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Researchers and invited dignitaries watch gathered at the University of Nevada, Reno's new Earthquake Engineering Laboratory in Reno, Nev., on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, before a series of tests on new bridge designs intended to better withstand violent temblors. Scientists say the 100-ton, 70-foot-long concrete bridge subjected to violent motions on a giant ''shake table'' held up better than expected using new innovations to connect prefabricated pieces with ultra-high performance concrete and could prove pivotal in earthquake-prone places like Mexico and the western U.S. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner)
September 20, 2017 - 10:17 pm
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Scientists at a Nevada earthquake lab on Wednesday tested new bridge designs with connectors they say are innovative and created to better withstand violent temblors and speed reconstruction efforts after major quake damage. University of Nevada, Reno engineers performed the...
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FILE - This Aug. 31, 2015, file photo shows telescopes on the summit of Mauna Kea on Hawaii's Big Island. Hawaii's land board will hear arguments over a judge's recommendation that a construction permit be granted for a giant telescope planned for a Hawaii mountain summit that some consider sacred. The $1.4 billion project is embroiled in another round of hearings after the state Supreme Court invalidated a construction permit the land board previously issued. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File)
September 20, 2017 - 10:02 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's land board is hearing arguments for and against building a giant telescope on a mountain some consider sacred. Wednesday's hearing in a Hilo hotel comes after the retired judge overseeing contested-case hearings for the Thirty Meter Telescope recommended granting the...
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Researchers and invited dignitaries watch gathered at the University of Nevada, Reno's new Earthquake Engineering Laboratory in Reno, Nev., on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, before a series of tests on new bridge designs intended to better withstand violent temblors. Scientists say the 100-ton, 70-foot-long concrete bridge subjected to violent motions on a giant ''shake table'' held up better than expected using new innovations to connect prefabricated pieces with ultra-high performance concrete and could prove pivotal in earthquake-prone places like Mexico and the western U.S. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner)
September 20, 2017 - 7:50 pm
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Scientists at a Nevada earthquake lab on Wednesday tested new bridge designs with connectors they say are innovative and created to better withstand violent temblors and speed reconstruction efforts after major quake damage. University of Nevada, Reno engineers performed the...
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A Red Cross worker stands, top center, on a collapsed building where rescuers continue searching for people trapped inside, in the Roma Norte neighborhood of Mexico City, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. Mexicans across the city are digging through collapsed buildings, trying to save people trapped in debris under schools, homes and businesses, toppled by a 7.1 earthquake that killed more than 200 people. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
September 20, 2017 - 4:51 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The soft soil that lines the ancient lake bed that Mexico City is built on amplified the shaking from Tuesday's earthquake and increased its destructive force, seismologists say as they try to better understand the quake that has killed more than 200 people. Scientists are looking...
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September 20, 2017 - 1:43 pm
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A retired Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer accused of smuggling narwhal tusks has been sentenced to five years, two months in federal prison. Prosecutors say Gregory Logan, of St. John, New Brunswick, smuggled about 300 tusks valued at $1.5 million to $3 million into Maine...
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September 20, 2017 - 11:44 am
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Space station astronaut Joe Acaba is getting a double dose of hurricanes — even in orbit. Harvey flooded his home in Houston last month. Now Maria has slammed into Puerto Rico, his family's homeland. In an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday, the first...
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September 20, 2017 - 8:56 am
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The International Space Station's Joe Acaba (AH-kah-bah), the first astronaut of Puerto Rican heritage, has been affected by two hurricanes — even in orbit. In an interview from the space station Wednesday, Acaba offered words of comfort to Puerto Ricans enduring the...
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September 20, 2017 - 3:39 am
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A conservation group in Indonesia says it wants to create a 5-hectare (12-acre) "forest island" for the world's only known albino orangutan after rescuing it from villagers earlier this year. Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation said Wednesday that the 5-year-old orangutan...
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September 20, 2017 - 2:37 am
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A conservation group in Indonesia says it wants to create a 5-hectare "forest island" for the world's only known albino orangutan after rescuing it from villagers earlier this year. Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation says Wednesday that the 5-year-old orangutan, which it...
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September 19, 2017 - 9:14 pm
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A group of powerful California farmers pulled their support Tuesday from a pair of massive, $16 billion tunnels that would have re-engineered the state's water system in a decisive move that dealt a major blow to the project pushed by Gov. Jerry Brown. The board of Westlands...
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