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Stuck in an opioids crisis, officials turn to acupuncture
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Marine veteran Jeff Harris was among the first to sign up when the Providence VA hospital started offering acupuncture for chronic pain....



Groups want details on Trump's approval of Keystone pipeline
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- Opponents of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada are asking a judge to force the U.S. government to turn over emails and other documents related to President Donald Trump's approval of the project....



Some fear California drought cuts could erase water rights
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A proposal to make California's drought-era water restrictions permanent could allow the state to chip away at long-held water rights in an unprecedented power grab, representatives from water districts and other users told regulators Tuesday....



Volcanic blast reshaped summit of Indonesia's Mount Sinabung
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- The eruption of Indonesia's Mount Sinabung that shot ash 5 kilometers (3 miles) high also blew away much of the mountain's summit....



Experts: Underwater archaeology site imperiled in Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Pollution is threatening the recently mapped Sac Actun cave system in the Yucatan Peninsula, a vast underground network that experts in Mexico say could be the most important underwater archaeological site in the world....



Turmoil shakes up agency in charge of vast US lands
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- A year of upheaval at the U.S. Interior Department has seen dozens of senior staff members reassigned and key leadership positions left unfilled, rules considered burdensome to industry shelved, and a sweeping reorganization proposed for its 70,000 employees....



2 bears burned in California wildfire spotted in the wild
GOLETA, Calif. (AP) -- Officials tracking two bears that were badly burned in the largest wildfire in California history say the animals are settling back into their home in the wild after receiving unusual treatment for their injured paws....



What does a bear do in the Alaska woods? Disperse seeds
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Does a bear leave scat in the woods? The answer is obvious but the effects on an ecosystem may not be....



Spacewalking astronauts finish months of robot arm repair
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Spacewalking astronauts wrapped up months of repair work Friday on the International Space Station 's big robot arm....



4 small earthquakes recorded in northwestern Oklahoma
WAYNOKA, Okla. (AP) -- The U.S. Geological Survey reports four small earthquakes in northwestern Oklahoma, the strongest with a preliminary magnitude of 3.8....