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Victims seek harshest penalty for pharmacy boss for outbreak
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BOSTON (AP) -- A dozen victims who were sickened or lost loved ones asked a judge on Monday to give a pharmacy co-founder the harshest penalty allowed under the law for a deadly 2012 nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak....

Engineers use replica to pinpoint California dam repairs
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LOGAN, Utah (AP) -- Inside a cavernous northern Utah warehouse, hydraulic engineers send water rushing down a replica of a dam built out of wood, concrete and steel - trying to pinpoint what repairs will work best at the tallest dam in the U.S for a spillway torn apart in February during heavy rains that triggered the evacuation of 200,000 people living downstream....

Ex-CEO's reputation precedes him, affects jury selection
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Several potential jurors at the federal securities fraud trial of Martin "Pharma Bro" Shkreli were excused on Monday after telling the judge they couldn't be impartial toward the flamboyant former pharmaceutical CEO because of his notoriety for raising the cost of a life-saving drug 5,000 percent....

California's giant water tunnels win first crucial approval
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- U.S. wildlife officials gave crucial first approval Monday to California Gov. Jerry Brown's decades-old ambitions to build two massive tunnels that would re-engineer the water system in the nation's most populous state....

New Zealand law student launches climate change court case
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- A New Zealand law student is taking the government to court in hopes of forcing it to set more ambitious climate change targets....

Flowers lovers flock to Vermont bog for wild orchids
HARTLAND, Vt. (AP) -- Each spring and summer, a Vermont bog yields a rare spectacle - hundreds of wild orchids in bloom, drawing visitors from around the country....

Eclipse chasers blaze trail to Oregon for view of a lifetime
MADRAS, Ore. (AP) -- Just before sunrise, there's typically nothing atop Round Butte but the whistle of the wind and a panoramic view of Oregon's second-highest peak glowing pink in the faint light....

SpaceX launches 10 satellites from California air base
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A SpaceX rocket carried 10 communications satellites into orbit from California on Sunday, two days after the company successfully launched a satellite from Florida....

Total solar eclipse 1st in 99 years to sweep width of US
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- This August, the U.S. will experience its first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in 99 years....