• Backup center JD Walton among those released by Dolphins

    MIAMI (AP) — Backup center J.D. Walton has been released by the Miami Dolphins, an indication center Mike Pouncey’s left knee injury isn’t serious.

  • Endangered pallid sturgeon stocked in Missouri River

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Wildlife officials are continuing their efforts to restore the endangered pallid sturgeon to the Missouri River.

  • UPDATES CAPTION TO REFLECT JUDGE’S RULING THURSDAY - This June 11, 2015, photo shows a dry water ditch next to a corn field in Cordova, Md. A federal judge in North Dakota on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, blocked a new Obama administration, which would have given the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers authority to protect some streams, tributaries and wetlands under the Clean Water Act. The rule was scheduled to take effect Friday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    EPA: Clean water rule in effect despite court ruling

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency says it is going forward with a new federal rule to protect small streams, tributaries and wetlands, despite a court ruling that blocked the measure in 13 central and Western states.

  • Thursday, August 27, 2015

    Calm on Wall Street: A turbulent week ends on a placid note, but has the storm passed?

  • In this June 23, 2015, file photo a lawn is irrigated in Sacramento, Calif. A report is due out Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 on monthly state water conservation figures. Many California cities are conserving well, and officials are turning their attention to the few cities/agencies that aren’t doing so well. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

    California cut water use by 31 percent in July amid drought

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — California cities cut water use by a combined 31 percent in July, exceeding the governor’s statewide mandate to conserve, officials said Thursday.

  • Game panel delays decision on Mexican wolf permit appeal

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Game Commission has delayed a decision on an appeal filed by federal officials who are seeking to release endangered Mexican gray wolves as part of recovery efforts in the Southwest.

  • A Penguin runs out of the ocean after swimming with other penguins at Boulders beach a popular tourist destination in Simon's Town, South Africa, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015.  The penguins on South Africa's west coast are a big tourist attraction, but their numbers have declined and scientists are still debating whether fishing has helped push the species to the brink of extinction. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)

    Scientists squabble while Africa’s only penguins perish

    CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — They’re cute, knee-high, they bray like donkeys and are a tourist attraction near Cape Town. But African Penguins — the continent’s only species of the flightless bird — are at risk of extinction.

  • In this July 12, 2014 photo, a bow fisherman scans the surface of the Illinois River for Asian carp during the Peoria Flying Fish Festival & Bow Fishing Tournament. While this tournament did not draw complaints, a fishing tournament on the Mississippi drew so many complaints over loud airboats and powerful lights that state and federal regulators decided to consider tighter restrictions on the fast-growing but little-known sport. (Ting Shen/Journal Star via AP)

    Bowfishing tournament in Mississippi River draws complaints

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The teams of fishermen arrived with a seemingly unusual array of equipment — loud airboats, powerful searchlights and scores of bows and arrows.

  • This Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, photo shows a gate on leading into property owned by entertainer Bill Cosby in Shelburne, Mass., tells uninvited guests not to enter. Town residents said the 78-year-old star, his wife and at least one of their daughters have been spending much of their summer -- as they typically do -- in the secluded country estate they’ve owned in the southern edge of town since the 1970s. (AP Photo/Philip Marcelo)

    Residents of New England town reluctantly reckon with Cosby

    SHELBURNE FALLS, Mass. (AP) — Deep in the rolling farmland of western Massachusetts, Bill Cosby’s compound has for decades provided quiet refuge for the comedian and his family.

  • Mack Ralbovsky, left, of the Rainforest Reptile Shows, gets assistance from Vermont game wardens Tim Carey, center, and Wes Butler as they remove a reticulated python, between 17 and 18 feet long, from the home of Pat Howard Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, in North Clarendon, Vt. Howard got the female snake and a slightly smaller male on Sunday from a person in New York, but turned them over to game wardens because he doesn't have a license to keep them and they are too big. The wardens sent the snakes to the Rainforest Reptile Shows in Massachusetts, which will care for them. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring) (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)

    2 homeless pythons given to Vermont man headed to sanctuary

    NORTH CLARENDON, Vt. (AP) — Two giant southeast Asian pythons that were rescued by a long-time snake collector and were turned over to state game wardens are headed to a sanctuary.