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Astronauts take spacewalk to swap space station’s batteries

By SETH BORENSTEIN Two American astronauts are taking a spacewalk to replace aging batteries on the International Space Station. NASA’s Anne McClain and Nick Hague are scheduled to work in space Friday for several hours to swap out three old nickel-hydrogen batteries with more powerful lithium-ion batteries. The station’s robotic arm did [READ MORE HERE]…

Ex-teacher gets prison for repeated sexual abuse of student

By The Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A former Tigard High School teacher and coach admitted to repeatedly sexually abusing a student and was sentenced to two years in prison. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports 41-year-old Marcus D. Jolley pleaded guilty in Washington County Circuit Court to second-degree sexual abuse and was sentenced Thursday. [READ MORE…

Kentucky anti-vaxxer gets hearing over chickenpox ban

By The Associated Press WALTON, Ky. (AP) — An unvaccinated student in Kentucky will get his day in court after suing because he can’t participate in extracurricular activities during a chickenpox outbreak. The Courier Journal reports 18-year-old Jerome Kunkel’s case will be heard in court April 1. Unvaccinated students have ordered by the [READ MORE…

Tyson recalls chicken strips due to metal fears

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Arkansas-based Tyson Foods is recalling more than 69,000 pounds (31,297 kilograms) of frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strips because they may be contaminated with pieces of metal. The U.S. Agriculture Department said Thursday the products were produced on Nov. 30, 2018, and have a best if used by [READ MORE…

UN: Ebola increasing in Congo due to ‘security challenges’

By The Associated Press LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization says Ebola has spiked in Congo in recent days because of “increased security challenges,” a week after its director-general predicted the outbreak might be contained within six months. The U.N. health agency said late Thursday the recent attacks on Ebola clinics slowed [READ MORE…

Oregon man gets 31-year sentence for sexually abusing child

By The Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man was sentenced to 31 years in prison for sexually abusing a child. KPTV-TV reports 42-year-old Leo Gabonia was sentenced Tuesday after he was convicted last week on eight abuse-related charges, including first-degree sex abuse. Washington County prosecutors say the 9-year-old victim reported [READ MORE…

Alaska man witnesses pack of wild dogs attacking muskox

By The Associated Press BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — A man riding his snowmobile in western Alaska says he came across an “unbelievable” sight — a pack of wild dogs attacking a young muskox. KYUK-AM reports Jimmie Lincoln was riding near Toksook Bay on Tuesday when he witnessed three or four big, black and [READ MORE…