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Noem asks Biden to allow fireworks at Mount Rushmore in July

Apr. 13, 2021 14:32 PM EDT

KEYSTONE, S.D. (AP) — Gov. Kristi Noem sent a letter to President Joe Biden Tuesday asking that he intervene and allow a Fourth of July fireworks display at Mount Rushmore. The National Park Service has denied a permit for the fireworks this year, citing concerns about...

St. Vincent seeks water, funds as volcano keeps erupting

Apr. 13, 2021 12:19 PM EDT

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent (AP) — Leaders of volcano-wracked St. Vincent said Tuesday that water is running short as heavy ash contaminates supplies and they estimated that the eastern Caribbean island will need hundreds of millions of dollars to recover from the eruption of La Soufriere. ...

Japan to start releasing Fukushima water into sea in 2 years

Apr. 13, 2021 11:00 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's government announced Tuesday it would start releasing treated radioactive water from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean in two years. It's a move that's fiercely opposed by fishermen, residents and Japan's neighbors. The...

About 25% of Idaho in drought; 1 area in extreme drought

Apr. 12, 2021 19:36 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — About a quarter of Idaho is experiencing some degree of drought, with one pocket in the south-central part of the state in extreme drought. The area in extreme drought is in the Pioneer Mountains, which straddles Blaine County and Custer County,...

'Huge' explosion rocks St. Vincent as volcano keeps erupting

Apr. 12, 2021 15:58 PM EDT

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent (AP) — La Soufriere volcano fired an enormous amount of ash and hot gas early Monday in the biggest explosive eruption yet since volcanic activity began on the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent late last week, with officials worried about the lives of those who...

Tensions rise in water battle along Oregon-California line

Apr. 12, 2021 15:52 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — One of the worst droughts in memory in a massive agricultural region straddling the California-Oregon border could mean steep cuts to irrigation water for hundreds of farmers this summer to sustain endangered fish species critical to local tribes. ...

Montana Tech will study ground at collapsed mine

Apr. 12, 2021 14:00 PM EDT

BLACK HAWK, S.D. (AP) — Experts from Montana Technological University will soon begin to analyze the what lies underground in Black Hawk neighborhood where homes have been evacuated because ground over an abandoned mine collapsed. A law firm representing some of the...

Trails reopened after fire at Indiana Dunes National Park

Apr. 12, 2021 13:38 PM EDT

GARY, Ind. (AP) — Trails have reopened following a wildfire at Indiana Dunes National Park in the northwestern part of the state. Fire crews and park staff have ensured all trails in visitor areas impacted by the fire are safe from any dangerous trees and other hazards,...

FEMA trailers being used for Oregon wildfire survivors

Apr. 12, 2021 13:36 PM EDT

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — Federal officials say that trailers at an industrial site in southwest Oregon, which were rumored to house unaccompanied immigrant children, are actually for survivors of the September 2020 wildfires. The Mail Tribune reported on Sunday that the...

Crews work to contain 2 small wildfires on Rio Chama bosque

Apr. 12, 2021 12:40 PM EDT

ABIQUIU, N.M. (AP) — Crews were working Sunday to fully contain two small wildfires on the Rio Chama bosque near Abiquiu that forced some evacuations of residents. Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s officials said evacuations were lifted Saturday night and the cause of the...