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Australia out of step with new climate momentum
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who rose to power in large part by opposing a tax on greenhouse gas emissions, is finding his country isolated like never before on climate change as the U.S., China and other nations signal new momentum for action....
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Volcano in south Japan erupts, disrupting flights
TOKYO (AP) -- A volcano in southern Japan blasted out chunks of magma Friday in the first such eruption in 22 years, causing flight cancellations and prompting warnings to stay away from its crater....
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US tightens smog limits in bid to protect health
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a fresh confrontation with Republicans, the Obama administration on Wednesday proposed stricter emissions limits on smog-forming pollution linked to asthma and respiratory illness. The move fulfilled a long-delayed campaign promise by President Barack Obama but left environmental and public health groups wanting more....
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Lab-coated Muggles use Harry Potter to study brain
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Harry Potter swoops around on his broom, faces the bully Malfoy and later runs into a three-headed dog. For scientists studying brain activity while reading, it's the perfect excerpt from the young wizard's many adventures to give their subjects....
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Feds cancel permit for Idaho wolf-killing derby
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Environmental groups have won the latest battle in their effort to halt a wolf- and coyote-shooting derby in Idaho, but a pro-hunting group says the contest with cash prizes for whoever kills the most predators will go on as planned early next year....
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Colorado mastodon bones show ancient warmer Earth
DENVER (AP) -- A trove of ancient bones from gigantic animals discovered in the Colorado mountains is providing scientists with a fascinating look at what happened about 120,000 years ago when the Earth got as warm as it is today....
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Dutch seek to harness energy from salt water mix
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- Dutch researchers are seeking to add a new, largely untapped renewable energy source to the world's energy mix with the opening of a "Blue Energy" test facility on Wednesday....
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Helium: It gives NYC's Thanksgiving parade a lift
NEW YORK (AP) -- It'll never rank up there with turkey and pumpkin pie, but for millions of Americans the Thanksgiving experience just wouldn't be the same without ... helium....
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Space station's 3-D printer pops out 1st creation
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- The first 3-D printer in space has popped out its first creation....
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Doctor behind 'free radical' aging theory dies
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Dr. Denham Harman, a renowned scientist who developed a prominent theory on aging that's now used to study cancer, Alzheimer's disease and other illnesses, has died in Nebraska at age 98....
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