- Hawaii's big wave surf competition called off Updated: Feb-10-16 4:59 pm
HALEIWA, Hawaii - Legendary surfer Eddie Aikau would have gone out. But Wednesday's surf in Hawaii didn't stack up to his namesake competition's big-wave standards and the event was called off hours before it was supposed to happen.
- Tesla's 4Q net loss doubles Updated: Feb-10-16 4:57 pm
DETROIT - Electric car maker Tesla Motors says its net loss more than doubled to $320 million in the fourth quarter, hurt by lower-than-planned production of its new Model X SUV.
- Court's stay on EPA rules gives governor temporary reprieve Updated: Feb-10-16 4:55 pm
HELENA, Montana - The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to temporarily freeze the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan gives Montana Gov. Steve Bullock breathing room in his campaign for a second term.
- Michigan governor plans $360M for Flint, infrastructure Updated: Feb-10-16 4:49 pm
LANSING, Michigan - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday proposed spending hundreds of millions more dollars to address Flint's water crisis from lead contamination and to update pipes there and across the state - a plan that lawmakers from both parties generally welcomed as moving in the right direction with the proper priorities.
- Bill to bar Wyoming wardens from wolf, grizzly cases fails Updated: Feb-10-16 4:42 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - A Wyoming legislative committee has defeated a bill to bar state game managers from investigating or prosecuting people for killing wolves and grizzly bears as long as the animals remain federally protected.
- Despite US setback, Virginia moving forward on 'Clean Power' Updated: Feb-10-16 4:41 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - Virginia is moving forward with efforts to reduce carbon emissions linked to climate change amid uncertainty over the future of the Obama administration's landmark environmental initiative.
- 2nd plane, body of pilot recovered from Los Angeles waters Updated: Feb-10-16 4:37 pm
LOS ANGELES - Divers on Wednesday recovered the body of a pilot in the wreckage of a small plane that collided in midair with another aircraft and plunged into the ocean outside the Port of Los Angeles.
- Vehicle emissions test notices suspended amid budget impasse Updated: Feb-10-16 4:34 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Illinois motorists will have to keep track of when their vehicles need to pass an emissions test or be renewed, because the state says it won't provide mailed notifications.
- The Latest: Backers urge California coast panel to keep exec Updated: Feb-10-16 4:25 pm
LOS ANGELES - The Latest on a proposal by the powerful California Coastal Commission to fire its top executive (all times local).
- James River Association challenging Virginia coal ash permit Updated: Feb-10-16 4:16 pm
RICHMOND, Virginia - The James River Association signaled its intent Wednesday to legally challenge a state permit allowing Virginia's largest utility to discharge millions of gallons of treated coal ash wastewater into the James River.
- Delay of clean power plan stokes worries about Paris treaty Updated: Feb-10-16 4:06 pm
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration asserted Wednesday that a Supreme Court order delaying enforcement of its new clean-power rules will ultimately have little impact on meeting the nation's obligations under the recent Paris climate agreement.
- Venezuela malls scale back hours as government cuts energy Updated: Feb-10-16 3:52 pm
CARACAS, Venezuela - Shops in malls across Venezuela closed their doors Wednesday afternoon to comply with a government electricity rationing order.
- Florida editorial roundup Updated: Feb-10-16 3:30 pm
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- House backs bill to require EPA notification in lead cases Updated: Feb-10-16 3:25 pm
WASHINGTON - The House on Wednesday approved legislation to clarify the Environmental Protection Agency's authority to notify the public about danger from lead in their drinking water - the first action by Congress to respond to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.
- Latest: US House backs bill requiring EPA notify about lead Updated: Feb-10-16 3:09 pm
LANSING, Michigan - The latest on developments in the lead contamination of Flint's water (all times local):
- Vermont governor hits stay on Clean Power Plan Updated: Feb-10-16 3:03 pm
MONTPELIER, Vermont - Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin is criticizing the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to stay President Barack Obama's "clean power plan." Shumlin also is stepping up his calls for the state pension funds to divest themselves of coal company stocks.
- New Mexico official blasts EPA over Colorado mine spill Updated: Feb-10-16 2:47 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - The head of the New Mexico Environment Department is blasting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, saying federal officials are downplaying the long-term effects of the Gold King Mine spill.
- Few oil-gas companies say they can't meet new flood rules Updated: Feb-10-16 2:25 pm
DENVER - Only four of the estimated 500 oil and gas companies operating in Colorado say they can't meet the April 1 deadline to implement new safety rules to limit spills during major floods, according to regulators.
- North Myrtle Beach Chamber urging visitors to "Just Coast" Updated: Feb-10-16 1:47 pm
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina - The Convention and Visitors Bureau of the North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce is urging visitors to "Just Coast."
- Charges dropped against woman who nursed baby squirrels Updated: Feb-10-16 1:23 pm
HOWELL, New Jersey - Charges against a New Jersey woman who nursed two abandoned baby squirrels back to health have been dropped on a technicality.
- Body of Air Force member, boater found in Pyramid Lake Updated: Feb-10-16 1:22 pm
RENO, Nevada - Authorities say a boater and member of the U.S. Air Force has been found dead in Nevada's Pyramid Lake.
- Water expert rejects explanation on Flint corrosion control Updated: Feb-10-16 1:19 pm
A water expert who first raised concerns about lead in Flint's drinking water dismissed as "contrived" a city official's suggestion in an email that anti-corrosive phosphates weren't added to the Flint River because of worries that the chemicals would promote bacterial growth.
- Kansas senate bill would restrict habitat protections Updated: Feb-10-16 1:18 pm
TOPEKA, Kansas - Conservationists say protected habitats for endangered and threatened species in Kansas would be sharply reduced under a Senate bill in its second week of hearings.
- Interior asked to do more to protect Grand Canyon employees Updated: Feb-10-16 1:17 pm
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Arizona - Arizona's congressional delegation says the National Park Service must do more to protect Grand Canyon employees who participate on the agency's river rafting trips.
- Consider Grand Bahama for a quiet island getaway Updated: Feb-10-16 1:01 pm
GRAND BAHAMA, The Bahamas - Looking for a low-key winter getaway or quiet spring break destination? Grand Bahama may be your place.