- California's golden hills blackened by wildfires Updated: Jul-31-15 11:40 am
LOWER LAKE, California - The golden hills of California were being blackened Friday by a series of wildfires egged on by bone-dry vegetation, triple-digit temperatures and gusting winds.
- Glacier park wildfire 63 percent contained Updated: Jul-31-15 11:11 am
ST. MARY, Montana - Firefighters are conducting burnout operations on the Reynolds Creek Fire in Glacier National Park in an effort to strengthen fire lines.
- US philanthropist to offer backing for Oxford lion project Updated: Jul-31-15 11:07 am
LONDON - A pair of U.S. philanthropists with a passion for wild cats have pledged to match new donations to Oxford University's Wildlife Conservation Unit - the researchers who were tracking the movements of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe.
- Dredged materials dumped into Long Island Sound spur debate Updated: Jul-31-15 11:01 am
HARTFORD, Connecticut - A long-simmering dispute over dumping dredged materials from rivers and harbors into Long Island Sound has flared up again with a new federal plan to govern disposal sites.
- Wing fragment wrapped and ready for French investigators Updated: Jul-31-15 10:58 am
SAINT-ANDRE, Reunion - The wing fragment found on the French island of Reunion was wrapped and ready to be loaded Friday on a cargo flight for the mainland, where experts are hoping to unlock the mystery of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
- Test bungee jumps at Crooked River gorge a success Updated: Jul-31-15 10:53 am
BEND, Oregon - Just before 4:40 p.m. Thursday, James Scott made a small piece of history, becoming the first man to legally bungee jump off the High Bridge across the Crooked River north of Terrebonne.
- Lawmaker seeks review of central Indiana reservoir proposal Updated: Jul-31-15 10:52 am
ANDERSON, Indiana - The proposed construction of a $450 million reservoir on the White River in central Indiana should be reviewed by a state legislative committee, according to a lawmaker opposed to the project.
- Cops: Woman drowns while trying to rescue daughter, 2nd girl Updated: Jul-31-15 10:49 am
EVANS, New York - Authorities in western New York say a 51-year-old woman drowned while trying to rescue her 11-year-old daughter and another girl from the rough waters of Lake Erie.
- Zimbabwe: American lion killer's extradition being sought Updated: Jul-31-15 10:46 am
HARARE, Zimbabwe - Zimbabwe intends to seek the extradition of an American dentist who killed a lion that was lured out of a national park and shot with a bow and a gun, and the process has already begun, a Cabinet minister said Friday.
- Brazil data: Olympic water 'unfit' for triathletes to swim Updated: Jul-31-15 10:25 am
RIO DE JANEIRO - The Brazilian government's most recent data on water pollution in Rio de Janeiro show that water near where triathletes are preparing to compete this weekend is "unfit" for swimming.
- Rhode Island DEM monitoring fish kill in rivers Updated: Jul-31-15 10:20 am
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is monitoring what they call a "large fish kill" in the Seekonk and Providence Rivers.
- WikiLeaks says US spied on Japanese government, companies Updated: Jul-31-15 10:13 am
TOKYO - The WikiLeaks website published documents Friday that it said shows the U.S. government spied on Japanese officials and companies.
- Des Allemands woman charged with BP relief fraud Updated: Jul-31-15 8:22 am
NEW ORLEANS - A federal grand jury in New Orleans has charged a 42-year-old Des Allemands woman with making a false claim for disaster relief after the 2010 BP oil spill.
- Warm blob of ocean water, drought warming Puget Sound waters Updated: Jul-31-15 8:05 am
SEATTLE - Scientists say they're seeing unusual warm conditions in Puget Sound this summer because of the drought and a large mass of warm ocean water.
- Mississippi Phosphates set to plead guilty in pollution case Updated: Jul-31-15 8:04 am
GULFPORT, Mississippi - A Gulf Coast fertilizer manufacturer will plead guilty Aug. 19 to federal allegation of violating the Clean Water Act by polluting waterways.
- New La. law taking effect Saturday targets 'revenge porn' Updated: Jul-31-15 7:35 am
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Sending "revenge porn" can land you behind bars, new housing protections are being extended to domestic violence victims and enforcement of sea turtle protection laws is tightening as hundreds of new Louisiana laws take effect Saturday.
- Tracing back debris to find Flight 370 may prove impossible Updated: Jul-31-15 6:31 am
WELLINGTON, New Zealand - If it's confirmed that a wing fragment found on a remote island in the Indian Ocean is from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, lost more than 500 days ago, could scientists use their knowledge of ocean currents to trace back its path and pinpoint the bulk of the wreck?
- Wastewater levels in Spokane River high due to drought Updated: Jul-31-15 6:16 am
SPOKANE, Washington - While wastewater going into the Spokane River isn't new, because of the drought, effluent makes up more and more of the rivers water.
- Rescuers recover body of teen from Lake Minnawanna Updated: Jul-31-15 5:52 am
METAMORA, Michigan - Rescuers have recovered the body of a 17-year-old Flint boy from a lake in Michigan.
- Street named for retiring DeSoto school superintendent Updated: Jul-31-15 4:34 am
HORN LAKE, Mississippi - Horn Lake officials have renamed a street running in front of a new vocational technical center for retiring DeSoto County Schools Superintendent Milton Kuykendall.
- November retrial date expected for former BP engineer Updated: Jul-31-15 4:06 am
NEW ORLEANS - Attorneys are eyeing a November retrial date for Kurt Mix, the former BP engineer charged with obstructing a federal investigation into the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
- Surfer seriously injured in Australian shark attack Updated: Jul-31-15 3:53 am
SYDNEY - A surfer was seriously injured as he repeatedly punched a shark that mauled him off the Australian east coast on Friday, less than a week after a fatal attack, police and a witness said.
- More than just Cecil; big troubles for king of the jungle Updated: Jul-31-15 3:40 am
WASHINGTON - The circle of life is closing in on the king of the jungle.
- Dig returns to artifact-rich Colonial American site in NY Updated: Jul-31-15 3:12 am
LAKE GEORGE, New York - An archaeological project has returned to an artifact-rich state park in the southern Adirondacks on what was the focal point of the warring British and French empires more than 250 years ago.
- California zeroes in on conservation stragglers amid drought Updated: Jul-31-15 3:10 am
SACRAMENTO, California - California residents heeded the call to turn off sprinklers in the first month of mandated water conservation, leading to a 27 percent plunge in June.