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In this March 27, 2020 photo, Shelly Clayton, center, walks up the Bright Angel Trail at Grand Canyon National Park, Ariz., with her children Audrey Kuhar, 11, left, and Cooper Kuhar, 11. The park has closed restaurants, lodges, visitor centers, campgrounds and other services as it awaits approval from the federal government for a full shutdown. (Jake Bacon/Arizona Daily Sun via AP)

Grand Canyon National Park closes to visitors amid pandemic

Apr. 1, 2020 9:07 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Grand Canyon closed indefinitely to visitors Wednesday, joining other national parks seeking to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Staff at the Grand Canyon had been shutting down visitors services piecemeal as the federal government initially rebuffed its request to shutter...

FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2020, file photo a moose munches on a tree in downtown Anchorage, Alaska. Alaska wildlife officials have a message for residents: Please don't feed the moose. State Fish and Game officials said Wednesday, April 1, 2020, they've seen an uptick in people feeding moose such foods as carrots and apples after a heavy snow season that left many of animals thin and nutritionally vulnerable. Plus, intentionally feeding moose is illegal, and can result in a misdemeanor violation of state game feeding laws. Unintentional feeding can result in a $300 ticket from Alaska Wildlife Troopers. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)

Alaska officials to residents: Don't feed the moose

Apr. 1, 2020 8:45 PM EDT

Alaska wildlife officials have a message for residents: Please don’t feed the moose. State Fish and Game officials said Wednesday they’ve seen an uptick in people feeding moose such foods as carrots and apples after a heavy snow season that left many of the animals thin and nutritionally vulnerable....

FILE - In this March 20, 2020, file photo, a resident of the Lambeth House, where a cluster of COVID-19 has formed, reacts from her balcony as opera singers Irini Hymel and Bryan Hymel sing to the quarantined residents in New Orleans. As coronavirus cases spike ever higher in Louisiana, the state's nursing homes, assisted living sites and adult residential care facilities are showing more and more

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

Apr. 1, 2020 8:12 PM EDT

As hot spots flared around the United States in places like New Orleans, Detroit and Southern California, New York was the hardest hit of them all, with bodies loaded onto refrigerated morgue trucks by gurney and forklift outside overwhelmed hospitals. And the worst is yet to come, with Vice President Mike Pence...

California snowpack measures below normal for spring

Apr. 1, 2020 7:20 PM EDT

PHILLIPS STATION, Calif. (AP) — California's Sierra Nevada snowpack is below normal for spring and the water content around the state is only about half the April average, as much of California struggles under persistent drought, authorities said Wednesday. A manual survey of snow in the range east of...

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, left, and David Attenborough speak with school children during the launch of the upcoming UK-hosted COP26 UN Climate Summit in London, Tuesday Feb. 4, 2020, that will take place in autumn 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Johnson is expected to announce a target to stop selling new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2035, including hybrid vehicles for the first time. (Chris J Ratcliffe/Pool via AP)

UN climate summit postponed until 2021 because of COVID-19

Apr. 1, 2020 7:04 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — This year's United Nations global climate summit is being postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, host country Britain said Wednesday, The U.K. government said the meeting, due to take place in Glasgow, Scotland, in November, will now be held next year at a date still to be determined....

Ranchers can apply for grazing allotments Hammonds' lost

Apr. 1, 2020 5:30 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Cattle producers can apply to compete for access to federal grazing allotments that Oregon’s Hammond Ranches lost in a court decision. However, if Hammond Ranches decides to continue with an administrative challenge against the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. those applications...

Authorities discover starving cow herd in central Montana

Apr. 1, 2020 4:34 PM EDT

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A man is facing animal cruelty charges in central Montana after 230 cows were found starving in the middle of calving season, including 65 that were found dead. Cascade County Sheriff Jesse Slaughter and his staff learned of the starving black Angus herd after people who drove by...

FILE - This Nov. 9, 2009, file photo, shows the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station near Farmington, N.M. An online meeting that was meant to decide the future of the major coal-fired power plant in New Mexico has been derailed by a group of young people who interrupted the proceedings by playing rap music laden with racial epithets and posting derogatory messages. The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission was hosting the virtual meeting Wednesday, April 1, 2020, regarding the planned closure of the San Juan Generating Station. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

New Mexico panel OKs abandonment of coal-fired power plant

Apr. 1, 2020 4:32 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators on Wednesday green-lighted an application by the state's largest electric utility to abandon its interest in a major coal-fired power plant as the state works toward emission-free mandates and more renewable energy. The Public Regulation Commission voted...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., left, and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Md., right, holds up the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act after Pelosi signed it on Capitol Hill, Friday, March 27, 2020, in Washington. The $2.2 trillion package will head to head to President Donald Trump for his signature. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Pelosi sees infrastructure package similar to Trump $2T plan

Apr. 1, 2020 4:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats want to enact a massive infrastructure package upgrading the nation's broadband, road and water systems, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday, in the next installment of Congress' effort to help the country weather the destructive blows inflicted by the coronavirus...

Possible hazmat crash snarls I-5 in mountains north of LA

Apr. 1, 2020 4:24 PM EDT

LEBEC, Calif. (AP) — Interstate 5 was shut down Wednesday morning in the mountains between Los Angeles and Bakersfield due to a crash possibly involving hazardous materials, the California Highway Patrol said. The Kern County Fire Department was on the scene near Lebec in Tejon Pass, about 65 miles (105...