• December 10, 2016


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The 2016 Nobel Prize winners and their work

STOCKHOLM (AP) — This year's Nobel Prizes will be handed out Saturday for ground-breaking work ranging from the development of the world's smallest machines to song lyrics that have touched generations of fans.

At least 43,000 homeless after Aceh quake in Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — At least 43,000 people have been displaced by the powerful earthquake that hit Indonesia's Aceh province, authorities said Saturday, as the government and aid agencies pooled efforts to meet the basic survival needs of shaken communities.

China opens investigation into slaughter of rare sea turtle

BEIJING (AP) — Authorities in southern China have opened an investigation into the slaughter and sale of a protected leatherback sea turtle by local fishermen, media reported Saturday.

John Glenn, astronaut and senator, to lie in state in Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — John Glenn will lie in state in Ohio's capitol building before a celebration of his life of military and government service and two history-making voyages into space.

The world's oldest known seabird is expecting _ again

HONOLULU (AP) — The world's oldest known seabird is expecting — again.

Trump transition team seeks details on Energy Dept. workers

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump's transition team is asking Energy Department employees for information about the agency's operations and personnel, including a list of employees and contractors who attended international meetings on climate change over the past five years.

Japan launches much-needed supplies to space station

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A Japanese capsule blasted off with much-needed supplies for the International Space Station on Friday, a week after a Russian shipment was destroyed shortly after liftoff.

Japan doubles cost estimate for Fukushima cleanup

TOKYO (AP) — The estimated cost of cleaning up Japan's wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant has doubled to nearly 22 trillion yen ($190 billion), with decommissioning expenses expected to continue to increase, a government panel said Friday.

World Vision says hundreds affected by Solomon Islands quake

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Hundreds of people in remote parts of the Solomon Islands have had their homes damaged or destroyed by a powerful magnitude 7.7 earthquake that struck Friday, an aid organization said.

John Glenn, astronaut and US Senator, dies at 95

WASHINGTON (AP) — He became a hero as the first American to orbit the Earth and then served as a longtime U.S. senator. But John Glenn, who died Thursday at age 95, continued to defy gravity decades after his initial flight.

All-American John Glenn: Astronaut, fighter pilot, senator

WASHINGTON (AP) — John Glenn was the ultimate all-American hero.

Indonesia president visits quake survivors, vows to rebuild

TRINGGADING, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's president traveled to areas devastated by a magnitude 6.5 earthquake and vowed that torn-apart communities would be rebuilt.

'Godspeed, John Glenn': Public hails hero of space, politics

Tributes poured in for former astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn, who died Thursday at age 95. Politicians, astronauts, educators and others called him a hero, with many mentioning the phrase that first sent him into orbit: "Godspeed, John Glenn."

Drought, the South's unwelcome guest, stays despite rains

ATLANTA (AP) — Recent showers and storms have slightly eased the South's severe drought, but experts say it wasn't enough to make up for months of dry conditions before the rain finally fell.

John Glenn, the 1st American to orbit Earth, has died at 95

WASHINGTON (AP) — John Glenn, whose 1962 flight as the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth made him an all-American hero and propelled him to a long career in the U.S. Senate, died Thursday. The last survivor of the original Mercury 7 astronauts was 95.

10 things to know about John Glenn, who has died at 95

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten notable aspects of the life of astronaut and senator John H. Glenn Jr. who died Thursday at 95:

Quotes from John Glenn: 'Zero-G and I feel fine.'

A sampling of quotes from John Glenn:

Harvard reaches goal to cut gas emissions by 30 percent

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Harvard University says it has achieved a 2008 goal to reduce campus greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent.

Parisians grapple with worst winter pollution in a decade

PARIS (AP) — Under deceptively blue skies, the marvels of Paris beckoned. But art dealer Sophie Vigourous wore a face mask to appreciate them because of the pollution.

Aid groups descend on Indonesia quake zone; deaths reach 102

MEUREUDU, Indonesia (AP) — Humanitarian organizations descended on Indonesia's Aceh province Thursday as the local disaster agency called for urgent food supplies and officials raced to assess the full extent of damage from an earthquake that killed more than 100 people.

Rescuers comb Indonesia earthquake rubble for second day

MEUREUDU, Indonesia (AP) — Rescue workers, soldiers and police combed through the rubble of a devastated town in Indonesia's Aceh province Thursday, resuming a search for earthquake survivors that was halted at night by rain and blackouts.

The Latest: Wedding party among Indonesia quake victims

MEUREUDU, Indonesia (AP) — The Latest on a magnitude 6.5 earthquake in Indonesia's Aceh province (all times local):

Giraffes, rarer than elephants, put on extinction watch list

WASHINGTON (AP) — The giraffe, the tallest land animal, is now at risk of extinction, biologists say.

AP source: Trump to tap Oklahoma AG Pruitt to head EPA

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump is expected to nominate Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, a source close to Pruitt said Wednesday.