TOKYO (AP) — An underwater robot captured images of solidified lava-like rocks Friday inside a damaged reactor at Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, spotting for the first time what is believed to be nuclear fuel that melted six years ago."Possible melted fuel seen for first time at Fukushima plant"
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — First there was Cecil, a Zimbabwean lion whose allegedly illegal killing by an American hunter in 2015 ignited international outrage. Now Cecil’s son Xanda has been legally killed in the same area, bringing fresh scrutiny on the “trophy” hunting of a species whose numbers in the African wild have plummeted."Killing of Cecil’s son highlights peril facing African lions"
NEW YORK (AP) — A bag containing traces of moon dust sold for $1.8 million at an auction on Thursday following a galactic court battle."Apollo 11 bag laced with moon dust sells for $1.8 million"
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Several hundred people evacuated their homes early Thursday in the small western Wisconsin community of Arcadia as heavy rain sent a creek over its banks."Powerful storms cause damage, flooding in Midwest"
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — California’s vast San Joaquin Valley, the country’s most productive farming region, is engulfed by some of the nation’s dirtiest skies, forcing the state’s largest air district to spend more than $40 billion in the past quarter-century to enforce hundreds of stringent pollution rules."California farm region plagued by dirty air looks to Trump"
MARIPOSA, Calif. (AP) — A surging wildfire raced through California mountains and foothills west of Yosemite National Park on Wednesday, forcing thousands to flee tiny, Gold Rush-era towns and wafting smoky haze over the park’s landmark Half Dome rock face."‘Couldn’t even see the sun’: Fire races near Yosemite park"
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX’s chief said Wednesday that the first launch of its big new rocket is risky and stands “a real good chance” of failure."SpaceX chief says 1st launch of big new rocket will be risky"
WASHINGTON (AP) — Industry has made more than 9.1 billion tons of plastic since 1950 and there’s enough left over to bury Manhattan under more than two miles of trash, according to a new cradle-to-grave global study."World’s plastic waste could bury Manhattan 2 miles deep"
TOKYO (AP) — An underwater robot entered a badly damaged reactor at Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant Wednesday, capturing images of the harsh impact of its meltdown, including key structures that were torn and knocked out of place."Swimming robot probes Fukushima reactor to find melted fuel"
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire lobsterman has joined an elite club after catching a rare blue lobster."Man beats odds of catching blue lobster, donates to science"