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  • Kansas fish farms benefiting from wet weather Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 9:04 AM ET

    WICHITA, Kan.— After years of drought, all the recent wet weather in Kansas has been a boon to the state's fish farmers. "Usually we're not this busy this time of the year, but people have water and they're wanting fish for their ponds," said Brent Culver of Culver's Fish Farm in McPherson. Mike Miller, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism information chief,...

  • The helicopters also startled swimmers and fishermen enjoying the beaches of the lake in eastern France. "As soon as they contacted us, we realized there was a communication problem and we immediately stopped," Denis Froidevaux, a Swiss military official, told the Swiss newspaper Le Matin, whose headline Monday read "No, Switzerland is not stealing water from...

  • YANGON, Myanmar— From space, the fishing boats are just little white specks floating in a vast stretch of blue water off Papua New Guinea. The trawlers fled a slave island in Indonesia with captives of a brutal Southeast Asian trafficking ring whose catch reaches the United States. After a four-month investigation, The Associated Press has found that at least...

  • Drought could make your next beer more expensive Friday, 24 Jul 2015 | 1:46 PM ET
    Hops yard sits idle in Moxee, Washington, in the face of a water shortage.

    A worsening drought and unseasonably hot weather is causing pain for Washington's agricultural sector and could result in hops shortages.

  • California withholds findings on oilfield contamination Thursday, 23 Jul 2015 | 2:53 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— California oil-and-gas regulators have refused for nearly a year to release findings of what they termed a "highest-priority" investigation of possible oilfield contamination into the water aquifers that serve millions of people in and around Los Angeles. A separate, state-commissioned report by the California Council on Science and...

  • Prosecutors want guilty plea hearing for WVa exec in spill Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015 | 12:08 PM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.— Federal prosecutors want a judge to schedule a guilty plea hearing for the top executive charged in a massive chemical spill that contaminated West Virginia's biggest drinking water supply last year. In federal court in Charleston on Wednesday, prosecutors asked Judge Thomas Johnston to set the hearing for former Freedom Industries...

  • *Revises down outlook for global demand ex China. OSLO, July 21- Norsk Hydro, one of the world's largest aluminium producers, beat second-quarter profit forecasts as demand for finished products such as components, strips and foils offset the impact of falling metal prices. The three-month price of aluminium-- used in the aerospace, construction and automotive...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California drought regulators sent the strongest signal yet that they're serious about cracking down on water waste by proposing a first-of-its kind, $1.5 million fine against a group of farmers they say illegally took water. The water board levied the historic fine against the Byron-Bethany Irrigation District, which serves 160 farming...

  • NEW YORK, July 20- New York political leaders on Monday renewed their push to outlaw microbeads, the personal care plastic additives blamed for polluting waterways, and urged a statewide ban even as Congress considers prohibiting them across the nation. At least seven states, including Illinois, New Jersey and Wisconsin, have banned the beads, found in...

  • SALT LAKE CITY— Utah state officials have given the go-ahead for a tar sands mine under construction on the eastern flank of the state. Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining director John Baza said Monday that his decision addresses concerns raised by opposition while acknowledging that U.S. Oil Sands Inc., the Canadian company building the mine, has complied with...

  • The vice president of sustainability for MGM Resorts International, Chris Brophy, told a panel of the Nevada Drought Forum on Friday that through a variety of conservation efforts since 2008 the company has saved 2 billion gallons of water, equal to the amount of water that spills over Niagara Falls in four hours. "There is this disconnect between the reality of...

  • TORONTO— Oil and gas company Nexen Energy apologized Friday for a pipeline break that spilled about 1.3 million gallons of a mixture of bitumen, water and sand at its Long Lake oilsands facility in northern Alberta this week. The company, which was taken over by China's CNOOC Ltd. in 2013, said the affected area is about 172,000 square feet along the pipeline's...

  • Belo Monte's second line will be Brazil's longest, stretching 2,500 kilometers from the hydroelectric complex in northern Para state in the Amazon jungle to southeastern Rio de Janeiro. The Chinese state-owned company, which had already won the concession for the first line in 2013, bid against Spain's Abengoa in the auction for the project estimated to...

  • MANILA, Philippines— A wall in a vast coal pit collapsed in the central Philippines early Friday, killing five workers and leaving at least four others missing at a site where a similar deadly accident occurred two years ago, a governor said Friday. Rhodora Cadiao said the chances of rescuing the missing were dim because they were buried alive by mud and water at...

  • SANTA BARBARA, Calif.— Nearly two months after an oil pipeline break fouled beaches near Santa Barbara, California, the costly cleanup is about finished, officials said Thursday. An estimated 21,000 gallons reached the Pacific Ocean and goo washed up as far 100 miles away. In late June, state officials allowed fishing to resume across 138 square miles of water off...

  • FRESNO, Calif.— California water regulators flexed their muscles on Thursday by ordering a group of farmers to stop pumping from a branch of the San Joaquin River amid an escalating battle over how much power the state has to protect waterways that are drying up in the drought. The State Water Resources Control Board issued the cease and desist order against an...

  • The Sacramento, California- based Pacific Legal Foundation announced it has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Minnesota on behalf of the ranchers over the recent expansion of the Clean Water Act. EPA spokeswoman Monica Lee declined to comment on the lawsuit. The agency said in a statement that the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finalized the Clean...

  • House passes another bill to stem California drought Thursday, 16 Jul 2015 | 3:11 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The House on Thursday passed GOP- led legislation designed to bring more water to California's farm belt amid a severe and lengthy drought. The four-year California drought has forced communities to cut water use. The House passed the bill by a vote of 245-176. Opponents said that moving more water to farms will harm other California communities...

  • SUPHAN BURI, Thailand, July 10- Farmers in Thailand's rice-growing Suphan Buri province are becoming increasingly desperate for water to irrigate their parched fields as the nation, a leading producer of the staple food, suffers its worst drought in more than a decade. The wet season is under way, but Thailand is contending with drought conditions in seven out of...

  • SEOUL, July 10- North Korea received enough rainfall in June to ease drought conditions that had been described by Pyongyang as the worst in a century, although parts of the country remain acutely short of water, the South Korean government said on Friday. The lack of rain is believed to have compounded chronic food shortages in North Korea, which has seen external...