and its outskirts are suffering from the worst drought in many years.

Bolsonaro to send army to fight huge fires in the Amazon

Victor Caivano, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 23rd - 7:38am

Under international pressure to contain fires sweeping parts of Brazil's Amazon, President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday authorized use of the military to battle the huge blazes while thousands took to the streets to protest his environmental policies.

Russian doctor has trace of radiation after explosion

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 23rd - 6:38am

More than 100 Russian medical workers who helped treat victims of a recent mysterious explosion at a military testing range have undergone checks and one man has been found with a trace of radiation, officials said Friday.

Russia's floating nuclear plant sails to its destination

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 23rd - 5:56am

Russia's first floating nuclear power plant sailed Friday to its destination on the nation's Arctic coast, a project that environmentalists have criticized as unsafe.

Extracted eggs may stop extinction of northern white rhino

Geoffrey Kaviti and Tom Odula, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 23rd - 5:54am

Wildlife experts and veterinarians said Friday there is hope to prevent the extinction of the northern white rhino because they successfully extracted eggs from the last two remaining females of the species. The eggs will be used to reproduce the species through a surrogate.

Rolling Stones get name on little Martian rock that rolled

Andrew Dalton, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 23rd - 12:54am

There is now a "Rolling Stones Rock" on Mars, and it's giving Mick, Keith and the boys some serious satisfaction.

Cheap combo pill cuts heart, stroke risks, study finds

Maria Cheng, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 4:33pm

A cheap daily pill that combines four drugs cut the risk of heart attacks, strokes and heart failure in a large study, suggesting it could be a good way to help prevent heart problems especially in poor countries.

Attorneys general and telecoms announce plan to tackle illegal robocalls

Sam Fossum, CNN  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 2:39pm

Twelve of the nation's largest telecommunications companies and attorneys general from all 50 states plus DC announced a voluntary agreement Thursday to prevent and punish illegal robocallers.

Ivory sales still banned, says wildlife conference committee

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 1:56pm

International trade in elephant ivory will remain banned, according to a vote at the World Wildlife Conference, known as CITES, in Switzerland.

San Francisco Zoo brings red-legged frogs back to Yosemite

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 12:16pm

A healthy population of red-legged frogs is hopping in Yosemite National Park, helped by a reintroduction program with the San Francisco Zoo.

Overstock CEO resigns days after sharing statement regarding 'Russian investigation'

Jacob Klopfenstein,  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 10:18am

Overstock CEO Patrick M. Byrne has resigned.

Giraffes move closer to endangered species protection

Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 9:26am

Nations around the world moved Thursday to protect giraffes as an endangered species for the first time, drawing praise from conservationists and scowls from some sub-Saharan African nations.

Last of its kind rocket puts GPS satellite in orbit

Marcia Dunn, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 7:49am

A rocket that's the last of its kind delivered the newest, most powerful GPS satellite to orbit for the Air Force on Thursday.

Sanders touts $16 trillion climate plan in fire-ravaged town

Kathleen Ronayne and Juana Summers, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 5:03am

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders released a $16.3 trillion climate plan on Thursday before touring a Northern California town ravaged by wildfire, declaring the setting a "wake-up call for our entire nation" to the dangers of a warming planet.

Russia sends robot into space to test out new booster rocket

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 2:12am

Russia has sent a humanoid robot to the International Space Station as part of tests on a new rocket that is expected to replace the current vehicle.

California sails toward biggest salmon harvest in years

Terence Chea, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 11:09pm

Trolling off the California coast, Sarah Bates leans over the side of her boat and pulls out a long, silvery fish prized by anglers and seafood lovers: wild king salmon.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's false claims on fuel economy rules

Tom Krisher, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 3:27pm

President Donald Trump is misrepresenting the facts about his proposal to freeze Obama-era fuel economy requirements at 2021 levels.

Putin says mysterious explosion posed no radiation threat

Vladimir Isachenkov and Alexander Zemlianichenko, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 12:03pm

Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted Wednesday that a recent deadly explosion at a military testing site in northwestern Russia hasn't posed any radiation threat, but he remained coy about the circumstances of the mysterious incident.