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Lawmakers pass first California groundwater rules

- Associated Press

The worst drought in a generation has pushed California lawmakers to overhaul the state's longstanding "pump-as-you-please" groundwater policy under a package of bills lawmakers sent Friday to Gov. Jerry Brown.

3 men sentenced for killing protected hawks, owls

Associated Press

A South Carolina hunting preserve is paying $250,000 in restitution after three of its employees pleaded guilty to illegally trapping and killing hawks and owls to improve quail hunting on the property, U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles announced Friday.

Manatees may lose endangered species status

- Associated Press

As they do whenever they visit Florida, Greg Groff and his young daughter stopped by the manatee pool at Miami Seaquarium, where the speed bump-shaped marine mammals placidly swim in circles.

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2012 file photo, Duke Energy employees work on power lines in Charlotte, N.C. Duke Energy Corp. reports quarterly earnings on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

Duke halting coal burning at Ohio plant

Associated Press

A utility says it will stop burning coal at a southwest Ohio power plant that was the site of a recent oil spill into the Ohio River.

Smoke lessens from wildfires in Ore. Cascades

Associated Press

Smoke from the Oregon Cascade Range wildfires blamed for making the air unhealthy over a wide area has lessened, a spokeswoman for fire crews said Thursday night.

In this photo taken on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, a Pacific harbor seal looks back during its release at the Auke Recreation Beach in Juneau, Alaska. The abandoned eight-day-old pup was found on May 23 and was taken to the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward for rehabilitation. (AP Photo/The Juneau Empire, Michael Penn)

Stranded harbor seal pup released in Juneau

Associated Press

A harbor seal pup pulled from Auke Bay in Alaska when it was days old was returned to the ocean bulked up and prepared to catch fish on its own.

This 2011 photo released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources shows a  black sea bass off the coast of Maine. State fishery officials are proposing regulations to govern recreational and commercial fishing of the species that is increasing in abundance. Commercial fishermen will face a quota of 10,580 pounds, and recreational fishermen will have a daily catch limit of ten fish in 2014. (AP Photo/Maine Department of Marine Resources)

Black sea bass fishery to see new rules in Maine

- Associated Press

Maine fishery officials on Friday proposed regulations to manage black sea bass, a species that is increasing in abundance in the state's waters.

Assistant Secretary of the Interior Anne Castle speaks at The Business of Water conference Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in Las Vegas. Castle spoke about water issues along the Colorado River system. (AP Photo/John Locher)

US official airs 'myths' on Colorado River water

- Associated Press

A top federal water administrator said Friday that several myths stand in the way of broad agreements needed to deal with increasing demand for water in the drought-stricken and over-allocated Colorado River basin.

Costs of NM coal power plant proposal challenged

- Associated Press

The state's largest electric utility is underestimating the costs that will be passed on to customers under a proposal to shut down part of an aging coal-fired power plant in northwestern New Mexico, according to a regulatory filing made Friday by renewable energy advocates.

FILE - In this undated file photo provided by Kentucky BioProcessing, tobacco plants are grown in a controlled environment at the Kentucky BioProcessing facility in Owensboro, Ky. The company is using tobacco plants grown at this facility to help manufacture an experimental drug to treat patients infected with Ebola. An experimental Ebola drug healed all 18 monkeys infected with the deadly virus in a study released Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Kentucky BioProcessing, File)

Experimental Ebola drug heals all monkeys in study

- Associated Press

An experimental Ebola drug healed all 18 monkeys infected with the deadly virus in a study, boosting hopes that the treatment might help fight the outbreak raging through West Africa - once more of it can be made.

Interest in dark night rises, even in Vegas

- Associated Press

Bill Dickinson heads up one National Park Service site that can't escape the famous glare of Las Vegas, but he would prefer to be left in the dark.

Norfolk companies paying EPA pesticide penalties

Associated Press

Two related companies in Norfolk have settled allegations regarding the production and sale of what federal regulators say are unregistered and misbranded pesticides.

California marijuana grow stole reservation water

Associated Press

Authorities have torn out an illegal marijuana operation in Central California that they say was siphoning water from streams that supply an American Indian tribe, a California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman said Friday.