By Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Oregon Governor Kate Brown has called for greater public scrutiny of food giant Nestle's plans to bottle water in the Columbia River Gorge, as the Pacific Northwest state languishes under historic drought conditions, her office said on Monday. Nestlé Waters North America has for about six years been pushing for a deal that would see the company build a water bottling plant in Cascade Locks, a small city along the Columbia River in northern Oregon. Brown made her request for greater public scrutiny in a letter to Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Curt Melcher on Friday.
NEW YORK (AP) — A painting by Amedeo Modigliani fetched $170.4 million at an auction Monday, setting a world record for the artist and achieving the second highest price ever garnered for a work of art at auction.
WATERTOWN, Wis. (AP) — Crews worked Monday to clear freight cars from rail tracks and contain spilled crude oil and chemicals after two trains derailed in Wisconsin about 200 miles apart over the weekend.
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — EDITOR'S NOTE: The Great Lakes have claimed thousands of ships since European explorers began navigating the waters in the 1600s, but few have captured the public's imagination as has the Edmund Fitzgerald, which sank on Nov. 10, 1975, in Lake Superior.
FLANDREAU, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota American Indian tribe that sought to open the nation's first marijuana resort burned its crop after federal officials signaled a potential raid, the tribal president said Monday.
By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - A Jordanian officer shot dead two U.S. government security contractors, a South African trainer and two Jordanians at a U.S.-funded police training facility near Amman on Monday before being killed in a shootout, Jordanian authorities said. U.S. President Barack Obama said he was treating very seriously the attack at the King Abdullah Training Center, in which three Jordanians and one Lebanese citizen were wounded, and a full investigation was under way. A senior Jordanian official told Reuters the gunman was a police captain, and authorities identified him as Anwar Abu Zeid.
By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Snow and rain brought an autumn respite in Northern California from the state's devastating drought on Monday, with up to 12 inches (30 cm) of snow forecast for the Sierra Nevada mountains, raising hopes for a strong ski season and a replenished snowpack. "This is the third storm that's rolled through and we're in early November so this is fantastic," said Michael Reitzell, president of the California Ski Industry Association. "Everyone in California is excited to see rain but the fact that it is also falling in the form of snow in the mountains is fantastic." Last year, dry conditions forced several ski resorts to close early, and some smaller ski areas were not able to open at all.