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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 regulators to weigh end of nuclear power

California regulators are expected to decide Tuesday whether to drop their longstanding environmental objections to the state's last nuclear power plant in return for its promised early closing. The State Lands Commission will consider foregoing an environmental review before renewing a contract with Pacific Gas and Electric Co. after its ...

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 ...

Residents look for belongings in the rubble of a destroyed home in Funing county in Yancheng city in eastern China's Jiangsu Province Friday, June 24, 2016. A tornado and hailstorm struck a densely populated area of farms and factories on the outskirts of an eastern Chinese city on Thursday, killing dozens of people and destroying buildings, smashing trees and flipping vehicles on their roofs. (Chinatopix via AP) CHINA OUT

Teacher recalls battle with tornado that killed 98 in China

Teacher Guo Haimei said the ferocious wind, blacked with dust and debris, seemed to descend out of nowhere onto her kindergarten and its 120 pupils. Within minutes, the powerful tornado and its accompanying rain and hailstorm had scythed through the area of eastern China with merciless force, leaving almost 100 ...

Crew members work to keep crude oil from flowing into the ocean after a spill in Ventura, Calif. Thursday, June 23, 2016.  (Rob Varela/The Ventura County Star via AP) LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

Pipeline spews crude in California but none reaches beach

An underground pipeline spewed thousands of gallons of crude oil Thursday near the Southern California coast but the foul-smelling goo was contained in a lengthy stretch of ravine and never reached nearby beaches. About 29,000 gallons of oil spilled and flowed at least a quarter-mile in the canyon near Ventura, ...

In this Tuesday, June 21, 2016 photo, a male New England cottontail rabbit sits in a pen at the Roger Williams Park Zoo, in Providence, R.I. In an ambitious restoration project, following 50 years of decline in the population of the species due to reduced habitat, federal and state authorities are raising the rabbits in captivity to release scores of tiny bunnies this summer into areas where thickets and brush have returned. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

New England cottontail making a comeback in the region

From their enclosures at zoos in New York and Rhode Island, the New England cottontail offers a cute distraction for visitors. But for scientists working to restore the rabbit in the wild, these captive bunnies represent a whole lot more. They are part of a plan to eventually release up ...

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