• Newmont inks deal to help sage grouse habitat in Nevada

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — Newmont Mining Corp. officials signed an agreement Tuesday with the U.S. government and the state of Nevada to protect some of the most critical sage grouse habitat in the West in exchange for assurances it will be allowed to develop other public lands in the future in the largest gold mining state in the nation.

  • This  Jan. 3, 2016 photo shows Cleveland Browns punter Andy Lee (8) kicking against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first half of an NFL football game in Cleveland. The Cleveland Browns have traded Lee to Carolina for punter Kasey Redfern and a 2018 fourth-round pick. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

    Panthers cut punter Mike Scifres, trim roster to 74

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers released veteran punter Mike Scifres one day after trading for three-time Pro Bowler Andy Lee.

  • The Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, the Agriculture Department's agricultural research center and library in seen from a locked gate after employees were informed of a threat in the morning and sent home, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, in Beltsville, Md. The Agriculture Department closed offices in five states after receiving anonymous threats. USDA spokesman Matthew Herrick said the department had received "several anonymous messages" that raised concerns about the safety of USDA personnel and facilities. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    Agriculture closes offices in 5 states after threats

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Agriculture Department will reopen some offices Wednesday that were closed after an unspecified email threat.

  • This image released by the the Mass Graves Directorate of the Kurdish Regional Government shows a human skull in a mass grave containing Yazidis killed by Islamic State militants in the Sinjar region of northern Iraq in May, 2015. An analysis by The Associated Press has found 72 mass graves left behind by Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria, and many more are expected to be discovered as the group loses territory. (Kurdish Mass Graves Directorate via AP)

    IS buried thousands in 72 mass graves, AP finds

    HARDAN, Iraq (AP) — Surrounded by smoke and flames, the sound of gunshots echoing around him, the young man crouched in the creek for hours, listening to the men in his family die.

  • This image released by Dreamworks II shows Alicia Vikander, left, and Michael Fassbender in a scene from, "The Light Between Oceans." (Davi Russo/Dreamworks II via AP)

    Fassbender, Vikander commit to ‘Light Between Oceans’

    NEW YORK (AP) — Neither Michael Fassbender nor Alicia Vikander was especially keen on living at a remote New Zealand lighthouse for the duration of shooting Derek Cianfrance’s 1920s period drama “The Light Between Oceans.”

  • In this photo taken July 25, 2016, Danny Royer, vice president of technology at Bowles Farming Co., prepares to pilot a drone over a tomato field near Los Banos, Calif. The farm hired Royer this year to oversee drones equipped with a state-of-the-art thermal camera. The drone can scan from a bird's-eye view for cool, soggy patches where a gopher may have chewed through the buried drip irrigation line and caused a leak of water, a precious resource in drought-stricken California. On the farm's 2,400-acre tomato crop alone, this year drones could detect enough leaks to save water needed to sustain more than 550 families of four for a year. (AP Photo/Scott Smith)

    In drought, drones help California farmers save every drop

    LOS BANOS, Calif. (AP) — A drone whirred to life in a cloud of dust, then shot hundreds of feet skyward for a bird’s-eye view of a vast tomato field in California’s Central Valley, the nation’s most productive farming region.

  • USA's Frank McCourt gestures in the Marseille city hall, Monday, Aug. 29, 2016 in Marseille, southern France. Marseille owner has announced that American businessman Frank McCourt, 63, has bought the popular football team, Olympique de Marseille. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

    US businessman McCourt buys Marseille soccer team

    PARIS (AP) — American businessman Frank McCourt is buying French soccer club Marseille from Russian-born billionaire Margarita Louis-Dreyfus, heralding a new chapter for a team that has fallen into the shadow of bitter rival Paris Saint-Germain.

  • Recreational red snapper season to closes Sept. 5

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s recreational red snapper season will close Sept. 5.

  • Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at her office in Tokyo, Monday, Aug. 29, 2016. Tokyo's first female leader says she will use her platform to host a cost-efficient and environmentally friendly 2020 Olympics and push a women's rights agenda that she hopes will be a model for Japan's central government. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

    AP Interview: Tokyo leader vows Olympics, policy leadership

    TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo’s first female governor said Monday she will use her platform to host a cost-efficient and environmentally friendly 2020 Olympics and push a women’s rights agenda that she hopes will be a model for Japan’s central government.

  • In this image made available by the Norwegian  Environment Agency on Monday Aug. 29  2016,  shows some of the more than 300 wild reindeer that  were killed by lighting in Hardangervidda, central Norway on Friday Aug. 26, 2016  in what wildlife officials say was a highly unusual massacre by nature. (Havard Kjotvedt /Norwegian  Environment Agency, NTB scanpix, via AP)

    Lightning strike kills more than 300 reindeer in Norway

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — More than 300 wild reindeer have been killed by lightning in central Norway.