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European scientists launch new space telescope

May 18, 2009 9:12 am | by DANICA COTO - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — As American astronauts overhauled the aging Hubble, European scientists launched an even larger space telescope toward a far-flung orbit, hoping to help answer two questions: How did the cosmos begin and are we alone in it?"We are seeking the origins of the universe,"...

Study looks at early Navajo use of smoke signals

May 18, 2009 9:12 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Archaeologists and volunteers armed with special flares will fan out over part of the Four Corners region on Saturday to study how early Navajos could have used smoke signals to warn against invaders.There are more than 200 pueblitos — usually high on rock outcroppings...

Flourishing eagles feast on Maine's rare seabirds

May 18, 2009 9:12 am | by CLARKE CANFIELD - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Bald eagles, bouncing back after years of decline, are swaggering forth with an appetite for great cormorant chicks that threatens to wipe out that bird population in the United States.The eagles, perhaps finding less fish to eat, are flying to Maine's remote rocky islands...

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UN: Growth of slums boosting natural disaster risk

May 18, 2009 9:12 am | by BRIAN MURPHY - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The rampant growth of urban slums around the world and weather extremes linked to climate change have sharply increased the risks from "megadisasters" such as devastating floods and cyclones, a U.N. report said Sunday.The study — which examines natural disaster...

Blue whales returning to former Alaska waters

May 18, 2009 9:12 am | by MARY PEMBERTON - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Blue whales are returning to Alaska in search of food and could be re-establishing an old migration route several decades after they were nearly wiped out by commercial whalers, scientists say.The endangered whales, possibly the largest animals ever to live on Earth, have...

Astronauts finish repairs on Hubble telescope

May 18, 2009 9:12 am | by MARCIA DUNN - AP Aerospace Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacewalking astronauts completed repairs to the Hubble Space Telescope on Monday, leaving it more powerful than ever and able to peer even deeper into the cosmos — almost to the brink of creation. The last humans to lay hands on Hubble outfitted the observatory with...

East Texas man set to die Tuesday, 1st Ld-Writethru, TX

May 18, 2009 9:11 am | by MICHAEL GRACZYK - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Michael Riley was a frequent customer at the Shop-A-Minit convenience store in Quitman in East Texas, so when he walked in and asked for ice cream on a Saturday morning, clerk Wynona Lynn Harris told him to help himself as she counted money.Riley pulled out a 10-inch...

'Golden Age' comics go up for auction in Dallas, APFN

May 18, 2009 9:11 am | by JAMIE STENGLE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

DALLAS (AP) — As a kid, Ralph Chicorel was careful with the comic books he faithfully bought for 10 cents at the drugstore in his Detroit neighborhood."I loved the artwork so much that I took real good care of them. I turned the pages very carefully," the 78-year-old said. "I relished, treasured...

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Pension funds recovering some, 2nd Ld-Writethru, MT

May 18, 2009 9:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Like the stock market, Montana's public pension funds are slowly starting to recover, but are still well below peak levels.Through May 8, Montana public pension funds' combined assets were $5.9 billion. Carroll South, executive director of the state Board of Investments, said...

NYC outbreak throws wrench into parents' days, 2nd Ld-Writethru, NY

May 18, 2009 9:11 am | by KAREN MATTHEWS - Associated Press Writers - Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Flowers and candles piled up Monday outside a school whose assistant principal died of swine flu as thousands of New York City parents scrambled to make arrangements for children at 12 schools closed because of the outbreak.Mitchell Wiener, 55, died Sunday evening after being sick...

ZigBee Smart Energy To IEC

May 18, 2009 9:11 am | News | Comments

The ZigBee(R) Alliance announces it is proposing use of the ZigBee Smart Energy public application profile to the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) as a basis for an IEC standard. The IEC is an international standards organization that prepares and publishes international standards for all electrical and electronic industries. 

Lithuania president-elect questions parental leave, 3rd Ld-Writethru, EU

May 18, 2009 9:11 am | by LIUDAS DAPKUS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — The first woman to be elected president of Lithuania said Monday the government must slash spending and questioned whether the country can afford its generous parental leave benefits.A day after her landslide win, European Union budget chief Dalia Grybauskaite pledged to...

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May 18, 2009 9:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

bc-IL-CareerBuilder 05-181/8STK3/8 GCI MNI MSFT1/8IN3/8 CPR WEB WRK1/8SU3/8 SVYTO BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY EDITORS:Thirty-Five Percent of Workers Aren't Planning to Take a Vacation This Year,CareerBuilder's Annual Survey Reveals-Half of Employers Expect Workers to Stay in Touch While Away-CHICAGO,...

Pakistan denies it is expanding nuclear arsenal, 4th Ld-Writethru, AS

May 18, 2009 9:11 am | by ZARAR KHAN - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan denied Monday it was expanding its nuclear arsenal, a week after the top U.S. military officer said there was evidence it was doing so.Pakistan is battling a growing insurgency by Islamist militants with links to al-Qaida and the Taliban. Washington is considering giving...

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May 18, 2009 9:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

bc-PA-Siemens-ASNR-2009 photo 05-181/8STK3/8 SI1/8IN3/8 HEA MTC STW CPR1/8SU3/8 TDS-- WITH PHOTO -- TO BUSINESS, HEALTH AND MEDICAL EDITORS:Siemens Demonstrates Groundbreaking Approach to Stroke Diagnosis at ASNR 2009Rapid volume perfusion acquisition, intuitive post-processing and remoteaccess...

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