• This Sept. 26, 2016 aerial photo provided by the National Park Service, looking east off Bellport, N.Y., shows the breach in the eastern strip of Fire Island that separates the Atlantic Ocean, right, from the Great South Bay. The breach, ranging between 1,475 and 2,345 feet across, was opened up by Superstorm Sandy four years ago and because there have been ecological advantages to the bay, with water that is clearer and cleaner with the influx of ocean water, the National Park Service is examining whether to close the breach or leave it the way it is. (NPS Elizabeth Rogers/Nationa Park Service via AP)

    4 years after Superstorm Sandy, coast continues to recover

    NEW YORK (AP) — People have worked hard, and mostly successfully, over the past four years to restore the New York and New Jersey coastline to what it was before Superstorm Sandy crashed ashore, causing widespread devastation. But some areas have not recovered, nor will they ever.

  • This Oct. 13, 2016 photo shows brown tidemarks halfway up the trunks of trees lining the banks of the Doce River, in Paracatu, Brazil. It has been almost a year after a dam holding back a giant pond of mine waste broke open, unleashing a tsunami of mud that killed 19 people, buried entire towns and polluted hundreds of miles of rivers, streams and forest land in Brazil's Doce River Valley. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

    A year on, Brazil valley waits for recovery from mine flood

    BENTO RODRIGUES, Brazil (AP) — Spreading below lush mountains, this valley is rich in mineral wealth, including veins of gold and one of the largest iron ore deposits in the planet, discoveries that turned the area into Brazil’s mining country and the birthplace of one of the world’s top producers of minerals.

  • Survey planned for muskie population in Lake St. Clair

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan fishery managers are preparing for the second year of an annual survey to track the muskellunge population in Lake St. Clair.

  • Judge to mull disbanding polygamous towns’ police agency

    PHOENIX (AP) — A court hearing begins Monday to explore the federal government’s bid to disband the shared police department for two polygamous towns in Arizona and Utah that were found by a jury to have discriminated against nonbelievers on the basis of religion.