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In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, members of a Chinese surveying team head for the summit of Mount Everest, also known locally as Mt. Qomolangma, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. The Chinese government-backed team plans to summit Mount Everest this week at a time when the world's tallest peak has been closed to commercial climbers. (Tashi Tsering/Xinhua via AP)

Chinese team summits Everest amid bid to remeasure peak

May. 27, 2020 2:29 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese survey team on Wednesday became the first and perhaps only group to climb Mt. Everest this year, part of a project to remeasure the exact height of the world's tallest mountain. The ascent, reported by Chinese state media, comes after both China and Nepal canceled the spring...

FILE- In this Jan. 31, 2020 file photo, Karen Pence, wife of Vice President Mike Pence, poses for a photograph in her office in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, on the White House campus in Washington. Second Lady Pence visited Great Smoky Mountains National Park Tuesday, May 19, to talk about the mental health benefits of spending time outdoors as officials announced the second phase of a plan to reopen all park trails. (AP Photo/Darlene Superville, File)

Karen Pence speaks on health benefits of getting outdoors

May. 20, 2020 8:25 AM EDT

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Second Lady Karen Pence visited Great Smoky Mountains National Park to talk about the mental health benefits of spending time outdoors as officials announced the second phase of a plan to reopen all park trails. Pence was accompanied on her visit Tuesday by Deputy Secretary of...

An employee of Xochimilco's crematorium waits for a corpse, suspected to have died of the new coronavirus, in Mexico City, Monday, May 4, 2020. He is standing next to pile of discarded coffins that contained people who died of COVID-19 disease, and are waiting to be destroyed at the site. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

Mexico faces infectious waste disposal problem amid pandemic

May. 18, 2020 6:08 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mountains of infectious waste, including huge piles of discarded coffins and tons of hospital garbage, are popping up across Mexico amid the coronavirus pandemic, a grisly problem authorities attribute to illegal dumping and unscrupulous operators. Authorities announced on Monday that...

In this Tuesday, May 12, 2020, photo a historical sign stands outside a former post office in Matewan, W.Va. On May 19, 1920, a group of miners, who were led by a local police chief, and detectives hired by a coal company to evict unionizing miners from their homes were involved in a gun battle on the street. Ten people died in the Matewan Massacre. (AP Photo/John Raby)

'Matewan Massacre' a century ago embodied miners' struggles

May. 18, 2020 11:14 AM EDT

MATEWAN, W.Va. (AP) — The bullet holes in the brick wall of a former post office serve as a reminder of how Appalachian coal miners fought to improve the lives of workers a century ago. Ten people were killed in a gun battle between miners, who were led by a local police chief, and a group of private...

In this April 30, 2020, photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, the peak of Mount Qomolangma, also known as Mount Everest, is reflected in a pool at the mountain's foot in southwestern China's Tibet Autonomous Region. China sent scientists to climb Mount Everest while the world's highest peak is empty of commercial climbers because of the coronavirus pandemic. (Purbu Zhaxi/Xinhua via AP)

Chinese survey team plans to summit deserted Everest

May. 16, 2020 10:23 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese government-backed team plans to summit Mount Everest this week at a time when the world's tallest peak has been closed to commercial climbers. Bad weather forced the team charged with measuring the mountain's current height to return to base camp, but they have since taken up...

Rocky Mountain National Park to begin reopening late May

May. 13, 2020 1:37 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Rocky Mountain National Park in northern Colorado is scheduled to reopen at the end of May, two months after the park was closed in response to the coronavirus pandemic, park officials said. Recreational access and services at the park are scheduled to resume May 27, a day after Democratic...

ADDS NAME OF PARK SUPERINTENDENT - This Wednesday, May 6, 2020 image from a tweet by Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, the Interior Secretary talks with Cassius Cash, the park superintendent, as he visits National Parks Service employees at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. While the Interior Secretary asked visitors to social distance when the park reopens on May 9, neither Bernhardt nor park staff wore face masks in the photos, as they talked and walked inches apart during his visit on Tuesday, May 5.  (National Parks Service via AP)

Visitors flock to Smoky Mountains park on reopening day

May. 9, 2020 7:24 PM EDT

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — The reopening of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was a little too tempting of a draw Saturday as scores of nature lovers from dozens of states crowded trails and trekked into blocked-off areas, a spokeswoman said. Even with some of the most popular trails closed, parking...

FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2019, file photo, doors at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building are locked and covered with blinds as a sign posted advises that the office will be closed during the partial government shutdown in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Rangers, IRS volunteers lead in returns of federal workers

May. 9, 2020 2:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Returning Internal Revenue Service workers in Kansas City are being directed to a room well-stocked with face masks, while some other IRS offices were still telling staffers to buy or make their own as the Trump administration starts rolling out a location-based plan for returning more of...

President Donald Trump gestures during a White House National Day of Prayer Service in the Rose Garden of the White House, Thursday, May 7, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The Latest: Japan, U.S. agree to cooperate in COVID-19 fight

May. 8, 2020 2:05 AM 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: — Japan, U.S. agree to cooperate closely in COVID-19 fight....

Smoky Mountains National Park to reopen over weekend

May. 7, 2020 7:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When the Great Smoky Mountains National Park becomes one of the country's first national parks to reopen Saturday, some of its most popular trails will remain off limits. Major roadways, most trails and some restroom facilities will be accessible, but it's unclear when the Laurel Falls,...