• The Latest: 6 public workers charged in Flint water crisis

    FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on criminal charges connected to the lead-contaminated water crisis in Flint (all times local):

  • Famous cue maker charged with helping smuggle elephant ivory

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A famous custom pool cue maker has been charged in California with helping to smuggle protected elephant ivory by using it on his cues.

  • This Feb. 26, 2015 photo, shows an oil well on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation near Mandaree, North Dakota. U.S. officials announced plans Thursday, July 28, 2016, to speed up permitting for oil and gas drilling on federal and American Indian lands to reduce delays, as applications were projected to be down amid an ongoing price slump. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)

    AP Newsbreak: US oil, gas applications could drop 40 percent

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. officials announced plans Thursday to speed up permitting for oil and gas drilling on federal and Indian lands to reduce delays, as applications were projected to be down 40 percent versus their historical average amid an ongoing price slump.

  • Indian forest officials and wildlife conservationists try to catch a baby Rhino that strayed into an adjacent village following floods at the Kaziranga National Park, east of Gauhati, northeastern Assam state, India, Thursday, July 28, 2016. The Rhino calf was rescued and sent to a conservation center. Forest officials say they have rescued six rhino calves from being washed away by floodwaters that have swamped the national park. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

    6 baby rhinos saved from being washed away by India floods

    KAZIRANGA, India (AP) — Wildlife workers have rescued six rhino calves from being washed away by floodwaters that have swamped a national park in northeastern India.

  • Hotter weather expected near blaze that killed 1

    BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — California crews contended with hotter temperatures and lower humidity Thursday near scenic Big Sur where a wildfire has destroyed 34 homes and killed a bulldozer driver working to contain the massive blaze.

  • Chlorine shock for water with amoeba that killed rafter

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Officials plan to treat water at a North Carolina whitewater recreation center with 10 times the chlorine typically needed to kill a brain-eating amoeba that caused the death of a rafter from Ohio last month.

  • This Oct. 1, 2014, file photo shows a black-footed ferret peeking out of a tube after being brought to a ranch near Williams, Ariz. The endangered weasel is returning to an area of western Wyoming where the critter almost went extinct more than 30 years ago. Biologists plan to release 35 black-footed ferrets Tuesday, July 26, 2016, near Meeteetse, Wyo. Scientists thought the black-footed ferret was extinct until a dog brought a dead one home near Meeteetse in 1981. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca, File)

    Black-footed ferrets return to where they held out in wild

    MEETEETSE, Wyo. (AP) — A nocturnal species of weasel with a robber-mask-like marking across its eyes has returned to the remote ranchlands of western Wyoming where the critter almost went extinct more than 30 years ago.

  • Resident Laurent Lacore, 48, returns to his home near Sand Canyon Road in Santa Clarita, Calif., Monday, July 25, 2016. The majority of some 20,000 people forced from their homes by a wildfire that exploded during the weekend were told they could return home Monday night, though an army of firefighters continued battling flames in the rugged hills and canyons northwest of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

    Homes on edge of the wilderness complicate wildfire efforts

    SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — When Pat Telleria saw the wind-driven flames sweeping across the grass foothills toward his dream home, he picked up the phone.

  • Think Trump and Clinton fall flat? Vote for Cat in the Hat

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Voters who think presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton fall flat can now choose the Cat in the Hat.

  • Sunland Park, Santa Teresa residents urged to conserve water

    SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) — Officials in Dona Ana County are urging residents and businesses in the border communities of Sunland Park and Santa Teresa to conserve water.