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Study: Warming to trigger 3 times as many downpours in US
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Extreme downpours - like those that flooded Louisiana, Houston and West Virginia earlier this year - will happen nearly three times as often in the United States by the end of the century, and six times more frequently in parts of the Mississippi Delta, according to a new study....



Rare weasel species makes a comeback in Washington state
MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK, Wash. (AP) -- The elusive weasel-like mammal poked its head out of the wooden crate, glanced around and quickly darted into the thick forest of Mount Rainier National Park - returning to a landscape where it had been missing for seven decades....



Australia considers charging power generators for pollution
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia will consider making electrical power companies pay for greenhouse gas pollution they create, three years after the government scrapped the national carbon tax, a Cabinet minister said Monday....



Bear hunt resumes, firearms only, after upright bear's death
FREDON, N.J. (AP) -- Hunters have headed out across parts of the state for the second half of this year's bear hunt following the apparent death of a bear that walked upright like a human....



New Hampshire looks for answers behind oyster outbreaks
DURHAM, N.H. (AP) -- For the past 25 years, researcher Stephen Jones has tried to understand the threat that bacteria may pose to oysters in New Hampshire's Great Bay estuary. He often couldn't get funding to study the problem. But that is beginning to change as scientists notice "something is going on."...



Researchers grow protective biological soil crusts
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- In a greenhouse at Northern Arizona University, a professor is researching an oft-overlooked ecological field that could play an important role in preventing erosion and helping plants grow....



Virgin Galactic's new spaceship makes first glide flight
MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) -- Virgin Galactic's new spaceship successfully completed its first free flight with a glide test over the Mojave Desert, the company said....



Russia emergency teams look for debris of crashed spacecraft
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian emergencies workers are combing the mountains near the border with Mongolia for the debris of a cargo spaceship that crashed minutes after its launch....



Russia: Space ship malfunctions, breaks up over Siberia
MOSCOW (AP) -- An unmanned Russian cargo spaceship heading to the International Space Station broke up in the atmosphere over Siberia on Thursday due to an unspecified malfunction, the Russian space agency said....



Nations OK European Space Agency's mission to Mars in 2020
BERLIN (AP) -- Nations have approved an additional 440 million euros ($469 million) to fund the European Space Agency's next mission to Mars....