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California survey finds Sierra snowpack far below normal

- Associated Press

California received a double dose of bad drought news on Tuesday, with state officials saying the snowpack in the Sierra Nevada is far below normal and that residents again aren't coming close to meeting Gov. Jerry Brown's call for a 20 percent cut in water use.

Britain's Prince William, left, chats with Chinese officials as he tours the Forbidden City in Beijing Monday, March 2, 2015. William presented China's president with a large envelope Monday containing an invitation from the queen to visit Britain this year, as he began the first official visit to mainland China by a senior British royal in a generation. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, Pool)

Prince William to meet elephants on final day of China tour

- Associated Press

Britain's Prince William highlighted his interest in wildlife conservation Wednesday by making the final stop on his China tour an area in the country's southwest that is home to wild Asian elephants.

NY farming economy grew 22 percent in five-year period

- Associated Press

Agriculture contributed an estimated $37.6 billion to New York's economy by 2012, an increase of more than 22 percent over the previous five years, but the number of farms declined slightly, according to the state comptroller.

In this photo taken Monday, March 2, 2015, Stuart Weisenberger, a boom tender with environmental cleanup firm NRC, moves a vacuum tube upstream  in Sulphur Creek south of Sunnyside, Wash. Oil from a spill Sunday west of Sunnyside fouled the waters of the creek and the Yakima River as far as Prosser. (AP Photo/Yakima Herald-Republic, Ross Courtney)

Washington state spill covers 50 birds in used motor oil

Associated Press

Oil-spill responders on Tuesday are evaluating the impact to wildlife from a used motor oil leak into a river in an agricultural area of south-central Washington, as at least 50 ducks, geese and other waterfowl were observed covered in oil.

Lands transfer study advances in Wyoming House

Associated Press

The Wyoming House has voted to allocate $75,000 to study costs and benefits of managing federal land holdings outside of national parks and wilderness areas.

Lawyer: Dash cam video will help federal wrongful death case

- Associated Press

Newly released Nevada state trooper dash cam and motorist videos of the moments before the fatal shooting of a 20-year-old man by U.S. Bureau of Land Management officers will be helpful in a federal wrongful death lawsuit related to the slaying, an attorney representing the dead man's family said Tuesday.

Tesla offers concessions to help pass Connecticut bill

- Associated Press

Electric-car maker Tesla Motors on Tuesday offered to make some compromises to help state lawmakers pass legislation this year allowing direct sales to Connecticut consumers.

Majority leader's amendment struck down in NC House bill

- Associated Press

The North Carolina House completed work Tuesday on a cleanup spending bill for this fiscal year, but not before voting down a provision originally inserted by the chamber's majority leader related to fracking.

California shuts down oil wells to protect groundwater

- Associated Press

A dozen wells used to pump oil and gas in California's Central Valley have been ordered to stop production to protect underground drinking water from contamination, officials said Tuesday.