Latest Deserts News

California desert parks still working to repair flood damage

Aug. 17, 2022 21:13 PM EDT

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Timelines for repair of flash flood damage to roads in California's vast desert wilderness parks are being extended even as monsoonal rains cause new problems along with unseasonal plant and animal activity. Joshua Tree National Park was hit...

Nepal's holy Bagmati River choked with black sewage, trash

Aug. 17, 2022 03:04 AM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — High on a mountain in the Himalayas, pristine drops fall from the mouth of a tiger statue installed at a stream thought to form the headwaters of the Bagmati River, long revered as having the power to purify souls. From there it wends its way downhill past verdant forests...

Jill Biden helps National Geographic promote national parks

Aug. 09, 2022 12:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jill Biden is helping National Geographic promote its upcoming documentary series on U.S. national parks. The first lady introduces each installment of “America's National Parks,” a five-night series scheduled for broadcast on consecutive nights beginning...

Palestinians left in tense limbo by Israeli expulsion order

Aug. 04, 2022 03:33 AM EDT

AL-FAKHEET, West Bank (AP) — After repeatedly rebuilding his home only to have it demolished by Israeli soldiers, Mohammed Abu Sabaha has a new plan to remain on the land — he is moving into a cave. Abu Sabaha is among some 1,000 Palestinians at risk of expulsion from an arid...

Hundreds of firefighters battle blazes in Germany, Czechia

Jul. 26, 2022 14:12 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Hundreds of firefighters were battling wildfires in eastern Germany and neighboring Czechia on Tuesday as tourist regions and residential areas were being evacuated. A large wildfire was spreading quickly in the eastern German state of Brandenburg in a region with...

Hiker who took social media challenge dies in South Dakota

Jul. 21, 2022 19:06 PM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A man who was hiking on an unmarked trail in southwestern South Dakota that was featured in a social media challenge died when he and another hiker ran out of water, authorities said Thursday. The Pennington County Sheriff's Office said 22-year-old Maxwell...

With fires raging in Europe, France detains man over blaze

Jul. 19, 2022 13:15 PM EDT

LA TESTE-DE-BUCH, France (AP) — Investigators probing the suspected deliberate lighting of what has become a raging wildfire in southwest France detained a man for questioning, as firefighters and water-bombing planes on Tuesday fought ferocious flames there and in other parts of Europe that have...

Planners break ground for new Gulf War memorial in DC

Jul. 14, 2022 13:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Over 30 years after a U.S.-led international military coalition expelled occupying Iraqi troops from Kuwait, planners have broken ground on the long-simmering plans for a Gulf War memorial. Hundreds gathered Thursday morning for a ground-breaking ceremony at the...

Governor signs $1.2B water plan as Arizona faces cutbacks

Jul. 06, 2022 17:09 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation Wednesday that will provide $1.2 billion over three years to boost long-term water supplies for the desert state and implement conservation efforts that will see more immediate effects. The legislation that was hammered out...

Land for Roosevelt Presidential Library secured in ND

Jun. 27, 2022 11:47 AM EDT

MEDORA, N.D. (AP) — Organizers planning the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library in western North Dakota have reached a milestone in bringing the project to fruition. The library's foundation announced Monday that it has secured 90 acres of U.S. Forest Service land near Medora...