Cities face new urban problem: their own skywalks

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — In a city where cranes and construction barriers mark a surge in new downtown apartments, hotels and offices, the sidewalks in Des Moines' core can be strangely quiet.

  • Written by SCOTT McFETRIDGE, Associated Press

Great Lakes states approve thirsty city's water plea

CHICAGO (AP) — A suburban Milwaukee city won a hard-fought battle Tuesday to draw its drinking water from Lake Michigan, a key test of a regional compact designed to safeguard the Great Lakes region's abundant but vulnerable fresh water supply.


Vulnerable GOP senators side with NRA on gun votes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Among the Senate's most vulnerable Republicans, Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey stood firmly with the powerful National Rifle Association on the latest ill-fated attempts at gun control. So did Ohio Sen. Rob Portman and Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson.

  • Written by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

Enbridge getting cleanup equipment just in case of oil spill

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A Canadian company that owns twin oil pipelines in the area where Lakes Huron and Michigan converge said Monday it will spend $7 million over the next two years on additional equipment that could be deployed quickly in the event of a spill, while insisting prospects are remote that it ever will be needed there.

  • Written by JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer