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In this photo taken Monday, May 18, 2015, Gino Celli inspects wheat nearing harvest on his farm near Stockton, Calif. Celli, who farms 1,500 acres of land and manages another 7,000 acres, has senior water rights and draws his irrigation water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Drought-ridden California faces decision on new water cuts

- Associated Press

Farmers along the river delta at the heart of California agriculture expected to get an answer Friday on their surprise offer to give up a quarter of their water this year in exchange for being spared deeper mandatory cutbacks as California responds to the worsening drought.

A pelican covered in oil sits on a beach about a mile west of Refugio State Beach, Calif., Wednesday, May 20, 2015. A broken onshore pipeline spewed oil down a storm drain and into the ocean for several hours Tuesday before it was shut off. (Kenneth Song/The News-Press via AP)

Thousands of gallons of oil sopped up from California coast

- Associated Press

More than 7,700 gallons of oil has been raked, skimmed and vacuumed from a spill that stretched across 9 miles of California coast, just a fraction of the sticky, stinking goo that escaped from a broken pipeline, officials said.

In this June 25, 2012, file photo, a crew works on a gas drilling rig at a well site for shale based natural gas in Zelienople, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Judge temporarily halts fracking approvals in North Carolina

- Associated Press

A judge has halted the approval of fracking operations in North Carolina until a higher court weighs in on the legality of the appointment of several boards that manage state resources and the environment.

An oil slick from a broken pipeline is seen near Santa Barbara on Tuesday. (Associated Press)

Broken oil pipeline spills 21,000 gallons off California coast

Associated Press

An estimated 21,000 gallons of crude oil dumped into the ocean from a broken pipeline just off the central California coast before it was shut off on Tuesday, creating a spill stretching about 4 miles along the beach, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

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Restaurant owners recycle oyster shells for reef habitat

- Associated Press

Two southern Ocean County seafood restaurants are involved in what some might call a pearl of an idea- to use their recycled oyster shells to restore a reef habitat in Barnegat Bay.

Q&A: California farmers strike water-saving deal with state

- Associated Press

A group of farmers in the heart of California's agricultural region have cut a historic deal with the state to reduce their water use by 25 percent in exchange for avoiding deeper mandatory cuts sure to come later.

In this photo taken Monday, May 18, 2015, Gino Celli inspects wheat nearing harvest on his farm near Stockton, Calif. Celli, who farms 1,500 acres of land and manages another 7,000 acres, has senior water rights and draws his irrigation water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California farmers agree to drastically cut water use

- Associated Press

California farmers who hold some of the state's strongest water rights avoided the threat of deep mandatory cuts when the state accepted their proposal to voluntarily reduce consumption by 25 percent amid one of the worst droughts on record.

Workers prepare an oil containment boom at Refugio State Beach, north of Goleta, Calif., Thursday, May 21, 2015. More than 7,700 gallons of oil has been raked, skimmed and vacuumed from a spill that stretched across about 9 miles of California coast, just a fraction of the sticky, stinking goo that escaped from a broken pipeline, officials said. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Choppy slick is harder to clean up; more oily animals found

- Associated Press

A 10-square-mile oil slick off the coast of California is thinner than a coat of paint and it's becoming harder to skim from choppy waters, officials said Friday as more dead animals were discovered on the Santa Barbara coast.

Minnesota news in brief at 7:58 p.m. CDT

Associated Press

A federal judge on Friday ordered a Minnesota man held without bail after he was accused of trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group.

This Aug. 12, 2011 shows double breasted cormorants on East Sand Island in the Columbia River near  Ilwaco, Wash. Government hunters have begun scouting an island at the mouth of the Columbia River as they prepare to shoot thousands of hungry seabirds to reduce the numbers of baby salmon they eat, Thursday, May 21, 2015. (Steve Ringman/The Seattle Times via AP) SEATTLE OUT; USA TODAY OUT; MAGS OUT; TELEVISION OUT; NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT TO BOTH THE SEATTLE TIMES AND THE PHOTOGRAPHER

Government hunters prepare to kill salmon-eating birds

- Associated Press

Government hunters have begun scouting an island at the mouth of the Columbia River as they prepare to shoot thousands of hungry seabirds to stop them from eating baby salmon.

This June 30, 2014 photo,  surfers ride waves in Ship Bottom, N.J. on Long Beach Island. Two New Jersey lawmakers on Friday May 22, 2015 called on Rutgers University to cancel planned ocean blasting tests off Long Beach island that they say will harm marine life and threaten new Jersey's crucial tourism industry. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

Rutgers urged to cancel ocean blasting off New Jersey coast

- Associated Press

The New Jersey Senate president and a congressman representing the Jersey shore are asking Rutgers University to cancel planned research that involves blasting the ocean floor with sound waves.

Q&A: California farmers strike water-saving deal with state

- Associated Press

A group of farmers in the heart of California's agricultural region have cut a historic deal with the state to reduce their water use by 25 percent in exchange for avoiding deeper mandatory cuts sure to come later.

FILE - This Nov. 25, 2014, file photo, shows eggs for sale in a Des Moines, Iowa, grocery store. Egg prices reached record levels on Friday, May 22, 2015, after a bird flu outbreak decimated a flock, leading to the death of more than 20 million egg-laying hens over the last month in the top producing state of Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Egg prices surge to record on shortage caused by bird flu

- Associated Press

Egg prices reached record levels on Friday after a bird flu outbreak decimated the flock, leading to the death of more than 20 million egg-laying hens over the last month in the top producing state of Iowa.

Murray Energy expects more than 1,800 coal mine layoffs

- Associated Press

Appalachian coal mining suffered a double blow Friday, as Murray Energy announced plans to lay off more than 1,800 miners, most from West Virginia, and Alpha Natural Resources told another 439 Mountain State miners they could be out of work.

Officials say diesel fuel spills into Storm Lake

Associated Press

Diesel fuel has accidentally spilled into Storm Lake in northern Iowa, but officials say it's a small amount that's not expected to affect wildlife or recreational use.

FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2014 file photo, a researcher uses large equipment to study Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Mount Baldy in Michigan City, Ind. The popular sand dune at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore along Lake Michigan will remain closed this summer as scientists study what caused a boy to nearly be buried alive in 2013, a park spokesman said Friday May, 22, 2015.  (AP Photo/South Bend Tribune, Robert Franklin, File)

Sand dune along Lake Michigan to remain closed this summer

- Associated Press

A popular sand dune at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore along Lake Michigan will remain closed this summer as scientists study what caused a boy to nearly be buried alive in 2013, a park spokesman said Friday.

FILE - This May 13, 2010 file photo Pelicans float on the water as an oil platform sits in the background off the coast of Santa Barbara, Calif.    More than 7,700 gallons of oil has been raked, skimmed and vacuumed from a spill that stretched across 9 miles of California coast, just a fraction of the sticky, stinking goo that escaped from a broken pipeline, officials said on Thursday, May 21, 2015.  (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill,File)

Federal data: As oil production soars, so do pipeline leaks

- Associated Press

The oil pipeline leak that fouled a stretch of California coastline this week reflects a troubling trend in the nation's infrastructure: As U.S. oil production has soared, so has the number of pipeline accidents.