Trump lashes out at Puerto Rico as House weighs aid package

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump lashed out at hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico on Thursday, insisting that federal help will be limited and blaming the U.S. territory for its financial struggles. The broadside came as the House headed toward passage of a $36.5 billion disaster aid package, including assistance for Puerto Rico.

Poll: Americans blame wild weather on global warming

WASHINGTON (AP) — After hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria blitzed the nation, most Americans think weather disasters are getting more severe and see global warming's fingerprints.

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Female alums of local Boy Scouts program thrilled with announcement

CHAMPAIGN — When Cathie Seebauer of Urbana was a young girl, she used to tag along at her brother's Boy Scout activities, watching them from afar.

"My brother was in Troop 9 at Holy Cross School, and I used to go to some of their campouts at Camp Drake near Oakwood," she said. "I've always been an outdoorsy person, and Scouting looked like a lot of fun."

Puerto Rico investigates post-Maria disease outbreak

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Four deaths in Hurricane Maria's aftermath are being investigated as possible cases of a disease spread by animals' urine, Puerto Rico's governor said Wednesday amid concerns about islanders' exposure to contaminated water.

A total of 10 people have come down with suspected cases of leptospirosis, Gov. Ricardo Rossello said at a news conference.

WIU: Water-filling stations saved million plastic bottles

MACOMB (AP) — Western Illinois University officials say the school's water bottle refilling stations have kept more than 1 million plastic bottles out of landfills.

School officials said in a Monday news release that the university has three dozen filling stations in campus buildings. Of those, 26 are at the Macomb campus and ten are on the school's Quad Cities campus.

Energy experts say cost now biggest barrier for carbon capture

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Technology now in limited use removes about 90 percent of carbon dioxide from the smokestacks of coal-fired power plants, but energy experts say cost remains the chief obstacle to bringing the "clean coal" touted by President Donald Trump into the mainstream.

Nate marches across East Coast, dumping heavy rains

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Nate slogged its way across the U.S. East Coast on Monday, dumping heavy rains and bringing gusty winds to inland states as a tropical depression, a day after Hurricane Nate brought a burst of flooding and power outages to the U.S. Gulf Coast.

EPA chief says administration to roll back climate plan

HAZARD, Ky. (AP) — The Trump administration will abandon the Obama-era clean power plan aimed at reducing global warming, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said Monday.

Speaking in Kentucky, Pruitt said he will sign a proposed rule on Tuesday "to withdraw the so-called clean power plan of the past administration."

Letter from Birdland: Establishing a new Sunday ritual

A sweet coolness has enfolded Birdland despite the clear, sunny skies. We haven't had rain in a while, and the harvest is blowing dust into the air, creating a haze. The shorn fields next to our yard are tawny brown, with regular stripes where the bean stubble has been shaved.