Once a miracle plant, yellow tuft now a menace
By RUTH LONGORIA KINGSLAND
The flowering invasive weed has traveled up and down the Illinois River and is considered a menace that's keeping local volunteers on their toes trying to control and eradicate the invasive, self-pollinating, perennial plant.
Federal data show more pipeline leaks
By HENRY C. JACKSON and DAVID A. LIEB
The Associated Press says since 2009, the annual number of significant accidents on oil and petroleum pipelines has shot up by almost 60 percent.
Hunters to kill salmon-eating birds
Government hunters are scouting an island at the mouth of the Columbia River as they prepare to shoot thousands of hungry seabirds to reduce the numbers of baby salmon they eat.