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Warming Earth heading for hottest year on record
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Earth is on pace to tie or even break the mark for the hottest year on record, federal meteorologists say....

CDC to revise Ebola protocol, Pentagon preps team
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ATLANTA (AP) -- Revised guidance for health care workers treating Ebola patients will include using protective gear "with no skin showing," a top federal health official said Sunday, and the Pentagon announced it was forming a team to assist medical staff in the U.S., if needed....

Argentina launches its first home-built satellite
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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina launched its first domestically built communications satellite Thursday....

Once in million years: Comet buzzing Mars on Sun.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- The heavens are hosting an event this weekend that occurs once in a million years or so....

Feds: Don't expect winter to be polar vortex redux
WASHINGTON (AP) -- If you thought last winter was a horror show, with cold blasts from the polar vortex and a lack of California rain, here's some good news: No sequel is expected this year, federal forecasters say....

University knocks down tweet that Ebola airborne
University of Minnesota officials are knocking down a tweet claiming its researchers say Ebola is airborne....

Study: Natural gas surge won't slow global warming
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Cheap and plentiful natural gas isn't quite a bridge to a brighter energy future as claimed and won't slow global warming, a new study projects....

Spacecraft to attempt comet landing next month
BERLIN (AP) -- The European Space Agency has confirmed the time and place it will attempt to land the first spacecraft on a comet....

Success for 2nd station spacewalk in 2 weeks
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Spacewalking astronauts replaced a failed electrical unit at the International Space Station on Wednesday, restoring full power to the orbiting lab....

Suicide, car bombings in Iraq kill at least 43
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's top Shiite cleric on Monday gave his support to the new government battling the Islamic State group as militants unleashed a wave of deadly attacks on the country's majority Shiite community, killing at least 43 people....