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  • Lawmakers approve groundwater management bill Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 8:56 PM ET

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Amid a third year of drought, state lawmakers began pushing legislation Wednesday that would begin to regulate groundwater for the first time in California history.

  • Judge asked to cut off extra water for salmon Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 2:10 PM ET

    Agricultural water providers in the Central Valley of California asked a federal judge to stop releases of extra water intended to help salmon in the Klamath Basin survive the drought.

  • Aug 25- A package of bills aimed at regulating drought-parched California's stressed groundwater supplies has come under fire from agricultural interests, injecting doubt into the measures' fates in the waning days of the state's legislative session this week.

  • Turf removal in parched California, at a glance Sunday, 24 Aug 2014 | 1:04 PM ET

    Long Beach, which began offering rebates in 2010 to residents who tear out their lawns, estimates that homes in its turf removal program cut down their water use by a fifth. In Southern California, more than 21 million square feet of turf have been removed since the incentives began, according to the region's Metropolitan Water District.

  • Californians tear out lawns to cope with drought Sunday, 24 Aug 2014 | 12:49 PM ET

    LONG BEACH, Calif.— Rick Blankenship was tired of an insatiable lawn he couldn't keep green, no matter how he watered it, so he decided to tear it out.

  • NC legislators approve regulating toxic coal ash Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 8:36 PM ET

    RALEIGH, N.C.— North Carolina lawmakers have approved legislation they say makes the state the nation's first to address decades of toxic water pollution from residue left behind by coal-burning electricity plants.

  • Feds say oil spill sheen dissipating in Ohio River Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 10:50 AM ET

    Officials with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are coordinating the response to the spill, which occurred at a Duke Energy power plant near Cincinnati late Monday. About 1,000 gallons of oil and contaminated water had been recovered as of Wednesday, the EPA said.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 20- As the first U.S. oil condensate exports head to Asia from the Gulf Coast, crude producers and refiners are exploring ways to get around a century-old law that makes it three times more expensive to ship by water between U.S. ports than to sail to a foreign port.

  • Duke plant spills 5K gallons of oil into Ohio River Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 11:35 AM ET
    W.C. Beckjord Generating Station on the Ohio River east of Cincinnati.

    The spill occurred during what Duke described in a statement as a 'routine transfer of fuel oil' at its WC Beckjord plant in New Richmond, Ohio.

  • USDA says Nebraska crops make good progress Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 4:56 AM ET

    The USDA says farmers in central Nebraska were able to reduce irrigation last week because healthy amounts of rain fell. In eastern Nebraska, cooler weather slowed crop development while warmer temperatures in western Nebraska helped dry more hay. The USDA estimated that 70 percent of both the corn and soybean crops are in good or excellent condition.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 18- Oregon on Monday denied Ambre Energy's request for a permit to build a coal export terminal on the Columbia River, saying the project was not in the best interests of the state's water resources.

  • Analysis: Congress can still do deals when it must Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 1:04 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Washington may be a sea of dysfunction, but the current Congress is offering a few reminders about how a bill becomes a law: compromise. However, when it came to improving veterans' health care, overhauling job training programs, authorizing water projects and "unlocking" cellphones for use in other networks, Congress managed to get the job done.

  • Mexico files complaint against mine in acid spill Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

    MEXICO CITY— Environmental authorities filed a criminal complaint Monday against a copper mine that spilled 10 million gallons of acids into two rivers that supply water to tens of thousands of people in northern Mexico.

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 12:14 a.m. EDT Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 12:14 AM ET

    Yet. Water bond won't solve California's drought; is seen as down payment on needed infrastructure New Jersey taxpayers on hook for $6.5 million to law firm hired by Christie in bridge scandal SeaWorld says it will expand killer whale environments;' Blackfish' film has hurt business Not just Ebola: Drugs manufactured in tobacco plants being tested against array of diseases Three-wheeled Elio, a $6,800 commuter car, is closer to going on sale

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 3:32 p.m. EDT Sunday, 17 Aug 2014 | 3:32 PM ET

    Yet. Water bond won't solve California's drought; is seen as down payment on needed infrastructure New Jersey taxpayers on hook for $6.5 million to law firm hired by Christie in bridge scandal SeaWorld says it will expand killer whale environments;' Blackfish' film has hurt business Not just Ebola: Drugs manufactured in tobacco plants being tested against array of diseases Three-wheeled Elio, a $6,800 commuter car, is closer to going on sale

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 3:26 p.m. EDT Sunday, 17 Aug 2014 | 3:26 PM ET

    Yet. Water bond won't solve California's drought; is seen as down payment on needed infrastructure New Jersey taxpayers on hook for $6.5 million to law firm hired by Christie in bridge scandal SeaWorld says it will expand killer whale environments;' Blackfish' film has hurt business Not just Ebola: Drugs manufactured in tobacco plants being tested against array of diseases Three-wheeled Elio, a $6,800 commuter car, is closer to going on sale

  • AP Top Financial News At 1:33 p.m. EDT Sunday, 17 Aug 2014 | 1:33 PM ET

    Yet. California water bond won't be a drought-buster Taxpayers on hook for $6.5 M to Bridgegate law firm SeaWorld plans bigger killer whale environments Ebola puts focus on drugs made in tobacco plants Three-wheeled Elio gets closer to going on sale Supervalu becomes latest to suffer data breach

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 1:33 p.m. EDT Sunday, 17 Aug 2014 | 1:33 PM ET

    Yet. Water bond won't solve California's drought; is seen as down payment on needed infrastructure New Jersey taxpayers on hook for $6.5 million to law firm hired by Christie in bridge scandal SeaWorld says it will expand killer whale environments;' Blackfish' film has hurt business Not just Ebola: Drugs manufactured in tobacco plants being tested against array of diseases Three-wheeled Elio, a $6,800 commuter car, is closer to going on sale Supervalu reveals data breach that could affect stores in dozens of states

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 1:26 p.m. EDT Sunday, 17 Aug 2014 | 1:26 PM ET

    Yet. Water bond won't solve California's drought; is seen as down payment on needed infrastructure New Jersey taxpayers on hook for $6.5 million to law firm hired by Christie in bridge scandal SeaWorld says it will expand killer whale environments;' Blackfish' film has hurt business Not just Ebola: Drugs manufactured in tobacco plants being tested against array of diseases Three-wheeled Elio, a $6,800 commuter car, is closer to going on sale Supervalu reveals data breach that could affect stores in dozens of states

  • AP Top Financial News At 1:26 p.m. EDT Sunday, 17 Aug 2014 | 1:26 PM ET

    Yet. California water bond won't be a drought-buster Taxpayers on hook for $6.5 M to Bridgegate law firm SeaWorld plans bigger killer whale environments Ebola puts focus on drugs made in tobacco plants Three-wheeled Elio gets closer to going on sale Supervalu becomes latest to suffer data breach