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Oases: Democratic California Gov. Jerry Brown is instituting statewide mandatory water reductions on residents. Republicans are striking back, saying such draconian policies will not save the Golden State from its drought. (Associated Press)

Liberals blamed for California drought

- The Washington Times

For California Gov. Jerry Brown to crack down on shower-taking and toilet-flushing to save precious quarts of water as millions of gallons flow into the Pacific Ocean doesn’t make a lot of sense to Travis Allen.

A funnel cloud crosses south Perryville Road on Thursday, April 9, 2015, south of Interstate 39 in Rockford, Ill. (AP Photo/Rockford Register Star, Max Gersh) MANDATORY CREDIT

Tornado kills 2 people, destroys homes in tiny Illinois town

- Associated Press

A second woman from a tiny Illinois farming community has died, Gov. Bruce Rauner confirmed Friday, a day after tornadoes struck a six-county swath of the state, injuring about a dozen other people and sweeping homes off their foundations.

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Protesters in kayaks paddle out to meet the Arctic offshore oil rig Polar Pioneer piggybacked atop the cargo deck vessel Blue Marlin as it arrives at Port Angeles, Wash., on Friday, April 17, 2015. The platform will eventually be towed to Alaska for exploratory drilling in the Chukchi Sea after being outfitted in Seattle. The protesters say they will have larger demonstrations in Seattle in May.  (Keith Thorpe/The Peninsula Daily News via AP)

Protesters meet Arctic drill rig in Washington harbor

Associated Press

Protesters in kayaks greeted a rig that could be used for oil drilling in the Arctic as it arrived Friday in Washington state following a journey across the Pacific that included being boarded by Greenpeace activists.

USDA confirms bird flu at 5th South Dakota turkey farm

- Associated Press

Five commercial turkey farms in South Dakota have now been infected with a bird flu strain that's led to the deaths of more than 250,000 turkeys in the state and over 2.4 million birds in the Midwest.

Federal regulators release coal railroad draft study

Associated Press

Federal regulators have released a draft study of the potential environmental impacts of the proposed Tongue River Railroad and found it could have minor to highly adverse impacts on transportation, climate change, noise, water and historical resources.

This photo released by Michigan Technological University taken on Feb. 15, 2015, shows the last three wolves known to live at Isle Royale National Park in Lake Superior. Their numbers have dropped steadily in recent years, and scientists are calling for more wolves to be brought to the wilderness island to keep the moose population in check. (Rolf Peterson/Michigan Technological University via AP)

Scientists: 3 wolves remain at Isle Royale National Park

- Associated Press

The gray wolves of Isle Royale National Park, which scientists have studied closely for more than half a century along with the moose on which they feed, are on the verge of disappearing as the most recent census showed that only three remain, scientists said Friday.

Small silvery fish called twaite shad float in the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday, April 16, 2015. Fish continued to die by the ton Thursday in the Rio de Janeiro lagoon that's slated to host Olympic rowing events, while city authorities and biologists argued about the cause of the die-off. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Rio Olympic head says venue with fish die-off will be safe

- Associated Press

The head of the Rio 2016 Olympic organizing committee promised Friday that the venue for rowing and canoeing would be safe despite a massive fish die-off in the small lake that will host the events.

An Asian striped knifejaw is seen at the Oregon Coast Aquarium on April 14, 2015 in Newport, Ore.  The wreckage of a fishing boat that appears to be debris from the 2011 Japanese tsunami was carrying some unexpected passengers, fish from Japanese waters, when it was spotted off the Oregon coast.  Scientists say 21 yellowtail jacks and one Asian striped knifejaw hitched a cross-Pacific ride in the bow of the boat found last week.  Fish washed up in debris can bring parasites and diseases to native species, but biologists say the latest fish from Japan pose little threat. Still, they have been quarantined at the Oregon Coast Aquarium and will be available for public viewing.  (Beth Nakamura/The Oregonian via AP) MAGS OUT; TV OUT; NO LOCAL INTERNET; THE MERCURY OUT; WILLAMETTE WEEK OUT; PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP OUT

Fish found in suspected tsunami debris boat quarantined

- Associated Press

The wreckage of a fishing boat that appears to be debris from the 2011 Japanese tsunami was carrying some unexpected passengers - fish from Japanese waters - when it was spotted off the Oregon coast.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown forms a heart with her hands as she says "I love Oregon" during her State of the State address in Portland, Ore., Friday, April 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

Governor seeks to turn the page in state of the state

- Associated Press

Seeking to turn the page on the influence-peddling controversy that toppled her predecessor, Gov. Kate Brown said Friday that Oregon is "through the hardest part of that transition."

Hearing examiner rejects utility's plan to raise rates

- Associated Press

A state hearing examiner on Friday rejected a plan by New Mexico's largest electric provider that called for raising rates for residential and business customers and charging more for new solar customers to connect to the grid.

No. 1 egg-producing state aims to keep bird flu out

- Associated Press

The discovery of bird flu on an Iowa turkey farm has raised serious concerns that the poultry-killing virus could find its way into chicken barns in the nation's top egg-producing state and rapidly decimate flocks that provide the U.S. with its breakfast staple.

Senator: Decade-old Gulf oil leak is 'unacceptable'

- Associated Press

A U.S. senator from Florida is pressing federal officials to disclose technical data and other information about a decade-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, after an investigation by The Associated Press revealed evidence that the spill is far worse than a company or government regulators have publicly reported.