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Conservation groups make major land buy along Georgia coast

Dec. 8, 2019 10:28 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Conservation groups have purchased a swath of land in Georgia that they describe as one of the largest unprotected open space parcels along the southeast Atlantic coast. The Conservation Fund and Open Space Institute announced Friday that they had bought the 16,000-acre (65-square-kilometer)...

Cowboys for Trump group now says sand wasn't from monument

Dec. 6, 2019 7:27 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Iconic gypsum sand that the group Cowboys for Trump had said was from White Sands National Monument in New Mexico and was sent to Washington for the U.S. Capitol Tree lighting ceremony this week was actually gathered just outside the monument, one of the group's co-founders said...

Wisconsin governor lights 'holiday' tree; choir sings carols

Dec. 6, 2019 5:42 PM EST

Madison, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers lit the state Capitol's “holiday tree” while praising scientists as a choir sang Christmas carols Friday in an odd juxtaposition of the two sides of the ongoing debate over the tree's symbolism. The state Department of Administration places a...

Trump lights National Christmas Tree in holiday tradition

Dec. 5, 2019 5:43 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump helped light the National Christmas Tree on Thursday, taking part in a nearly century-old holiday tradition in the nation’s capital. The lighthearted honor for presidents, going back to Calvin Coolidge, came on an otherwise difficult day in Trump's...

'Tis the season: Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lights up

Dec. 5, 2019 6:47 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the brightest signs of the holiday season has come to light. The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree was officially turned on Wednesday night, at an event featuring celebrities including Idina Menzel, Lea Michele and Ne-Yo among the performers. The tree, a Norway spruce that's more...

Bring spring indoors early — very early — by forcing bulbs

Dec. 3, 2019 10:50 AM EST

Daffodils sitting on a windowsill against a backdrop of white snow make a fragrant and pretty midwinter scene. This picture, with bulbs “forced” for early bloom, takes planning that should start now. Choose plump, fresh-looking bulbs from those now on display at garden centers, hardware stores and...

Mississippi residents protest pothole with holiday decor

Dec. 3, 2019 9:56 AM EST

MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — Residents of a Mississippi city are protesting a large pothole in their neighborhood by decorating it with holiday cheer. The Enterprise-Journal reports residents of McComb’s Edgewood neighborhood have topped the pothole and its yellow traffic cone with tinsel, spray-painted...

Correction: Christmas Trees-Tight Supply story

Dec. 2, 2019 3:15 PM EST

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — In a story Nov. 28 about Christmas tree prices, The Associated Press reported erroneously the name of a professor with Oregon State University’s College of Forestry. He is Chal Landgren, not Chad. A corrected version of the story is below: Christmas tree prices remain high...

Commission urges cooperation on Vermont-Quebec lake

Dec. 2, 2019 10:34 AM EST

NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) — An organization that focuses on international water issues between the United States and Canada is recommending that the state of Vermont and province of Quebec work together to prevent algae blooms in Lake Memphremagog, which straddles the border. The draft report by the International...

Homeowners relish tree at heart of California Christmas rite

Dec. 1, 2019 3:24 PM EST

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — At the heart of an annual California Christmas tradition lies a struggling deodar cedar tree in the city of Fresno. Nearly a century ago, the tree was decorated by Willian and Mae Winning in memory of their teenage son after he died from a fall, the Fresno Bee reported Sunday....