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Gene Cernan, last astronaut to walk on the moon, dies at 82
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HOUSTON (AP) -- Astronaut Gene Cernan traced his only child's initials in the dust of the lunar surface. Then he climbed into the lunar module for the ride home, becoming the last person to walk on the moon....

UK to close Halley Research Station in Antarctica for winter
LONDON (AP) -- British scientists have decided to close the Halley VI Research Station in Antarctica for the winter amid concerns about safety....

Britain's Prince Charles co-authors a book on climate change
LONDON (AP) -- Penguin Books says Prince Charles has co-authored a book on climate change together with an environmentalist and a Cambridge scientist....

Cutest captain: Sea lion caught in fishing gear hops on boat
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Officials say a juvenile sea lion was so happy to be rescued after getting hooked by fishing gear off Southern California, it jumped into a Coast Guard boat....

SpaceX launches first rocket since explosion in Florida
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from California on Saturday and placed a constellation of satellites in orbit, marking the company's first launch since a fireball engulfed a similar rocket on a Florida launch pad more than four months ago....

'Miracle on the Hudson' legacy: 70,000 slain birds
NEW YORK (AP) -- Birds took the blame for bringing down the jetliner that "Sully" Sullenberger landed on the Hudson River eight years ago this weekend. They have been paying for it with their lives ever since....

Oil pipeline safety rule scaled back after cost objections
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- President Barack Obama's administration scaled back new safety measures for the sprawling network of fuel pipelines that crisscross the United States on Friday, following oil industry complaints that proposed changes would cost companies billions of dollars....

Spacewalking astronauts upgrade orbiting lab's power grid
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- The International Space Station's solar power grid got three more top-of-the-line batteries Friday during the second spacewalk in a week....

Watch the picnic basket: Bear sightings surge in Connecticut
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Keep an eye on the picnic basket. Bear sightings are surging across Connecticut....

Europe wants more protection against antiquities trafficking
PARIS (AP) -- Europe's top human rights organization is pressing for broader protection against antiquities trafficking, saying the Islamic State group's plundering of some of the world's most historic sites is an attack against human history....