Debate lingers over massive clean-up of Hudson River

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Dredging operations to clean chemicals from the upper Hudson River may have finally ended after six years and $1.5 billion but some advocates are pushing for another round.

  • Written by MICHAEL HILL, Associated Press

First Iran vote after nuclear deal gives reformists momentum

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian reformists appear have won all 30 seats representing the nation's capital in parliament, a definitive rebuke to the hard-liners opposing President Hassan Rouhani's efforts to open the economy and cooperate with the West.

  • Written by ALI AKBAR DAREINI, Associated Press NASSER KARIMI, Associated Press

Kansas town grieves shooting with 'Hesston Hustler Strong'

HESSTON, Kan. (AP) — Grieving residents of this small Kansas town parked riding lawnmowers with American flags planted beside them along some streets on Saturday and adorned them with "Hesston Hustler Strong" signs in a symbolic reference to the lawn equipment brand from the factory where a gunman killed three co-workers.

  • Written by ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press JOHN HANNA, Associated Press

Academy Awards take on issues beyond #OscarsSoWhite


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hollywood's diversity crisis has loomed large over awards season and the big question going into the 88th annual Academy Awards was whether it would dominate the ceremony, too. It did, of course, but it wasn't alone.

  • Written by LINDSEY BAHR, AP Film Writer JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer

Battling outbreak, Hawaii faces small staff, pesticide fears

HONOLULU (AP) — On a farm in the heart of Hawaii's ongoing dengue outbreak, coffee grows wild among the ferns, and vanilla vines climb guava trees. It's hard to know where nature ends and the farm begins, and that's the way organic farmers there like it.

  • Written by CATHY BUSSEWITZ, Associated Press