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Space shuttle Endeavour has Houston stopover

HOUSTON (AP) — Hundreds of people cheered the space shuttle Endeavour Wednesday as it circled overhead and then landed in Houston, giving Space City a fleeting glimpse of a retired …


Space shuttle Endeavour heads west to new mission

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Space shuttle Endeavour embarked on its new life as a museum piece Wednesday, leaving behind its NASA home and heading west on the last ferry …


After a surprise panda birth in DC, anxiety awaits

WASHINGTON (AP) — The birth of a panda cub this weekend at Washington’s zoo was cause for a party, but behind the excitement there’s also some nail-biting. Panda cubs are …


Researchers tag great white sharks off Cape Cod

CHATHAM, Mass. (AP) — The scientists and fishermen on board the Ocearch, a repurposed crabbing vessel, received word that their scouting boat had hooked a great white shark, sparking a …


Researchers tag great white sharks off Cape Cod

CHATHAM, Mass. (AP) — A crew of researchers and fishermen are tagging great white sharks off Cape Cod in an unorthodox way. Rather than harpoon the sharks from a distance, …


Cub born to giant panda at National Zoo

WASHINGTON (AP) — A giant panda at Washington’s zoo surprised scientists and zookeepers by becoming a mom again after years of failed pregnancies. Scientists at the zoo had all but …


Space shuttle Endeavour stuck at home in Florida

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Space shuttle Endeavour apparently doesn’t want to leave home. NASA’s youngest shuttle was supposed to depart Florida’s Kennedy Space Center on Monday for its permanent …


A cub is born to giant panda at National Zoo

WASHINGTON (AP) — A giant panda at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo is a mother for the second time, giving birth to a cub after years of failed pregnancies. Scientists at …


NASA postpones final ferry flight of Endeavour

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The beginning of space shuttle Endeavour’s final flight to California has been postponed because of weather along the flight route. NASA had planned for the …


Neil Armstrong, 1st to walk on moon, buried at sea

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first man to walk on the moon has been buried at sea. NASA says Neil Armstrong’s cremated remains were buried in the Atlantic Ocean on Friday …


NASA’s retired shuttle Endeavour heads west Monday

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The baby of NASA’s space shuttle fleet is about to leave home — for good. At sunrise Monday, Endeavour will depart Kennedy Space Center for …


NASA’s retired space shuttle Endeavour headed west

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Space shuttle Endeavour has just a few more days left to call Cape Canaveral home. At sunrise Monday, Endeavour will depart NASA’s Kennedy Space Center …


Nation says goodbye to moonwalker Neil Armstrong

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation bid farewell Thursday to Neil Armstrong, the first man to take a giant leap on to the moon. The powerful of Washington, the pioneers of …


Test scores rise as districts adopt tailored strategies

Chester Elementary School fifth-graders debated in class recently whether cutting a worm in half resulted in two worms or a dead one. Since the class was divided on the issue, …


Chicago teachers union president is brash advocate

CHICAGO (AP) — She’s brash and blunt, the tough-talking union leader who has taken on Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in a bitter contract dispute regarded as a referendum on the …


Human stem cells restore hearing in gerbil study

NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time, scientists have improved hearing in deaf animals by using human embryonic stem cells, an encouraging step for someday treating people with certain …


‘Berlin Man,’ doctor convinced HIV cure is real

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The first person reportedly cured of HIV said Wednesday he is hopeful that medical advances will allow others suffering from the virus that causes AIDS to …


Ex-prof pleads guilty to killing Ala. colleagues

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A former biology professor accused of pulling a gun from her purse and opening fire at a faculty meeting pleaded guilty Tuesday to killing three colleagues …


NFL awarding $1.5 million in medical grants

NEW YORK (AP) — NFL Charities is awarding more than $1.5 million in grants for sports-related medical research at 15 organizations, with nearly two-thirds of the money going to study …


Studies: Alzheimer drug may stabilize brain plaque

An experimental drug that failed to stop mental decline in Alzheimer’s patients also signaled potential benefit that suggests it might help if given earlier, fuller results of two major studies …


Early test suggests dengue vaccine possible

LONDON (AP) — Results from an early test of a dengue vaccine suggest it isn’t ideal, but scientists say the study is still encouraging news in the global fight against …


7 scientists win prestigious Lasker medical awards

NEW YORK (AP) — Seven scientists have won prestigious medical awards for development of liver transplantation, discoveries about the inner workings of cells, and leadership in biomedical science. The Albert …


AP IMPACT: Surprising methods heal wounded troops

BOSTON (AP) — Scientists are growing ears, bone and skin in the lab, and doctors are planning more face transplants and other extreme plastic surgeries. Around the country, the most …


Surprising new medicine to heal wounded warriors

BOSTON (AP) — Scientists are growing ears, bone and skin in the lab, and doctors are planning more face transplants and other extreme plastic surgeries. Around the country, the most …


AP IMPACT: Surprising methods heal wounded troops

BOSTON (AP) — Scientists are growing ears, bone and skin in the lab, and doctors are planning more face transplants and other extreme plastic surgeries. Around the country, the most …


Obama knocks Romney’s ‘bad math’ on tax plan

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — President Barack Obama says Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan get a failing grade on explaining how they’d pay for trillions of dollars in tax …


Mobius Science Center opens with street festival

Mr. Green Jeans, an 11-foot-long, 7-year-old Burmese python, slithered down Main Avenue in Spokane on Saturday with a large group of children in tow. He was one of the many …


Radiation may up breast cancer risk in some women

LONDON (AP) — Mammograms aimed at finding breast cancer might actually raise the chances of developing it in young women whose genes put them at higher risk for the disease, …


British health chief dubbed “minister for magic”

LONDON (AP) — He supports homeopathy, a practice that many experts liken to snake oil. He opposes late-term abortion, falling afoul of this mostly pro-choice nation. During the London Olympics, …


Agent Orange victims get Scientology ‘detox’

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnamese with ailments linked to Agent Orange are undergoing a “detoxification” treatment involving saunas and vitamins that was developed by the Church of Scientology and which …