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Cuba Health Mystery: Diplomats Had Inner-Ear Damage Early On

Cuba Health Mystery: Diplomats Had Inner-Ear Damage Early On

By Jennifer Kay and Lauran Neergaard | Dec 13
American diplomats affected by mysterious health incidents in Cuba showed damage in the inner ear shortly after they complained of weird noises and sensations, according to their earliest medical exams, publicized Wednesday.

Meth Playing Bigger Role in U.S. Drug Overdose Crisis

Meth Playing Bigger Role in U.S. Drug Overdose Crisis

By Mike Stobbe | Dec 13
A bigger share of U.S. drug overdose deaths are being caused by methamphetamine, government health officials reported.

Croak to Croon: City Frogs Sing More Alluring Love Songs

Croak to Croon: City Frogs Sing More Alluring Love Songs

By Christina Larson | Dec 13
A study released Monday examined why Panama's tiny tungara frogs adapt their mating calls in urban areas — an unexpected example of how animals change communication strategies when cities encroach on forests.

Weather Agency Chief: I've Never Briefed Trump on Warming

Weather Agency Chief: I've Never Briefed Trump on Warming

By Seth Borenstein | Dec 13
The head of the government agency that monitors climate change says that in nearly two years he has never discussed the issue with President Donald Trump.

Virgin Galactic Aims to Reach Space Soon With Tourism Rocket

Virgin Galactic Aims to Reach Space Soon With Tourism Rocket

By John Antczak | Dec 13
Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic is gearing up to finally send its tourism rocket ship to the edge of space. If successful, it would be a major step toward the long-delayed dream of commercial space tourism.

NASA's Mars Lander Takes Selfie from Above with Robotic Arm

NASA's Mars Lander Takes Selfie from Above with Robotic Arm

By Marcia Dunn | Dec 12
NASA's new Mars lander has taken a selfie from above, using a camera on its long robotic arm.

NASA's Voyager 2 Becomes 2nd Craft in Interstellar Space

NASA's Voyager 2 Becomes 2nd Craft in Interstellar Space

By Seth Borenstein | Dec 12
NASA's Voyager 2 is now the second human-made object to zip away from the sun into the space between the stars.

Artificial Dyes Fading, but Food Will Still Get Color Boosts

Artificial Dyes Fading, but Food Will Still Get Color Boosts

By Candice Choi | Dec 12
Many companies including McDonald's and Kellogg are purging artificial colors from their foods, but don't expect your cheeseburgers or cereal to look much different.

Researchers: Lanza Documents May Boost Study of Mass Killers

Researchers: Lanza Documents May Boost Study of Mass Killers

By Dave Collins | Dec 11
The disclosure of Adam Lanza's writings and other documents offer little toward understanding why he carried out the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, but researchers say the detail on the gunman's mental decline could offer insights.

NASA's First Look: Tiny Asteroid is Studded with Boulders

NASA's First Look: Tiny Asteroid is Studded with Boulders

By Seth Borenstein | Dec 11
NASA's first look at a tiny asteroid shows the space rock is more moist and studded with boulders than originally thought.

Church Renovation Lifts Christmas Spirit in Bethlehem

Church Renovation Lifts Christmas Spirit in Bethlehem

By Mohammed Daraghmeh | Dec 10
A historic renovation of the Church of the Nativity is lifting spirits in the biblical town of Bethlehem, offering visitors a look at ancient mosaics and columns that have been restored to their original glory for the first time in 600 years.

Milan's Plan to Become Cleaner and Greener: Plant a Tree

Milan's Plan to Become Cleaner and Greener: Plant a Tree

By Colleen Barry | Dec 10
If Italy's fashion capital has a predominant color, it is gray — not only because of the blocks of neoclassical stone buildings, but also due to its often-gray sky, which traps pollution. But Milan now wants to shift its palette toward green.

Nobel Prize Winner: No Progress from Trump on Carbon Taxing

Nobel Prize Winner: No Progress from Trump on Carbon Taxing

By Ivana Bzganovic | Dec 9
A winner of this year's Nobel Prize for Economics who advocates carbon taxes as the best way to address greenhouse gas emissions says he does not expect U.S. President Donald Trump to back his view.

Landmark Environmental Protections Being Rolled Back

Landmark Environmental Protections Being Rolled Back

By Ellen Knickmeyer | Dec 9
One after another, landmark U.S. protections for climate, air and land are in the crosshairs of the Trump administration.

Climate Talks Pause as Battle over Key Science Report Looms

Climate Talks Pause as Battle over Key Science Report Looms

By Frank Jordans | Dec 9
Negotiators took time out Sunday to rest after the first week of talks ended on a sour note the previous night, when the United States sided with Russia, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait in blocking endorsement of a landmark study on global warming.

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