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HONOLULU (AP) — The population of Hawaiian monk seals, one world's most critically endangered marine mammals, has been increasing 3 percent a year for the past three years, federal wildlife officials said Tuesday. There are now about 1,400 Hawaiian monk seals in the wild, said...
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Much of California has gone from withered to water-logged this winter but the state's top water regulator is not ready to lift emergency conservation measures enacted during the height of the state's drought. "It makes the most sense to continue steady as...
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Convicted sex offenders are pushing back against North Carolina laws they contend deprive them of constitutional rights without protecting children. Two anonymous sex offenders and a Raleigh-based national nonprofit that advocates for them filed a federal...
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Ten of at least 20 people killed in a weekend tornado outbreak lived in Georgia mobile home parks, yet laws requiring storm shelters in those vulnerable communities are few and far between. Experts have long warned that mobile home dwellers face a higher...
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina legislators begin a new session Wednesday amid rancor with a new governor and deep skepticism about whether they will reach consensus on big issues or remain stuck in a quagmire of state officials' own making. Leaders of the Republican-...
PHOENIX (AP) — The man who fatally shot a suspect beating an Arizona state trooper said Tuesday that he doesn't consider himself a hero and he's grappling with taking someone's life. Thomas Yoxall, of Arizona, gave his account of the dramatic Jan. 12 encounter between the now-...
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — For buildings in parts of the snow-covered U.S. West, it has become a winter where the weak do not survive. The accumulated weight of snow has crushed an old lumber mill in Oregon, the main grocery store in a small Idaho town, a sports complex in Alaska and a...
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The operators of Backpage.com pushed for pimping charges to be tossed out for the second time Tuesday, two weeks after the website that prosecutors dubbed an online brothel stopped advertising adult services in the face of a congressional investigation...
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton announced Tuesday that he has prostate cancer, revealing the diagnosis hours after collapsing while delivering his State of the State address the night before. The 69-year-old Democratic governor said he plans to finish the final...