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Wildfire threatens unspoiled Georgia island rich in history

Jun. 22, 2022 16:12 PM EDT

ST. CATHERINES ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Wildfires sparked by lightning have scorched hundreds of acres on this unspoiled island off the Georgia coast, where crews are battling to protect plantation ruins, the remnants of a 16th century Spanish mission and archaeological sites that have yielded human...

Arizona fires sweep land rich with ancient sites, artifacts

Jun. 20, 2022 17:01 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — As Jason Nez scans rugged mountains, high desert and cliffsides for signs of ancient tools and dwellings unique to the U.S. Southwest, he keeps in mind that they're part of a bigger picture. And, fire is not new to them. “They have been...

Taliban release several British citizens held in Afghanistan

Jun. 20, 2022 15:23 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban have released several British citizens who were detained in Afghanistan after an agreement was reached between the two countries, Taliban and U.K. officials said Monday. The detainees were released Sunday following a series of meetings between Afghan...

George Lamming, a giant of modern Caribbean writing, dies

Jun. 19, 2022 12:00 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — George Lamming, a giant of post-colonial literature whose novels, essays and speeches influenced readers and peers in his native Barbados and around the world, has died at age 94. His death this month was confirmed by Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley, who said,...

Brazil Indigenous expert was 'bigger target' in recent years

Jun. 18, 2022 14:00 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Before disappearing in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, Bruno Pereira was laying the groundwork for a mammoth undertaking: a 350-kilometer (217-mile) trail marking the southwestern border of the Javari Valley Indigenous territory, an area the size of Portugal. The...

Bill puts two-year moratorium on new Iowa casino licenses

Jun. 18, 2022 10:34 AM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed into law a measure that places a two-year moratorium on new casino licenses — a move the mayor of Cedar Rapids called “disappointing.” The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports that an amendment to a larger gambling bill...

Native American youth to be tapped for conservation projects

Jun. 10, 2022 16:22 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland on Friday rolled out guidelines for a new youth service program meant to create job opportunities for Native Americans while boosting their cultural connections to nature through conservation projects on tribal and public land. ...

Officials: Fire destroys 3 city-owned historic houses

Jun. 05, 2022 13:16 PM EDT

MORROW, Ga. (AP) — Arson has destroyed three adjacent historic homes owned by a city near Atlanta, officials said. Mayor John Lampl wept as he looked over the wreckage in Morrow on Saturday evening, WXIA-TV reported. “What leads the investigators right now to...

Nevada tribe faces water, environment, cultural challenges

Jun. 04, 2022 13:20 PM EDT

FALLON, Nev. (AP) — Cathy Williams-Tuni looks over the Lahontan Valley from Rattlesnake Hill. Small houses and fields of alfalfa sit on the valley floor, where long irrigation canals flow with water. Williams-Tuni, the chair of the Paiute-Shoshone Tribe of the...

275-acre farm in NH run since late 1800s to be preserved

Jun. 01, 2022 11:10 AM EDT

LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — A 275-acre farm in New Hampshire that has been around since the late 1800s has been protected from residential or industrial development. The Pearl Farm in Loudon has been in the Pearl family for four generations, J.T. Horn of the Trust for Public Land said. He...