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Group challenges timber producer's 'green' label

A watchdog group is challenging the environmentally friendly "green lumber" certification for Plum Creek Timberlands, one of the nation's biggest landowners and timber producers. The Center for Sustainable Economy, based in Lake Oswego, Oregon, filed the complaint Thursday with a nonprofit group that verifies whether timber producers follow standards for ...

FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 image made from video provided by NASA, the Orion capsule floats after splashing down in the Pacific Ocean, following a dramatic test flight that took it to a zenith height of 3,600 miles and ushered in a new era of human exploration aiming for Mars. (AP Photo/NASA)

NASA's Orion spacecraft back in Florida after test flight

NASA's experimental Orion spacecraft left Florida by rocket and returned by truck. The capsule arrived back at Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Thursday. It rocketed into orbit Dec. 5, traveling 3,600 miles into space on an unmanned test flight that proved to be a great success. NASA plans to ...

Q&A: Drones might help explain how tornadoes form

Researchers say they have collected promising weather data by flying instrument-laden drones into big Western and Midwestern storms. Now, they want to expand the project in hopes of learning more about how tornadoes form. Drones can penetrate parts of weather systems that other instruments can't reach, and they can do ...

More US Troops Going to Iraq Within Weeks

More US Troops Going to Iraq Within Weeks

The top US commander in Iraq says additional American troops will begin moving into the country in a couple of weeks to train local forces to fight Islamic State extremists, which Lt. Gen. James Terry

Kids Die While Under Protective Services

Kids Die While Under Protective Services

As part of a six-month investigation of child maltreatment deaths, the AP found that hundreds of deaths from horrific abuse and neglect could have been prevented. AP's Haven Daley reports. (Dec. 18)

This photo combo provided by the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center via NASA, shows NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko. Kelly and Kornienko will rocket into orbit from Kazakhstan in March, 2015. They will spend a year aboard the International Space Station. At a news conference Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014,  at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, Kelly and Kornienko said they anticipate many scientific gains from their mission. (AP Photo/Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center via NASA)

2 astronauts will expand envelope with 1-year spaceflight

The two men assigned to a one-year spaceflight said Thursday that their upcoming mission will allow the world to push deeper into space. NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko will rocket into orbit from Kazakhstan in March and move into the International Space Station for an entire ...

Report: Radiation leak at nuclear dump was small

A final report by independent researchers shows the radiation leak from the federal government's underground nuclear waste repository in southern New Mexico was small and localized. The report released Thursday by the Carlsbad Environmental Monitoring and Research Center also says no negative health effects are expected among workers or the ...

Meteorologist Shot Outside TV Station

Meteorologist Shot Outside TV Station

TV News Meteorologist Patrick Crawford of KCEN in central Texas was listed in fair condition after he was shot in his TV station parking lot. The gunman is at large. (Dec. 18)

SpaceX delays space station delivery until Jan.

The space station astronauts will have to wait until next month for their Christmas delivery. On Thursday, the SpaceX company announced it was delaying this week's planned launch of an unmanned supply capsule until January. SpaceX spokesman John Taylor said a test firing of the rocket engines earlier this week ...

Lawmakers Praise Obama Move on Cuba Relations

Lawmakers Praise Obama Move on Cuba Relations

Lawmakers who traveled with freed Cuban prisoner Alan Gross hailed the President's decision to restore diplomatic relations with Havana as good for both Americans and Cubans. (Dec. 17)

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