• 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 cascade 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.

  • 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.

  • This image provided by Konami shows a scene from the video game, “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.” (Konami via AP)

    Review: ‘Metal Gear Solid V’ a technical, tactical marvel

    In an early mission in “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” (Konami, for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC, $59.99), the player is tasked with assassinating a corrupt colonel who’s up to no good. While such a chore is standard fare for a video game, “Phantom Pain” provides dozens of ways to off the military leader.

  • Hindu devotees take holy dip in the River Godavari on the first official day of bathing as part of Kumbh Mela celebrations in Nasik, India, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. Hindus believe that sins accumulated in past and current lives require them to continue the cycle of death and rebirth until they are cleansed. Bathing in sacred waters on the most auspicious day of the Kumbh festival, or Pitcher Festival, believers say rids them of their sins. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

    AP PHOTOS: Thousands bathe at riverside festival in India

    NASIK, India (AP) — Thousands of devout Hindus began splashing into a west Indian river for the first official day Wednesday of bathing at one of the country’s largest festivals.

  • Allá bookstore is Santa Fe man’s portal to Latin America

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — One of the nation’s few Spanish-language bookstores hides in plain sight among art galleries, clothing stores and restaurants off the Santa Fe Plaza. Tourists and locals walking along West San Francisco Street can easily miss the second-floor shop where Jim Dunlap holds forth among wooden shelves filled with Latin American literature, history and art books, CDs and tapes of obscure regional folk music, and other items that reflect his interests.

  • Five members of the Sistahs on the Reading Edge book club, all of Antioch, from left, Katherine Neal, Georgia Lewis, Lisa Renee Johnson, Allisa Carr and Sandra Jamerson stand together at Johnson's home in Antioch, Calif., on Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. The five women were among 11 African-American women who were were booted off the Napa Valley Wine Train on Saturday afternoon. Johnson holds a photograph of the group that was taken before boarding the train. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group via AP)

    Wine train issues apology to black women booted from train

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Napa Valley Wine Train issued an apology Tuesday to a book club that includes mostly black women who said they were booted from a tasting tour because of their race.

  • This Jan. 14, 2015, file photo, shows the outline of letters that once spelled out "Trump Plaza" on the facade of the former casino in Atlantic City N.J. The federal ban on sports betting in all but four states was upheld Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, dealing a blow to New Jersey's latest effort to expand gambling options to help its struggling casino and racetrack industries. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

    Federal ban on sports betting upheld by appeals panel

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The federal ban on sports betting in all but four states was upheld Tuesday, dealing a blow to New Jersey’s latest effort to expand gambling options to help its struggling casinos and racetracks.

  • Sports betting ban upheld by appeals panel, dealing setback to New Jersey’s effort to offer it

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Sports betting ban upheld by appeals panel, dealing setback to New Jersey’s effort to offer it.

  • Safari guide killed by lion in Zimbabwe

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A lion has killed a safari guide who was tracking wildlife with a group of tourists in a game reserve in Zimbabwe.