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Eclipse chasers blaze trail to Oregon for view of a lifetime
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MADRAS, Ore. (AP) -- Just before sunrise, there's typically nothing atop Round Butte but the whistle of the wind and a panoramic view of Oregon's second-highest peak glowing pink in the faint light....

Total solar eclipse 1st in 99 years to sweep width of US
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- This August, the U.S. will experience its first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in 99 years....

It's a girl: Japan zoo's star panda baby gets a checkup
TOKYO (AP) -- The baby panda who has become an overnight celebrity in Japan is a girl....

'Superhero' 3D printed hands help kids dream in Argentina
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Being born without fingers can be tough for any child. Getting new ones - especially red and blue superhero themed digits - has made 8-year-old Kaori Misue a vibrant playground star....

Group votes to protect some Atlantic corals, balk on others
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- A federal panel voted on Thursday to offer new protections to some deep-sea corals in the Atlantic Ocean but held off on protecting others so it can get more information first....

Experts: US exiting climate pact may doom some small islands
WASHINGTON (AP) -- To small island nations where the land juts just above the rising seas, the U.S. pulling out of the Paris global warming pact makes the future seem as fragile and built on hope as a sand castle....

'That tree wants to live': Onlookers watch tree-moving prep
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Workers in Idaho prepared to inflate rolling tubes beneath a massive sequoia that grew over more than a century from a seed sent by naturalist John Muir. Then, they'll wrestle the tree up a ramp to street level Friday....

Fake quake: Report of major California temblor a false alarm
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The only tremors from a reported major earthquake off the California coast came on the internet....

EU court: Vaccines can be blamed for illnesses without proof
LONDON (AP) -- The highest court of the European Union ruled Wednesday that courts can consider whether a vaccination led to someone developing an illness even when there is no scientific proof....

Brazilian president says he built warm ties with Putin
MOSCOW (AP) -- Brazilian President Michel Temer says he has built warm ties with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin....