• Construction done for Detroit River school ship dock, pier

    TRENTON, Mich. (AP) — Construction has been completed for a school ship dock and fishing pier at the gateway to the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge.

  • Correction: Kansas-Leaking Gas story

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — In a story Oct. 14 about leaking gas wells, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Kansas Gas Service owns the nearby Yaggy gas storage field. Kansas Gas Service owned the facility at the time of the 2001 Hutchinson explosions, but the company no longer owns it.

  • The Latest: Number of fire evacuees drops by more than half

    SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California wildfires (all times local):

  • In Madagascar, plague outbreak now threatens largest cities

    ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — As plague cases rose last week in Madagascar’s capital, many city dwellers panicked. They waited in long lines for antibiotics at pharmacies and reached through bus windows to buy masks from street vendors. Schools have been canceled, and public gatherings are banned.

  • New Mexico education secretary defends science overhaul

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s public education secretary is defending new proposed science standards that have been widely criticized for deleting or omitting references to global warming, evolution and the age of the earth.

  • In Harvey-hit county, some in GOP newly confront the climate

    PORT ARTHUR, Texas (AP) — The church was empty, except for the piano too heavy for one man to move. It had been 21 days since the greatest storm Wayne Christopher had ever seen dumped a year’s worth of rain on his town, drowning this church where he was baptized, met his high school sweetheart and later married her.

  • Texans hit hard by Hurricane Harvey rethink climate change

    PORT ARTHUR, Texas (AP) — Jefferson County, Texas, was drowned by more than 60 inches of rain during Hurricane Harvey, which left wide swaths of the county in ruins. Last November, Jefferson flipped from voting Democratic in presidential elections to instead back Donald Trump, who has dismissed the concept of climate change as a hoax and has worked to undo regulations meant to mitigate its damage.

  • US, states struggle to pay spiraling cost of fighting fires

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The long and brutal 2017 wildfire season is stressing the state and federal agencies that have to pay for the army of ground crews and machinery required to fight them.

  • The Latest: Official says progress being made on wildfires

    SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California’s wildfires (all times local):

  • Martinez appoints new members to state water resources panel

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed two new members to a state water resources commission which has seen three members resign recently amid what critics described as a simmering conflict with the state’s top water regulator, State Engineer Tom Blaine.