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FILE - This aerial file photo taken, June 20, 2010, shows the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, in Avila Beach, Calif. California regulators are expected to decide Tuesday, June 28, 2016, whether to drop their longstanding environmental objections to the state's last nuclear power plant in return for its promised early closing. (Joe Johnston/The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo) via AP, File) MANDATORY CREDIT

California land officials sign off on closing nuclear plant

California land officials dropped their longstanding environmental objections to the state's last nuclear power plant and signed off Tuesday on a deal to close the Central Coast facility many years earlier than its operators had previously sought. The State Lands Commission approved a lease allowing Pacific Gas and Electric Co. ...

Spectators watch the second and final qualification motor (QM-2) test for the Space Launch System's booster, Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at Orbital ATK Propulsion Systems test facilities in Promontory, Utah.  During the Space Launch System flight the boosters will provide more than 75 percent of the thrust needed to escape the gravitational pull of the Earth, the first step on NASA's Journey to Mars.  (Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Booster rocket fires in key NASA test for Mars missions

NASA's fireworks came early this year with a successful rocket test in Utah. On Tuesday, NASA fired a booster intended to hoist astronauts into true outer space. The ground test lasted the full two minutes, and the early word is that everything went well. NASA plans to use the mega-rocket ...

FILE - In this June 22, 2016 file photo, a sign warning of extreme heat is seen on a trailhead at Piestewa Peak in Phoenix. Thirty-one of the country’s top science organizations are telling Congress that global warming is real, a problem and something needs to be done about it. The science groups, which represent millions of scientists, sent the letter Tuesday, June 28, 2016, saying the severity of climate change is increasing and will get worse faster in coming decades.  (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

Science groups to Congress: Climate change is real threat

Thirty-one of the country's top science organizations are telling Congress that global warming is a real problem and something needs to be done about it. The groups, which represent millions of scientists, sent the letter Tuesday, saying the severity of climate change is increasing and will worsen faster in coming ...

Huge helium gas field found in Tanzania said 'game changer'

The discovery of a huge helium gas field in East Africa is a "game changer for the future security of society's helium needs" amid a global shortage, researchers in Britain said Tuesday. The discovery in Tanzania is the result of a new exploration approach for the precious gas that is ...

Coast Guard investigates unknown sheen in Lake Ontario

The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating an unknown sheen in Lake Ontario. Officials responded Sunday to a report of a sheen in Lake Ontario near the Fitzpatrick Nuclear Power Plant in Scriba, New York, about 40 miles north of Syracuse. A Coast Guard Auxiliary air crew had noticed it during ...

Spectators watch as a Long March 7 (CZ-7) rocket lifts off the launch pad in Wenchang in southern China's Hainan Province Saturday, June 25, 2016. Saturday's launch was the first flight of the 53-meter (174-foot) tall rocket, which also carries a scaled-down version of a new Chinese re-entry capsule for human spaceflight. (Chinatopix via AP) CHINA OUT

China on schedule for launch this year of 2nd space station

China on Sunday recovered an experimental probe launched aboard a new generation rocket, marking another milestone in its increasingly ambitious space program that envisions a mission to Mars by the end of the decade. Space program authorities said the spaceship's landing on the vast Inner Mongolian steppe keeps China on ...

APNewsBreak: Experts demand more effort to save coral reefs

As the largest international gathering of coral reef experts comes to a close, scientists and policy makers are moving ahead with plans for action to save the world's reefs, which are being rapidly damaged. "We are not ready to write the obituary for coral reefs," James Cook University professor Terry ...

In this May, 2016 photo provided by XL Catlin Global Reef Record, decomposing coral is shown on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. As the world’s largest gathering of coral reef experts comes to a close, scientists and policy makers are moving ahead with plans for action to save the world’s imperiled reefs. (XL Catlin Global Reef Record via AP)

APNewsBreak: Experts demand more effort to save coral reefs

As the largest international gathering of coral reef experts comes to a close, scientists and policy makers are moving ahead with plans for action to save the world's reefs, which are being rapidly damaged. "We are not ready to write the obituary for coral reefs," James Cook University professor Terry ...

A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying a U.S. Navy communications satellite lifts off from Complex 41 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Friday, June 24, 2016, in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The satellite is designed to significantly improve ground communications for U.S. forces on the move. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Atlas rocket launches for 1st time since March grounding

America's Atlas rockets are flying again, successfully launching a communications satellite for the Navy. The unmanned Atlas V rocket blasted into a brilliantly clear sky Friday morning. It was the first Atlas flight by rocket maker United Launch Alliance since March, when a fuel-valve problem popped up on a space ...

An undated picture made available by the Pompeii Archeological site Press Office, showing skeleton's bones recently discovered in Pompeii, near Naples, Italy. Italian and French archaeologist team, digging in the outskirts of Pompeii, have discovered four skeletons and gold coins in the ruins of an ancient shop. Pompeii archaeological site officials said Friday, June 24, 2016, the skeletons are those of young people, including an adolescent girl, who perished in the back of the shop when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79. (Pompeii Archeological Site Press Office via AP)

Skeletons, coins found in dig of ancient Pompeii shop

Italian and French archaeologists have discovered four skeletons and gold coins in the ruins of an ancient shop on the outskirts of Pompeii, officials said Friday. The skeletons are those of young people, including an adolescent girl, who perished in the back of the shop near the ancient Roman town ...

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