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Magnitude-5.8 quake shakes New Zealand city of Christchurch
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- A magnitude-5.8 earthquake shook the New Zealand city of Christchurch on Sunday but there were no immediate reports of serious damage, nearly five years after a deadly, more powerful quake destroyed much of the city center....

Where did El Nino go? Heat, dry spell stoke drought worry
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SONOMA, Calif. (AP) -- Where did El Nino go?...

NYC waters are teeming with plastic particles, study finds
NEW YORK (AP) -- The waterways surrounding New York City are a soup of plastic, ranging from discarded takeout containers down to tiny beads that end up in the food supply, according to a new report by an environmental group....





Hawaii declares emergency over mosquito-borne illnesses
HONOLULU (AP) -- Hawaii Gov. David Ige declared a state of emergency to fight mosquito borne illnesses including dengue fever and the Zika virus....

Utah plans to take legal action against EPA over mine waste
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes said Friday he plans to take legal action against the Environmental Protection Agency following reports that it didn't alert the state to river contamination after a massive mine waste spill....

Research finds harmful algae toxins in Alaska marine mammals
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A review of more than 900 marine mammals hunted, stranded or captured for research along Alaska's coast has found toxins from harmful algae in 13 species, creating concern that the natural poisonous substances could increase as water temperatures warm and sea ice diminishes....

AP Explains: Just what are Einstein's gravitational waves?
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Astronomers on Thursday announced that their new billion-dollar U.S. observatory has detected a gravitational wave, a phenomenon Albert Einstein predicted a century ago in his theory of general relativity. Here's what that breakthrough means....

Scientists stop calling out to comet lander as hope fades
BERLIN (AP) -- European scientists said Friday that they have stopped sending commands to the Philae space probe, which became the first to touch down on a comet more than a year ago....

What We Know: Scientists find Einstein's gravity waves
Scientists say they have finally detected gravitational waves, proving Einstein right again. Here's what we know:...

Einstein's right again: Scientists detect ripples in gravity
WASHINGTON (AP) -- It was just a tiny, almost imperceptible "chirp," but it simultaneously opened humanity's ears to the music of the cosmos and proved Einstein right again....