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Lava spewing from Hawaii volcano destroys dozens of homes

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PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) -- Hawaii's Kilauea volcano destroyed 26 homes and spewed lava hundreds of feet into the air, leaving evacuated residents unsure how long they might be displaced....

Dinosaur tracks at Utah park dislodged, thrown into lake
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Visitors at a Utah state park have been dislodging dinosaur tracks imprinted in sandstone and throwing the pieces into a nearby lake, officials said....

NASA launches InSight spacecraft to Mars to dig down deep
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- A robotic geologist armed with a hammer and quake monitor rocketed toward Mars on Saturday, aiming to land on the red planet and explore its mysterious insides....





Idaho school can't find small bit of weapons-grade plutonium
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- A small amount of radioactive, weapons-grade plutonium about the size of a U.S. quarter is missing from an Idaho university that was using it for research, leading federal officials on Friday to propose an $8,500 fine....

132-pound tumor removed from woman's abdomen
DANBURY, Conn. (AP) -- Doctors at a Connecticut hospital say they removed a 132-pound tumor from a woman's abdomen, and she is expected to recover fully....

NASA spacecraft will have company all the way to Mars
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- NASA's next Mars explorer is going to have company all the way to the red planet: a couple of puny yet groundbreaking sidekicks....

Scientists say Chinese-backed dam risks orangutan habitat
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Scientists are calling for cancellation of a Chinese-backed hydroelectric dam in Indonesia that threatens the habitat of a newly discovered orangutan species numbering only 800 animals....

Erosion unearths bones on New York's island of the dead
NEW YORK (AP) -- Storms and the tides are unearthing the long-hidden bones of Hart Island, creating eerie scenes of skulls, femurs and collarbones on this sliver of land where New York City's destitute dead have for 150 years been sent off to be unceremoniously buried and forgotten....

Chad gets 6 rhinos nearly 50 years after losing the species
PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa (AP) -- Six critically endangered black rhinos are being transported from South Africa to Chad, restoring the species to the country in north-central Africa nearly half a century after it was wiped out there....

Historians name 2 Indian Ocean 19th century shipwrecks
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- A four-year search of the depths of the Indian Ocean has failed to find Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. But the unprecedented sonar hunt for the missing airliner might be close to solving 19th century mysteries - the locations of two sailing ships that vanished with cargos of coal....

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