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AP Top Science News At 12:50 p.m. EDT

Regulators order pipeline testing, other steps after spill
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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Federal regulators have ordered the company whose pipeline spilled thousands of gallons of oil across a California coastline to take a series of steps before it can restart the line....

A look at how California spill compares with 1969 disaster
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GOLETA, Calif. (AP) -- An oil slick stretched across 9 miles of coastal waters Thursday after a pipeline rupture spilled thousands of gallons of sticky, stinking crude just north of Santa Barbara. Crews are working around the clock to rake, skim and vacuum it up....

Endangered antelope dying off in vast numbers in Kazakhstan
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Authorities in Kazakhstan says around one-third of the endangered saiga antelope population in this Central Asian nation has mysteriously died off in the last few days....





Drought-ridden California faces decision on new water cuts
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- Farmers along the river delta at the heart of California agriculture expected to get an answer Friday on their surprise offer to give up a quarter of their water this year in exchange for being spared deeper mandatory cutbacks as California responds to the worsening drought....

Alaska's popular walrus cam streams again after a decade
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A popular webcam showing large male Pacific walruses lying on the beach with a Hitchcockian number of seabirds flying overhead is once again streaming to the Internet....

Quake rattles nerves in Napa Valley after 2014 disaster
NAPA, Calif. (AP) -- A magnitude-4.1 earthquake has jolted Napa Valley and became an unwelcome reminder of the wine country's large temblor last summer - the strongest quake to hit Northern California in a quarter-century....

AP PHOTOS: Crews rake, vacuum up oil after California spill
GOLETA, Calif. (AP) -- Cleanup is underway after an oil spill spanning 9 miles of California coastline, with crews in protective suits working hard to rake, shovel and vacuum up the sticky black goo....

Failed launches cast shadow over Russian space program
MOSCOW (AP) -- Back-to-back rocket launch failures have dealt Russia one of the heaviest blows to its space industry since the Soviet collapse - with national pride and billions of dollars at stake....

World's biggest atom smasher sets energy record
BERLIN (AP) -- Scientists operating the world's biggest particle collider say they have set a new energy record ahead of the massive machine's full restart in June....

Back home on Earth: SpaceX craft returns from space station
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- A SpaceX Dragon capsule is back on Earth with a full load of cargo, after a quick trip home from the International Space Station....