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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.

Africa's Solid Waste is Growing, Posing a Climate Threat

Africa's Solid Waste is Growing, Posing a Climate Threat

By Tom Odula | Dec 9
As the world meets again to tackle the growing threat of climate change, Africa expects to suffer the most from rising temperatures. And it is least equipped to fight back.

New Study Explains Creation of Deadly California 'Firenado'

New Study Explains Creation of Deadly California 'Firenado'

Dec 8
A rare fire tornado that raged during this summer's deadly Carr Fire in Northern California was created by a combination of scorching weather, erratic winds and an ice-topped cloud that towered miles into the atmosphere.

Climate Reality Check: Global Carbon Pollution Up in 2018

Climate Reality Check: Global Carbon Pollution Up in 2018

By Seth Borenstein | Dec 8
After several years of little growth, global emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide experienced their largest jump in seven years, discouraging scientists.

New NASA Lander Captures 1st Sounds of Martian Wind

New NASA Lander Captures 1st Sounds of Martian Wind

By Marcia Dunn | Dec 8
NASA's new Mars lander has captured the first sounds of the "really unworldly" Martian wind.

China Launches Pioneering Mission to Far Side of Moon

China Launches Pioneering Mission to Far Side of Moon

By Christopher Bodeen | Dec 8
China launched a ground-breaking mission Saturday to land a spacecraft on the largely unexplored far side of the moon, demonstrating its growing ambitions as a space power to rival Russia, the European Union and the U.S.

UN: Curbing Climate Change Would Reap Huge Health Benefits

UN: Curbing Climate Change Would Reap Huge Health Benefits

Dec 6
The World Health Organization said Wednesday that meeting the 2015 Paris accord's goals would significantly cut global air pollution, saving a million lives each year by 2050.

Russian Space Agency Spokesman Slams 'Information Attack'

Russian Space Agency Spokesman Slams 'Information Attack'

Dec 6
The Russian space agency Roscosmos is bemoaning the endless stream of bad publicity that it says is designed to curb its funding.

Quackarazzi: Mandarin Duck Holds NYC in Its Spell

Quackarazzi: Mandarin Duck Holds NYC in Its Spell

By Verena Dobnik | Dec 6
It took just days for the brightly colored Mandarin duck that appeared suddenly in a Central Park pond to turn both New Yorkers and visitors into a new gaggle: The quackarazzi.

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