• Officials optimistic ahead of Minnesota duck opener Saturday

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Officials with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Ducks Unlimited are optimistic about the waterfowl season in Minnesota, which starts a half-hour before sunrise Saturday.

  • Electronic music icon Gary Numan returns to the spotlight

    NEW YORK (AP) — While working on his new album, electronic music pioneer Gary Numan found himself stuck. He’d been working on a song all day in his Los Angeles home studio and his dark waves of industrial synth weren’t crashing quite right.

  • California condor takes flight in wild after near extinction

    BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — In a remote, rugged valley overlooking the Pacific Ocean, researchers closely monitor an endangered icon: the California condor.

  • Eddy County leaders get aerial view of nature and extraction

    CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — With the resurgence of the oil and gas in Eddy County, local officials worry that extraction activities could compromise the mountain ranges, caves and karst lands that make the region unique.

  • Science teaching guidelines trigger criticism in New Mexico

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists and educators raised new objections Tuesday to proposed changes to teaching standards for science in New Mexico that substitute references to rising global temperatures and climate change with statements about climate “fluctuations.”