• This Aug. 22, 2106 photo shows Karl and Karen Landrus' home near Mount Baldy in Spokane, Wash. destroyed by a wildfire. Gov. Jay Inslee has declared a state of emergency for 20 Eastern Washington counties in response to multiple wildfires that threaten homes and natural resources. (Dan Pelle/The Spokesman-Review via AP)

    In dry, windy West, crews target flames in several states

    YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Growing wildfires stoked by windy, dry conditions have destroyed buildings and forced evacuations in California, Washington, Montana and elsewhere.

    Updated: 4:48 pm

  • NMSU pushing solar-powered wells in remote areas

    ACOMA PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State University is promoting a project using solar panels to operate remote wells.

  • In this Aug. 11, 2016, photo, a great white shark swims past researchers as they chum the ocean looking for sharks in the waters off Gansbaai, South Africa. Extensive research by shark expert Michael Rutzen and his marine biologist partner Sara Andreotti has found that great whites off the South African coast are rapidly heading for extinction. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)

    Off South Africa’s coast, great white sharks are threatened

    GANSBAAI, South Africa (AP) — On the edge of a boat off this coastal village, Michael Rutzen stubs his cigarette into a soda can and stares pensively out to sea.

  • Rockies recall former closer Estevez, put Oberg on DL

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Colorado Rockies have recalled right-handed reliever Carlos Estevez from Triple-A Albuquerque and placed right-hander Scott Oberg on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Aug. 20, with axillary artery thrombosis in his right arm.

  • West Virginia permanently halts coal mine by state forest

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia environmental regulators have ordered a company to stop mining permanently at a surface coal mine near Kanawha State Forest.

  • In this Aug. 14, 2016 photo mare Emira is presented during the yearly Arabian Horse Auction "Pride of Poland" in Janow Podlaski, Poland. Irregularities surrounding the sale of Emira have fueled a political scandal in Poland that has cost one official his job, prompted calls for a criminal organization, and damaged the reputation of Poland's respected state Arabian breeding program. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

    Mysterious sale at horse auction sparks scandal in Poland

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Anette Mattsson had bid 200,000 euros ($226,500) for a prized gray Arabian mare but soon stopped. With the price rising rapidly and no sign of other bidders, she sensed that something strange was going on at the annual Pride of Poland sale on Aug. 14.

  • FILE- In this Feb. 10, 2013, file photo, Frank Ocean performs on stage at the 55th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Ocean's 17-track album "Blonde" was released on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016, on Apple Music , one day after the R&B singer released a 45-minute "visual album" on the streaming service. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP, File)

    Frank Ocean debuts ‘Blonde,’ his 1st album in 4 years

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The wait for Frank Ocean’s latest album is finally over.

  • Germany's Sebastian Brendel and Jan Vandrey, far right,  paddle for gold in the men's canoe double 1000m final during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt York)

    Water issues linger for residents after Olympics close

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Helicopters were up at daybreak spotting rubbish flows at the Olympic sailing venue, with boats below collecting the debris.

  • A vendor sells Biscoito Globo and other items on a beach during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. The starchy, puffy treats made with coconut oil, milk, water and a pinch of salt and sugar are manufactured locally and sold in paper bags by street vendors along the coast and in stores throughout Rio de Janeiro. (AP Photo/Josh Hoffner)

    At Olympics, Rio draws a line when snack comes under attack

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — As the Olympic whirlwind sweeps through Rio and brings with it disapproval of everything from shoddy construction to water pollution, residents are drawing a line in the sand. Nobody better attack their favorite snack.

  • Correction: Harley-Defeat Device story

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Aug. 19 about Harley-Davidson’s $15 million air-pollution settlement with federal regulators, The Associated Press reported erroneously the reason more than 12,000 motorcycles had been found out of compliance with federal clean air regulations. The bikes were in violation because they were sold without required environmental certifications, not because they were modified with the suspect tuners also at issue in the settlement.