Perhaps the biggest event of next month's Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, won't be the downhill, or the women's figure ska...
— Today is Wednesday, Oct. 14, the 287th day of 2009. There are 78 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Oct. 14, 1939, during World War II, a German U-boat torpedoed and sank the HMS Royal Oak, a British battleship anchored at Scapa Flow in Scotland's Orkney Islands; 833 of the more than 1,200 men aboard were killed.
On this date:
In 1066, Normans under William the Conqueror defeated the English at the Battle of Hastings.
CARSON CITY, Nev. — The owner of a northeast Nevada gold mine has signed a consent decree with state environmental regulators that will allow it to resume operations.
The decree between Yukon-Nevada Gold Corp. subsidiary Queenstake Resources and the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection requires the company to pay a $550,000 settlement.
It was filed Monday in Elko District Court and will become effective once it is approved by a judge.
State officials say the biggest environmental issues pertaining to the mine's mercury emissions have been resolved.
Environmental regulators ordered the mill closed May 30 for failure to install equipment to control mercury air emissions.
A search has been launched in the waters of southeast Alaska and Canada for a 67-year-old woman reported missing from a cruise ship.
The passenger, who hasn't been identified, was noticed missing Wednesday morning when she didn't leave the Sapphire Princess at the Port of Vancouver, British Columbia.
The Princess Cruise liner departed Ketchikan on Monday on an Inside Passage cruise. The woman wasn't found during a search of the ship, and her personal belongings were in her state room.
The U.S. Coast Guard has sent a helicopter and boats to search from Ketchikan 86 miles south to include Dixon Entrance, Tongass Narrows and the northern end of Hecate Strait.
Canadian officials are searching from Vancouver 517 miles north to Hecate Strait.