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Study: Combining vaccines boosts polio immunity
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- New research suggests a one-two punch could help battle polio in some of the world's most remote and strife-torn regions: Giving a single vaccine shot to children who've already swallowed drops of an oral polio vaccine greatly boosted their immunity....

GPS devices find huge water loss in western US
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- About 63 trillion gallons of water have been lost to drought in the western United States, enough to blanket the region with 4 inches of water, according to a study published Thursday....

Neanderthals and humans had 'ample time' to mix
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BERLIN (AP) -- Humans and Neanderthals may have coexisted in Europe for more than 5,000 years, providing ample time for the two species to meet and mix, according to new research....





Dinosaur footprints set for public display in Utah
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A dry wash full of 112-million-year-old dinosaur tracks that include an ankylosaurus, dromaeosaurus and a menacing ancestor of the Tyrannosaurus rex, is set to open to the public this fall near Moab....

Tourists evacuated amid Iceland volcano concerns
LONDON (AP) -- Authorities have evacuated tourists from an area north of Iceland's largest glacier amid increased seismic activity around a volcano in the past few days....

Livestrong $50M gift biggest since Armstrong exit
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Lance Armstrong's former charity made the largest investment in its history Tuesday by giving $50 million to the University of Texas, marking the group's biggest splash since severing ties with the disgraced cyclist as it pushes to restore momentum and influence after a tumultuous two years....

Emerging solar plants scorch birds in mid-air
IVANPAH DRY LAKE, Calif. (AP) -- Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant's concentrated sun rays - "streamers," for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair....

Spacewalking astronauts release baby satellite
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- Spacewalking astronauts launched a tiny Peruvian research satellite Monday, setting it loose on a mission to observe Earth....

Less shake from artificial quakes, fed study says
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Man-made earthquakes, a side effect of some high-tech energy drilling, cause less shaking and in general are about 16 times weaker than natural earthquakes with the same magnitude, a new federal study found....

Disabilities in kids rise; not physical problems
CHICAGO (AP) -- Disabilities among U.S. children have increased slightly, with a bigger rise in mental and developmental problems in those from wealthier families, a 10-year analysis found....