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The Crystal Serenity will carry 1,070 passengers and 655 crew members through the Northwest Passage, a voyage made possible by the loss of Arctic ice cover. It has taken years for planners to work out the logistics for the 32-day expedition from Seward, Alaska, to New York City. (Crystal Cruises)

Northwest Passage luxury cruise promises adventure, risk

- The Washington Times

Crystal Cruises can’t promise its passengers that they will see a polar bear — but in addition to the standard shuffleboard, open buffets and Zumba classes, the company does promise its passengers an opportunity to venture where no luxury cruise liner has gone before.

The Canadian Coast Guard's Amundsen sails in the Northwest Territories. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has announced the country will now require all vessels using the Northwest Passage to report their journeys for tracking.  (Associated Press)

Traversing Northwest Passage controversial despite warming

- The Washington Times

Over hundreds of years, the notorious Northwest Passage has evolved from an intrepid English explorer’s dream to a feasible route for both shipping and commercial traffic. But as Arctic waters have warmed, controversies have stirred regarding whether these waters are actually safe for increased transit.

In this May 23, 2016, file photo, arborist Jim Clark inches up a giant sequoia to collect new growth from its canopy in the southern Sierra Nevada near Camp Nelson, Calif. Clark volunteers with Archangel Ancient Tree Archive, a nonprofit group that collects genetic samples from ancient trees and clones them in a lab to be planted in the forest. (AP Photo/Scott Smith)

Group clones California giant trees to combat climate change

- Associated Press

At the foot of a giant sequoia in California’s Sierra Nevada, two arborists stepped into harnesses then inched up ropes more than 20 stories into the dizzying canopy of a tree that survived thousands of years, enduring drought, wildfire and disease.

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Associated Press

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NASA supports university's unique research with grant

- Associated Press

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US Navy sued over live-fire training plan in Pacific

- Associated Press

Community members and an environmental group on Wednesday sued the U.S. Navy, the Department of Defense and the secretary of defense over a plan to turn two Pacific islands into live-fire testing sites.

House members eye red tape on using Vegas-area federal lands

- Associated Press

Republican congressmen who attended a House committee hearing in Nevada sharply criticized the Bureau of Land Management after hearing nonprofit and local government leaders testify about bureaucratic hurdles they face with the federal agency.

CORRECTS TO RELIEVER- Chicago Cubs reliever Aroldis Chapman, center, listens to a question as he meets reporters before a baseball game between the Chicago White Sox and Cubs Tuesday, July 26, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

New Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman arrives to a mixed

- Associated Press

Star closer Aroldis Chapman joined the Cubs on Tuesday, arriving to a mixed reaction in Chicago and saying he couldn't remember what management told him about off-field expectations and behavior.

Florida regulators OK plan to increase toxins in water

Associated Press

Despite the objection of environmental groups, state environmental regulators voted Tuesday to approve new standards that will increase the amount of cancer-causing toxins allowed in Florida's rivers and streams under a plan the state says will protect more Floridians than current standards.

Founder of NC science panel resigns, cites political actions

- Associated Press

The coastal and marine geologist who helped found a science panel to advise the state on coastal issues has resigned, saying political actions have rendered the once respected group ineffective.