- California regulators approve unprecedented water cutbacks Updated: May-05-15 11:50 pm
SACRAMENTO, California - California water regulators adopted sweeping, unprecedented restrictions Tuesday on how people, governments and businesses can use water amid the state's ongoing drought, hoping to push reluctant residents to deeper conservation.
- Montana governor vetoes public land task force bill Updated: May-05-15 6:08 pm
HELENA, Montana - Montana's governor vetoed a bill Monday he said would have created a task force to study the transfer or sell-off of public lands.
- Report: Utah relying on faulty data on water use, shortages Updated: May-05-15 5:25 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - As state lawmakers consider paying billions for controversial new water projects in the years ahead, a report released Tuesday shows that state water officials don't know exactly how much water Utah residents are using or when the state will face a shortage.
- Forest Service chief expects busy firefighting season Updated: May-05-15 4:14 pm
WASHINGTON - The head of the U.S. Forest Service warned Tuesday of an "above average" fire season that could cost the agency more than $1 billion and require shifting funds from programs designed to prevent wildfires.
- Environmentalists threaten to sue over salmon recovery plan Updated: May-05-15 4:10 pm
PORTLAND, Oregon - Two environmental groups are threatening to sue a federal agency over what they deem its failure to develop a recovery plan for the Oregon coast coho salmon.
- Connecticut lawmakers grapple with ivory, rhino tusk ban Updated: May-05-15 4:04 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - Connecticut lawmakers are wrestling with a bill that bans the import, sale and purchase of ivory or rhinoceros horns, with some voicing concern about the impact on collectors whose treasures could be rendered worthless.
- Chrysler worker dies in accident at Detroit plant Updated: May-05-15 2:16 pm
DETROIT - A 53-year-old man has died while performing maintenance at a wastewater treatment plant at a Chrysler factory in Detroit.
- Firefighter recruits find training tough, but satisfying Updated: May-05-15 12:29 pm
DECATUR, Alabama - Flames leap through the room, glass windows break from the heat and smoke billows from crevices of the small, ranch-style house.
- Birding event set at wildlife area southeast of Nebraska Updated: May-05-15 12:16 pm
NEBRASKA CITY, Nebraska - A birding event has been scheduled for Hamburg Bend Wildlife Management Area in southeast Nebraska.
- Game warden's 1926 death remembered with grave marker Updated: May-05-15 9:23 am
TERRE HAUTE, Indiana - Eighty-nine years to the day that game warden William Nattkemper's body was recovered in the Wabash River, his final resting place received a proper marker recently.
- Ex-Maui mayor candidate gets 20 years for securities fraud Updated: May-05-15 9:04 am
WAILUKU, Hawaii - A man who ran unsuccessfully for Maui mayor has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for securities fraud.
- Va. trade reps from around globe to meet with producers Updated: May-05-15 3:29 am
RICHMOND, Virginia - The state's agricultural trade representatives are heading back to Virginia to meet one-on-one with producers.
- Chef at Santa Monica whale sushi restaurant sentenced Updated: May-05-15 12:20 am
LOS ANGELES - A chef who worked at a Santa Monica restaurant that illegally served whale meat has been sentenced.
- Otter releases proposed child support bill amendments Updated: May-04-15 7:58 pm
BOISE, Idaho - Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has released his proposed amendments to a child support enforcement bill to address concerns of federal overreach and disputed claims that Idaho would be forced to uphold rulings made under Islamic law.
- State moves forward with oyster research for cleaner water Updated: May-04-15 7:44 pm
TRENTON, New Jersey - New Jersey has taken a step toward allowing experimental oyster colony research projects to be placed in polluted waterways to help clean the water, despite concerns by the state Environmental Protection Department that poachers might steal and sell them, potentially sickening customers and damaging the state's $800 million shellfish industry.
- Boater missing; falls into river stepping from 1 boat to 2nd Updated: May-04-15 7:34 pm
PLAQUEMINE, Louisiana - Search and rescue crews were looking for a man who slipped and fell into a river while stepping from a houseboat to his own vessel, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said Monday.
- Feds expand efforts to fight wildfires by reshaping forests Updated: May-04-15 4:32 pm
FLAGSTAFF, Arizona - The towering ponderosa pine trees are cut down and bundled in quick succession as heavy equipment winds its way through a national forest as part of the largest federal effort to reshape the forests to prevent wildfires. The felled trees then are shredded of their limbs and eventually will be taken from the forest in northern Arizona to Phoenix, where they'll be turned into pallets.
- Shore students hope to speed up turtle protection bill Updated: May-04-15 3:04 pm
TRENTON, New Jersey - Students from a Jersey shore environmental science school helped get lawmakers to speed up action on a turtle protection bill that had been moving as slowly as, well, a turtle.
- Macerich will nominate 2 new directors as proxy fight ends Updated: May-04-15 2:43 pm
NEW YORK - Mall operator Macerich said Monday it settled a proxy fight with two investment funds, and will nominate two new directors to its board while dropping a "poison pill" measure that helped it stave off an attempted takeover.
- With innovations, Bend parks use less irrigation water Updated: May-04-15 2:01 pm
BEND, Oregon - On a Thursday morning at Drake Park, Bend Park & Recreation District landscape manager Mike Duarte fished his phone from his pocket and pulled up a screen full of tiny green icons - the irrigation system at Big Sky Park, 4 miles across town.
- Mule deer does in badlands off limits for 4th straight year Updated: May-04-15 12:28 pm
BISMARCK, North Dakota - North Dakota hunters will not be able to go after mule deer does in the western badlands for a fourth straight year, as officials continue work to boost numbers of the animals that have been impacted by severe winters and the region's energy boom.
- Norman, Midwest City disagree on wastewater proposal Updated: May-04-15 12:23 pm
NORMAN, Oklahoma - Norman and Midwest City leaders are at odds over a proposal to allow treated wastewater into a lake they use as a drinking supply.
- Competition draws forestry students from 8 high schools Updated: May-04-15 8:28 am
BEND, Oregon - As competitive high school forestry declines statewide, instructor Rex Cowther brought students from eight schools together Saturday to immerse themselves in the industry.
- Miss. River diversion proponents use ad to state their case Updated: May-04-15 7:36 am
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - A full-page advertisement that ran Sunday in a number of publications in Louisiana highlights the need for large, land-building diversions to be built along the Mississippi River as part of the state's coastal restoration plan.
- Officials: Ohio fire set on purpose ahead of controlled burn Updated: May-04-15 7:23 am
HURON, Ohio - Authorities say they're investigating what they believe was an intentional fire near a northern Ohio pier where a controlled burn was planned for the next day.