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Did fall from tree kill famous human ancestor Lucy?
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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The famous human ancestor known as Lucy walked the Earth, but it was her tree climbing that might have led to her demise, a new study suggests....

Austrian experts recover giant tusks of rare mammoth breed
VIENNA (AP) -- An Austrian museum team has recovered two giant tusks and other remnants of what experts say are apparently the remains of a rare mammoth breed, after construction crews unearthed them while working on an Austrian freeway....

In drought, drones help California farmers save every drop
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LOS BANOS, Calif. (AP) -- A drone whirred to life in a cloud of dust, then shot hundreds of feet skyward for a bird's-eye view of a vast tomato field in California's Central Valley, the nation's most productive farming region....

SpaceX Dragon returns to Earth with station science, gear
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- A SpaceX Dragon capsule returned to Earth on Friday with scientific gifts from the International Space Station....

Goodbye, herring? Biotech bait gives lobstermen alternative
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Lobster and crab fishermen have baited traps with dead herring for generations, but an effort to find a synthetic substitute for forage fish is nearing fruition just as the little fish are in short supply, threatening livelihoods in a lucrative industry....

Alaska identifies first case of H5N2 bird flu
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- The bird flu strain that wiped out millions of turkeys and chickens in the Midwest last year has been found in Alaska for the first time....

EU forum to take stance on Sweden's call for lobster ban
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- An arm of the European Union is expected to weigh in on a request from Sweden to deem American lobsters an invasive species in much of Europe....

Alaskans live among bears _ both real and brightly colored
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Alaska's largest city is home to more than 300 grizzly and black bears - and now more than a dozen multicolored ones....

Indonesia steps up fire response as haze blankets Singapore
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Six Indonesian provinces have declared states of emergency as forest fires blanketed a swath of Southeast Asia in a smoky haze....