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SpaceX says it will fly 2 people to moon next year
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- SpaceX said Monday it will fly two people to the moon next year, a feat not attempted since NASA's Apollo heyday close to half a century ago....



Rings in stomach could be key to telling lobsters' ages
ORONO, Maine (AP) -- Researchers are testing a technique they say could determine the age of lobsters....



Aquarium of Niagara expanding to protect threatened penguins
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) -- A Niagara Falls aquarium is expanding so it can breed and protect the threatened Humboldt penguin....



New help for that bane of middle-age: blurry close-up vision
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Squinting while texting? Always losing your reading glasses? An eye implant that takes about 10 minutes to put in place is the newest in a list of surgical repairs for the blurry close-up vision that is a bane of middle age. But who's really a good candidate to toss their specs?...



N. Korean diplomats in Malaysia to seek Kim's brother's body
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- A high-level North Korean delegation arrived in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday seeking the body of leader Kim Jong Un's half brother, the victim of a nerve-agent attack that many suspect the North itself of orchestrating....



Study finds peculiar tie between warm climate, slow snowmelt
DENVER (AP) -- Global warming could mean that mountain snow melts at a slower pace, researchers said Monday, a peculiar finding that might be bad news for the West and other regions that depend on snow for water....



Thorny skate will not be added to endangered species list
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- The thorny skate's population may have declined, but not by enough to justify listing it under the Endangered Species Act, the federal government has ruled....



NASA weighing risk of adding crew to megarocket's 1st flight
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- NASA is weighing the risk of adding astronauts to the first flight of its new megarocket, designed to eventually send crews to Mars....



Nigerian kidnappers demand $200,000 for German scientists
KADUNA, Nigeria (AP) -- Kidnappers are demanding a ransom of 60 million naira (about $200,000) for a German archaeologist and his associate abducted this week from a northern Nigerian village, a worker at the excavation site said. Two villagers were shot and killed in the kidnapping, police confirmed Friday....



AP Explains: What chemical weapons N. Korea possesses
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea may have found a new use for its large stockpile of chemical and biological weapons, which are meant to attack South Korean and U.S. troops in case of another war....