- FBI's hands-off strategy in Oregon follows lessons learned Updated: Feb-04-16 4:26 pm
Federal officials have allowed the armed occupation of an Oregon wildlife refuge to drag on for more than a month as part of a strategy learned from past standoffs in Texas and Idaho that ended in bloodshed and spurred more government mistrust, experts say.
- Eagle struck by truck released after treatment, recovery Updated: Feb-04-16 3:57 pm
SELIGMAN, Arizona - A golden eagle rescued after being struck by a truck is back in the wild of northwestern Arizona.
- Court upholds South Dakota vehicular homicide conviction Updated: Feb-04-16 3:57 pm
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - The South Dakota Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the conviction of a Lake Andes man who was drunk when he drove into two federal wildlife researchers, killing them.
- Arizona tribal casino gambling revenue up by 6.9 percent Updated: Feb-04-16 3:42 pm
PHOENIX - The Arizona Department of Gaming says contributions to the state from tribal gambling revenue will be about $15 million for the quarter that ended on Dec. 31.
- Some Texans worry about expanding sewage treatment plant Updated: Feb-04-16 3:28 pm
DRIPPING SPRINGS, Texas - From his rolling Hill Country spread, Wes Pitts can watch changes in gray-green Onion Creek as it riffles by.
- 4 holdout occupiers at Oregon wildlife refuge are indicted Updated: Feb-04-16 2:50 pm
PORTLAND, Oregon - The four remaining occupiers at an Oregon wildlife refuge are facing charges, according to court documents released Thursday that say more than a dozen armed activists threatened violence against federal authorities and used social media to urge others to join them.
- The Latest: Father of a holdout disappointed his son charged Updated: Feb-04-16 2:32 pm
PORTLAND, Oregon - The Latest on an armed group that took over buildings at a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon (all times local):
- Officials warned of water, Legionnaires' link Updated: Feb-04-16 2:15 pm
LANSING, Michigan - High-ranking officials in Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's administration were aware of a surge in Legionnaires' disease potentially linked to Flint's water long before the governor reported the increase to the public last month, internal emails show.
- Correction: Blackfeet Water Settlement story Updated: Feb-04-16 2:14 pm
BILLINGS, Montana - In a story Feb. 3 about a water settlement for Montana's Blackfeet Tribe, The Associated Press reported erroneously that U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke has introduced a bill in the House to adopt the settlement. Zinke has not introduced such a bill.
- Cheney criticizes BLM, EPA during visit to Sheridan Updated: Feb-04-16 1:05 pm
SHERIDAN, Wyoming - Liz Cheney says the two biggest threats facing Wyoming are the overreach of the Bureau of Land Management and the Environmental Protection Agency.
- In Boston area, the bald eagle population is soaring Updated: Feb-04-16 12:26 pm
BOSTON - People spotting bald eagles in the skies over the Boston area aren't hallucinating - there really are more of the majestic birds of prey setting up shop in the urban eastern areas of the state, experts say.
- Company wants Letcher County to consider treated mine water Updated: Feb-04-16 11:43 am
WHITESBURG, Kentucky - An Arkansas company is asking Letcher County residents to consider drinking treated water from abandoned coal mines.
- Shooting deaths of 2 bald eagles in Missouri investigated Updated: Feb-04-16 10:38 am
ST. LOUIS - Agents with the Missouri Department of Conservation are investigating the shooting deaths of two bald eagles over the span of less than a week.
- Parts of Fort Worth under boil water notice amid tank issue Updated: Feb-04-16 7:56 am
FORT WORTH, Texas - Thousands of people in far north Fort Worth must boil their water for drinking, cooking and making ice due to problems with a city tank.
- Workshop planned in Louisville on brownfield redevelopment Updated: Feb-04-16 4:05 am
FRANKFORT, Kentucky - A Louisville workshop on brownfield redevelopment is being offered for bankers and property development professionals.
- Newburgh agrees to stem sewage overflows into the Hudson Updated: Feb-04-16 3:05 am
ALBANY, New York - State conservation officials report an agreement with Newburgh to improve Hudson River water quality by stemming overflows of untreated sewage during heavy rains.
- Dad says Nevada holdout learned government distrust from him Updated: Feb-04-16 12:07 am
RENO, Nevada - The 73-year-old father of one of the four holdouts at the armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon says Jeffrey Banta may have learned his distrust of the U.S. government from him growing up hunting and fishing in the wide-open of spaces of rural northern Nevada.
- Okmulgee County deputy shoots, kills man near Schulter Updated: Feb-03-16 6:51 pm
SCHULTER, Oklahoma - An Okmulgee County deputy who was investigating an accident involving a tractor-trailer rig shot and killed a man at the scene of the crash near Schulter.
- 4 holdouts at Oregon refuge have diverse backgrounds Updated: Feb-03-16 6:20 pm
The four armed activists still occupying a national wildlife refuge in Oregon have shown no signs they are ready to leave more than a week after the main figures in the standoff were arrested.
- Latest: House panel seeks documents on Flint water crisis Updated: Feb-03-16 6:07 pm
DETROIT - The latest on developments in the lead contamination of Flint's water (all times local):
- Official: El Nino could signal easing of California drought Updated: Feb-03-16 4:56 pm
FRESNO, California - In the strongest indication yet that the California drought could be easing, officials said strict water conservation orders could be dramatically scaled back or even ended if El Nino storms keep pummeling the state into the spring.
- Flint crisis reaches Capitol Hill, and it's a blame game Updated: Feb-03-16 4:50 pm
WASHINGTON - Government officials tangled on Wednesday over who was to blame for the crisis in Flint, Michigan, that allowed lead-contaminated water to flow to thousands of residents at a combative congressional hearing that devolved into a partisan fight over witnesses and no-shows.
- Correction: California Drought story Updated: Feb-03-16 3:14 pm
FRESNO, California - In a story Feb. 2 about California water conservation, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the average monthly water use declined from 76 gallons for each person in November to 67 gallons in December. The figures were for daily consumption, not monthly use.
- Laser imaging helps UNH researchers see forest Updated: Feb-03-16 2:43 pm
DURHAM, New Hampshire - University of New Hampshire researchers are looking at data from laser imaging of forests with the goal of helping foresters and landowners track tree inventories to save them from the time-consuming practice of heading into the woods with tape measures.
- Forest Service boosts funding for forest thinning project Updated: Feb-03-16 10:23 am
FLAGSTAFF, Arizona - The U.S. Forest Service is boosting the amount of money it is providing for a massive forest thinning project in northern Arizona.