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California oil spill harder to clean up in choppy waters

A 10-square-mile oil slick off the California coast is thinner than a coat of paint and it's becoming harder to skim from choppy waters, officials said as more dead animals were discovered. The combination of sunlight and waves Friday helped evaporate and dissolve some of the oil that blackened beaches ...

Japan pledges climate change aid to Pacific island nations

Japan pledged Saturday 55 billion yen ($450 million) in aid to Pacific island nations that are battling rising sea levels and natural calamities as a result of global warming. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made the pledge at a two-day meeting with the island nations' leaders in Iwaki in northern Japan. ...

California farmers agree to drastically cut water use

California farmers who hold some of the state's strongest water rights avoided the threat of deep mandatory cuts when the state accepted their proposal to voluntarily reduce consumption by 25 percent amid one of the worst droughts on record. Officials hope the deal agreed upon on Friday will serve as ...

Workers inspect damage to a freeway ramp Friday, May 22, 2015, in Las Vegas. The ramp leading to Interstate 15 was closed from damage after an earthquake that struck a rural area of southern Nevada. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Las Vegas feels magnitude-4.8 earthquake 100 miles away

A magnitude-4.8 earthquake struck a rural area of southern Nevada on Friday, shaking buildings more than 100 miles away and shutting down a busy Las Vegas interchange as road-tripping travelers were descending on Sin City for Memorial Day weekend. The U.S. Geological Survey revised an earlier report that pinned the ...

Staff members and volunteers work to clean oil off a brown pelican at the International Bird Rescue office in the San Pedro area of Los Angeles, on Friday, May 22, 2015. A broken onshore pipeline in near Santa Barbara, Calif., spewed oil down a storm drain and into the ocean for several hours Tuesday before it was shut off. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Choppy slick is harder to clean up; more oily animals found

A 10-square-mile oil slick off the coast of California is thinner than a coat of paint and it's becoming harder to skim from choppy waters, officials said Friday as more dead animals were discovered on the Santa Barbara coast. The combination of sunlight and waves helped evaporate and dissolve some ...

In this photo taken Monday, May 18, 2015, Gino Celli inspects a field of alfalfa hay, on his farm near Stockton, Calif.  Celli, who farms 1,500 acres of land and manages another 7,000 acres, has senior water rights and draws his irrigation water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.  Farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta who have California's oldest water rights are proposing to voluntarily cut their use by 25 percent to avoid the possibility of even harsher restrictions by the state later this summer as the record drought continues.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California farmers strike a deal to cut water use

California farmers who hold some of the state's strongest water rights avoided the threat of deep mandatory cuts when the state accepted their proposal Friday to voluntarily reduce consumption by 25 percent amid one of the worst droughts on record. Officials hope the deal will serve as a model for ...

Local ban nullified by Texas; fracking resumes in Denton

A North Texas city whose fracking ban prompted state lawmakers to limit such local power says a driller has revealed plans to resume fracking gas wells in the city. According to documents obtained through an open records request, the Denton Record-Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1IQ9kPl) reports Vantage Energy notified the city early Tuesday ...

This Friday, May 22, 2015 photo shows a sinkhole at the Top of the Rock Golf Course in Branson, Mo. Approximately 7,000 cubic feet of material has been displaced in four holes at the golf course. (Nate Papes/Springfield News-Leader via AP)

Giant hole forms at entrance of Missouri golf course

A big sinkhole discovered Friday near the driving range of a southwest Missouri golf course is attracting the attention of geological experts. The hole, which is 80 feet wide and 35 feet deep in some places, was created by two separate sinkholes that formed near the entrance to Top of ...

This Aug. 12, 2011 shows double breasted cormorants on East Sand Island in the Columbia River near  Ilwaco, Wash. Government hunters have begun scouting an island at the mouth of the Columbia River as they prepare to shoot thousands of hungry seabirds to reduce the numbers of baby salmon they eat, Thursday, May 21, 2015. (Steve Ringman/The Seattle Times via AP) SEATTLE OUT; USA TODAY OUT; MAGS OUT; TELEVISION OUT; NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT TO BOTH THE SEATTLE TIMES AND THE PHOTOGRAPHER

Government hunters prepare to kill salmon-eating birds

Government hunters have begun scouting an island at the mouth of the Columbia River as they prepare to shoot thousands of hungry seabirds to stop them from eating baby salmon. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spokeswoman Diana Fredlund said hunters from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services agency went ...

This June 30, 2014 photo,  surfers ride waves in Ship Bottom, N.J. on Long Beach Island. Two New Jersey lawmakers on Friday May 22, 2015 called on Rutgers University to cancel planned ocean blasting tests off Long Beach island that they say will harm marine life and threaten new Jersey's crucial tourism industry. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

Rutgers urged to cancel ocean blasting off New Jersey coast

The New Jersey Senate president and a congressman representing the Jersey shore are asking Rutgers University to cancel planned research that involves blasting the ocean floor with sound waves. Senate President Steve Sweeney and U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. wrote to Rutgers President Robert Barchi on Friday, saying the testing ...

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