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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 "annihilated" 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....



Satellite launch from California is delayed
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) -- A SpaceX satellite launch from California that could create a spectacular aerial display has been delayed....



Borneo's orangutan population plunged by 100,000 since 1999
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- The most comprehensive study of Borneo's orangutans estimates their numbers have plummeted by more than 100,000 since 1999, as the palm oil and paper industries shrink their jungle habitat and fatal conflicts with people increase....



Idaho can keep data on animals tracked illegally amid appeal
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Idaho officials don't have to destroy information right away that came from tracking collars placed on wolves and elk by a helicopter crew that landed illegally in a wilderness area where engines are prohibited....