- Wis. Democrats say DNR must do more to stop CWD
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democrats on the state Assembly's natural resources committee demanded Wednesday that state wildlife officials step up the fight against chronic wasting disease, tearing the scab off a bitter decade-old debate over how best to handle the fatal brain ailment.
- Heitkamp criticizes renewable fuel proposal
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Heidi Heitkamp on Wednesday criticized the Obama administration for a proposal that would reduce the amount of ethanol in the nation's fuel supply.
- US to migrants: Crossers won't qualify for reform
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The United States issued a warning on Wednesday to migrants thinking of crossing the border, saying they won't qualify for any potential immigration reform that might be enacted in the U.S.
- Study: Sick dolphins a year after oil spill
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A study assessing damage from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill said dolphins in a heavily oiled Louisiana bay were in bad shape a year later, with lung damage consistent with exposure to oil.
- Police testify about LA beach auto rampage arrest
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man charged with murder after his automobile plowed through the Venice Beach boardwalk last summer smelled of alcohol when he surrendered to authorities, a police officer testified Wednesday at a preliminary hearing.
- Study: Many sick dolphins a year after oil spill
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A study assessing damage from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill found dolphins in a heavily oiled Louisiana bay were in bad shape a year later, with lung damage consistent with exposure to oil.
- Lawyer: $5.8M settlement in off-road race crash
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — An agreement has been reached to pay $5.8 million to the families of eight people killed and 12 injured in a desert off-road race crash in 2010 on federally owned land in California, a lawyer said Wednesday.
- Officials: Water service restored in Jersey City
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Jersey City officials say a major water main break that affected service there for several hours has been repaired.
- Outdoor smoking curbs proposed at Oregon parks
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is contemplating a rule to ban smoking out in the open air on hiking trails, picnic area, waysides and common areas of state campgrounds.
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- Crews evacuate near fire on Tenn. Superfund site
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Firefighters stopped trying to put out a large industrial fire at a federal Superfund site in central Tennessee Wednesday afternoon because of fears that two 1,000-gallon propane tanks there could explode.
- Wolf quota reached outside Yellowstone, 4 shot
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana's gray wolf season around the town of Gardiner ends 30 minutes after sunset Thursday after hunters filled a four-wolf quota in the area near Yellowstone National Park.
- Ex-BP engineer convicted on 1 obstruction charge
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The first criminal trial produced by the Justice Department's sweeping probe of BP's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico ended Wednesday with a jury convicting a drilling engineer of trying to obstruct investigators by deleting text messages from his cellular phone.
- Crews to measure groundwater in Kansas
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Crews are undertaking an annual effort to monitor changes in groundwater levels in western and central Kansas.