- Coast Guard: There were boots on the ground after oil spill
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The leader overseeing a massive oil cleanup along the California coast defended the initial response, saying there were boots on the ground after the spill that stained popular beaches.
- Pentagon chief criticizes Beijing's South China Sea moves
SINGAPORE (AP) — China's land reclamation in the South China Sea is out of step with international rules, and turning underwater land into airfields won't expand its sovereignty, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told an international security conference Saturday, stepping up America's condemnation of the communist giant as Beijing officials sat in the audience.
- Federal agencies defend response to California oil spill
LOS ANGELES (AP) — On the afternoon of the largest coastal oil spill in California in 25 years, graduate student Natalie Phares quickly organized a volunteer bucket brigade to clean a beach north of Santa Barbara.
- Hurricane Andres strengthens far off coast of Mexico
MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Andres is getting stronger as it spins far off the coast of Mexico.
- California beaches reopen after goo cleanup
MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Seven miles of Southern California beach shut down for three days by an invasion of oily goo were reopened Friday evening after health officials declared the sand and water safe following a cleanup.
- California panel mandates low-water lawns on new buildings
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Driven by a historic drought, California regulators on Friday mandated that lawns and other landscaping on new and renovated homes and buildings across the parched state guzzle less water.
- Wyoming and Colorado want court to block BLM fracking rule
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The states of Wyoming and Colorado are asking a federal judge to block the U.S. Bureau of Land Management from implementing its hydraulic fracturing rule.
- Anniversary of 1st Everest climb marked as industry frets
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Everest Day, marking the conquest of the world's tallest peak 62 years ago, was marked quietly by officials, people in the mountaineering business and a few climbers Friday, little more than a month after an earthquake-triggered avalanche swept the base camp and killed 19 people.
- Ventura County has latest California beaches with oily surge
VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — Ventura County says clean-up crews are scooping up tar balls from its beaches in the latest in a series of oily outbreaks along the California coastline.
- Christie kicks off summer season with visit to the shore
BELMAR, N.J. (AP) — Seven months after he told a heckler in Belmar to "sit down and shut up" at a press conference marking the anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie struck a softer tone Friday as he kicked off the summer tourism season with a visit to the same shore community.
- Sheriff: Human remains found in Gates of the Mountains
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana law-enforcement official says human remains found in a wilderness area northeast of Helena are believed to be a Colorado man reported missing in 2013.
- White House vow to veto fishing law changes sparks fight
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A White House pledge to veto proposed changes to federal fishing laws has divided fishermen over whether the rule changes should be saved or scrapped.
- Oklahoma is latest state to prevent local fracking bans
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma cities and counties would no longer be able to ban hydraulic fracturing — a process commonly called fracking — or other oil and gas operations within their boundaries under a bill signed into law on Friday by Gov. Mary Fallin.
- 2 rabbits from Santa Fe area test positive for tularemia
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Animal control officers say two rabbits removed from areas near Santa Fe have tested positive for tularemia.
- GOP rejects stewardship freeze, approve DNR job cuts
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans who control the Legislature's powerful finance committee rejected Gov. Scott Walker's plan Friday to freeze state land purchases but accepted his proposal to eliminate dozens of Department of Natural Resources employees, including more than half the researchers in the agency's science bureau.