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Some 230 Whales Beached in Tasmania; Rescue Efforts Underway
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Some 230 Whales Beached in Tasmania; Rescue Efforts Underway

HOBART, Australia (AP) — About 230 whales have been stranded on Tasmania’s west coast, just days after 14 sperm whales were found beached on an island off the southeastern coast.The pod, which is stranded on Ocean Beach, appear to be pilot whales and at least half are presumed to still be alive, the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania said Wednesday.A team from the Marine Conservation Program was assembling whale rescue gear and heading to the area, the department said.A resident told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. the whales were visible near the entrance to Macquarie Harbour and described the stranding as a “massive event."David Midson, general manager of the West Coast Council, urged people to stay clear.Political Cartoons“Whales are a protected species, even ...
Cheetahs Make a Comeback in India After 70 Years
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Cheetahs Make a Comeback in India After 70 Years

By ANIRUDDHA GHOSAL and SIBI ARASU, Associated PressNEW DELHI (AP) — Seven decades after cheetahs died out in India, they're back.Eight big cats from Namibia made the long trek Saturday in a chartered cargo flight to the northern Indian city of Gwalior, part of an ambitious and hotly contested plan to reintroduce cheetahs to the South Asian country.Then they were moved to their new home: a sprawling national park in the heart of India where scientists hope the world’s fastest land animal will roam again.Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi released the cats into their enclosure Saturday morning. The cats emerged from their cage, tentatively at first while continuously scanning their new surroundings.Political Cartoons on World Leaders Political Cartoons“When the cheetah will run again … ...
A New Space Race? China Adds Urgency to US Return to Moon
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A New Space Race? China Adds Urgency to US Return to Moon

By ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — It's not just rocket fuel propelling America's first moonshot after a half-century lull. Rivalry with China's flourishing space program is helping drive NASA’s effort to get back into space in a bigger way, as both nations push to put people back on the moon and establish the first lunar bases.American intelligence, military and political leaders make clear they see a host of strategic challenges to the U.S. in China’s space program, in an echo of the U.S.-Soviet rivalry that prompted the 1960s’ race to the moon. That's as China is quickly matching U.S. civil and military space accomplishments and notching new ones of its own.On the military side, the U.S. and China trade accusations of weaponizing space. Senior U.S. defense officia...
Rescued Dolphins Swim Free From Indonesia Sanctuary
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Rescued Dolphins Swim Free From Indonesia Sanctuary

By YURI KAGEYAMA, Associated PressTOKYO (AP) — Three bottlenose dolphins were released into the open sea in Indonesia Saturday after years of being confined for the amusement of tourists who would touch and swim with them.As red and white Indonesian flags fluttered, underwater gates opened off the island of Bali to allow Johnny, Rocky and Rambo to swim free.The trio were rescued three years ago from their tiny pool in a resort hotel to which they had been sold after spending years performing in a traveling circus.They regained their health and strength at the Bali sanctuary , a floating pen in a bay that provided a gentler, more natural environment.Political CartoonsLincoln O’Barry, who worked with the Indonesian government to set up the Umah Lumba Rehabilitation, Release and Retirement...
China Spacecraft Returns Amid Booster Rocket Concerns
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China Spacecraft Returns Amid Booster Rocket Concerns

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese cargo spacecraft that serviced the country's permanent orbiting space station has largely burned up on reentering the atmosphere, amid separate concerns over China's decision to allow a massive booster rocket to fall to Earth uncontrolled.Only small parts of the Tianzhou-3 ship survived to fall safely Wednesday into a predetermined area of the South Pacific, the China Manned Space Agency said.Until July 17, the spacecraft had been docked with the station's Tianhe core section and its return follows the addition of a laboratory module on Monday as China moves to complete the station in the coming months.China’s space program is run by the ruling Communist Party’s military wing, the People’s Liberation Army, and has largely proceeded with the space station program...