• Tap water bacteria found in New Zealand woman who died

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Tests in New Zealand confirmed an elderly woman who died last week was suffering from the type of bacteria that tainted local tap water and sickened thousands of people in a small North Island town, officials said Friday.

  • A burned out residence stands amid rubble on Highway 138 after the Blue Cut Fire burned through Phelan, Calif., on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

    Evacuated residents in limbo as wildfire burns in California

    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Twisted metal gates and rusted mailboxes remained where houses once stood. Flames had turned a lot full of cars — including some vintage models — into a junkyard of hollowed-out shells. Countless trees were scorched or gone.

  • This Aug. 10, 2016, image provided by OET/NautilusLive shows a stubby squid on the ocean floor near Channel Islands National Park west of Los Angeles, Calif. The team of scientists that discovered the cephalopod that is closely related to a cuttlefish is part of a four-month Ocean Exploration Trust expedition to map fault zones and understand ecosystems around them. (OET/NautilusLive via AP)

    Undersea surprise: Big-eyed squid looks more toy than animal

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A team of scientists and technicians scanning the rocky ocean floor off Southern California couldn’t contain their excitement when they spotted a bright-purple, googly-eyed stubby squid.

  • Enviro groups file suit to try and stop SE pipeline project

    ATLANTA (AP) — Environmental groups have filed a federal lawsuit to stop a 516-mile-long natural gas pipeline that would run through three Southeastern states.

  • Prosecutor says Texas lawyer acquitted of BP oil spill fraud

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Texas lawyer accused of making up fake clients to sue BP after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil spill said after his acquittal Thursday that the government’s case against him “fell apart under its own weight of ridiculousness.”

  • The Latest: 5 acquitted, 2 convicted of BP oil spill fraud

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on verdicts in a trial where prosecutors alleged a Texas lawyer and six others submitted fake oil spill claims (all times local):

  • This image taken on Monday Aug 15, 2016 by Anton Dohrn Zoological Station shows two conjoined twin loggerhead turtles born in Acciaroli, Southern Italy.  Marine biologists  have separated conjoined twin turtles and released the surviving newborn, the big one in the picture, into the Mediterranean Sea Tuesday Aug. 16, 2016.  (Anton Dohrn Zoological Station via AP)

    Biologists remove dead conjoined twin from endangered turtle

    ROME (AP) — Marine biologists in southern Italy have separated conjoined twin loggerhead turtles and released the surviving newborn into the Mediterranean Sea.

  • In this Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016 photo, lava from Kilauea, an active volcano on Hawaii's Big Island, flows into the ocean as seen from a boat operated by Lava Ocean Tours off the coast of Volcanoes National Park near Kalapana, Hawaii. The current lava flow erupted from a vent on the volcano in May and made its way to the sea in late July. Visitors can hike about 10 miles round trip to see the lava flow, or take a boat or helicopter tour to see the flow. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)

    Lava from Hawaii volcano cascades into sea in vivid display

    HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, Hawaii (AP) — For the first time in three years, lava from a volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island has crept down miles of mountainside and is dripping into the Pacific Ocean, where it’s creating new land and putting on a crackling, hissing, fire-spitting show.

  • This Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016, photo, shows a vehicle speeding across the Bonneville Salt Flats, near Wendover, Utah. Speed-starved racers are finally back at Utah's world-famous Bonneville Salt Flats to hit speeds of 400 mph or more as they compete in Speed Week for the first time since 2013 after wet weather and rough salt cancelled the races for the last two years. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

    Racers whip across Utah’s famed salt flats after 2 years off

    BONNEVILLE SALT FLATS, Utah (AP) — Blinding white salt stretches across the earth to distant purple mountain ranges, an otherworldly landscape famous for providing a natural track for racers seeking breakneck speeds but fragile enough that rain can easily break it down.

  • Devils Lake residents won’t vote on $23M recreation center

    DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) — A proposed $23 million recreation center in Devils Lake will not go before voters in November because city leaders have too many questions about the project’s finances.