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Tom Mudd clears snow from the roof of his house on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Cheektowaga, N.Y. A new blast of lake-effect snow pounded Buffalo for a third day piling more misery on a city already buried by an epic, deadly snowfall that could leave some areas with nearly 8 feet of snow on the ground when it's all done. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

As Buffalo snow ends, roof collapses and floods are concerns

- Associated Press

A snowfall that brought huge drifts and closed roads in the Buffalo area finally ended Friday as the looming threat of rain and higher temperatures through the weekend and beyond raised the possibility of floods and more roofs collapsing under the heavy loads.

In this May 25, 2013, photo, recently planted corn grows is seen on a central Illinois farm field near Chandlerville, Ill. Falling corn prices and questions about ethanol demand could lead Illinois farmers to plant fewer acres of corn this year and instead are taking a closer look at soybeans this year. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

EPA delays decision on ethanol in gas

- Associated Press

The Obama administration said Friday it is delaying a decision on whether to reduce the amount of ethanol in the nation’s fuel supply.

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Groups preserve ranchers' water source

- Associated Press

The creek that drops out of La Garita Mountains and snakes its way toward the north end of the San Luis Valley floor has sustained ranching for 140 years.

Student does battle in Greenwich with 'invasives'

- Associated Press

From the heart of the thicket, you can't see the road, just trees growing bare and tangles of weeds, still green against the reds and yellows of the ground cover.

Documents show Army Corps' coal port consideration

- Associated Press

In September 2012, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was ready to announce a major decision on a Columbia River coal port that would either fast-track an environmental study of the area or commit to a yearslong review.

Adjustments planned to close Louisiana's deficit

Associated Press

To rebalance this year's $25 billion budget and eliminate a $180 million deficit, Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration presented a plan to lawmakers, which relies on adding unspent dollars into the budget and cutting spending at state agencies. A look at some details:

Man killed by bear likely came across feeding

- Associated Press

A panel of wildlife experts has concluded that a Utah man mauled to death in a remote area of northwest Wyoming in September likely happened upon a bear feeding on a deer.

DNR board to vote on revisions to invasives list

- Associated Press

The state Department of Natural Resources' board could add scores of organisms to Wisconsin's invasive species list next month in the first revisions to the catalog since it was created five years ago.

Commercial hop facility planned for Loudoun County

- Associated Press

A Loudoun County pasture is set to become the Mid-Atlantic's first commercial-scale production and processing facility for hops - an important ingredient in brewing beer.

Los Alamos director denies lab hid facts on leak

Associated Press

The head of Los Alamos National Laboratory is denouncing a published report that exposed missteps at the lab that played a part in a radiation leak at the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository.

Agency rejects solar project in Silurian Valley

Associated Press

The federal Bureau of Land Management has rejected an application for construction of a solar energy plant in California's Silurian Valley, a little-touched area of the Mojave Desert southeast of Death Valley National Park.

FILE - This April 22, 2008 photo shows a natural gas well pad in front of the Roan Plateau near the Colorado community of Rifle. State and federal officials said they'll announce on Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 a major development concerning western Colorado's Roan Plateau, an area at the center of a dispute over natural gas drilling and conservation. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Deal protects most of wild plateau from drilling

- Associated Press

Most of the wild and gas-rich Roan Plateau in western Colorado will be off-limits to drilling under a compromise announced Friday by conservation groups and an energy company.

Hunting reveals good year for Wyoming sage grouse

- Associated Press

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department says hunting is indirectly helping the greater sage grouse, a bird that within a year could be listed as a threatened or endangered species, by providing wildlife managers with critical data about the birds' reproductive success.

Correction: Emissions Reductions-Minnesota story

Associated Press

In a story Nov. 20 about greenhouse gas emissions, The Associated Press reported erroneously that state officials said Minnesota is not on track to meet emissions standards set by the federal government. State officials said Minnesota is not on track to meet emissions standards set by the state.

Tool to help track changes in ocean chemistry

Associated Press

A new research tool launched this week by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is allowing scientists to better track changes in ocean chemistry along the U.S. West Coast.

Advisory issued for Hudson River after sewer break

Associated Press

New Jersey's Department of Environmental Protection is warning residents not to have direct contact with the lower Hudson River or fish in those waters due to a sewer main break.

Bird activists protesting Vikings stadium glass

Associated Press

Activists who want bird-safe glass installed at the new Minnesota Vikings stadium are asking Gov. Mark Dayton to remove the chairwoman of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority board.