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Emails raise questions about ex-Texas congressman, new job

Aug. 19, 2018 12:46 PM EDT

VICTORIA, Texas (AP) — A former Texas congressman had tried steering a federal contract to the owner of a business who gave him a $160,000-a-year job after the congressman resigned amid sexual harassment allegations, according to a newspaper investigation published Sunday. Republican Blake Farenthold...

Deputy's widow sues after he drowns during training

Aug. 10, 2018 11:19 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A deputy killed during training on a South Carolina lake last summer was tangled by the boat propeller after going overboard and drowned inches under the surface while pleading for his life, according to a lawsuit filed by the officer's widow. Anderson County deputy Devin Hodges, a...

Completion of Dakota Access oil pipeline study delayed

Aug. 8, 2018 2:49 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Federal officials say it will take about three more weeks to wrap up an environmental study of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline. The Army Corps of Engineers had expected to finish by the end of this week. Justice Department attorneys have informed the court the work is now...

Government bulldozes part of dune it promised not to harm

Jul. 31, 2018 6:48 PM EDT

BERKELEY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — The leader of a group of New Jersey beachfront homeowners stood in front of a bulldozer that had plowed through part of a 40-year-old dune that state officials promised would not be diminished as part of a beach replenishment project. But, he was too late. Dominic Solazzo,...

The noise of summer: Beach projects bug residents, visitors

Jul. 28, 2018 10:00 AM EDT

BRICK, N.J. (AP) — Ah, the sounds of summer: waves crashing on the shore, the calls of seagulls, the beep-beep-beep of bulldozers in reverse ... New Jersey residents love their beaches, one of the state's economic engines and a tourist magnet. What they don't love so much is the process of keeping those...

Alaska mine project review proceeds over governor's doubts

Jul. 26, 2018 9:00 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is proceeding with an environmental review of a proposed copper and gold mine located near a major salmon fishery in Alaska, despite a request from the state's governor that the review be halted. Gov. Bill Walker, in a letter co-signed by Lt. Gov....

Arizona may take over permit program protecting rivers

Jul. 26, 2018 7:40 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona may take over responsibility for issuing dredge-and-fill permits under the Clean Water Act, a task long handled by the federal government. The state Legislature approved a bill earlier this year allowing the state Department of Environmental Quality to take over the permitting...

The Latest: Ex-NTSB chairman: Duck boats prone to accidents

Jul. 22, 2018 9:46 AM EDT

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on a deadly tourist boat accident in Missouri (all times local): 7:40 p.m. A former chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board says duck boats aren't designed for commercial recreational use. James Hall said Saturday that the boat's design makes the World War II-era...

The Latest: Boat victims mourned

Jul. 21, 2018 5:49 AM EDT

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on a deadly tourist boat accident in Missouri (all times local): 9:35 p.m. About 300 people gathered in a parking lot outside a tourism business to remember the 17 people killed when one of its duck boats capsized in storm-tossed water. The mourners Friday night sang Amazing...

Colorado VA hospital plagued by delays, high costs to open

Jul. 20, 2018 6:33 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — It's more than $1 billion over budget and five years behind schedule, but an elaborate new veterans hospital is finally ready to open in suburban Denver with the promise of state-of-the-art medical care. The $1.7 billion Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center made it through nearly a...