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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal appeals court has given the green light to a lawsuit filed by young activists who say the U.S. government is failing to protect them from climate change. Twenty-one children and young adults assert that the government has known for decades that carbon pollution causes climate change but has failed to curb greenhouse gas emissions. They are seeking various environmental remedies. A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the government’s request for an order directing a lower court to dismiss the case. An attorney for the plaintiffs said the group will put the federal government’s “dangerous energy system and climate policies on trial.”


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The old song goes: “Fly me to the moon and let me play among those stars.” Well, forget that. NASA says it will fly you to the sun — sort of. It’ll send people’s names to the sun. From now until April 27, NASA is accepting online submissions for your name to be sent on the Parker Solar Probe. Once launched this summer from Cape Canaveral the probe will eventually come within 4 million miles of our star, closer than any other spacecraft. Temperatures will reach 2,500 degrees as the spacecraft zips in and out of this atmospheric hot zone. Actor William Shatner, famous as “Star Trek’s” Capt. James Kirk is NASA’s pitchman for the campaign.


KEY WEST (AP) — A Florida retiree has won the women’s division in Key West’s annual conch shell blowing contest and accepted a marriage proposal from a fellow competitor. Seventy-year-old Mary Lou Smith impressed the judges with long blasts on the fluted, pink-lined shell and when 73-year-old Rick Race proposed on stage, she accepted by joining him in a joyous duet. Conch shells have been used as signaling devices in the Florida Keys for centuries while native-born islanders are called Conchs, and the Keys are nicknamed the Conch Republic.


UNDATED (AP) — Organizers say a concert by Ed Sheeran at an airport in western Germany has been moved following concern about the impact on the local skylark population. Jonas Rohde, a spokesman for production company FKP Scorpio, said it respected concerns voiced for the birds’ welfare and had decided to move the event from Essen airport to nearby Dusseldorf. The July 22 concert is expected to draw more than 80,000 fans to the Dusseldorf trade fairground.


CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) — Police say a zebra was killed when several of the animals broke out of the grounds of an Arizona festival and went wandering on a nearby road. Officials say it happened Wednesday near the grounds of the Chandler Ostrich Festival in a suburb of Phoenix. Officials say the SUV driver was taken to a hospital with minor injuries. The Ostrich Festival, which will be held this weekend, attracts hundreds of thousands of people. Activities include ostrich races and ostrich-themed activities and a parade.


MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Five decades after it went missing, an Alabama woman has found a Tennessee surgeon’s ring. She was while exploring a neighborhood with her metal detector when she located it about four inches deep in the dirt. reports that Barbara Burgess found Dr. Stephen R. Sheppard’s University of Tennessee Class of 1970 ring in front of a home in a subdivision behind the University of South Alabama in Mobile.

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