- AP Investigation: Dirty Rio water a threat at 2016 Olympics Updated: Jul-30-15 12:17 am
RIO DE JANEIRO - The waters where Olympians will compete in swimming and boating events next summer in South America's first games are rife with human sewage and present a serious health risk for athletes, as well as for visitors to the iconic beaches of Rio de Janeiro.
- Environmentalists, unions protest Pacific trade pact in Maui Updated: Jul-29-15 11:06 pm
LAHAINA, Hawaii - Opponents of a Pacific Rim trade deal being negotiated at a Maui resort demonstrated against the proposed pact Wednesday.
- US official: Plane debris in Indian Ocean same type as MH370 Updated: Jul-29-15 11:03 pm
WASHINGTON - Air safety investigators have a "high degree of confidence" that aircraft debris found in the Indian Ocean is of a wing component unique to the Boeing 777, the same model as the Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared last year, a U.S. official said Wednesday.
- Minnesota dentist rarely discussed hunting with patients Updated: Jul-29-15 10:25 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - A Minnesota dentist who has become the target of worldwide outrage for hunting and killing a protected lion in Zimbabwe advised patients Wednesday to seek care elsewhere and said he rarely discussed his big-game hunting because it can be a "divisive and emotionally charged topic."
- Matson settles Hawaii's claims over molasses spill for $15M Updated: Jul-29-15 10:19 pm
HONOLULU - A major shipping company has agreed to pay more than $15 million to compensate for a 2013 molasses spill in Honolulu Harbor, Hawaii's attorney general said Wednesday.
- California firefighters hold blaze that jumped line Updated: Jul-29-15 9:04 pm
NAPA, California - Crews battling the toughest of several wildfires burning across the state held their ground Wednesday, keeping a blaze east of California's Napa Valley from jumping any more containment lines, fire officials said.
- Coast Guard says California oil slick will vanish on its own Updated: Jul-29-15 8:46 pm
GOLETA, California - A 2-mile-long oil slick mysteriously materialized off the Southern California coast on Wednesday, but unlike a disastrous spill in the same area two months ago it didn't send any damaging crude ashore and was expected to dissipate on its own.
- California's big cities say June water-saving goals were met Updated: Jul-29-15 8:31 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - California's largest cities said water conservation goals ordered by Gov. Jerry Brown were met or exceeded in June - the first month of mandatory cutbacks during the drought.
- Teens' 6 days adrift verge on limits for survival at sea Updated: Jul-29-15 8:13 pm
TEQUESTA, Florida - Crews pushed the limits of an ever-expanding search zone Wednesday for two teens missing at sea and potentially nearing the boundaries of human survival.
- 2 Utah ski resorts owned by Vail to be known as 'Park City' Updated: Jul-29-15 7:43 pm
PARK CITY, Utah - Two neighboring Utah ski resorts owned by Vail Resorts and being combined into one mega resort will be known simply by the name of the mountain city where it is located: "Park City."
- NOAA issues new guidelines for vessels in glacial fjords Updated: Jul-29-15 7:38 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - New voluntary guidelines for cruise ships and other tour boats aimed at protecting harbor seals, especially vulnerable nursing pups, in Alaska's glacial fjords were announced Wednesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
- Environmentalists re-establishing Barnegat Bay oyster colony Updated: Jul-29-15 7:29 pm
OCEAN GATE, New Jersey - An environmental group took a major step on Wednesday toward re-establishing an oyster colony in Barnegat Bay.
- Woman drowns in Lake Chelan; body recovered at marina Updated: Jul-29-15 7:10 pm
MANSON, Washington - The Chelan County sheriff's office says the body of a 50-year-old woman has been recovered from Lake Chelan at Manson Bay Marina.
- Appeals court reinstates 'Roadless Rule' for Tongass Updated: Jul-29-15 6:55 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska - A divided federal appeals court on Wednesday affirmed a lower-court decision that reinstates prohibitions on road-building and timber harvests in roadless areas of the nation's largest national forest.
- The Latest: Hundreds protest lion killing at dentist office Updated: Jul-29-15 6:40 pm
BLOOMINGTON, Minnesota - The latest information on the Minnesota hunter and guides in Zimbabwe who killed a protected lion during a hunt in the African nation (all times are Central):
- Judge: Land owners can't keep public off Lake Michigan beach Updated: Jul-29-15 6:27 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - A man who owns a piece of Indiana's short stretch of Lake Michigan shoreline and said he had "complete and exclusive ownership" of its beachfront holds no such right and cannot deny the public access to that space, a judge has found.
- Lessons learned from traveling with baby on Puerto Rico trip Updated: Jul-29-15 6:15 pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - We were in paradise, surrounded by lush trees and waterfalls in El Yunque rainforest.
- Feinstein changes focus of new drought bill Updated: Jul-29-15 6:15 pm
WASHINGTON - Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California introduced a new drought relief bill Wednesday that emphasizes long-term investments in desalination, recycling and new or expanded reservoirs.
- Dayton starts special session legwork for Mille Lacs Lake Updated: Jul-29-15 5:44 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Gov. Mark Dayton started laying the groundwork Wednesday to call a potential special session to provide emergency relief to a Mille Lacs Lake area bracing for an abrupt end to its walleye fishing season - perhaps as soon as the end of next week, Dayton said.
- AG signs letter asking EPA to delay implementing water rule Updated: Jul-29-15 5:34 pm
BISMARCK, North Dakota - North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem joined counterparts and other officials in 30 other states in asking the Environmental Protection Agency to delay the implementation of a new federal water rule.
- More than 60 cigarette-recycling bins installed in St. Louis Updated: Jul-29-15 5:04 pm
ST. LOUIS - Tired of discarded cigarette butts littering the streets and sidewalks of St. Louis, several organizations have partnered to install 62 recycling bins scattered across the city.
- US agency says it is 'deeply concerned' about lion kill Updated: Jul-29-15 4:52 pm
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says it is ready to assist Zimbabwe in its investigation of an American dentist's killing of a protected African lion and will conduct its own probe.
- Zero-percent financing turns heads, but may not be best deal Updated: Jul-29-15 3:57 pm
DETROIT - When a car dealer offers to loan you the money to buy a car at zero interest, it gets your attention. Yet that cheap money might not be the best deal you can get.
- Christie's Exxon proposed deal could be nearing judgment day Updated: Jul-29-15 3:55 pm
TRENTON, New Jersey - A $225 million settlement between Gov. Chris Christie administration and ExxonMobil will be discussed in front of a state judge Thursday and New Jersey residents could find out soon if it will be approved.
- West Virginia editorial roundup Updated: Jul-29-15 3:24 pm
Recent editorials from West Virginia newspapers: