- Southern Co. CEO defends Miss. power project
PINE MOUNTAIN, Ga. (AP) — The head of Southern Co. called the decision to write off $540 million in extra costs on a Mississippi power plant "a bitter pill for us to swallow," but he defended the project Wednesday as a long-term investment for the large utility.
- Environmentalists sue over OC toll road extension
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Environmentalists filed a lawsuit Wednesday seeking to block the extension of a toll road in southern Orange County, five years after widespread public opposition stopped a similar project.
- House passes GOP bill to speed pipeline approval
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans pushed through a bill Wednesday to bypass the president to speed approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to Texas. Democrats criticized the legislation as a blatant attempt to allow a foreign company to avoid environmental review.
- Photographer and forester Wayne Miller dies at 94
ORINDA, Calif. (AP) — Photographer Wayne F. Miller, who created a ground-breaking series of portraits chronicling the lives of black Americans in Chicago after serving with an elite Navy unit that produced some of the most indelible combat images of World War II, died Wednesday at his home of six decades in Orinda, Calif. He was 94.
- Octogenarians race to be oldest Everest climber
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — An 80-year-old Japanese extreme skier who climbed Mount Everest five years ago, but just missed becoming the oldest man to reach the summit, is back on the mountain to make another attempt at the title.
- Wildfire in southern Arizona now at 6,000 acres
NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) — A wildfire has now burned about 7 square miles of grass and brush on ridges of the Coronado National Forest in southern Arizona.
- Flooding forces evacuation of 1,300 in ND town
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A dam that threatened to give way and flood a North Dakota town was holding back the water on Wednesday, though the 1,300 residents of Cavalier were still being told to stay away from their homes.
- Retiring coal-fired plants in Nevada passes Senate
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The Nevada Senate endorsed NV Energy Inc.'s plan Wednesday to retire coal-fired power plants and pave the way for the state's biggest electrical utility to transition to more renewable sources.
- Ohio injection well operator fights state action
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio injection-well operator whose former senior officer faces federal charges of violating the Clean Water Act told a state regulatory panel Wednesday that the company can't be blamed for the acts of "a bad person."
- 1-3 tropical cyclones expected for central Pacific
HONOLULU (AP) — It's looking like it'll be a below-normal hurricane season for the central Pacific.
- Groups ask for big picture look at NW coal ports
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — Environmental groups and a public health organization want the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to consider the big picture — from mining in Wyoming to air pollution in China — before allowing development of three Northwest ports to ship up to 100 million metric tons of coal a year to Asia.
- News from around Wisconsin at 5:58 p.m. CDT
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The vice chairman of the state Building Commission has decided to let a Wisconsin Chippewa tribe keep a $250,000 grant to help build a cultural center.
- Wis. commission allows tribe to keep grant
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Building Commission's vice chairman Wednesday backed off on his threat to strip a Wisconsin Chippewa tribe of a $250,000 grant as payback for raising walleye spearing limits.
- Marion official pleads guilty to theft
BENTON, Ill. (AP) — The former manager of Marion's water department pleaded guilty to federal charges she stole more than $500,000 from the southern Illinois city.
- Tourist didn't die saving woman at Hawaii falls
HALEIWA, Hawaii (AP) — A California tourist who drowned at a Hawaii waterfall over the weekend wasn't trying to save a woman, as was previously believed, Honolulu police said.