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Inslee: Statewide effort to boost food bank supplies

Apr. 7, 2020 1:42 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A look at coronavirus-related developments in Washington: FOOD BANKS STRUGGLING Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday announced an effort to resupply Washington's food banks, which are running low due to the coronavirus outbreak. Inslee says because of increasing demand supplies at the state’s...

Dr. Angela Dunn, state epidemiologist from the Utah Department of Health, speaks during the daily COVID-19 coronavirus briefing Monday, April 6, 2020, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, Pool)

Bryce Canyon National Park closes; only 1 Utah park open

Apr. 7, 2020 12:55 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Bryce Canyon National Park in southern Utah became the latest park to close its gates to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The ongoing flow of visitors to a park known for its spire-shaped red rock formations known as hoodoos made it difficult to maintain proper social...

Travelers with their luggage walk past the Hankou railway station on the eve of its resuming outbound traffic in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Starting Wednesday, residents of Wuhan will be allowed to once again travel in and out of the sprawling city where the coronavirus pandemic began, ending an 11-week lockdown. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

China's virus pandemic epicenter Wuhan ends 76-day lockdown

Apr. 7, 2020 12:42 PM EDT

WUHAN, China (AP) — The lockdown that served as a model for countries battling the coronavirus around the world has ended after 11 weeks: Chinese authorities are allowing residents of Wuhan to once again travel in and out of the sprawling city where the pandemic began. As of just after midnight Wednesday,...

Tribal land known for waterfalls extends tourism closure

Apr. 7, 2020 12:14 PM EDT

SUPAI, Ariz. (AP) — A small northern Arizona reservation known for its blue-green waterfalls will remain closed to tourists through mid-May. The Havasupai Tribe passed a resolution Monday to extend the closure to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Anyone who has a permit to stay at the tribe's lodge...

Protest held over Honolulu park construction resumption

Apr. 7, 2020 11:25 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — About 20 protesters gathered in Honolulu after the city announced plans to resume construction of a new multipurpose field in a park known as Sherwood Forest. Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced Sunday on social media that construction would resume at Waimanalo Bay Beach Park on Monday....

This March 11, 2020 photo provided by the Bureau of Land Management shows the proposed route of the Keystone XL oil pipeline where it crosses into the U.S. from Canada in Phillips County, Mont. A Canadian company said Monday, April 6, 2020, that it's started construction on the long-stalled Keystone XL oil sands pipeline across the U.S.-Canada border, despite calls from tribal leaders and environmentalists to delay the $8 billion project amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Al Nash/Bureau of Land Management via AP)

Work starts in Montana on disputed Canada-US oil pipeline

Apr. 7, 2020 11:24 AM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Canadian company said Monday that it's started construction on the long-stalled Keystone XL oil sands pipeline across the U.S.-Canada border, despite calls from tribal leaders and environmentalists to delay the $8 billion project amid the coronavirus pandemic. A spokesman for TC...

Firefighter Elielson Silva plays his trumpet on the top of a ladder for residents cooped up at home, during a lockdown to help contain the spread of the new coronavirus in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, April 5, 2020. As he played in several Rio neighborhoods on Sunday, his final numbers were Brazil’s national anthem, then “Hallelujah.” (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Rio firefighter trades hose for horn to extinguish the blues

Apr. 7, 2020 11:15 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Decked out in full firefighting gear, Elielson Silva stands 150 feet above the ground atop a retractable ladder poking up from a red fire truck. His lofty perch is about as high as Rio de Janeiro's colossal Maracana soccer stadium behind him. Silva faces a row of apartment buildings...

ARCHIVO - En esta fotografía del 27 de octubre de 2019, el quarterback de los Panthers de Carolina Cam Newton en la banca durante la segunda mitad del partido de la NFL contra los 49ers de San Francisco, en Santa Clara, California. (AP Foto/Ben Margot, Archivo)

Cam Newton feels like 'fish out of water' as free agent

Apr. 7, 2020 10:20 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Cam Newton says he feels like a “fish out of a water” being a free agent for the first time in his nine-year NFL career. Newton said during a conversation with Oklahoma City Thunder guard Chris Paul on Instagram Live on Monday that being released by the Carolina...

Feds extend waiver on monitors for some East Coast fisheries

Apr. 7, 2020 2:15 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The federal government has extended a waiver on the requirement for at-sea monitors for some East Coast fisheries. Fishing boats often carry human observers, or at-sea monitors, to gather data that is important to the management of fisheries. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

Let's not add nuisance bears to list of problems, Maine says

Apr. 7, 2020 1:10 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine wildlife officials are asking residents to take precautions to avoid unwanted confrontations with black bears. The state has the largest population of black bears in the contiguous 48 states. Bears are awakening in the state, and they're hungry, which means sometimes they enter...