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Lifelike robots made in Hong Kong meant to win over humans
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HONG KONG (AP) -- David Hanson envisions a future in which AI-powered robots evolve to become "super-intelligent genius machines" that might help solve some of mankind's most challenging problems....

Slow-moving landslide has Washington town on high alert
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UNION GAP, Wash. (AP) -- A slow-moving landslide in a fertile farming region in Washington state has forced evacuations as officials prepare for what they say is inevitable - the collapse of a ridge that sits above a few dozen homes and a key highway....

World's largest sea turtle could come off 'endangered' list
Federal ocean managers say it might be time to move the East Coast population of the world's largest turtle from the U.S.'s list of endangered animals....





Warning: Stifling sneezes can be health hazard in rare cases
LONDON (AP) -- Tempted to stifle a loud or untimely sneeze? Let it out instead, doctors in England warned Monday based on the very unusual case of a man who ruptured the back of his throat when he tried to suppress a sneeze....

Glowing red lava causes more to flee from Philippine volcano
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Glowing-red lava spurted in a fountain and flowed down the Philippines' most active volcano on Tuesday in a stunning display of its fury that has sent more than 34,000 villagers fleeing to safety and prompted police to set up checkpoints to stop tourists from getting too close....

Volcano in Papua New Guinea little known, hard to predict
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- People in Papua New Guinea are being warned that an eruption of a volcano in the South Pacific nation could also cause a local tsunami....

US review shows pesticides harm threatened salmon, whales
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal scientists have determined that a family of widely used pesticides poses a threat to dozens of endangered and threatened species, including Pacific salmon, Atlantic sturgeon and Puget Sound orcas....

Puerto Rican astronaut reaches out to island's schoolkids
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- The first astronaut of Puerto Rican heritage reached out Friday to schoolchildren on the hurricane-bashed island....

Thailand seizes large elephant tusks worth over $450,000
BANGKOK (AP) -- Thai authorities have seized 148 kilograms (326 pounds) of African elephant ivory, including three large tusks, worth around 15 million baht ($469,800) from a Bangkok airport....

India launches rocket carrying dozens of satellites
NEW DELHI (AP) -- India launched a rocket carrying dozens of satellites from India and six other countries Friday from its island space center....