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A Cold War poison resurfaces in a quiet English town


MOSCOW (AP) -- During the Cold War, Soviet scientists at a secret, high-security lab worked frantically to counter the latest U.S. chemical weapons. More than four decades later, the nerve agent they developed apparently turned up in a quiet English town, where it nearly killed a former Russian spy and his daughter....

Construction robots weld, bolt, lift to beat worker shortage


TOKYO (AP) -- Robots that can weld, lift and bolt are being developed to help bridge labor shortages at Japanese construction sites, though their use will be limited to night shifts when no human workers will be nearby due to safety and regulatory concerns....

New NASA boss gets 'hearty congratulations' from space


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- NASA's new boss is already getting cheers from space....

Michigan water activist, 6 others win environmental prize


FLINT, Mich. (AP) -- A woman who played a key role in exposing the lead-tainted water disaster in Flint, Michigan, is among seven people from around the world to be awarded a Goldman Environmental Prize for grassroots environmental activism....

Census finds increase in Mekong River's Irrawaddy dolphins


PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) -- The number of critically endangered Irrawaddy dolphins along a stretch of the Mekong River has increased for the first time in 20 years but the animals still face serious threats, Cambodia's government and a major conservation group said Monday....

Science Says: Amount of straws, plastic pollution is huge


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Cities and nations are looking at banning plastic straws and stirrers in hopes of addressing the world's plastic pollution problem. The problem is so large, though, that scientists say that's not nearly enough....

Legendary scientist at lab that developed atomic bomb dies


LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) -- Scientist Nerses "Krik" Krikorian, who was born a refugee and later became a legend in the once-secret New Mexico city where the atomic bomb was developed, has died. He was 97....

Environmentalists ask court to restore oil-gas emission rule


DENVER (AP) -- Environmentalists are asking an appeals court to reinstate a rule restricting harmful methane emissions on U.S. lands, at least temporarily....

Hubble's 28 years marked by shot of wild stellar nursery


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- NASA is marking the 28th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope's launch with a peek into a wild stellar nursery....

Trump's divisive pick to run NASA wins narrow confirmation


WASHINGTON (AP) -- NASA's latest nail-biting drama was far from orbit as the Senate narrowly confirmed President Donald Trump's choice of a tea party congressman to run the space agency in an unprecedented party-line vote....