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Study: Yellowstone bison mow, fertilize their own grass

Nov. 21, 2019 1:15 AM EST

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A study of grazing in Yellowstone National Park found that bison essentially mow and fertilize their own food, allowing them to graze in one area for two to three months during the spring and summer while other ungulates have to keep migrating to higher elevations to follow new plant...

Museum of Contemporary Art raises $6 million with auction

Nov. 20, 2019 11:01 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art has announced it raised $6 million with a benefit art auction, making it one of the most successful fundraisers in the institution’s history. Museum director Madeleine Grynsztejn says the highest winning bid at the Nov. 16 auction was...

2 insect species classified as threatened as glaciers melt

Nov. 20, 2019 7:09 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The continued existence of two species of insects is in doubt because climate change is melting away the glaciers and year-round snowfields they depend on, U.S. wildlife officials said Wednesday. The western glacier stonefly and the meltwater lednian stonefly found in the northern...

Former NBA executive wants to bring MLB to Orlando

Nov. 20, 2019 3:24 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The man who helped bring an NBA team to Orlando said Wednesday that he wants to bring a Major League Baseball team to the theme park mecca. Pat Williams, a former executive with the NBA’s Orlando Magic, said that Orlando was more deserving than a half-dozen other cities that...

Drive behind occupation of Alcatraz lingers 50 years later

Nov. 20, 2019 1:19 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — On a chilly November night 50 years ago, a 7-year-old Peter Bratt, his four siblings and their single mother left their San Francisco home for the pier. From there, they joined a group of indigenous activists on a small boat, bobbing in fog and rolling over what felt like tidal...

AP Was There: Native Americans take over Alcatraz Island

Nov. 20, 2019 11:54 AM EST

On Nov. 20, 1969, dozens of Native Americans took over Alcatraz in the San Francisco Bay to demand that the U.S. government recognize longstanding agreements with tribes and turn over the deed to the island. They arrived under the cover of night and vowed to peacefully protest federal policies that sought to...

Crater Lake road system listed in national historic register

Nov. 20, 2019 8:51 AM EST

CRATER LAKE, Ore. (AP) — Officials say the Army Corps of Engineers Road System at Crater Lake National Park is among Oregon’s latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places. Park officials said Tuesday that the National Park Service accepted the nomination Aug. 12. The nomination...

With thrills and lights, theme park conclave back in Orlando

Nov. 19, 2019 6:17 PM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Detroit has the auto show. Las Vegas has the electronics show. In Orlando, it’s all about theme and amusement park rides, food and amenities. The annual convention of thrills, flashing lights and whirling rides was back in town Tuesday, when the International Association of...

Ohio amusement park auctions unwanted historical items

Nov. 19, 2019 4:37 PM EST

SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio amusement park that will celebrate its 150th anniversary next year auctioned a collection of historical items it had amassed over the years, including an arcade game from the 1930s and a horse-drawn steam pumping engine. Many of the items from Cedar Point had been on display...

Lawsuit filed to stop big US Forest Service project in Idaho

Nov. 19, 2019 2:19 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service is ignoring a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling by restarting a giant forest project in Idaho, say environmental groups that have filed another lawsuit seeking to stop the project a second time. The Alliance for the Wild Rockies and the other groups filed...