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New Mexico spaceport sets sights on new customers
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- The scramble to get everything ready for the launch of the world's first commercial flights from Spaceport America came to a screeching halt nearly a month ago when Virgin Galactic's spaceship broke up over the California desert during a test flight....

Space station rarity: 2 women on long-term crew
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- For the 21st-century spacewoman, gender is a subject often best ignored....

Report: Grouse needs 3-mile buffer from drilling
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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- A government report with significant implications for the U.S. energy industry says a struggling bird species needs a 3-mile buffer between its breeding grounds and oil and gas drilling, wind farms and solar projects....

Search continues at ancient Greek burial mound
AMPHIPOLIS, Greece (AP) -- Scientists have opened the second phase of their excavation of the vast 4th-century BC burial mound in Amphipolis town in search of more tombs and bodies....

NOAA: Globe sets 5th hottest-month record of 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Despite a bitter U.S. cold snap, the globe is rushing hell-bent toward its warmest year on record with last month setting the fifth monthly heat record of the year....

Where's the snow? Not in Alaska's largest city
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- One week before Thanksgiving, much of the nation is digging out from snowstorms, but the ground is bare in Alaska's largest city....

Des Moines struggling with nitrates in water
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Two rivers that supply water to 500,000 people in the Des Moines area show nitrate levels spiking to levels that make it unsafe for some to drink, a concentration experts haven't before seen in the fall that likely stems from especially wet weather in recent months....

Surrogate sushi: Japan biotech for bluefin tuna
TATEYAMA, Japan (AP) -- Of all the overfished fish in the seas, luscious, fatty bluefin tuna are among the most threatened. Marine scientist Goro Yamazaki, who is known in this seaside community as "Young Mr. Fish," is working to ensure the species survives....

UN climate fund falls short of $10 billion target
BERLIN (AP) -- A U.N. fund that will help poor countries tackle climate change has fallen short, for now, of its target of collecting $10 billion, officials said Thursday....

Crew finds 150-ton boulder likely left by glacier
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- Workers digging an underground garage for a new hotel in Everett, Washington, recently struck something big about 30 feet below the surface....