Crews finish effort to drain sunken barge found in Lake Erie

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Crews have finished an effort to eliminate environmental threats from a sunken barge that apparently sat undiscovered in Lake Erie for nearly 80 years, The U.S. Coast Guard said Thursday.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Effort to keep Asian carp from Great Lakes appears stymied

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — When scientists discovered six years ago that aggressive Asian carp had made their way up the Mississippi River's tributaries toward the Chicago area, the Obama administration and alarmed state officials pledged swift action to head off an invasion they feared could devastate fishing and boating on the vital Great Lakes.

  • Written by JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer

Lawsuit: Firefighters harassed female co-worker, hid gear

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A female firefighter was subjected to equipment tampering, clothing destruction and gender-related slurs at a central Ohio fire department, according to a federal discrimination lawsuit alleging a pattern of sexual harassment.

  • Written by ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, AP Legal Affairs Writer