By MATTHEW DALYAssociated Press
Everyone wants clean air and water. But people also want to drive their cars whenever they wish and light up a room by flipping a switch. It's a never-ending balancing act for government as it tries to protect health and the environment while
By RON DePASQUALEAssociated Press
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called Hezbollah's recent drone launch into Israeli airspace a "reckless provocation" in a report submitted Thursday to the Security Council, and warned that the war in Syria was destabilizing Lebanon
By NIGEL DUARAAssociated Press
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Again and again, decade after decade, an array of authorities - police chiefs, prosecutors, pastors and local Boy Scout leaders among them - quietly shielded scoutmasters and others accused of molesting children, a newly opened trove of
By LARRY NEUMEISTERAssociated Press
NEW YORK (AP) - Saying the gay population has "suffered a history of discrimination," a divided federal appeals court in Manhattan ruled Thursday that a federal law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman was unconstitutional, adding fuel to an
By JONATHAN FAHEYAP Energy Writer
NEW YORK (AP) - Gasoline prices have begun their seasonal slide.
Better late than never, drivers say.
The national average retail price has fallen for ten straight days and is now $3.74 per gallon. It could mark the beginning of the usual autumn decrease that
By JAMES MacPHERSONAssociated Press
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The tiny southwestern North Dakota town of Bucyrus has been all but destroyed by a wind-fueled wildfire that displaced its 27 residents, prompting an outpouring of assistance from surrounding communities, officials said Thursday.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - Firefighters Thursday were able to surround a wildfire that briefly threatened 100 homes in rugged hillsides north of Santa Barbara.
The 44-acre blaze was 100 percent contained at about 5 p.m. Fourteen aircraft helped ground crews battle flames in rocky, chaparral-
By JACK ELLIOTT JR.Associated Press
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - At least four tornadoes were part of the storm system that raked northern and central Mississippi on Wednesday night and Thursday morning, injuring at least seven people, the National Weather Service said.
The biggest of the four storms was
BERLIN (AP) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel is endorsing a proposal for a top European Union official to be given the power to veto member countries' budgets, and is suggesting the bloc could set up a fund to finance projects in struggling countries.
Merkel addressed Germany's Parliament
By NATALIYA VASILYEVAAssociated Press
MOSCOW (AP) - Russia on Thursday downplayed concerns that Rosneft's possible purchase of BP's stake in the joint venture TNK-BP, which analysts say would reshape the country's oil industry and create the world's biggest oil and gas company,