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AP Top Science News At 11:23 a.m. EDT

SpaceX close to figuring out rocket failure during launch
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- SpaceX still is trying to figure out what caused its rocket to break apart during liftoff nine days ago, but is getting close to an answer, the company's chief executive said Tuesday....

Spacecraft closing in on Pluto hits speed bump, but recovers
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is on track to sweep past Pluto next week despite hitting a "speed bump" that temporarily halted science collection....

US appeals court upholds EPA plan to clean up Chesapeake Bay
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A U.S. appeals court on Monday approved a federal plan to limit pollution in the Chesapeake Bay despite objections from farmers, builders and others who accused the Environmental Protection Agency of a power grab....





Thousands of birds abandon eggs, nests on Florida island
SEAHORSE KEY, Fla. (AP) -- The din created by thousands of nesting birds is usually the first thing you notice about Seahorse Key, a 150-acre mangrove-covered dune off Florida's Gulf Coast....

US scientists: Warm oceans cause concern of coral bleaching
HONOLULU (AP) -- Abnormally warm ocean temperatures are creating conditions that threaten to kill coral across the equatorial Pacific, north Pacific and western Atlantic oceans, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday....

Russian craft delivers long-awaited cargo to space station
MOSCOW (AP) -- An unmanned Russian cargo ship has docked successfully at the International Space Station, where it was anxiously awaited by the U.S.-Russian crew after the successive failures of two previous supply missions....

Owner of 'Tetris' rights takes Hawaii home, ranch off grid
HONOLULU (AP) -- High above the bustling city of Honolulu, in a quiet, exclusive hillside neighborhood where some of the island's wealthiest residents live, there is an extravagant home that's not quite like the others....

Solar plane lands in Hawaii after record-breaking flight
KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) -- A plane powered by the sun's rays landed in Hawaii Friday after a record-breaking five-day journey across the Pacific Ocean from Japan....

Heaven scent: Finding may help restore fragrance to roses
NEW YORK (AP) -- Shakespeare said a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. In fact, many kinds of roses today have little fragrance. But a new discovery might change that....

Washington woman's measles death is first in US since 2003
SEATTLE (AP) -- A woman killed by measles in Washington state had been vaccinated against the disease as a child but succumbed because she had a compromised immune system, a local health official told a TV station....