• In this Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, photo, waves distort the reflection in an indoor wave pool and wind tunnel at the University of Maine in Orono, Maine. The university's new wind-wave basin is capable of simulating some of the worst conditions at sea at a 1:50 scale.  (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

    UMaine debuting ocean simulator to test sea-bound technology

    ORONO, Maine (AP) — Builders of everything from cruise ships and ports to oil rigs offshore wind turbines are tasked with the same question — will their work will be strong enough to stand up to the sea?

  • In this July 31, 2015 file photo, two rattlesnakes hide in a crack in a rock at an undisclosed location in western Rutland County, Vt. Jeffrey Lorch, a microbiologist with the U.S. Geological Survey's National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wisc., said in a paper published Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015, that he has identified the fungus that has been infecting some snake species in the eastern United States. Vermont's small population of rattlesnakes is being threatened by the fungus that was first observed by scientists a few years earlier. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring, File)

    Scientists: Fungus causes snake ailment, but reason elusive

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A fungus has been identified as the cause of a mysterious ailment that has been infecting some snake species in the eastern United States, threatening some isolated snake populations such as the timber rattlesnakes found in western Vermont.

  • US Ski Team names 2 prospects killed in avalanche to squad

    COPPER MOUNTAIN, Colo. (AP) — Her voice quivered but remained strong as she read a powerful poem about her son to a room full of skiers gathered for an avalanche awareness seminar.

  • New Mexico seeks comments on jet fuel cleanup plan

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Environment Department has drafted a plan for 2016 that will guide cleanup of a massive plume of jet fuel at the edge of Albuquerque.

  • In this photo provided by New Zealand Police, the wreckage of a helicopter carrying tourists is seen crashed in a crevasse on Fox Glacier, a scenic glacier in South Island, New Zealand, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. All seven people, one pilot and six tourists, aboard the helicopter are believed to have been killed, police said. The wreckage was located in the glacier but difficult terrain made it difficult for rescuers to reach it, police said in a statement. (New Zealand Police via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    7 believed dead in New Zealand tourist helicopter crash

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Four tourists from Britain and two from Australia are among seven people who died when a helicopter crashed on a scenic New Zealand glacier, police said.

  • New Zealand police say all 7 people aboard a helicopter that crashed on glacier believed dead

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand police say all 7 people aboard a helicopter that crashed on glacier believed dead.

  • Helicopter carrying 7 people crashes in New Zealand

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A helicopter carrying seven people crashed on a New Zealand glacier on Saturday, and authorities said they were still trying to reach the scene to assess whether there were deaths or injuries.

  • Hurricanes to host Georgia Tech in ACC matchup, home finale

    MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — For Miami, it’ll be a bittersweet farewell for those playing their last home games as Hurricanes.

  • Matthias Mueller,  Volkswagen AG CEO, speaks during a news conference in Wolfsburg, Germany, Friday Nov. 20, 2015. Volkswagen CEO Michael Mueller says the company's board has decided to reduce capital expenditures by 1 billion euros (US $1.07 billion) in 2016 as it deals with the fallout of its emissions-rigging scandal. Mueller said Friday after a meeting of the board at company headquarters in Wolfsburg, German, that the cuts would bring capital expenditure down to 12 billion euros next year. (Julian Stratenschulte/dpa via AP)

    Volkswagen cutting investments, to present US engine fixes

    WOLFSBURG, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen will cut its spending by 1 billion euros ($1.07 billion) next year and “strictly prioritize” investments as it shores up its finances to deal with its emissions-rigging scandal, CEO Matthias Mueller said Friday after a board meeting.

  • Navajo Nation investigating poaching of 8 raptors

    TOHATCHI, N.M. (AP) — Navajo Nation officials are investigating the deaths of eight predatory birds that were shot and dumped on the outskirts of Tohatchi (toe-HATCH’-ee).