A judge on Friday gave the go-ahead to the US Army Corps of Engineers to blow an opening into a Missouri levee. Advocates say it's the best way to prevent worse flooding downriver, but residents could be affected.
Predictions of 'Obama's Katrina,' millions of fish belly up on beaches, and an end to deep-water drilling all came to naught. High gasoline prices now seem more pressing to Americans than the Deepwater Horizon disaster that led to Gulf oil spill.
After being hunted to near-extinction, wolves in the northern Rocky Mountains have recovered due to federal management under the Endangered Species Act. But wolves will be "delisted" under a rider to the recent budget bill, and environmentalists are howling.
Sarah Ramadan, of Kuwait, poses for a photo under the Statue of Liberty in New York, on April 6. As talks to avoid a government showdown continue in Washington, the White House sought to put the prospect of a shutdown in terms people would care about, warning even that the beloved National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade in the nation's capital would be wiped out. The Smithsonian Institution and national parks around the country, as well as the Statue of Liberty, would also be closed.
Retired dairy farmers, they were no strangers to muck as they helped revive the marsh of Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina and the Gulf oil spill.
Wisdom, a sextegenerean Laysan albatross, has a new chick, according to the US Geological Survey.
Eastern cougar: The US Fish and Wildlife Service declared the eastern cougar to be extinct, saying occasional sightings were not the extinct ghost cat.
The Obama administration lifted its post-Gulf oil spill moratorium on oil drilling in deep water Oct. 12, but it didn't issue its first new permit until Monday. Some experts think rising oil prices forced the administration's hand.
One in a series of mysterious mass bird deaths in the past month was the product of a USDA avicide program, which began as operation Bye Bye Blackbird in the 1960s.
Wolverines: State Division of Wildlife officials had discussed reintroducing wolverines in 1999, when they drew up plans to do the same with lynx years ago, but started with the lynx.