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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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FILE- In this Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015 file photo, Bollywood actor Salman Khan attends a promotional event for his upcoming movie 'Prem Ratan Dhan Payo' in Mumbai, India. An appeal court acquitted Khan on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, in a drunken-driving hit-and-run case from more than a decade ago saying that prosecutors had failed to prove charges accusing Khan of running over five men sleeping on a sidewalk, killing one of them. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

Bollywood star Salman Khan acquitted in 1998 poaching case

- Associated Press

Bollywood star Salman Khan was acquitted of shooting and killing three endangered animals nearly two decades ago in a verdict Monday that overturned a lower court's ruling that would have sent the popular leading man to jail.

Large columns of smoke from the Erskine Fire Thursday, June 23, 2016 near Lake Isabella, Calif. could be seen from as far away as Bakersfield, Calif. The wild land fire burned over 2,000 acres and many homes in the area.   (Casey Christie/The Bakersfield Californian via AP)  MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT; NO SALES; ONLINE OUT; TV OUT

California fire burns buildings as residents balk at leaving

- Associated Press

A raging wildfire that forced thousands from their homes on the edge of Los Angeles continued to burn out of control Monday as frustrated fire officials said residents reluctant to heed evacuation orders made conditions more dangerous and destructive for their neighbors.

New York to spend $3M on electronic waste recycling

Associated Press

For more than a year New York state residents have been required to recycle old televisions and computers instead of throwing them in the trash - and that's created challenges for local communities that must collect the material.