• Smoke from a wildfire spreads over woods, as seen from White Rock in Carmel Valley, southeast of Monterey, Calif., Wednesday, July 27, 2016. Acting Gov. Tom Torlakson, substituting for Gov. Jerry Brown who is at the Democratic National Convention with other top state officials, declared a state of emergency for the fire and another wildfire outside of Los Angeles on Tuesday night. The move frees up funding and relaxes regulations to help with the firefight and recovery. (AP Photo/Nic Coury)

    Hotter weather expected near blaze that killed 1

    BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters are bracing for hotter weather and lower humidity in the area near Big Sur where a wildfire has destroyed 34 homes and killed a bulldozer driver working to contain the massive blaze.

  • Cal Fire firefighters extinguish hotspots while fighting the Soberanes Fire in Palo Colorado Canyon on the northern Big Sur Coast on Tuesday July 26, 2016 in Big Sur, Calif. California's signature parks along the Big Sur coastline that draw thousands of daily visitors were closed Tuesday as one of the state's two major wildfires threatened the scenic region at the height of the summer tourism season. (David Royal/The Monterey County Herald via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    Bulldozer operator killed fighting California blaze

    BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — The operator of a bulldozer was killed when it rolled over during the fight against a wildfire near Big Sur that has destroyed 20 homes and spread across more than 36 square miles (93 sq. kilometers), California fire officials said Wednesday.

  • Additional samples to test for chronic wasting to be taken

    LONDON, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Game and Fish Commission biologists plan to take additional samples from deer to search for chronic wasting disease in southern Pope County.

  • Correction: Mountain Guide Death story

    JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. (AP) — In a story July 23 about a mountain guide who fell to his death in Grand Teton National Park, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Gary Falk was a native of Ouray, Colorado. Falk was born in Illinois and had lived in both Colorado and Wyoming when he died.

  • FILE In this Aug.  42008 file photo, a general view of the Halti mountain, on the Finnish and Norwegian borders, in Enontekio, Finland. Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg is considering moving a mountain _ or at least the peak of it _ as a gift to Finland when the Nordic country next year celebrates 100 years of independence from Russia. (Mikko Stig/Lehtikuva, via AP, File)

    Norway mulls giving mountain peak to Finland

    HELSINKI (AP) — Norway is considering moving a mountain — or at least its peak — to neighboring Finland.

  • Chlorine shock for water with amoeba that killed rafter

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Officials plan to treat water at a North Carolina whitewater recreation center with 10 times the chlorine typically needed to kill a brain-eating amoeba that caused the death of a rafter from Ohio last month.

  • FILE- In this July 26, 2016, file photo, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi, attends the 23rd ASEAN regional retreat meeting in Vientiane, Laos. Despite the Philippines taking on China in a territorial dispute in the South China Sea and winning big, other Southeast Asian nations with similar disputes who attended this week's meetings are apparently backing down from Beijing. (AP photo/Sakchai Lalit)

    Analysis: China emerges more muscular after ASEAN meetings

    VIENTIANE, Laos (AP) — Daring to take on China in a territorial dispute in the South China Sea, the Philippines went to an international tribunal for justice, and won big. But it turned out to be a pyrrhic victory.

  • This Oct. 1, 2014, file photo shows a black-footed ferret peeking out of a tube after being brought to a ranch near Williams, Ariz. The endangered weasel is returning to an area of western Wyoming where the critter almost went extinct more than 30 years ago. Biologists plan to release 35 black-footed ferrets Tuesday, July 26, 2016, near Meeteetse, Wyo. Scientists thought the black-footed ferret was extinct until a dog brought a dead one home near Meeteetse in 1981. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca, File)

    Black-footed ferrets return to where they held out in wild

    MEETEETSE, Wyo. (AP) — A nocturnal species of weasel with a robber-mask-like marking across its eyes has returned to the remote ranchlands of western Wyoming where the critter almost went extinct more than 30 years ago.

  • Resident Laurent Lacore, 48, returns to his home near Sand Canyon Road in Santa Clarita, Calif., Monday, July 25, 2016. The majority of some 20,000 people forced from their homes by a wildfire that exploded during the weekend were told they could return home Monday night, though an army of firefighters continued battling flames in the rugged hills and canyons northwest of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

    Homes on edge of the wilderness complicate wildfire efforts

    SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — When Pat Telleria saw the wind-driven flames sweeping across the grass foothills toward his dream home, he picked up the phone.

  • Think Trump and Clinton fall flat? Vote for Cat in the Hat

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Voters who think presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton fall flat can now choose the Cat in the Hat.