Researchers: Fewer shark attacks reported in the US in 2009; Fla. also saw sharp decline

Study: Fewer shark attacks reported in the US

World’s largest atom smasher in Geneva cautiously restarts in runup to new science experiments

Atom smasher restarts to prepare for new science

AP Enterprise: How restricted nuclear equipment ended up where it wasn’t supposed to _ Iran

AP Enterprise: How nuclear equipment reached Iran

Afghanistan moves to protect newly rediscovered bird species, one of the world’s rarest

Afghanistan protects newly rediscovered rare bird

Amen Hallelujah wins Davona Dale at Gulfstream Park

Amen Hallelujah wins at Gulfstream Park

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. — Amen Hallelujah took the lead from favored Bickersons entering the stretch to win the $150,000 Davona Dale by 6 1/4 lengths Saturday at Gulfstream Park.

Mindful of Shamu the brand, SeaWorld to reopen orca shows 3 days after trainer’s death

Shows to go on at SeaWorld, king of orca business

State regulators will consider shutdown of Vermont Yankee nuclear plant before 2012

State board to consider Vermont Yankee shutdown

2 giant icebergs floating off Antarctica could impact global ocean currents, scientists say

2 huge icebergs let loose off Antarctica’s coast

SeaWorld faces major public relations challenge following killer whale trainer’s death

SeaWorld faces major public relations challenge

German chemical, pharmaceutical company Bayer says Q4 net income rose 44 percent

Bayer Q4 net income up 44 percent

FRANKFURT — German chemical and pharmaceutical company Bayer AG said Friday its net income rose 44 percent in the fourth quarter to euro153 million ($208 million) as cost savings and a pickup in some business offset negative currency effects and charges for the integration of Schering.

Anti-whaling activists end Antarctic campaign against Japanese for the season

Anti-whaling activists end Antarctic campaign

After trainer’s death, SeaWorld says it will keep killer whale but may change procedures

SeaWorld will keep whale despite trainer’s death

Wal-Mart to push suppliers to cut 20 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions

Wal-Mart to push suppliers to cut emissions

Oil slick reaches Parma _ home of cheese, prosciutto _ but farm groups say food chain safe

Italian oil slick reaches key farm center of Parma

AP Interview: UN climate chief says too little time to forge a global warming treaty this year

Official: Climate change treaty unlikely this year

Dubai’s biggest shopping mall partly shut after huge shark-filled aquarium springs a leak

Shark-filled aquarium in Dubai mall springs leak

Dubai’s biggest shopping mall partly shut after ’small break’ in aquarium

‘Small break’ in aquarium at Dubai’s biggest mall

Honda launches sporty CR-Z hybrid while vowing to uphold quality amid Toyota’s safety woes

Honda launches sporty hybrid, vows to keep quality

EPA sharply criticizes military’s Guam plan, cites water and sewage problems

EPA sharply criticizes military’s Guam plan

Honda’s sporty CR-Z hybrid going on sale in Japan, adding pizazz to green car market

Honda’s sporty CR-Z hybrid going on sale in Japan

No time to exercise? No problem. Intense interval training could slash hours off your workout

Interval training can cut exercise hours sharply

SeaWorld official confirms that whale dragged trainer into water in deadly attack

SeaWorld confirms trainer was dragged into water

Killer whale attacks, kills trainer at Orlando SeaWorld as horrified guests watch

Whale kills trainer as horrified spectators watch

Osiris says Prochymal met goals as treatment for children with graft vs. host disease

Osiris says stem cell therapy meets study goals

Maine debates whether to run around new federal law allowing guns in national parks

Maine seeks to stymie federal law on guns in parks

North Dakota regulators say coal drying plant doesn’t need mining permit

ND coal drying plant doesn’t need mining permit

Senators want specific destination for NASA, say with no moon mission it is going nowhere fast

President Barack Obama

Debut of promising fuel-cell technology from secretive startup is light on details

Debut of promising fuel-cell tech light on details

Fishermen demand changes to fishery law to save jobs, communities

Fishermen rally against federal catch limits

National parks 2009 visitor numbers up from 2008 despite economy, but misses 1987 record

National parks ‘09 visitation up but misses record

2010 Mercury Milan Hybrid rated at 41 mpg in city driving

Quietly, Mercury moves up in fuel economy

The Toyota Prius and Ford Fusion Hybrid are two of the three mid-size cars that rank best in gasoline mileage for 2010.

With much ado, main Paris zoo at last gets redo

Much ado for Paris zoo redo

PARIS — For a zoo, it’s a quiet and lonely place. Among the few remaining residents of Paris’ main animal park are the giraffes — whose long necks make travel inconvenient — and a hippo who was permitted to stay put after she threw a temper tantrum in a shipping crate.

Park Service says 2009 best year in almost a decade for Mammoth Cave National Park

Hundreds of thousands visit Mammoth Cave

MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky. — Officials with Mammoth Cave National Park say 2009 was the best year for tourism at the park in almost a decade, with 14 percent more visitors than 2008.

UN weather meeting agrees to make climate data more precise, transparent after controversy

UN weather meeting agrees to refine climate data

China’s homegrown GM rice, corn could be market-ready in 3 years, expert says

Expert: China GM rice may be market-ready by 2013

Farmers, advocates optimistic new USDA rules mean better enforcement of organic labeling rules

Organic advocates optimistic about new USDA rules

Sprint says it will accept devices from other carriers under broadened phone trade-in program

Sprint broadens cell phone trade-in program

Researchers find high concentration of plastic trash in Atlantic Ocean north of Caribbean

Study finds plastic trash collection in Atlantic

Secretive Silicon Valley fuel-cell startup stirring hopes, skepticism with new product

Secretive fuel-cell startup stirring hopes, doubts

Shell abandons Colorado water rights bid, placing regional oil shale development on hold

Shell halts Colo. water bid in oil shale project

Paleontologists: New species of long-necked dinosaur found hidden in slabs of Utah rock

New species of dinosaur found in eastern Utah rock

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