- Hurricane predictions breeze in: Feds expect light season Updated: May-27-15 4:17 pm
NEW ORLEANS - With six to 11 named storms predicted, this year's hurricane season may be slower than average - but officials say that's no reason for Atlantic and Gulf coast residents to rest easy.
- New federal rules on stream protection hailed, criticized Updated: May-27-15 4:14 pm
WASHINGTON - New federal rules designed to better protect small streams, tributaries and wetlands - and the drinking water of 117 million Americans - are being criticized by Republicans and farm groups as going too far.
- BASE jumpers pushed to remote, no-rules sites Updated: May-27-15 4:08 pm
BOISE, Idaho - BASE jumpers, by nature, just want to be free.
- Carter says US flights, sea missions in Pacific will go on Updated: May-27-15 4:07 pm
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii - Defense Secretary Ash Carter strongly defended America's right to fly over artificial islands that Beijing is building in the South China Sea, but gave few hints ahead of a visit to Asia this week about what the United States was willing to do to halt the construction effort.
- Rocky, a 6-foot alligator, gets a new home in Massachusetts Updated: May-27-15 4:02 pm
HAUPPAUGE, New York - A 6-foot alligator named Rocky has gotten a new home after his owner decided he was too big to handle.
- Latest on flooding: 840 to 1,400 Houston homes damaged Updated: May-27-15 3:41 pm
- Indiana imposes ban on moving poultry, other birds to events Updated: May-27-15 3:37 pm
INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana imposed a statewide ban Wednesday on moving poultry and other birds to events such as county fairs in hopes of preventing the spread of a bird flu strain that's killed tens of millions of chickens, turkeys and other birds across the nation.
- Texas groups petition feds over alleged coal exemptions Updated: May-27-15 3:31 pm
AUSTIN, Texas - Environmental groups in Texas want to overturn a state action they say exempted large coal-fired power plants from federal limits on particulates and other pollutants during startup, shutdown and maintenance at 19 power plants.
- Death toll climbs to 19 from storms in Texas and Oklahoma Updated: May-27-15 3:21 pm
WIMBERLEY, Texas - The death toll from a barrage of storms and floods in Texas and Oklahoma climbed to 19 on Wednesday, with more than a dozen others missing, and another round of rain threatened to complicate the cleanup in hard-hit Houston.
- Climate of change: The Catholic church's dance with science Updated: May-27-15 3:09 pm
From Galileo to genetics, the Roman Catholic Church has danced with science, sometimes in a high-tension tango but more often in a supportive waltz. Pope Francis is about to introduce a new twist: global warming.
- Sheriff: Car that carried teens into river has been found Updated: May-27-15 3:00 pm
NORTH PLATTE, Nebraska - Lincoln County Sheriff Jerome Kramer said a diver has reached a car that carried two teenagers into the rushing waters of the South Platte River in western Nebraska.
- Florida coasts have grown, but hurricane damage risk hasn't Updated: May-27-15 2:51 pm
MIAMI - Since eight hurricanes whipped through Florida during back-to-back seasons a decade ago, causing $33 billion in insurance claims, the state's coastal communities have added an additional 1.5 million people and almost a half-million new houses, an Associated Press analysis shows.
- New Mexico regulators delay decision on power plant Updated: May-27-15 2:49 pm
SANTA FE, New Mexico - New Mexico regulators on Wednesday gave Public Service Co. of New Mexico more time to ink agreements with a mining company, further delaying a decision that will affect the future of a coal-fired power plant that provides electricity to customers around the Southwest.
- Senators hear about report on Pinewood toxic waste dump Updated: May-27-15 2:28 pm
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - The oldest part of a Sumter County toxic waste landfill that is at the most risk because of its construction is also the part closest to a lake that provides water to thousands of people.
- Delaware eyes fee for single-use grocery bags Updated: May-27-15 2:08 pm
DOVER, Delaware - Members of a state advisory panel are eyeing draft legislation that would impose a fee on single-use grocery bags in Delaware.
- Whale washes ashore in 12th recent death in California Updated: May-27-15 1:50 pm
POINT REYES STATION, California - Another dead whale washed ashore in Northern California, the 12th carcass that has appeared in the past few months and marks a higher-than-normal number of deaths but not a record.
- Exxon shareholders to vote on climate change, fracking Updated: May-27-15 12:55 pm
DALLAS - Shareholders are considering whether Exxon Mobil should put a climate-change expert on its board.
- The Latest: So far, so French at French Open Updated: May-27-15 12:40 pm
PARIS - The Latest from the French Open:
- Madison college students create algae-removal system Updated: May-27-15 12:38 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin - A system that clears up surface-level algae by slurping it away and depositing it into a dumpster will make its debut this summer in Madison lakes.
- Kudzu is no match for hungry goats at North Carolina park Updated: May-27-15 12:21 pm
CHIMNEY ROCK, North Carolina - Maybe kudzu is not indestructible after all.
- BLM ordered to prove routes don't harm cultural sites Updated: May-27-15 11:52 am
SALT LAKE CITY - A federal judge has ordered the Bureau Land of Management to document that its designation of motorized routes in central Utah will not harm wildlife and archaeological resources.
- Employee shot, hurt during robbery of Forest Lake restaurant Updated: May-27-15 11:49 am
FOREST LAKE, Minnesota - Authorities are looking for a suspect involved in a robbery and shooting at a Forest Lake restaurant that left one employee injured.
- Dead ostrich, pig found in SW Idaho conservation area Updated: May-27-15 11:34 am
NAMPA, Idaho - Federal authorities are leading an investigating in southwest Idaho after the bodies of an ostrich, a pig and three coyotes were found in the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area.
- Air France jet in near miss with giant volcano in Cameroon Updated: May-27-15 11:23 am
PARIS - Air France says one of its jets had what investigators call a "serious incident" by flying too close to a volcano while maneuvering around a storm on a flight into Cameroon.
- Sandhill cranes make comeback in Minnesota Updated: May-27-15 11:01 am
MINNEAPOLIS - It appears sandhill cranes are making a comeback in Minnesota.