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In rural Kentucky, solar eclipse preparation keeps town busy

2017-06-28T07:04:55Z

HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Cross over the old Louisville & Nashville Railroad in this town remembered for its Civil War encampment and you'll see the first signs - there's fresh anticipation in the rural areas that will be prime viewing locations for the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse to sweep the United States in 99 years....



Utah lawsuits to test president's power to shrink monuments

2017-06-28T04:53:33Z

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Native American tribes and environmental groups preparing for a legal battle to stop President Donald Trump from dismantling Utah's new national monument face a tougher challenge than anticipated....



Shkreli jury selection expected to take a third day

2017-06-28T00:07:12Z

NEW YORK (AP) -- Jury selection at the securities fraud trial of a former pharmaceutical CEO notorious for price-gouging hit a rough patch on Tuesday as the court struggled to pick a pool of prospective jurors who could ignore a swirl of bad publicity for the defendant....



Science groups ask Trump to retain advisory board integrity

2017-06-27T20:47:48Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A coalition of science and engineering groups called on President Donald Trump on Tuesday to make sure that his review of the role of scientific advisory boards respects the importance of accurate scientific data....



Multibillion-dollar contract for Los Alamos lab up for bid

2017-06-27T21:47:36Z

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- The competition for a multibillion-dollar contract to manage the U.S. laboratory that created the atomic bomb is beginning as criticism intensifies over the troubled safety record of Los Alamos National Laboratory....



Fourth of July fireworks discouraged for sake of bald eagles

2017-06-27T21:11:48Z

COLUMBIA, Conn. (AP) -- Independence Day traditions in one small Connecticut town are clashing with an effort to protect an iconic symbol of the United States....



Finding friends: Lonely elephant arrives at Los Angeles Zoo

2017-06-28T00:33:44Z

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Los Angeles Zoo has a new elephant - a lonely pachyderm from Fresno....



Pharmacy boss blamed for meningitis outbreak gets 9 years

2017-06-27T00:02:37Z

BOSTON (AP) -- The co-owner of a pharmacy responsible for the deaths of 76 people was sentenced Monday to nine years in prison after he tearfully apologized to victims who described watching their loved ones die or enduring excruciating physical pain from a 2012 nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak caused by contaminated steroids....



California big tunnels win early approval. Questions remain

2017-06-27T00:46:16Z

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Gov. Jerry Brown won crucial early approval from federal wildlife officials Monday for his $16 billion proposal to re-engineer California's north-south water system, advancing his plan to build two giant tunnels to carry Northern California water to the south even though much about the project remains undetermined....



Engineers use replica to pinpoint California dam repairs

2017-06-26T23:21:45Z

LOGAN, Utah (AP) -- Inside a cavernous northern Utah warehouse, hydraulic engineers send water rushing down a replica of a section of a dam built out of wood, concrete and steel - trying to pinpoint what repairs will work best at the tallest dam in the U.S. for a spillway torn apart during heavy winter rains that triggered the evacuation of 200,000 people living downstream....