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A man walks along a closed pier on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu on Saturday, March 28, 2020. Like many cities across the world, Honolulu came to an eerie standstill this weekend as the coronavirus pandemic spread throughout the islands. But Hawaii officials went beyond the standard stay-at-home orders and effectively flipped the switch on the state's tourism-fueled economic engine in a bid to slow the spread of the virus. As of Thursday, anyone arriving in Hawaii must undergo a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine. The unprecedented move dramatically reduced the number of people on beaches, in city parks and on country roads where many people rely on tourism to pay for the high cost of living in Hawaii. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)

Hawaii tourism grinds to halt as virus restrictions tighten

Mar. 29, 2020 6:17 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Like many cities across the world, Honolulu came to an eerie standstill this weekend as officials implemented measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic throughout the islands. Hawaii officials went beyond the standard stay-at-home orders and effectively flipped the switch on...

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with supply chain distributors in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Sunday, March 29, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The Latest: Trump says 2 health insurers waiving some bills

Mar. 29, 2020 6:16 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — New York state nearing 1,000 coronavirus deaths....

Washington utility to buy power from Montana tribal group

Mar. 29, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Washington state electric utility signed a contract to purchase hydroelectric power from a Montana tribal company. Puget Sound Energy Inc. signed the 15-year contract to draw power from a project operated by Energy Keepers Inc., owned by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes...

These Oct. 28, 2019 photos released by California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, CDCR, show Noah Wilson, 28, left, and Derek Barnett, 29. Authorities are searching for the two minimum-security inmates who walked away from a prison camp in Northern California on Friday, March 28, 2020. The CDCR had not reported finding them by Sunday morning. The two were discovered missing Friday at 9:45 p.m. during an inmate count at the Eel River Conservation Camp in Humboldt County, the corrections department said in a news release. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP)

2 inmates walk away from Northern California prison camp

Mar. 29, 2020 2:46 PM EDT

REDWAY, Calif. (AP) — Authorities are searching for two minimum-security inmates who walked away from a prison camp in Northern California on Friday night. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation had not reported finding Derek Barnett, 29, or Noah Wilson, 28, by Sunday morning. The two...

Browning man shot and killed during standoff with officers

Mar. 29, 2020 2:38 PM EDT

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Browning man was shot and killed during a standoff with law enforcement officers, Glacier County and Blackfeet tribal law enforcement officials said. Blackfeet Law Enforcement Services Lt. Howard Lee tells the Missoulian the shooting happened Wednesday, but declined to comment...

Moose that trampled woman in Breckenridge yard is euthanized

Mar. 29, 2020 2:14 PM EDT

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (AP) — A moose that trampled a woman in her yard in Breckenridge has been euthanized after showing aggression, Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials said. The woman suffered broken bones in the attack, KCNC-TV reported. Two bull moose spent most of the day in a yard on Saturday. That...

In this handout photograph taken Tuesday, March 17, 2020 and provided by Jack Hagan, Drew Anderson is shown on the top of Buffalo Mountain near Silverthorne, Colo. The outdoors has become a great escape for people as the new cronoavirus creates a wave of turbulent times. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing heath problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (Photo Courtesy of Jack Hagan via The AP)

Call to the wild: Great outdoors an escape in tough times

Mar. 29, 2020 1:15 PM EDT

Jim Klug's office phone rings off the hook with anxious anglers inquiring about the status of their upcoming fly-fishing trips. It's a stressful time for the co-owner of a fishing travel company as he postpones and re-books international and domestic expeditions due the coronavirus pandemic. The best way for him...

Earth Day video challenge encourages doing 1 good thing

Mar. 29, 2020 11:39 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's Department of Environmental Services is encouraging people to record videos or take photos of themselves doing one thing that's good for the earth in honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. The department says people who accept the challenge should post videos and...

In this photo taken March 3, 2020, the Klamath River is seen flowing across northern California from atop Cade Mountain in the Klamath National Forest. A plan to demolish four dams on California's second-largest river to benefit threatened salmon has sharpened a decades-old dispute over who has the biggest claim to the river's life-giving waters. The project, if it goes forward, would be the largest dam demolition project in U.S. history and reopen 400 stream miles of potential salmon habitat that's been blocked off for more than a century. Numerous tribes in southern Oregon and northern California are pushing for the dams' removal to save dwindling salmon populations in California's second-largest river. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)

Largest US dam removal stirs debate over coveted West water

Mar. 29, 2020 11:20 AM EDT

KLAMATH, Calif. (AP) — California's second-largest river has sustained Native American tribes with plentiful salmon for millennia, provided upstream farmers with irrigation water for generations and served as a haven for retirees who built dream homes along its banks. With so many demands, the Klamath...

In this photo taken March 3, 2020, the Iron Gate Dam, powerhouse and spillway are on the lower Klamath River near Hornbrook, Calif. A plan to demolish four dams on California's second-largest river to benefit threatened salmon has sharpened a decades-old dispute over who has the biggest claim to the river's life-giving waters. The project, if it goes forward, would be the largest dam demolition project in U.S. history and would include the Iron Gate Dam facility pictured. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)

Largest US dam removal stirs debate over coveted West water

Mar. 29, 2020 11:18 AM EDT

KLAMATH, Calif. (AP) — The second-largest river in California has sustained Native American tribes with plentiful salmon for millennia, provided upstream farmers with irrigation water for generations and served as a haven for retirees who built dream homes along its banks. With so many competing demands,...