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SpaceX Dragon returns to Earth with station science, gear
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- A SpaceX Dragon capsule returned to Earth on Friday with scientific gifts from the International Space Station....

Goodbye, herring? Biotech bait gives lobstermen alternative
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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Lobster and crab fishermen have baited traps with dead herring for generations, but an effort to find a synthetic substitute for forage fish is nearing fruition just as the little fish are in short supply, threatening livelihoods in a lucrative industry....

Alaska identifies first case of H5N2 bird flu
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- The bird flu strain that wiped out millions of turkeys and chickens in the Midwest last year has been found in Alaska for the first time....





Alaskans live among bears _ both real and brightly colored
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Alaska's largest city is home to more than 300 grizzly and black bears - and now more than a dozen multicolored ones....

Indonesia steps up fire response as haze blankets Singapore
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Six Indonesian provinces have declared states of emergency as forest fires blanketed a swath of Southeast Asia in a smoky haze....

Rosetta space probe sees bright flares, landslide on comet
BERLIN (AP) -- The European Space Agency's Rosetta space probe has captured images of a bright burst of light on the comet it is orbiting, apparently caused by a landslide....

Auction house to sell composite skeleton of a dodo bird
LONDON (AP) -- The dodo bird is extinct - but one collector can now have their own dodo skeleton....

Quake damages scores of Myanmar's heritage Bagan temples
BAGAN, Myanmar (AP) -- It was a time of conquest and conversions. Above all, it was a time of construction, on a scale never seen before. Over 250 years, from the 11th century onwards, the rulers of Bagan built more than 10,000 magnificent religious monuments....

For 10 years, possibly biggest pearl was hidden under bed
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A Filipino fisherman in western Palawan island has found possibly the world's biggest pearl, but he didn't know it....