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Roofers with Hull Brothers Roofing & Waterproofing resurface townhomes roofs at the Marina del Rey seaside community of Los Angeles on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015. While drought-plagued California is eager for rain, the forecast of a potentially Godzilla-like El Nino event has communities clearing out debris basins, urging residents to stock up on emergency supplies and even talking about how a deluge could affect the 50th Super Bowl. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Drought-plagued California readies for El Nino storms

- Associated Press

While drought-plagued California is eager for rain, the forecast of a potentially Godzilla-like El Nino event has communities clearing out debris basins, urging residents to stock up on emergency supplies and even talking about how a deluge could affect the 50th Super Bowl.

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FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2014 file photo, Jason Nomsen, of Sioux Falls, S.D., talks with his dad, David Nomsen, director of the Pheasants Forever South Dakota Regional Office, about a young rooster pheasant he had shot during the South Dakota pheasant hunting opener at the Waterfowl Production Area land near Colman, S.D.  State wildlife officials said Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, that pheasant hunters in South Dakota should have a better hunting season in 2015 thanks to an estimated 42 percent jump in the number of birds. (Joe Ahlquist/Argus Leader via AP, File) NO SALES

South Dakota pheasant numbers up 42 percent

- Associated Press

Pheasant hunters in South Dakota should have a better season this year thanks to an estimated 42 percent jump in the number of birds, state wildlife officials said Thursday.

Game panel delays decision on Mexican wolf permit appeal

Associated Press

The New Mexico Game Commission has delayed a decision on an appeal filed by federal officials who are seeking to release endangered Mexican gray wolves as part of recovery efforts in the Southwest.

FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2007 file picture polar bear Knut  walks in the enclosure during  the celebration of his first birthday in the Zoo Berlin.  Scientists in Germany say they have finally figured out what killed Knut the polar bear four years ago. Knut drowned after swelling of his brain caused him to collapse and fall into his enclosure's pool at Berlin Zoo. In an article published Thursday Aug. 27, 2015  by the journal Nature Scientific Reports, researchers say Knut suffered from anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis.  (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber,file)

What killed Knut? Riddle of polar bear's death solved

- Associated Press

The sudden death four years ago of Knut, the celebrity Berlin Zoo polar bear who ended up on the cover of Vanity Fair, shocked his fans around the world and posed a riddle for veterinarians anxious to keep other animals from suffering the same fate.

Backers of wind power, solar seeking Nebraska tax credits

- Associated Press

With Nebraska facing pressure to meet more stringent federal emission requirements, renewable energy advocates will push again next year for a state tax credit aimed at wind farms and solar projects.

In this photo taken Tuesday, July 28, 2015, volunteer Ivette Portela bottle feeds a young fawn at the Kindred Spirits Fawn Rescue in Loomis, Calif.  California's historic drought has caused a scarcity of food in the wild that has been blamed for unusual animal activity.    (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California drought may exacerbate wildlife-human encounters

- Associated Press

The scarcity of food in the wild has been blamed for unusual animal activity during California's drought including a recent bear attack, mountain lion sightings and an uptick in orphaned animals.

Water flows through a series of sediment retention ponds built to reduce heavy metal and chemical contaminants from the Gold King Mine wastewater accident, in the spillway about 1/4 mile downstream from the mine, outside Silverton, Colo., Friday, Aug. 14, 2015. Officials have said that federal contractors accidentally released more than 3 million gallons of wastewater laden with heavy metals last week at the Gold King Mine near Silverton. The pollution flowed downstream to New Mexico and Utah. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

EPA watchdog investigating toxic mine spill in Colorado

- Associated Press

The inspector general for the Environmental Protection Agency is investigating the cause of a massive spill from an abandoned Colorado gold mine that unleashed 3 million gallons of contaminated wastewater into rivers that supply water to at least three states.

EPA chief: Colorado mine spill 'pains me'

- Associated Press

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday her department takes full responsibility for spilling 3 million gallons of mining waste that turned a southwest Colorado river an unnatural shade of orange, adding it "pains me to no end."