• Once-contaminated Minot landfill area to be transformed

    MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Minot officials are planning to turn a once-contaminated landfill into a recreation area.

  • In this July 20, 2016, photo, Dave Ambrose, left, and Nate Robinnson, right, use shovels to move piles of whelk shells with tiny oysters growing on them on a boat in Little Egg Harbor, N.J. Efforts to restore once-abundant oyster populations are underway throughout the United States, and researchers and volunteers say they are optimistic the small-scale efforts will pave the way for a major comeback of oysters, whose populations have dwindled drastically from levels seen in the 1800s. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

    Maturing oyster recovery projects bring calls for money

    LITTLE EGG HARBOR, N.J. (AP) — Oysters were once so abundant in New Jersey that vacationers would clamber off trains, wade into the water and pluck handfuls to roast for dinner. Their colonies piled so high that boats would sometimes run aground on them, and they were incorporated into navigation maps. Even earlier, Native American tribes would have oyster feasts on the banks of coastal inlets.

  • APNewsBreak: Volkswagen has emissions-cheating fix ready

    DETROIT (AP) — Volkswagen’s plan to fix most of its 2-liter diesel engines that cheat on emissions tests includes a computer software update and a larger catalytic converter to trap harmful nitrogen oxide, and it may not hurt mileage or performance, according to dealers who were briefed by executives on the matter.

  • In this Tuesday, July 5, 2016 photo shows a view of Brooklyn's Gowanus Canal and the the rooftop lounge of the new 365 Bond Street apartments, right, a new development from Lightstone, in New York. The canal is a Superfund site polluted with decades' worth of industrial waste and sewage, but the developer says the pending more than half a billion dollars cleanup of the toxic waterway hasn't deterred tenants from flocking to the building, where the rent for a one-bedroom apartment starts in the low $3,000s. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

    What pollution? Brooklyn area thrives along Superfund canal

    NEW YORK (AP) — It could be a postcard for Brooklyn’s hip resurgence: a shimmering new building of modern apartments renting for $5,000 a month, a gourmet grocery with a rooftop greenhouse, and a funky barbecue joint with drinks flowing on the outdoor deck.

  • Correction: San Francisco-Foam Ban story

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a story July 9 about a comprehensive ban on foam products in San Francisco, The Associated Press reported erroneously the nature and timing of bans in other cities. Los Angeles has a ban on foam food containers only in government buildings. And Portland, Oregon, approved a ban on such products in restaurants in1989, not following a similar prohibition in San Francisco in 2006.

  • FILE- In this April 9, 2002, file photo, a handler prepares to release a lesser prairie chicken near Laverne, Okla. The U.S. government announced Tuesday, July 19, 2016, that it is removing the lesser prairie chicken from a federal protection list under the Endangered Species Act. (Chad Love /The Oklahoman via AP)

    Feds remove the lesser prairie chicken from protection list

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Facing an uphill court fight, the U.S. government announced Tuesday it was formally removing the lesser prairie chicken from a federal protection list under the Endangered Species Act.

  • The Latest: VW declines to comment on new diesel lawsuits

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on lawsuits filed against Volkswagen over vehicles equipped with software that cheated on emissions tests (all times local):

  • Feds reach settlement with Navajos over uranium mine cleanup

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The federal government has reached another settlement with the Navajo Nation that will clear the way for cleanup work to continue at abandoned uranium mines across the largest American Indian reservation in the U.S.

  • Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, right, joined by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, discusses a lawsuit against Volkswagen, Tuesday, July 19, 2016, in New York. The states are suing Volkswagen and its affiliates Audi and Porsche over diesel emissions cheating, alleging that the German automakers defrauded customers by selling diesel vehicles equipped with software allowing them to cheat emissions testing. In response the company said, "The allegations in complaints filed by certain states today are essentially not new and we have been addressing them in our discussions with U.S. federal and state authorities." (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

    NY, Massachusetts sue Volkswagen over emissions cheating

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York, Massachusetts and Maryland are suing Volkswagen and its affiliates Audi and Porsche over diesel emissions cheating, accusing the German automakers of defrauding customers, misleading regulators and then seeking to cover up the deception.