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Giraffes, rarer than elephants, put on extinction watch list
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The giraffe, the tallest land animal, is now at risk of extinction, biologists say....

Trump settles on Oklahoma's attorney general to lead EPA
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- President-elect Donald Trump confirmed on Thursday that he will nominate Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, a global warming skeptic, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, which he has repeatedly sued and derided for pursuing an "activist agenda."...

Parisians grapple with worst winter pollution in a decade
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PARIS (AP) -- Under deceptively blue skies, the marvels of Paris beckoned. But art dealer Sophie Vigourous wore a face mask to appreciate them because of the pollution....

Drought, the South's unwelcome guest, stays despite rains
ATLANTA (AP) -- Recent showers and storms have slightly eased the South's severe drought, but experts say it wasn't enough to make up for months of dry conditions before the rain finally fell....

Harvard reaches goal of cutting gas emissions by 30 percent
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) -- Harvard University says it has achieved a 2008 goal to reduce campus greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent....

Scientists explore sunken mini sub near Pearl Harbor
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Ocean waters are taking a toll on a sunken mini submarine 5 miles off the entrance to Pearl Harbor....

SpaceX's 1st launch since rocket blast now bumped to January
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- SpaceX's first launch since a rocket explosion at the pad has slipped to January....

Spread by trade and climate, bugs butcher America's forests
PETERSHAM, Mass. (AP) -- In a towering forest of centuries-old eastern hemlocks, it's easy to miss one of the tree's nemeses. No larger than a speck of pepper, the Hemlock woolly adelgid spends its life on the underside of needles sucking sap, eventually killing the tree....

Aid groups descend on Indonesia quake zone; deaths reach 102
MEUREUDU, Indonesia (AP) -- Humanitarian organizations descended on Indonesia's Aceh province Thursday as the local disaster agency called for urgent food supplies and officials raced to assess the full extent of damage from an earthquake that killed more than 100 people....

Scientists develop robotic hand for people with quadriplegia
BERLIN (AP) -- Scientists have developed a mind-controlled robotic hand that allows people with certain types of spinal injuries to perform everyday tasks such as using a fork or drinking from a cup....