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Volunteers from Wasdale mountain rescue team carry 121lb (55kg) St Bernard dog, Daisy from England's highest peak, Scafell Pike, Sunday July 26, 2020. The mountain rescue team spent nearly five hours rescuing St Bernard dog Daisy, who had collapsed displaying signs of pain in her rear legs and was refusing to move, while descending Scafell Pike. The Wasdale Mountain Rescue team rely on public contributions to their JustGiving.com/wasdalemrt page to fund their mountain safety efforts. (Wasdale Mountain Rescue via AP)

Daisy the St. Bernard recovers from her mountain ordeal

Jul. 27, 2020 2:39 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Don’t worry: Daisy — the St. Bernard who reversed mountain rescue conventions — is fine. The owners of the dog who collapsed while descending England’s tallest mountain says she’s recovering well after a mountain rescue team helped her to safety . Sixteen...

Sixteen volunteers from Wasdale mountain rescue team take turns to carry 121lb (55kg) St Bernard dog, Daisy from England's highest peak, Scafell Pike, Sunday July 26, 2020. The mountain rescue team spent nearly five hours rescuing St Bernard dog Daisy, who had collapsed displaying signs of pain in her rear legs and was refusing to move, while descending Scafell Pike. The Wasdale Mountain Rescue team rely on public contributions to their JustGiving.com/wasdalemrt page to fund their mountain safety efforts. (Wasdale Mountain Rescue via AP)

Mountain rescuers heft ailing St. Bernard off English peak

Jul. 26, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — St. Bernards are known for helping to rescue distressed travelers in the mountains, but the tables were turned Sunday in northern England. Sixteen volunteers from the Wasdale mountain rescue team took turns carrying Daisy, a 121-pound (55 kilogram) St Bernard, from England’s highest...

Comet NEOWISE is seen from Grandfather Mountain in Linville, N.C., Saturday, July 18, 2020. The newly discovered comet is visible in the Northern Hempisphere but after it's gone the comet will not reappear for 6800 years. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

To photograph comet Neowise, it takes patience and placement

Jul. 24, 2020 10:26 AM EDT

LINVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The newly discovered comet Neowise is only visible from Earth once every 6,800 years, and photographers who want to document it seek places with high elevation and little smog or light pollution. A place like North Carolina’s famed Grandfather Mountain. On a recent weekend,...

Smokies offers special hikes to discuss diversity and racism

Jul. 23, 2020 10:34 AM EDT

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Great Smoky Mountains National Park Superintendent Cassius Cash has developed a new program that seeks to unite conversations about diversity and racism with the beauty of the mountains. The goal of Smokies Hikes for Healing is to provide “a safe space for individuals of...

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...

Crews fight fire in Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee

Jul. 22, 2020 4:35 PM EDT

HAMPTON, Tenn. (AP) — Fire crews are battling rugged terrain and extreme heat as they take on a small wildfire on a remote mountain slope in East Tennessee, officials said. U.S. forestry officials said Wednesday the fire on Little Pond Mountain near Watauga Lake in Cherokee National Forest has burned 5...

Members of search teams work at the site of a plane crash on a remote location in Van, eastern Turkey, Thursday, July 16, 2020. Turkey's interior minister says a small plane belonging to Turkey’s police force has crashed into a mountain in eastern Turkey, killing seven officers on board. The plane was returning from a surveillance and reconnaissance mission late on Wednesday, when it crashed into the Artos mountains in the eastern province of Van, which borders Iran. (Behcet Dalmaz/DHA via AP)

Plane crashes in eastern Turkey; 7 security personnel dead

Jul. 16, 2020 4:37 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A small plane belonging to Turkey’s police force has crashed into a mountain in eastern Turkey, killing seven security personnel on board, Turkey’s interior minister said Thursday. The plane was returning from a surveillance and reconnaissance mission late Wednesday,...

Giant Hawaii telescope builders say no construction in 2020

Jul. 15, 2020 11:02 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Scientists planning to build one of the world’s largest telescopes on a Hawaii mountain said Wednesday construction won’t begin until at least next year. TMT International Observatory Vice President Gordon Squires told Hawaii News Now that the coronavirus pandemic presents a...

FILE - In this May 26, 2020, file photo, a grizzly bear roams an exhibit at the Woodland Park Zoo, closed for nearly three months because of the coronavirus outbreak in Seattle. Grizzly bears once roamed the rugged landscape of the North Cascades in Washington state but few have been sighted in recent decades. The federal government is scrapping plans to reintroduce grizzly bears to the North Cascades ecosystem. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Lawsuit threatened over about-face on grizzly reintroduction

Jul. 15, 2020 4:34 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A conservation group is threatening to sue the Trump administration over its sudden reversal of plans to restore grizzly bears in the North Cascade mountain range of Washington state. The Center for Biological Diversity sent a letter Wednesday saying it intends file a federal lawsuit in 60...

As US seeks production, sole US rare earth miner goes public

Jul. 15, 2020 10:58 AM EDT

The sole miner of rare earths in the U.S. is becoming a public company amid elevated trade tensions with China, the dominant global supplier of the material used in everything from computers to cars. MP Materials, which runs a mine and processing facility in Mountain Pass, Calif., near the border of Nevada, will...