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Hot stuff: Lab hits milestone on long road to fusion power

With 192 lasers and temperatures more than three times hotter than the center of the sun, scientists hit — at least for a fraction of a second — a key milestone on the long road toward nearly pollution-free fusion energy.

Situation 'dire' as Coast Guard seeks 38 missing off Florida

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard battled time and currents Wednesday as aircraft and ships searched for 38 people missing in the Atlantic off Florida, four days after the capsizing of a suspected smuggling boat killed at least one and left one known survivor.

No instant testing for toxic ski waxes at the Olympics

The on-again, off-again ban on high-end but toxic waxes that help cross country skis glide smoothly over the snow is on in some places — but not the World Cup circuit or 2022 Beijing Olympics.

Carter's dream, almost reached: Guinea worm cases drop to 14

ATLANTA (AP) — Guinea worm infections dropped to just over a dozen worldwide last year, getting closer to fulfilling former President Jimmy Carter's dream of completely eradicating the disease during his lifetime.

Tech leads markets higher as traders wait for Fed update

Stocks are opening with solid gains on Wall Street Wednesday, led by technology stocks after Microsoft reported standout results for its latest quarter. The decisive move higher in early trading was a welcome relief following several days of volatile swings as investors try to gauge whether the Federal Reserve will succeed in its new effort to fight inflation. The Fed releases its latest policy statement later Wednesday. It’s widely expected to continue drawing back its stimulus measures ahead of raising interest rates in the coming months. The S&P 500 rose 1.2% and the Nasdaq added 1.9%. Treasury yields held steady.

Gates Foundation expands board following Bill, Melinda split

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced Wednesday it will add four members to its board of trustees, a first for the Seattle-based philanthropic giant whose decision making has been guided by very few hands since its incorporation in 2000.