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Scientists: Wind, drought worsen fires, not bad management

WASHINGTON (AP) — Both nature and humans share blame for California's devastating wildfires, but forest management did not play a major role, despite President Donald Trump's claims, fire scientists say. Nature provides the dangerous winds that have whipped the fires, and human-caused climate change over the long haul is killing and drying the shrubs and…

Cargo mission to space station is set to launch this week

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. (AP) — An unmanned cargo rocket is scheduled to blast off this week from Virginia's coast to the International Space Station. The Daily Press reports that the launch is scheduled for shortly before 5 a.m. Thursday at the spaceport on Wallops Island along the Eastern Shore. The unmanned Cygnus cargo craft will…

Warming hurting shellfish, aiding predators, ruining habitat

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Valuable species of shellfish have become harder to find on the East Coast because of degraded habitat caused by a warming environment, according to a pair of scientists that sought to find out whether environmental factors or overfishing was the source of the decline. The scientists reached the conclusion in studying…

Heart meeting features fish oil, vitamin D, cholesterol news

CHICAGO (AP) — Fish oil, vitamin D, novel drugs, new cholesterol guidelines: News from an American Heart Association conference over the weekend reveals a lot about what works and what does not for preventing heart attacks and other problems. Dietary supplements missed the mark, but a prescription-strength fish oil showed promise. A drug not only…

Big studies give mixed news on fish oil, vitamin D

CHICAGO (AP) — Taking fish oil or vitamin D? Big studies give long-awaited answers on who does and does not benefit from these popular nutrients. Fish oil taken by healthy people, at a dose found in many supplements, showed no clear ability to lower heart or cancer risks. Same for vitamin D. But higher amounts…

Egypt's newly discovered tombs hold mummies, animal statues

SAQQARA, Egypt (AP) — A top Egyptian antiquities official says local archaeologists have discovered seven Pharaonic Age tombs near the capital Cairo containing dozens of cat mummies along with wooden statues depicting other animals and birds. Mostafa Waziri told reporters Saturday that the discovery at Saqqara also includes mummies of scarabs, the first ever to…

Teacher: Bus drivers evacuated students amid California fire

CHICO, Calif. (AP) — Teachers, aides and bus drivers in Northern California loaded more than 100 school students into cars and school buses as a fast-moving wildfire approached, driving hours through smoke and flames to safely reunite the children with their families, according to one of the teachers who helped get people to safety. Marc…

Lawyer: Trump exceeded power by reversing Obama drilling ban

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — President Donald Trump exceeded his power when he signed an executive order reversing a ban on offshore drilling in vast parts of the Arctic Ocean and dozens of underwater canyons in the Atlantic Ocean, an attorney argued in federal court on Friday. Erik Grafe, an Alaska-based attorney for the environmental group…

Next US astronaut on Russian rocket confident after mishaps

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A U.S. astronaut said Friday she has no qualms about riding a Russian rocket next month despite back-to-back mishaps. Army Lt. Col. Anne McClain said spaceflight is never 100 percent safe and it's coincidental that the last two Soyuz missions to the International Space Station encountered trouble. Last month, astronauts…

Letter shows a fearful Einstein long before Nazis' rise

JERUSALEM (AP) — More than a decade before the Nazis seized power in Germany, Albert Einstein was on the run and already fearful for his country's future, according to a newly revealed handwritten letter. His longtime friend and fellow Jew, German Foreign Minister Walther Rathenau, had just been assassinated by right-wing extremists and police had…