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Caiman went: Swiss authorities call off hunt for reptile

BERLIN (AP) — This caiman went: Swiss authorities say they’re calling off the hunt for an alligator-like reptile spotted in an inland lake, declaring it “a phantom.” The meter-and-a-half (5-foot) long caiman was spotted by a fisherman in Lake Hallwil, about 50 kilometers west of Zurich, on July 14 when it briefly surfaced and scarfed […]

Mini Mercury skips across sun’s vast glare in rare transit

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Mini Mercury skipped across the vast, glaring face of the sun Monday in a rare celestial transit. Stargazers used solar-filtered binoculars and telescopes to spot Mercury — a tiny black dot — as it passed directly between Earth and the sun on Monday. The eastern U.S. and Canada got the […]

Coast Guard makes dramatic drug seizure, raiding submarine

CORONADO, Calif. (AP) — U.S. Coast Guard members boarded a semi-submarine racing through the waves, one of 14 operations seizing cocaine and marijuana since May in international waters off Mexico and Central and South America. The agency released dramatic video of the encounter with smugglers on Thursday. It shows a Coast Guard vessel pulling alongside […]

Mercury putting on rare show Monday, parading across the sun

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Mercury is putting on a rare celestial show next week, parading across the sun in view of most of the world. The solar system’s smallest, innermost planet will resemble a tiny black dot Monday as it passes directly between Earth and the sun. It begins at 7:35 a.m. EST. The […]

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