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FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump participates in a briefing about Hurricane Dorian with North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, left, aboard Air Force One at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in Havelock, N.C. President Trump endorsed Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest on Thursday night, July 2, 2020, in a move to unseat Democratic Gov. Cooper. Meanwhile, Cooper expressed support for Trump's competitor, former Vice President Joe Biden. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Trump backs Dan Forest in North Carolina governor's race

Jul. 3, 2020 2:55 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump has endorsed the Republican who is aiming to deny Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper another term. Trump said via Twitter late Thursday that he was supporting Lt. Gov. Dan Forest to unseat Cooper in the November election. Trump blames Cooper for scuttling the Republican...

Forest Service orders Colorado train to stop fire mitigation

Jul. 3, 2020 12:39 PM EDT

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service shut down an extensive fire mitigation project after raising concerns about the number of trees being cut down and sold to a logging company in southwestern Colorado. The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad completed eight miles (12 kilometers) of the...

Visitor access restricted to northern Idaho fire lookouts

Jul. 2, 2020 1:18 PM EDT

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service says visitors to six active fire lookouts in northern Idaho won’t be able to access the top level of the lookouts due to the coronavirus pandemic. The agency says the restrictions from early July to early September are needed to protect the health...

Forest files lawsuit challenging N.C. governor's orders

Jul. 1, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Lt. Gov. Dan Forest has filed his lawsuit challenging Gov. Roy Cooper's decisions to shutter businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic without getting the backing of other elected officials. Forest officially sued the Democratic governor in Wake Superior Court on...

FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2002, file photo, the sun rises on Mt. Rushmore National Memorial near Keystone, S.D. as the flag is flown at half staff in honor of the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks against the United States. When President Donald Trump speaks at the Mount Rushmore national memorial Friday, July 3, 2020, before the first fireworks show there in years, he'll stand before a crowd of thousands of people who won't be required to socially distance or wear masks despite the coronavirus pandemic. Public health experts say the lack of social distancing and enforced mask wearing could lead to a surge in the disease, while the fireworks risk setting the surrounding forest ablaze.(AP Photo/Laura Rauch, File)

Trump at Rushmore: Jets and fireworks, but masks optional

Jul. 1, 2020 4:46 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — When President Donald Trump speaks at the Mount Rushmore national memorial before the first fireworks show there in years, he’ll stand before a crowd of thousands of people who won't be required to socially distance or wear masks despite the coronavirus pandemic. Friday...

Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Jul. 1, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers: ___ June 30 The Fayetteville Observer on the city’s decision to distance itself from a symbol with ties to slavery: The same day artists began painting “Black lives do matter” and “End racism now” in the no-drive circle around...

Arizona history July 5-11

Jul. 1, 2020 1:16 PM EDT

Sunday, July 5 On this date in 1867, Andrew E. Douglass, astronomer and educator, who developed dendrochronology, the science of tree-ring dating, was born. On this date in 1917, four troops of the U.S. Cavalry and one machine gun troop were rushed to Globe when state authorities could not control the rising...

Extreme fire danger leads to Tonto National Forest closures

Jun. 30, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Many sections of the Tonto National Forest will be closed starting 6 a.m. Thursday because of extreme fire danger due to dry conditions. The closures will remain in effect until July 30 unless rescinded or extended. Taiga Rohrer, Tonto’s fire management officer, said new fire starts...

Pandemic probe: Brazilian governor targeted in police raid

Jun. 30, 2020 1:21 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The governor of Brazil’s Amazonas state was targeted by a police raid on Tuesday over allegations of corruption related to COVID-19 spending. Federal police ordered the preventive detention of eight people and raided more than a dozen addresses of people linked to Gov. Wilson...

Forest health institute at NAU names new executive director

Jun. 30, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — An institute that works on forest health out of Northern Arizona University has a new executive director. Andrew Sánchez Meador was chosen in a national search to lead the Ecological Restoration Institute. He starts in the role Wednesday. Sánchez Meador, an associate...