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An icky new hero: Roach-like robots may help in disasters
WASHINGTON (AP) -- When buildings collapse in future disasters, the hero helping rescue trapped people may be a robotic cockroach....

Nobel medicine prize panel official resigns over inquiry
HELSINKI (AP) -- The secretary-general of the Swedish panel that awards the Nobel medicine prize has resigned because of an investigation into disputed stem-cell scientist Paolo Macchiarini....

Studies aim to restore habitat of imperiled Northwest fish
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Scientists in the Pacific Northwest are studying more than a dozen watersheds to develop templates on habitat restoration that could be used in similar streams to bolster struggling fish populations....





Storms may brew, but in N. Korea pride over new satellite
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- Hours after the rest of the world already knew, North Korea's state media triumphantly announced in a special news bulletin to the nation Sunday it had successfully launched a satellite into orbit, calling it a major milestone in the nation's history and the "greatest gift of loyalty" to the country's young leader, Kim Jong Un....

Sakurajima volcano erupts spectacularly in southern Japan
TOKYO (AP) -- One of Japan's most active volcanos erupted spectacularly Friday evening with a fiery blast that sent lava rolling down its slope....

EPA: Traces of contaminant found in 3 Colorado water systems
DENVER (AP) -- Traces of widely used and potentially harmful chemicals have shown up in three drinking water systems in Colorado, prompting officials to shut down three wells and start looking for the source....

EPA: Mine spill dumped 880,000 pounds of metals in river
DENVER (AP) -- A 3 million-gallon spill from a southwestern Colorado gold mine last year may have dumped more than 880,000 pounds of metals into the Animas River, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Friday....

Living with people they bite, Zika mosquitoes hard to fight
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- The mosquitoes that spread the Zika virus are among the hardest species to fight because they live and breed in tub drains, dog bowls, buckets, flower pots and other spots where water collects inside the houses and yards of the people they bite, insect experts noted Monday....

First research links California quakes to oil operations
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A 2005 spate of quakes in California's Central Valley almost certainly was triggered by oilfield injection underground, a study published Thursday said in the first such link in California between oil and gas operations and earthquakes....

Data gaps hinder explanation for Alaska seabird die-off
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A preliminary investigation into the massive die-off of common murres, one of the Northern Hemisphere's most abundant seabirds, off Alaska's coast is revealing gaps in basic information on North Pacific waters and the wildlife that inhabit them....