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Ex-Iowa State scientist gets prison for faking HIV research
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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- A former Iowa State University scientist who altered blood samples to make it appear he had achieved a breakthrough toward a potential vaccine against HIV was sentenced Wednesday to more than 4 1/2 years in prison for making false statements in research reports....

Too hot: Temperatures messing with sex of Australian lizards
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hotter temperatures are messing with the gender of Australia's bearded dragon lizards, a new study finds....

It's the pits: Comet appears to have sinkholes, study says
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Comets are basically dirty snowballs, but it turns out they can have a very Earth-like feature: sinkholes....

Survey: US political and generation gaps on science issues
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Age divides Americans on science issues just as much as political ideology, a new analysis of recent polling shows....

Lions returned to Rwanda 15 years after population wiped out
PHINDA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE, South Africa (AP) -- The sedated, blindfolded lions lay in the dirt, unwitting passengers about to embark on a 30-hour, 2,500-mile (4,000-kilometer) journey by truck and plane from South Africa to Rwanda, whose lion population was wiped out following the country's 1994 genocide....

Thousands gather in Portland as Oregon eases into legal weed
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon began easing into an era of legal marijuana Wednesday after an early morning pot celebration at the center of Portland....

Image of Asia: Pilgrimage to Amarnath cave shrine
In this photo by Channi Anand, an Indian paramilitary soldier stands guard overlooking a highway as the first group of Hindu pilgrims leaves Jammu, India, to start the Amarnath Yatra, the annual pilgrimage to the Amarnath shrine. The shrine to Lord Shiva is an icy stalagmite in a mountain cave 4,115 meters (13,500 feet) above sea level that is accessibly for only about five weeks in high summer. More than half a million devotees make the annual pilgrimage, and security measures such as convoys are deployed because of past separatist attacks. The pilgrims make the final trek on foot or on horseback, or are carried up the steep path by porters....

2 red panda cubs born at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo
CHICAGO (AP) -- For the first time, red panda cubs have been born at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo....

Dolphin leaps onto boat, injuring California woman
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) -- A dolphin leaped onto a boat in Southern California, crashing into a woman and breaking both her ankles....

China announces climate target for Paris deal
PARIS (AP) -- Top carbon polluter China confirmed it will try to cap its rising emissions before 2030 while the U.S. and Brazil pledged to boost renewable energy sources in a series of announcements Tuesday in anticipation of a global climate pact in Paris....