Bin there, done that: Cockatoos learn to lift trash lids

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WASHINGTON — A few years ago, a Sydney scientist noticed a sulfur-crested cockatoo opening his trash bin. Not every resident would be thrilled, but...

EXPLAINER: Surfing, where the playing field is never level

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TOKYO — Surfing is as much skill and science as instinct and timing. That begins with learning how to read ocean swells to anticipate...

EXPLAINER: As wildlife smoke spreads, who’s at risk?

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BILLINGS, Mont. — Smoke from wildfires in the western U.S. and Canada is blanketing much of the continent, including thousands of miles away on...

‘Superbug’ fungus spread in two cities, health officials say

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NEW YORK — U.S. health officials said Thursday they now have evidence of an untreatable fungus spreading in a few hospitals and nursing homes. ...

EXPLAINER: What’s making mid-Atlantic songbirds sick?

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WASHINGTON — A mysterious ailment has sickened and killed thousands of songbirds in several mid-Atlantic states since late spring. While scientists are still racing...

Rare ‘breakthrough’ COVID cases are causing alarm, confusion

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Reports of athletes, lawmakers and others getting the coronavirus despite vaccination may sound alarming but top health experts point to overwhelming evidence that the...

Calls for outside help as extreme weather fuels Oregon fires

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PORTLAND, Ore. — The threat of thunderstorms and lightning has prompted officials in fire-ravaged Oregon to ask for help from outside the Pacific Northwest...

Bezos riding own rocket on company’s 1st flight with people

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VAN HORN, Texas — Jeff Bezos is about to soar on his space travel company’s first flight with people on board. ...

Fauci, Paul clash on virus origins, trade charges of lying

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WASHINGTON — Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, angrily confronted Kentucky GOP Sen. Rand Paul on Tuesday in testimony on Capitol...

Researchers: Virus surge a ‘raging forest fire’ in Arkansas

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Public health researchers on Tuesday called the rapid rise in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in Arkansas a “raging forest fire,"...