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Space capsule with 3 astronauts blasts off to orbiting lab
BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) -- A Soyuz space capsule successfully blasted off for the International Space Station on Friday, carrying an American astronaut, a Russian cosmonaut and an Italian astronaut....



Warming to worsen dead zones, algae blooms choking US waters
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Projected increases in rain from global warming could further choke U.S. waterways with fertilizer runoff that trigger dead zones and massive algae blooms, a new study said....



In US first, scientists edit genes of human embryos
For the first time in the United States, scientists have edited the genes of human embryos, a controversial step toward someday helping babies avoid inherited diseases....



Indonesia orangutan sanctuary says villagers encroaching
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- A conservation group says nearly a fifth of the forest in an orangutan sanctuary on the Indonesian part of Borneo has been taken over by people, threatening efforts to rehabilitate the critically endangered great apes for release into the wild....



AP PHOTOS: Scenes beneath the midnight sun in the Arctic
THE ARCTIC CIRCLE (AP) -- It's a special privilege for a photographer to get the chance to work in the soft light of a sun that never sets....



Gas storage deemed safe after blowout but challenge looms
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The fight over reopening a massive gas storage facility that has been crippled since a major blowout is heading to court....



NASA delays satellite launch to replace damaged antenna
CAPE CANVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- NASA has delayed the launch of a major communications satellite by more than two weeks to replace a damaged antenna....



EU court orders Poland to halt logging in ancient forest
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- A European court ordered Poland on Friday to immediately stop cutting trees in Europe's last pristine woodland, the Bialowieza Forest....



Rare birds, wildflowers: 'Secret garden' opens after century
TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) -- Pink and yellow wildflowers burst from a lush bed of grass hidden from public view for more than a century. Towering trees and snow-capped mountains encircle the wild meadow, beckoning visitors to a largely untouched piece of California's Sierra Nevada....



How loss of Arctic sea ice further fuels global warming
THE ARCTIC CIRCLE (AP) -- For much of the year, the Arctic appears as a crumpled white sheet of ice and snow before great chunks break off around the edges in spring, forming a sea of floes that gently dance across the frigid waters....