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Where Have the Wild Birds Gone? 3 Billion Fewer Than 1970

Where Have the Wild Birds Gone? 3 Billion Fewer Than 1970

By Seth Borenstein and Christina Larson | Sep 21
North America's skies are lonelier and quieter as nearly 3 billion fewer wild birds soar in the air than in 1970, a comprehensive study shows.

From DNA, Scientists Create Skull of Neanderthal Cousin

From DNA, Scientists Create Skull of Neanderthal Cousin

By Malcolm Ritter | Sep 21
Scientists say they've deciphered features of the skull and some other details of a mysterious, extinct cousin of Neanderthals by analyzing its DNA.

Uptick Seen in Rare Mosquito-Borne Virus in Some U.S. States

Uptick Seen in Rare Mosquito-Borne Virus in Some U.S. States

By Mike Stobbe and Jennifer McDermott | Sep 21
The number of U.S. deaths and illnesses from a rare mosquito-borne virus are higher than usual this year, health officials report.

History Buff Finds Ships That Sank in 1878 In Lake Michigan

History Buff Finds Ships That Sank in 1878 In Lake Michigan

By Corey Williams | Sep 21
A diver and maritime history buff has found two schooners that collided and sank into the cold depths of northern Lake Michigan more than 140 years ago.

'I Want a Future': Global Youth Protests Urge Climate Action

'I Want a Future': Global Youth Protests Urge Climate Action

By Jennifer Peltz and Frank Jordans | Sep 21
Young people afraid for their futures protested around the globe Friday to implore leaders to tackle climate change, turning out by the hundreds of thousands to insist that the warming world can't wait any longer.

AP Fact Check: Trump Team Distortions on Fuel Economy Rules

AP Fact Check: Trump Team Distortions on Fuel Economy Rules

By Michael Biesecker Tom Krisher | Sep 20
President Donald Trump and his team are distorting the facts in explaining the administration's decision to stop California from setting its own emission standards for cars and trucks.

Will Combo Pill Catch On in U.S. to Prevent Heart Attacks?

Will Combo Pill Catch On in U.S. to Prevent Heart Attacks?

By Carla K. Johnson | Sep 20
A cheap, daily pill that combines four drugs has been tested for the first time in the United States to see if it works as well among low-income Americans as it has in other countries to treat conditions leading to heart attacks and strokes.

NASA Manager Casts Doubt on 2024 Moon Landing by Astronauts

NASA Manager Casts Doubt on 2024 Moon Landing by Astronauts

By Marcia Dunn | Sep 19
A top NASA manager cast doubt Wednesday on the space agency's ability to land astronauts on the moon by 2024.

Could Electric Cars Help California Preserve Environmental Clout?

Could Electric Cars Help California Preserve Environmental Clout?

By Adam Beam and Michael Biesecker | Sep 19
One California lawmaker is already working on a way to preserve at least some of the state's environmental muscle: Rebates for electric cars.

Rare California Trout Species Returns to Native Habitat

Rare California Trout Species Returns to Native Habitat

By Christopher Weber | Sep 19
For the first time in nearly a century, a rare California trout species will swim in a mountain creek that is its native habitat, marking a major milestone that conservationists hope will lead to a thriving population.

Trump Threatens EPA Action Against San Francisco

Trump Threatens EPA Action Against San Francisco

Sep 19
President Donald Trump threatened to unleash the Environmental Protection Agency on San Francisco Wednesday after a California visit during which he blamed the homelessness crisis on "liberal" policies.

A Newly Designed Vaccine May Help Stamp Out Remaining Polio Cases Worldwide

A Newly Designed Vaccine May Help Stamp Out Remaining Polio Cases Worldwide

Sep 18
A new vaccine deliberately constructed to prevent the poliovirus from regaining virulence may be the answer.

Why Carbon Dioxide Has Such Outsized Influence on Earth's Climate

Why Carbon Dioxide Has Such Outsized Influence on Earth's Climate

By EDGE | Sep 17
The key to carbon dioxide's strong influence on climate is its ability to absorb heat emitted from our planet's surface, keeping it from escaping out to space.

Surprise Rescue of Jamaica Coral Reefs Shows Nature Can Heal

Surprise Rescue of Jamaica Coral Reefs Shows Nature Can Heal

By Christina Larson | Sep 17
Just 2% of the ocean floor is filled with coral, but the branching structures — shaped like everything from reindeer antlers to human brains — sustain a quarter of all marine species.

Brad Pitt Asks Astronaut: Who was Better? Clooney or Me?

Brad Pitt Asks Astronaut: Who was Better? Clooney or Me?

By Marcia Dunn | Sep 17
Brad Pitt, star of the new space movie "Ad Astra," had a burning question for a real-life astronaut.

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