In this 2015 file photo made available by SpaceX, their Dragon capsule sits aboard a ship in the Pacific Ocean west of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula. (SpaceX / Associated Press)

UPDATED: MONDAY, FEB. 27, 2017, 4:07 P.M.

SpaceX says it will fly 2 people to moon next year

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – SpaceX said Monday it will fly two people to the moon next year, a feat not attempted since NASA’s Apollo heyday close to half a century ago. Tech billionaire Elon Musk – the company’s founder and chief executive officer – announced the surprising news barely a week after launching his first rocket from NASA’s legendary moon pad.

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In this Monday, May 17, 2010, file photo, Dr. Mansour Samadpour points out a growth of of salmonella in a petri dish at IEH Laboratories in Lake Forest Park, Wash. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)

UPDATED: MONDAY, FEB. 27, 2017, 4:52 P.M.

The dirty dozen: U.N. issues list of 12 most worrying bacteria

The World Health Organization has issued a list of the top dozen bacteria most dangerous to humans, warning that doctors are fast running out of treatment options. In a press briefing on Monday, the U.N. health agency said its list is meant to promote the development of medicines for the most worrying drug-resistant bacteria, including salmonella and Staphylococcus aureus.

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President Donald Trump speaks to a meeting of the National Governors Association, Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, at the White House in Washington. (Evan Vucci / Associated Press)

MONDAY, FEB. 27, 2017, 12:41 P.M.

Trump: ‘I haven’t called Russia in 10 years’

President Donald Trump rejected calls for an independent investigation of his ties to Russia, telling a group of business leaders Monday that he hasn’t called Russia in a decade. At the start of a White House meeting with health care executives, a reporter asked Trump whether a special prosecutor should be assigned to investigate allegations of Russian meddling during the election.

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Parting Shot — 2.27.17

Jordan Horowitz holds up the envelope that reveals "Moonlight" as the winner of the award for best picture at the Oscars on Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. ...

84 percent of wildfires caused by humans, study finds

WILDFIRES -- A study analyzing wildfire records from 1992-2012 has found that humans started 84 percent of all wildfires nationwide. In northwestern states — including Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and Montana ...