Endangered antelope dying off in vast numbers in Kazakhstan
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Authorities in Kazakhstan says around one-third of the endangered saiga antelope population in this Central Asian nation has mysteriously died off in the last few days....
California farmers strike a deal to cut water use
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California regulators Friday accepted a historic offer from a group of farmers holding some of the state's strongest water rights to voluntarily reduce their water use by one-quarter to stave off deeper, mandatory cutbacks amid one of the worst droughts on record....
Regulators order pipeline testing, other steps after spill
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The company responsible for a pipeline that spilled thousands of gallons of oil along the California coast was ordered to take a series of steps before it can restart the line, federal regulators said Friday....
A look at how California spill compares with 1969 disaster
GOLETA, Calif. (AP) -- An oil slick stretched across 9 miles of coastal waters Thursday after a pipeline rupture spilled thousands of gallons of sticky, stinking crude just north of Santa Barbara. Crews are working around the clock to rake, skim and vacuum it up....
AP PHOTOS: Crews rake, vacuum up oil after California spill
GOLETA, Calif. (AP) -- Cleanup is underway after an oil spill spanning 9 miles of California coastline, with crews in protective suits working hard to rake, shovel and vacuum up the sticky black goo....
Las Vegas feels magnitude-4.8 earthquake 100 miles away
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A magnitude-4.8 earthquake struck a rural area of southern Nevada on Friday, shaking buildings more than 100 miles away and shutting down a busy Las Vegas interchange as road-tripping travelers were descending on Sin City for Memorial Day weekend....
Quake rattles nerves in Napa Valley after 2014 disaster
NAPA, Calif. (AP) -- A magnitude-4.1 earthquake has jolted Napa Valley and became an unwelcome reminder of the wine country's large temblor last summer - the strongest quake to hit Northern California in a quarter-century....
Government hunters prepare to kill salmon-eating birds
Government hunters have begun scouting an island at the mouth of the Columbia River as they prepare to shoot thousands of hungry seabirds to stop them from eating baby salmon....
Alaska's popular walrus cam streams again after a decade
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A popular webcam showing large male Pacific walruses lying on the beach with a Hitchcockian number of seabirds flying overhead is once again streaming to the Internet....
Failed launches cast shadow over Russian space program
MOSCOW (AP) -- Back-to-back rocket launch failures have dealt Russia one of the heaviest blows to its space industry since the Soviet collapse - with national pride and billions of dollars at stake....
Administration officials have acknowledged the fall of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, as a "setback". Pentagon officials insisted the current U.S. approach to combating ISIS in Iraq is still viable and that the loss of Ramadi was merely part of the ebb and flow of war, not a sign that the Islamic State had exposed a fatal weakness in the Iraqi security forces and the U.S. strategy.
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