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Tribes, environmentalists battle copper mine in Arizona

May. 19, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

SONOITA, Ariz. (AP) — Scenic State Highway 83 gently curves through southeastern Arizona's wine country, past waves of blond grass dotted with orange-tipped ocotillo plants before the dark Santa Rita Mountains loom into view. The Milepost 44 pullout offers a panorama of the range in the Coronado National...

2 Indian mountaineers killed in Nepal, 2 others missing

May. 17, 2019 6:55 AM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Two mountaineers have died on Nepal's famous Himalayan peaks, while another two climbers were missing, officials said Friday. Indian climber Ravi Thakar, 28, died Thursday while he sleeping in his tent at Mount Everest's highest camp site, according to Thaneswar Guragai of the Seven...

Basque militant ETA chief arrested after 17 years on the run

May. 16, 2019 3:34 PM EDT

SALLANCHES, France (AP) — A longtime chief of the Basque militant separatist group ETA was arrested Thursday in a French Alps town after being on the run for 17 years, Spanish authorities said, proudly announcing the capture of a man accused of crimes against humanity. José Antonio Urruticoetxea...

Sherpa climber scales Mount Everest for record 23rd time

May. 15, 2019 2:12 AM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Sherpa climber Kami Rita scaled Mount Everest on Wednesday for a 23rd time, breaking his own record for the most successful ascents of the world's highest peak. Rita reached the summit with other climbers Wednesday morning and all of them were reported to be safe, said Gyanendra...

Authorities ID hiker killed in Appalachian Trail attack

May. 14, 2019 10:32 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — An Oklahoma man was stabbed to death in an attack on the Appalachian Trail in southwestern Virginia, federal authorities said Tuesday. The FBI and U.S. Attorney Thomas Cullen said 43-year-old Ronald S. Sanchez Jr. died of injuries he received Saturday. James Jordan of West Yarmouth,...

Explorer recounts making the deepest ocean dive in history

May. 14, 2019 9:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Taking the hours-long journey to what is believed to be the deepest point mankind has visited in any ocean was a complicated one, and for Victor Vescovo, it meant being constantly on the alert as he monitored his state-of-the-art vessel. But when he reached 10,928 meters into the Challenger...

Mount Everest climbing season gets underway in Nepal

May. 14, 2019 6:28 AM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A team of Nepalese guides on Tuesday became the first expedition to scale Mount Everest during this year's climbing season, setting the ropes for the hundreds of climbers who will follow. Nepal's Department of Tourism said the specially chosen team of expert guides fixed ropes up to...

Injured snowboarder, climbing partner rescued off Denali

May. 13, 2019 7:02 PM EDT

TALKEETNA, Alaska (AP) — An injured snowboarder and a climbing partner were rescued off North America's tallest mountain four days after the climber was injured in a snowboarding accident. Denali National Park's helicopter pilot and rangers conducted the airlift of the two climbers Sunday off the mountain...

Judge orders psych evaluation for Appalachian Trail suspect

May. 13, 2019 6:29 PM EDT

For the past couple of weeks, hikers along the Appalachian Trail had been warning each other about a hiker who was threatening other hikers with a large knife. The man, who used the trail nickname of "Sovereign," was arrested in Tennessee last month after some hikers reported him to authorities. But he was...

Judge orders psych evaluation for Appalachian Trail suspect

May. 13, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

For the past couple of weeks, hikers along the Appalachian Trial had been warning each other about a hiker who was threatening other hikers with a large knife. The man, who used the trail nickname of "Sovereign," was arrested in Tennessee last month after some hikers reported him to authorities. But he was...