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German police investigating find of ape body parts in forest

May. 28, 2020 5:20 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German police say the grisly find of an ape’s hand and foot in a forest west of Munich appears to be less nefarious than previously thought, and certainly not as outlandish than wildly speculative tips they’ve received. The cleanly severed hand and foot, complete with skin,...

Red River Gorge, trail now set to reopen on May 22

May. 19, 2020 12:41 PM EDT

WINCHESTER, Ky. (AP) — Red River Gorge and Redbird Crest Off-Highway Vehicle Trail System are set to reopen earlier than planned, the U.S. Forest Service said Tuesday. Both areas are now set to open Friday, instead of June 3, the agency said in a statement. “In light of the Governor’s...

Firefighters contain much of big wildfire near Phoenix

May. 19, 2020 11:20 AM EDT

CAVE CREEK, Ariz. (AP) — Firefighters have managed to contain much of a big wildfire near Phoenix that was burning across 2 square miles (6 square kilometers) and prompted the evacuation of more than 100 homes, officials said Tuesday. No homes burned in the town of Cave Creek but the fire that burned...

Forest Service plans to reopen Red River Gorge, other areas

May. 17, 2020 1:18 PM EDT

WINCHESTER, Ky. (AP) — Red River Gorge and other recreational areas in the Daniel Boone National Forest are set to reopen next month, the U.S. Forest Service said. Plans call for most trails, picnic areas and shooting ranges to open June 3 and campgrounds to open June 11, according to a statement from the...

A helicopter, carrying a bucket, flies near a brush fire in Golden Gate Estates, Fla., on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Crews worked to contain four brush fires totaling about 400 acres and threatening 30 homes in the Estates. (Jon Austria/Naples Daily News via AP)

Wildfires shut stretch of Interstate 75 in southwest Florida

May. 13, 2020 8:54 PM EDT

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Four brush fires burning a total of about 400 acres (162 hectares) shut down a section of Interstate 75 in southwest Florida on Wednesday, officials said. One of the fires threatened about 30 homes in the Collier County area of Golden Gate Estates, according to the Florida Forestry...

A tractor tills a field during a long time of drought near Bad Lauchstaedt, Germany, Monday, April 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

Germany hopes for rain to avoid 3rd straight summer drought

Apr. 28, 2020 7:53 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s farmers, foresters, and firefighters are eagerly awaiting widespread rain forecast for later this week, as a warm, dry spring has raised fears of a third summer drought in as many years. Ahead of a virtual climate meeting Tuesday for officials from 30 countries, German...

The Latest: China reports 46 new virus cases, 10 domestic

Apr. 14, 2020 11:02 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: —Trump halts US payments to World Health Organization....

FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2008, file photo, the Truckee Carson Irrigation Ditch gave way causing much of Fernley, Nev., to be flooded. A political storm is brewing on northern Nevada’s high desert that locals say could prove as devastating as the rare heavy rainfall that preceded the failure of a poorly maintained, century-old earthen irrigation canal and flooded hundreds of homes in 2008. (Marilyn Newton/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP, File)

Nevada town fights plan to fix century-old canal amid COVID

Apr. 14, 2020 3:06 PM EDT

FERNLEY, Nev. (AP) — A conflict emerging on northern Nevada's high desert marks an unusual crossroads for a pandemic, a relic of American westward expansion and 21st century technology. The townspeople of rural Fernley are fighting government plans to renovate a century-old earthen irrigation canal that...

In this photo taken from the roof of Ukraine's Chernobyl nuclear power plant late Friday April 10, 2020, a forest fire is seen burning near the plant inside the exclusion zone.  Ukrainian firefighters are labouring to put out two forest blazes in the area around the Chernobyl nuclear power station that was evacuated because of radioactive contamination after the 1986 explosion at the plant. (Ukrainian Police Press Office via AP)

Ukrainian officials: Fires out near Chernobyl nuclear plant

Apr. 14, 2020 1:45 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian emergency officials said Tuesday they have extinguished forest fires in the radiation-contaminated area near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, but acknowledged that grass was still smoldering in some areas. Hundreds of firefighters backed by aircraft have been battling...

Explosion on road in southeast Turkey kills 5

Apr. 8, 2020 4:39 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — An improvised explosive device went off on a road in southeast Turkey on Wednesday, killing five forestry workers traveling to work, officials said. The regional governor’s office blamed the early morning explosion near the town of Kulp, in the mainly-Kurdish populated...