• In this Aug. 7, 2015, photo scientist Oliver Grah measures the velocity of a stream of glacier melt stemming from Sholes Glacier in one of Mount Baker's slopes in Mount Baker, Wash. Glaciers on Mount Baker and other mountains in the North Cascades are thinning and retreating. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes)

    Scientists, tribe study shrinking Washington state glacier

    MOUNT BAKER, Wash. (AP) — Mauri Pelto digs his crampons into the steep icy slope on Mount Baker in Washington state and watches as streams of water cascades off the thick mass of bare, bluish ice. Every 20 yards, the water carves vertical channels in the face of the glacier as it rushes downstream.

  • In this Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, photo, a Hindu devotee performs a holy dip in the Godavari River during Kumbh Mela, or Pitcher Festival, in Nasik, India. Water is central to many religions: Christians perform baptisms, Orthodox Jews seek ritual purity in mikvah baths, Muslims wash themselves before prayer. To the millions of Hindus expected at the Kumbh Mela festival, held this year along the Godavari, touching that water, which is far from the cleanest you could find, is reverential. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

    India’s polluted waters cleanse spirits at Hindu festival

    NASIK, India (AP) — It’s just water, and far from the cleanest you could find. Raw sewage often flows in the Godavari River, bringing with it high bacteria levels. Residue from sand mining can cloud the water. Farm pesticides leech through the soil.

  • Canadian government to auction trove of hockey items

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Looking for a copy of Wayne Gretzky’s professional hockey draft questionnaire? The Canadian government has one for sale.

  • A man is seen from a window as Israeli flags fly on top of a house in Silwan neighborhood of east Jerusalem Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. Ultra-nationalist Israelis have taken over the building in the heart of an Arab neighborhood in east Jerusalem, raising fears of fresh violence in the tense area. A small group of activists from the Ateret Cohanim settler organization moved into the building on Thursday. It was the latest in a wave of settler advances since nationalist Jews began buying up properties in Palestinian neighborhoods two decades ago. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

    Jewish settlers take over homes in Arab part of Jerusalem

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Ultra-nationalist Israelis took over a four-story building in the heart of an Arab neighborhood in east Jerusalem on Thursday, raising fears of fresh violence in the tense area.

  • Christmas in August: Wal-Mart’s holiday layaway comes early

    NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart is giving customers a head start on holiday shopping, launching its annual layaway program two weeks earlier than last year.

  • A capacity crowd attended the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Commission meeting to give public comments concerning the commissioner vote Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 at the Santa Fe Community College in Santa Fe, N.M.  The New Mexico Game Commission has approved new hunting limits for bears and cougars around the state despite the protests of environmental groups.  (Clyde Mueller/Santa Fe New Mexican via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    New Mexico considers easing hunt limits on bears, cougars

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Game Commission on Thursday approved new rules that will clear the way for expanded hunting and trapping of bears and cougars around the state.

    Updated: 4:54 pm

  • James Yates, left, and his partner Willaim Smith Jr., walk into the Rowan County Clerk's Office in Morehead, Ky., in an attempt to obtain a marriage license Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. The couple were denied despite the ruling of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholding an earlier decision instructing the clerks to issue licenses. This was the couple's third attempt to obtain a license. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

    Same-sex couple cheers gay marriage ruling in Kentucky

    MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — A clerk in a rural Kentucky county continued to refuse marriage licenses to same-sex couples Thursday in defiance of a mounting pile of federal court orders that reject her claim that her Christian faith should exempt her from licensing a gay union.

    Updated: 4:40 pm

  • This photo provided by Burger King shows a “McWhopper.” In full-page newspaper ads Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, Burger King said it’s calling for a truce with McDonald’s so that they can create a mashup of their most famous burgers, the Big Mac and the Whopper.   Burger King is tying the publicity stunt to a nonprofit called Peace One Day, which says it promotes Peace Day. (Burger King via AP)

    Burger King to McDonald’s: Let’s make a McWhopper

    NEW YORK (AP) — This probably isn’t what the United Nations had in mind when it established the International Day of Peace: Burger King is asking McDonald’s to join forces to create a “McWhopper.”

  • Appeals court upholds gay marriage ruling in Kentucky

    MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld a ruling ordering a Kentucky county clerk to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

  • In this March 24, 2015, photo, Colin Drummond, 4, pushes luggage from behind as he walks with family members to check-in a relative for an Alaska Airlines flight at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in SeaTac, Wash. Fliers in certain markets are seeing bargain flights as fare wars make a limited return. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Airfare deals pop up as airlines wage limited fare wars

    ABOARD AMERICAN AIRLINES FLIGHT 1223 (AP) — Airline fare wars are making a comeback.