• January 23, 2017

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Caught napping: Baseball hitting, pitching sapped by jet lag

NEW YORK (AP) — Researchers say they've documented an unseen drag on major league baseball players that can wipe out home field advantage, make pitchers give up more home runs, and take some punch out of a team's bats.

Thousands of bird deaths draw focus on brimming toxic pit

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — It was an unusual and unfortunate confluence of events: A larger-than-normal number of geese was making a later-than-normal migration over Montana when a snowstorm blew in at the wrong time and sent them soaring to the wrong place.

What can mackerel and a volcano say about climate change?

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — What could an Indonesian volcanic eruption, a 200-year-old climate disaster and a surge in the consumption of mackerel tell us about today's era of global warming?

Trump's victory creates uncertainty for wind and solar power

HONOLULU (AP) — President Donald Trump has disputed climate change, pledged a revival of coal and disparaged wind power, and his nominee to head the Energy Department was once highly skeptical of the agency's value. What this means for states' efforts to promote renewable energy is an open question.

Strong quake hits Solomons; some damage but no tsunami

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A powerful magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck deep under Papua New Guinea on Sunday, causing damage and blackouts but no tsunami hours after the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued an alert for nearby islands.

Many farmers still need training after Lake Erie algae

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's agriculture leaders say thousands of farmers have completed training that will be required for putting fertilizer on fields, but many more face a September deadline to finish the program aimed at combating the toxic algae fouling Lake Erie.

Freeze-dried food and 1 bathroom: 6 simulate Mars in dome

HONOLULU (AP) — Crammed into a dome with one bathroom, six scientists will spend eight months munching on mostly freeze-dried foods — with a rare treat of Spam — and have only their small sleeping quarters to retreat to for solace.

Gore stays mum on Trump meeting, says 'it's not the last'

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Former Vice President Al Gore said that while he wouldn't divulge specifics about his December conversation with Donald Trump, it wasn't "the last conversation."

The Latest: Crew enters Hawaii dome for 8-month Mars study

The latest on the NASA-funded experiment taking place at the University of Hawaii's HI-SEAS facility on the Big Island. All times local.

Crew enters Hawaii dome for 8-month Mars study

Six carefully selected scientists have entered a man-made dome on a remote Hawaii volcano as part of a human-behavior study that could help NASA as it draws up plans for sending astronauts on long missions to Mars.

Scientists will live in a dome for 8 months to simulate Mars

HONOLULU (AP) — Six carefully selected scientists have entered a man-made dome on a remote Hawaii volcano as part of a human-behavior study that could help NASA as it draws up plans for sending astronauts on long missions to Mars.

In Alaska, minus 59 takes toll on cars, pipes, state of mind

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Cynthia Erickson woke up early, hoping her four furnaces were working.

California scientist names moth species after Donald Trump

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A scientist in California has named a newly discovered moth species after President-elect Donald Trump, saying the white and yellow scales on the insect's head are reminiscent of Trump's blond hairdo.

Israel's national library acquires famed Judaica collection

JERUSALEM (AP) — The National Library of Israel said Thursday it has acquired what is considered the world's greatest private collection of Hebrew books and manuscripts.

Europe's Galileo satellites hit by anomalies

PARIS (AP) — The European Space Agency opened an investigation on Thursday into anomalies that have affected five of the first 18 Galileo satellites in orbit.

Hawaii bill aims for 100 percent renewable transportation

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii has the most aggressive renewable energy targets in the nation, aiming for its utilities to get 100 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2045.

In break with Trump, EPA pick says climate change isn't hoax

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday that climate change is real, breaking with both the president-elect and his own past statements.

States argue in court for more say over endangered species

DENVER (AP) — The federal government asked an appeals court Wednesday to overturn an order that bars the release of endangered wolves in New Mexico without the state's permission, a skirmish in a broader battle over states' rights and the Endangered Species Act.

World's primates facing extinction crisis, new report says

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gorillas, monkeys, lemurs and other primates are in danger of becoming extinct, and scientists say it's our fault that our closest living relatives are in trouble, a new international study warns.

Colorado lynx touted on social media died of natural causes

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — Colorado wildlife managers say a rare lynx that was found dead just days after creating a stir on social media died of natural causes after a relatively long life of 11 years.

Finally, an explanation of strange African 'fairy circles'?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The forces behind the mysterious "fairy circles" that dot a desert in southern Africa do not appear to be supernatural, but they are intricate and complex.

Macedonia says its capital is most polluted city in Europe

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Health authorities in Macedonia say Skopje is now Europe's most polluted capital, with poor air quality blamed for the premature death of 1,300 people each year.

For third-straight time, Earth sets hottest year record

WASHINGTON (AP) — Earth sizzled to a third-straight record hot year in 2016, government scientists said Wednesday. They mostly blame man-made global warming with help from a natural El Nino, which has since disappeared.

Study finds global warming could steal postcard-perfect days

WASHINGTON (AP) — Global warming is going to steal away some of those postcard-perfect weather days in the future, according to a first-of-its-kind projection of nice weather.