With orca changes, SeaWorld must live without iconic Shamu

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — SeaWorld built its brand on a leaping and splashing killer whale named Shamu. She was part of its logo, gave her name to stadiums in the theme parks and was the inspiration for rides. The orca image sold T-shirts and soft, stuffed animals for the kids to take home.

  • Written by JENNIFER KAY, Associated Press MIKE SCHNEIDER, Associated Press

In fight against Zika, Brazil battles neglect, cash crunch

CAMPINA GRANDE, Brazil (AP) — In May, as the first cases of the Zika virus were being detected in Brazil, Rossandra Oliveira stopped receiving a critical tool she needed to do her job: insecticide.

  • Written by JOSHUA GOODMAN, Associated Press MAURICIO SAVARESE, Associated Press

Snyder blames bureaucrats, EPA faults state in Flint crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday blamed career bureaucrats in Washington and his own state for the Flint water-contamination crisis, while the head of the federal Environmental Protection Agency faulted him and other state officials.

  • Written by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press