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This undated handout photo provided by NOAA shows Acropora globiceps which occurs in the Indo-Pacific; within U.S. waters it occurs in Guam, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Pacific Remote island areas and American Samoa. NOAA announced Wednesday it will afford Endangered Species Act protections to 20 coral species. All 20 species will be listed as threatened, none as endangered. Fifteen of the newly listed species occur in the Indo-Pacific and five in the Caribbean. (AP Photo/NOAA)

Feds protect 20 species of coral as threatened

- Associated Press

The federal government is protecting 20 types of colorful coral by putting them on the list of threatened species, partly because of climate change.

From left to right, Interstate Stream Commission Director Estevan Lopez, State Engineer Scott Verhines and Commission Chairman Jim Dunlap listen as Luna County Commissioner Javier Diaz testifies about the water needs of southwestern New Mexico during a commission meeting in Albuquerque, N.M., on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. The commission has until the end of the year to decide what New Mexico will do with its share of the Gila River under the Arizona Water Settlement Act. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

New Mexico panel discusses future of Gila River

- Associated Press

New Mexico is no closer to deciding what to do with its share of water from the Gila River after experts and advocates weighed in Tuesday on more than a dozen proposals that call for everything from building dams and reservoirs along the river to boosting conservation among farmers and residents.

In this photo taken on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, a person who did not want to be identified, left, gives forms to the customers waiting in line outside the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department's Westside Customer Service Center in Detroit. Monday marked the end of the water shutoff moratorium, and the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department was expected to send crews out Tuesday to turn off service to customers who owe money and haven't made payment arrangements.  (AP Photo/Detroit News,  Robin Buckson)  DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT

Detroit resumes shutting off water service

- Associated Press

Bankrupt Detroit resumed shutting off water to people who have not paid bills after a month long suspension that followed international and local criticism that the practice was unduly harsh to residents of one of the nation's poorest cities.

** FILE ** Connecticut Light & Power workers tend to a high-voltage power line in Windsor Locks, Conn., on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

Proposed new Connecticut utility rate draws fight

- Associated Press

Consumer advocates and state officials are lining up against a request by Connecticut's largest utility to raise $232 million from a rate increase that would be used to upgrade equipment following destructive storms and toughen systems to prevent outages in the future.

Biologist: New collar for wolf OR-7 no easy matter

- Associated Press

Biologists trying to put a new GPS tracking collar on Oregon's famous wandering wolf, OR-7, could be camping out in the southern Oregon Cascades for weeks before they are successful.

The coal-fired Plant Scherer is shown in operation early Sunday, June 1, 2014, in Juliette, Ga. The Obama administration unveiled a plan Monday to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by nearly a third over the next 15 years, in a sweeping initiative to curb pollutants blamed for global warming. (AP Photo/John Amis)

UN panel: Global warming human-caused, dangerous

- Associated Press

Global warming is here, human-caused and probably already dangerous — and it's increasingly likely that the heating trend could be irreversible, a draft of a new international science report says.

In this May 22, 2014 photo provided by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, a 25,000-gallon oil spill burns in the Powder River Basin southeast of Buffalo, Wyo., after officials deliberately ignited the crude in what they say was their best cleanup option in the rugged area. BLM officials say a backhoe nicked the 6-inch pipe an unknown amount of time ago. They say corrosion set in at the damaged area, leading to the spill May 19. (AP Photo/U.S. Bureau of Land Management)

Feds: Backhoe nicked pipe before Wyoming oil spill

- Associated Press

A 25,000-gallon oil spill in the Powder River Basin occurred after a backhoe nicked a 6-inch underground pipeline and, over time, corrosion turned the minor damage into an oil-spewing hole, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management said Tuesday.

Experts: Water compact based on reasonable science

- Associated Press

A legislative working group came to their final meeting Tuesday armed with a 100-page report that says the scientific modeling used in the state's water-rights compact with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes is reasonable.

Louisiana landowner appeals gopher frog ruling

- Associated Press

A Louisiana landowner has appealed a federal judge's decision that part of a tree farm where an endangered burrowing frog was last seen in 1965 is necessary for the animal's recovery.

Las Vegas lawyer wants feds to probe BLM shooting

- Associated Press

A Las Vegas attorney invoked events in Ferguson, Missouri, in a call Tuesday for federal prosecutors in Nevada to take over the investigation of the February slaying of a 20-year-old man by Bureau of Land Management rangers in a chaotic scene on a state highway.

Official: Puerto Rico parrot births mark comeback

- Associated Press

Two endangered Puerto Rican parrots were born in the wild in a natural nest found outside a national forest in the U.S. territory for the first time in 144 years, officials said Tuesday.

Canadian Transportation Safety Board Chair Wendy Tadros, right, and TSB Chief Operating Officer Jean Laporte, address the media during a news conference Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, where the board released its report on the deadly Lac-Megantic train derailment in July 2013. Tadros cited 18 factors that contributed to the derailment, including the weak safety culture of the now defunct Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railways company. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)

Investigators release Quebec train disaster report

- Associated Press

The weak safety culture of a now-defunct railway company and poor government oversight were among the many factors that led to an oil train explosion that killed 47 people in Quebec last year, Canada's Transportation Safety Board said in a new report released Tuesday.