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FILE - In this April 2, 2015, file photo, Department of Land and Natural Resources officers arrest a protester on the road to Thirty Meter Telescope building site on the summit of Mauna Kea in Hilo, Hawaii. Instead of a trial, most of the people arrested in April for blocking construction of a giant mountaintop telescope will likely participate in a Hawaiian culture-based form of mediation called hooponopono. (Hollyn Johnson/Hawaii Tribune-Herald via AP, File)

Trial alternative considered for Hawaii telescope protesters

Instead of a trial, most of the people arrested in April for blocking construction of a giant mountaintop telescope will likely participate in a Hawaiian culture-based form of mediation. Three defendants in the case filed a motion asking for a hooponopono (ho-OH'-po-noh-po-noh) as an alternative to a trial. Hooponopono is ...

FILE - In this June 28, 2015 file photo, the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft breaks apart shortly after liftoff from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla. SpaceX says it is still trying to figuring out what caused its rocket to break apart during liftoff nine days ago, but it's getting close. The unmanned Falcon 9 rocket had just lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on June 28, carrying cargo for the International Space Station, when the accident occurred.  (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

SpaceX close to figuring out rocket failure during launch

SpaceX still is trying to figure out what caused its rocket to break apart during liftoff nine days ago, but is getting close to an answer, the company's chief executive said Tuesday. The unmanned Falcon 9 rocket carrying cargo for the International Space Station had just lifted off on June ...

EPA chief: Climate plan on track despite mercury ruling

A Supreme Court ruling that undermined a federal rule targeting mercury pollution will not affect the Obama administration's plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions to slow the effects of global warming, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said she was disappointed with last ...

In this Friday, June 19, 2015 photo, In this Friday, June 19, 2015 photo, an Osprey returns to its nest in Seahorse Key, off Florida’s Gulf Coast. In May, Seahorse Key fell eerily quiet, as thousands of birds suddenly disappeared, and biologists are trying to find the reason why. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Vic Doig said what was once the largest bird colony on the state’s Gulf Coast is now a “dead zone.”   (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Thousands of birds abandon eggs, nests on Florida island

The din created by thousands of nesting birds is usually the first thing you notice about Seahorse Key, a 150-acre mangrove-covered dune off Florida's Gulf Coast. But in May, the key fell eerily quiet all at once. Thousands of little blue herons, roseate spoonbills, snowy egrets, pelicans and other chattering ...

NOAA: Warm oceans cause concern of coral bleaching

Abnormally warm ocean temperatures are creating conditions that threaten to kill coral across the equatorial Pacific, north Pacific and western Atlantic oceans, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday. Coral bleaching occurs when coral is stressed by changes in its environment, causing it to release algae living in its ...

This combination of images from July 1 to July 3, 2015, provided by NASA shows Pluto at different distances from the New Horizons spacecraft. NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is on track to sweep past Pluto next week despite hitting a "speed bump" that temporarily halted science collection. (NASA via Pluto)

Spacecraft closing in on Pluto hits speed bump, but recovers

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is on track to sweep past Pluto next week despite hitting a "speed bump" that temporarily halted science collection. A computer overload prompted the spacecraft to partially shut down on July 4th — just days before the first-ever close flyby of Pluto. Flight controllers managed to ...

In this undated photo provided by Blue Planet Energy Systems, LLC, PV panels are on Henk Rogers' home in Honolulu. Rogers hopes the technology he is using in his home can help make other homes across Hawaii, and the world, energy independent as well. (Ryno Irwin/Blue Planet Energy Systems, LLC via AP)

Owner of 'Tetris' rights takes Hawaii home, ranch off grid

High above the bustling city of Honolulu, in a quiet, exclusive hillside neighborhood where some of the island's wealthiest residents live, there is an extravagant home that's not quite like the others. The 6,000-square-foot house has a view overlooking Diamond Head, Waikiki and the Pacific Ocean, and two Tesla cars ...

US appeals court upholds EPA plan to clean up Chesapeake Bay

A U.S. appeals court on Monday approved a federal plan to limit pollution in the Chesapeake Bay despite objections from farmers, builders and others who accused the Environmental Protection Agency of a power grab. The ruling by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld restrictions on farm and construction ...

Russian craft delivers long-awaited cargo to space station

An unmanned Russian cargo ship has docked successfully at the International Space Station, where it was anxiously awaited by the U.S.-Russian crew after the successive failures of two previous supply missions. The Progress M-28M ship, which is carrying 2.5 metric tons of fuel, oxygen, water, food and other supplies, was ...

Man With Rifle, Ammunition Detained in NC Mall

Man With Rifle, Ammunition Detained in NC Mall

Authorities in North Carolina say they have detained a man walking through a mall with an assault rifle, a bulletproof vest, and multiple rounds of ammunition. The man was taken into custody in Fayett

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