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Popular tourist sites on the Navajo Nation can reopen soon

Aug. 14, 2020 8:27 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Popular tourist destinations on the Navajo Nation, including Canyon de Chelly, can welcome back tourists Monday under the tribe's reopening plan. Much of the Navajo Nation has been closed since March as the coronavirus swept through the reservation that extends into New Mexico, Utah...

FILE - In this March 6, 2019, file photo, is Alcatraz Island in San Francisco. Alcatraz Island will reopen its outdoor areas to the public next week after being closed for five months due to the pandemic. The Mercury News reports Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, the island that once housed Al Capone and George

Alcatraz to reopen after monthslong closure due to pandemic

Aug. 13, 2020 8:08 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Alcatraz, the infamous former island prison off San Francisco, will reopen its outdoor areas to the public next week after being closed for five months because of the pandemic. The island, which once housed Al Capone and George “Machine Gun Kelly," will reopen Monday. But it...

FILE - In this Tuesday, July 21, 2020, file photo, French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during a media conference at the end of an EU summit in Brussels. Niger and France say unidentified gunmen have killed six French aid workers and two Nigerien guides visiting a wildlife park east of Niger’s capital, early Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. Macron expressed his condolences and support for the victims' families in a statement. (John Thys/Pool Photo via AP, File)

6 French citizens, 2 guides killed by gunmen at giraffe park

Aug. 9, 2020 8:40 PM EDT

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — Unidentified gunmen killed six French aid workers and two Nigerien guides who were visiting a wildlife park east of Niger’s capital early Sunday, authorities from both countries said. French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his condolences and support for the victims'...

A bison rubs against a bush at a wildlife sanctuary in Milovice, Czech Republic, Friday, July 17, 2020. Wild horses, bison and other big-hoofed animals once roamed freely in much of Europe. Now they are transforming a former military base outside the Czech capital in an ambitious project to improve biodiversity. Where occupying Soviet troops once held exercises, massive bovines called tauros and other heavy beasts now munch on the invasive plants that took over the base years ago. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Bison, wild horses bring biodiversity to ex-army base

Aug. 8, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

MILOVICE, Czech Republic (AP) — Wild horses, bison and other big-hoofed animals once roamed freely in much of Europe. Now they are transforming a former military base outside the Czech capital in an ambitious project to improve biodiversity. Where occupying Soviet troops once held exercises, massive...

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Park service gets new chief as new cash flows from Congress

Aug. 7, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

Interior Secretary David Bernhardt announced on Friday the surprise replacement of the 30-year parks veteran running the National Park Service, naming one of his advisers to run the agency instead as it begins to help divvy up a new, multi-billion dollar annual bequest from Congress. David Vela had been the...

Grand Teton seeks goat cull help after canceled air shoot

Aug. 7, 2020 1:58 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Grand Teton National Park is seeking volunteers to shoot nonnative mountain goats this fall after calling off a helicopter goat shoot amid criticism from Wyoming’s governor last winter. The new effort to eradicate the goats, deemed a threat to native bighorn sheep by...

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Trump signs $3B-a-year plan to boost conservation, parks

Aug. 4, 2020 7:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed legislation Tuesday that will devote nearly $3 billion a year to conservation projects, outdoor recreation and maintenance of national parks and other public lands following its overwhelming approval by both parties in Congress. “There hasn’t...

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2016 file photo, soldiers use machetes to cut down coca plants on an illegal coca plantation during a government organized media trip to the Urkupina community of Chapare, Bolivia. A report released Wednesday, July 29, 2020 by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime says coca cultivation jumped 10% in Bolivia in 2019, the final year of President Evo Morales’ government, partly because of reduced eradication efforts amid rising social and political conflicts. (AP Photo/Juan Karita, File)

Bolivian coca cultivation jumped by 10% in 2019, UN says

Jul. 29, 2020 5:15 PM EDT

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Coca cultivation jumped 10% in Bolivia in 2019, the final year of President Evo Morales' government, partly because of reduced eradication efforts amid rising social and political conflicts, a U.N. agency said Wednesday. Growth in the Andean nation increased from 23,100 hectares in...

Workers inspect the top cornice stone as it is lifted from the Shaw 54th Regiment memorial opposite the Statehouse, Friday, July 17, 2020, in Boston. Amid the national reckoning on racism, the memorial to the first Black regiment of the Union Army, the Civil War unit popularized in the movie

Black soldiers monument faces scrutiny amid racial reckoning

Jul. 27, 2020 8:28 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The white Union Army commander sits rigid atop an imposing horse. His Black men, rifles to their shoulders, march resolutely alongside on their way to battle. For L’Merchie Frazier, the towering bronze relief in downtown Boston captures the stirring call to arms answered by Black...

FILE - This 1907 photo provided by the U.S. National Park Service shows naturalist John Muir in Yosemite National Park, Calif. The Sierra Club is reckoning with the racist views of founder John Muir, the naturalist who helped spawn environmentalism. The San Francisco-based environmental group said Wednesday, July 22, 2020, that Muir was part of the group's history perpetuating white supremacy. Executive Director Michael Brune says Muir made racist remarks about Black people and Native Americans, though his views later evolved. (Courtesy of U.S. National Park Service via AP)

Sierra Club apologizes for founder John Muir's racist views

Jul. 22, 2020 8:32 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Sierra Club apologized Wednesday for racist remarks its founder, naturalist John Muir, made more then a century ago as the influential environmental group grapples with a harmful history that perpetuated white supremacy. Executive Director Michael Brune said it was “time to...