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UN: World could hit 1.5-degree warming threshold by 2024

Nadine Achoui-Lesage and Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 9th - 3:37am

The world could see annual global temperatures pass a key threshold for the first time in the coming five years, the U.N. weather agency said Thursday.

The Latest: New Mexico closes state parks, suspends sports

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 11:37pm

New Mexico authorities will halt indoor restaurant service, close state parks to nonresidents and suspend autumn contact sports at schools in response to surging coronavirus infections in the state and in neighboring Texas and Arizona.

Burial traditions clash with coronavirus safety in Indonesia

Niniek Karmini and Victoria Milko, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 10:43pm

The mob of over 150 people who forcefully took Muhammad Yunus’ cadaver from a hospital in eastern Indonesia thought it was impossible that the 49-year-old Islamic preacher could have died from the coronavirus. He had always washed his hands, worn a mask and followed health protocols issued by the government, according to local residents.

Appeals court: Judge was right to revive grizzly protections

Matthew Brown, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 4:50pm

A U.S. appeals court said Wednesday that a federal judge was right to restore protections for about 700 grizzly bears in the Yellowstone region of the Rocky Mountains, after federal officials sought to turn over management of the animals to states that would have allowed them to be hunted.

CDC: Minorities affected much more in meatpacking outbreaks

David Pitt, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 8th - 2:04pm

especially workers of color — is continuing to increase," he said. “American workers simply cannot survive with the current patchwork of safety measures put in place by a fraction of companies and states. Without a strong national standard, millions of workers are still unprotected and vulnerable."

Facebook ad boycott organizers met with Zuckerberg. It didn't go well

Brian Fung, CNN Business  |  Posted Jul 8th - 11:20am

Civil rights and activist groups blasted Facebook's leadership on Tuesday after meeting with CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other executives to discuss the demands of a large advertiser boycott that now includes hundreds of brands.

'Desperation science' slows the hunt for coronavirus drugs

Marilynn Marchione, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 11:07pm

nearly six months in — when the first evidence came that a drug could improve survival. Researchers in the United Kingdom managed to enroll one of every six hospitalized COVID-19 patients into a large study that found a cheap steroid called dexamethasone helps and that a widely used malaria drug does not. The study changed practice overnight, even though results had not been published or reviewed by other scientists.

Texas resumes executions after 5-month delay due to pandemic

Juan A. Lozano and Michael Graczyk, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 9:49pm

A Texas inmate received lethal injection Wednesday evening for fatally shooting an 82-year-old man nearly three decades ago, ending a five-month delay of executions in the nation’s busiest death penalty state because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Vivint Solar acquired by one of its biggest competitors in $3.2 billion deal

Ryan Miller,  |  Posted Jul 7th - 3:33pm

In a deal announced late Monday, Vivint Solar is being acquired by Sunrun Inc. in an all-stock deal valued to be around $3.2 billion.

NASA adds more safety fixes for Boeing's crew capsule

Marcia Dunn, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 3:20pm

NASA has added more safety fixes for Boeing’s space capsule before it can fly astronauts following a pair of close calls during last year’s test flight.

In France, study shows virus hit African immigrants hardest

John Leicester, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 1:00pm

Death rates among immigrants from sub-Saharan Africa doubled in France and tripled in the Paris region at the height of France's coronavirus outbreak, according to a study from the French government's statistics agency released Tuesday.

Aggressive seaweed smothers one of world's most remote reefs

Caleb Jones, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 11:57am

Researchers say a recently discovered species of seaweed is killing large patches of coral on once-pristine reefs and is rapidly spreading across one of the most remote and protected ocean environments on earth.

US nuclear lab investigates breach at plutonium facility

Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 11:04am

Officials at one of the nation’s premier nuclear labs are investigating the potential exposure of employees to plutonium.

Fossils reveal dinosaur forerunner smaller than a cellphone

Seth Borenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 10:31am

Meet Kongonaphon kely, a pocket sized dinosaur forerunner that was smaller than your cellphone.

Russian space official, ex-journalist, charged with treason

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 5:53am

A former journalist who worked as an adviser to the director of Russia's state space corporation was arrested and jailed Tuesday on charges of passing military secrets to Czech intelligence, accusations that many of his colleagues dismissed as absurd.

Scientists urge WHO to acknowledge virus can spread in air

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 6th - 10:46am

More than 200 scientists have called for the World Health Organization and others to acknowledge that the coronavirus can spread in the air — a change that could alter some of the current measures being taken to stop the pandemic.

Waste-watching: Sewage can help track pandemic virus trends

Malcolm Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 6th - 5:07am

One county in Utah beat back a spike of pandemic virus infections in the spring, and another saw its rate jump. Both trends showed up in their sewage.

Utahns warned to watch for toxic algal blooms

Jed Boal, KSL TV  |  Posted Jul 5th - 7:47pm

Algal blooms have slimed the water on Utah Lake and dozens of other bodies of water across Utah in each of the last five years.

Excavations to resume for 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre graves

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 5:04pm

Tulsa will resume test excavations of potential unmarked graves from the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre after the effort was halted in March because of the coronavirus outbreak, city officials announced.