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Troubled waters: Open water swimming faces do-over of 2016

Dec. 6, 2019 2:36 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Haley Anderson has been through this before. In the lead-up to the Rio Olympics, all the talk about open water swimming focused on the conditions rather than the competition. Now, it's happening again with the Tokyo Games less than a year away. This time, there is concern about the...

Officials investigating aggregate spill in Detroit River

Dec. 5, 2019 5:44 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan officials are investigating a spill of an unknown amount of construction aggregate material into the Detroit River from an industrial site with a history of environmental contamination. The release happened Nov. 26 at the Detroit Bulk Storage property, Nick Assendelft, a spokesman...

PFAS water contamination not widespread, Pennsylvania says

Dec. 5, 2019 4:09 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf's administration said Thursday that a first round of testing drinking water samples in Pennsylvania for the toxic chemicals known as PFAS does not indicate widespread contamination. In a statement, Wolf's administration said one of 96 sites sampled in the first round...

Hot Water: Pressure to move Tokyo Olympics open-water venue

Dec. 4, 2019 4:02 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The IOC moved next year’s Tokyo Olympic marathons and race walks out of the Japanese capital to avoid the stifling heat and humidity. Now some swimmers and an 11,000-member coaching body are asking that something similar should be done with the distance-swimming venue in Tokyo Bay....

Commission urges cooperation on Vermont-Quebec lake

Dec. 2, 2019 10:34 AM EST

NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) — An organization that focuses on international water issues between the United States and Canada is recommending that the state of Vermont and province of Quebec work together to prevent algae blooms in Lake Memphremagog, which straddles the border. The draft report by the International...

Rescuers search for girl, 6, missing after truck swept away

Dec. 1, 2019 10:32 PM EST

TONTO BASIN, Ariz. (AP) — Nine members of an Arizona family, together for the Thanksgiving holiday, were in an oversized military-style truck when they got stuck in a raging creek swollen by intense runoff from a powerful storm. Four children and two adults got out and were rescued by helicopter, but three...

The Latest: Chicago, Denver flights delayed by winter storm

Dec. 1, 2019 5:23 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on a powerful holiday weekend storm (all times local): 2:45 p.m. Airlines at Chicago’s two major international airports are reporting average delays of 15 minutes as a winter storm heads toward the Midwest with heavy snow and ice and gusty winds. The companies have canceled...

Powerful storm pushes into Midwest with heavy snow and winds

Nov. 30, 2019 11:26 PM EST

Wintry weather bedeviled Thanksgiving weekend travelers across the United States Saturday as a powerful and dangerous storm moved eastward, dumping heavy snow from parts of California to the northern Midwest and inundating other areas with rain. Authorities found the bodies of two young children, including a...

Authorities: 2 kids dead, 1 missing after truck swept away

Nov. 30, 2019 10:16 PM EST

The bodies of two children were found Saturday, but searchers were still looking for a third child who went missing after a truck they were in was swept away while attempting to cross a runoff-swollen Arizona creek in what a sheriff’s official called a “horrible and tragic incident.” Gila...

The Latest: 2nd child found dead along creek; 1 missing

Nov. 30, 2019 3:15 PM EST

TONTO BASIN, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on children missing in an Arizona creek (all times local): 1:10 p.m. Authorities say a second child has been found dead Saturday, but searchers are still looking for a third who went missing after a truck was swept away while trying to cross a swollen creek in Arizona....