The National Strategy for the Arctic Region focuses on security, environment, and international cooperation. But with retreating sea ice creating opportunity as well as potential conflict, the US is seen as lagging.
Officials see an accident, not foul play, in the explosions and fires that engulfed two fuel barges Wednesday night at river's edge in Mobile, Ala. They are waiting for the wreckage to cool to look for the cause of ignition.
Mississippi floods don't have the impact today that they had during the Great Flood of 1993, thanks to better flood walls and levees and thousands of flood-plain homes converted to green space. But in some river towns, flood protection is a non-starter.
Carnival cruise ship fails health inspection due to flies in kitchen, an unprotected salad bar, and not enough chlorine in the water park pool. This was the first Carnival cruise ship to fail a health inspection in five years, says Carnival.
A Coast Guard officer went missing for three months before returning home. He now faces three charges: desertion, wrongful use of a controlled substance and causing the Coast Guard to search for him without need.