• In this Aug. 4, 2015 photo, Lucas St. Clair, the son of Burt's Bees founder Roxanne Quimby, poses on land proposed for a national park in Penobscot County, Maine. Mount Katahdin, the state's highest peak, can be seen in the background as a rainstorm passes through Baxter State Park. President Barack Obama on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016 declared a new national monument in Maine, composed of 87,000 acres donated by Quimby, fulfilling the conservationist's goal of gifting the land during the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

    A monumental task: Getting Mainers to support a new park

    MILLINOCKET, Maine (AP) — Among the empty storefronts on once-bustling Penobscot Avenue, longtime resident Jean McLean stood in her art gallery, the sole employee left at a business that once had three.

  • Correction: Hospital Superbug Outbreak story

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a Feb. 20, 2015 story about an antibiotic-resistant “superbug” outbreak at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, The Associated Press mischaracterized a statement an expert made about proving the cause of an infection. Lawrence Muscarella, a health care and sterilization expert, said he was suggesting an argument hospitals might use when he said, “Proving causation is impossible.” Muscarella said an infection can be proven to come from a hospital instrument.

  • Commercial crabber Mal Luebkert holds a block of Organobait synthetic bait on his boat on the Great Wicomico river in Heathsville, Va., Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. Fisheries for lobsters and crabs have grappling with a shortage of bait that synthetic bait may help with. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

    Goodbye, herring? Biotech bait gives lobstermen alternative

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Lobster and crab fishermen have baited traps with dead herring for generations, but an effort to find a synthetic substitute for forage fish is nearing fruition just as the little fish are in short supply, threatening livelihoods in a lucrative industry.

  • In this frame grab taken from NASA Television, a SpaceX Dragon capsule separates from a robotic arm of the International Space Station en route back to Earth with a load of science experiments and gear from the space station, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. (NASA via AP)

    SpaceX Dragon heads back to Earth with station science, gear

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A SpaceX Dragon capsule returned to Earth on Friday with scientific gifts from the International Space Station.

  • Military personnel clear debris at a temple that was damaged by a strong earthquake in Bagan, Myanmar, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. Using brooms and their hands soldiers and residents of the ancient Myanmar city famous for it's historic Buddhist pagodas, began cleaning up the debris from a powerful earthquake that shook the region and damaged nearly 200 temples Wednesday. (AP Photo/Min Kyi Thein)

    AP EXPLAINS: How shallow, deep earthquakes differ

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Italy’s earthquake was a lot weaker than the one in Myanmar, but it did far more damage because it happened at a shallower depth. The Associated Press explains the difference between shallow and deep earthquakes.

  • A man and woman comfort each other in front of a collapsed house, in Amatrice, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. Rescue crews have raced against time since a devastating earthquake leveled three towns in central Italy last Wednesday Aug. 23, leaving hundreds dead. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

    Strong aftershocks rattle devastated Italian earthquake zone

    AMATRICE, Italy (AP) — Rescue workers acknowledged Friday they might not find any more survivors from Italy’s earthquake as they confronted a new obstacle to their recovery work: a powerful aftershock that damaged two key access bridges to hard-hit Amatrice, threatening to isolate it.

  • A river taxi is dwarfed against the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort on a hazy day, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, in Singapore. Six Indonesian provinces have declared states of emergency as forest fires blanket a swath of Southeast Asia in a smoky haze. Singapore's air quality deteriorated to unhealthy levels on Friday as winds blew smoke from fires on Sumatra across the city-state and southern Malaysia. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

    Indonesia steps up fire response as haze blankets Singapore

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Six Indonesian provinces have declared states of emergency as forest fires blanketed a swath of Southeast Asia in a smoky haze.

  • A mockup of NASA's Orion spacecraft, a deep space vessel that is slated to eventually travel to Mars, hits the water in a simulated ocean splashdown test at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. An unmanned test flight is scheduled for 2018 with the first crewed flight is slated for 2023.(AP Photo/Steve Helber)

    NASA nears the end of its splashdown tests for Mars craft

    HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — NASA on Thursday conducted the second to last splashdown test for its Orion spacecraft as the agency prepares to eventually send humans to Mars.

  • An almost complete Dodo skeleton  is displayed at  Summers Place Auctions in Billingshurst, southern England Thursday Aug. 25, 2016.  It will be the first of its kind to come up for sale in nearly 100 years. The skeleton will feature in the auction house's fourth Evolution sale in November. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP)

    Auction house to sell composite skeleton of a dodo bird

    LONDON (AP) — The dodo bird is extinct — but one collector can now have their own dodo skeleton.

  • Docs ask feds to probe use of live animals at USC med school

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The emergency-medicine training program at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine violates federal law by using live animals, according to a complaint filed Thursday by a doctors group that seeks alternatives to using animals in medical education and research.