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New plane tracking to be tested after Malaysia jet mystery
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SYDNEY (AP) -- Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia will lead a trial of an enhanced method of tracking aircraft over remote oceans to allow planes to be more easily found should they vanish like Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Australia's transport minister said Sunday....

AP PHOTOS: Antarctica's spectacular glaciers melting faster
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CAPE LEGOUPIL, Antarctica (AP) -- From the ground of this extreme northern part of Antarctica, a spectacular white and blinding ice seemingly extends forever. What can't be seen is the battle raging below to reshape Earth....

Myanmar captures rare white elephant in western jungles
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YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Myanmar's forestry department has captured a rare white elephant in the jungles of the country's western Ayeyarwaddy region, an official said Sunday....





Crop herbicides play a role in shrinking monarch population
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A butterfly being considered for federal protection is emblematic of the plight that pollinating insects face in part because farmers, enticed by ethanol mandates, are growing more herbicide-resistant crops, which has stripped millions of acres of crucial plant habitat....

Astronauts take 3rd spacewalk to complete tricky cable job
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- It's the third spacewalk in just over a week for a pair of NASA astronauts....

China's latest survey finds increase in wild giant pandas
BEIJING (AP) -- Wild giant pandas in China are doing well....

Switzerland 1st country to submit pledge for UN climate pact
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Switzerland has become the first country to submit a pledge to the United Nations for a new global climate deal, vowing to cut its greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030, compared to 1990 levels....

The big melt: Antarctica's retreating ice may re-shape Earth
CAPE LEGOUPIL, Antarctica (AP) -- From the ground in this extreme northern part of Antarctica, spectacularly white and blinding ice seems to extend forever. What can't be seen is the battle raging thousands of feet (hundreds of meters) below to re-shape Earth....

Arctic research vessel Sikuliaq prepares for final trials
SEWARD, Alaska (AP) -- A floating Arctic laboratory four decades in the making has arrived at its home port and stands poised to begin unlocking mysteries of one of the wildest places on Earth....

Feds spot third baby orca born recently to imperiled pods
SEATTLE (AP) -- U.S. scientists following endangered killer whales from a research vessel have spotted a baby orca off the coast of Washington state, the third birth documented this winter but still leaving the population dangerously low....