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Brazilian troops begin deploying to fight Amazon fires

Marcelo Silva By Sousa, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 24th - 11:00am

Backed by military aircraft, Brazilian troops on Saturday were deploying in the Amazon to fight fires that have swept the region and prompted anti-government protests as well as an international outcry.

Wags and weeds: Invasive plants meet match in detection dogs

Mary Esch, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 24th - 10:18am

In brushy terrain where a botanical interloper evades detection by the human eye, count on Dia to sniff it out.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's swerves on economy, guns and migrants

Hope Yen and Josh Boak, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 24th - 7:12am

President Donald Trump can't seem to get his facts straight when it comes to Barack Obama.

Russian capsule carrying robot fails space station docking

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 24th - 2:23am

A Russian space capsule carrying a humanoid robot has failed to dock as planned with the International Space Station.

Former Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley dies at 66

Ashok Sharma, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 24th - 1:37am

Former Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, a key member of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first-term Cabinet, died in a New Delhi hospital on Saturday after a prolonged illness. He was 66.

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, KSL.com  |  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.

Idaho works to identify pronghorn migration patterns

Colin Tiernan-News, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 25th - 12:06am

The helicopter banked left and tracked its quarry over the field for about 10 seconds before the net gun went off with a distant pop. The chopper touched down abruptly and two men, helmeted and clad in orange, leaped out and bolted toward the captured pronghorn.

Author Ray Bradbury honored with Illinois hometown statue

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 24th - 1:46pm

The Chicago-area hometown of the late famed science fiction writer Ray Bradbury marked his birthday with dedication of a statue in his honor.