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FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2015, file photo, people dine outside the Ahwahnee hotel in Yosemite National Park, Calif. Federal health officials are inspecting Yosemite National Park's food service areas after at least a dozen people have fallen ill with stomach issues. The National Park Service and the U.S. Public Health Service told the San Francisco Chronicle they launched an investigation after employees and visitors reported the problems in January 2020. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

Stomach illness outbreak at Yosemite prompts major clean-up

Jan. 10, 2020 7:46 PM EST

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Federal health officials are inspecting Yosemite National Park's food service areas after at least a dozen people have fallen ill with stomach issues. The National Park Service and the U.S. Public Health Service told the San Francisco Chronicle they launched an...

US judge rules survivors can sue over deadly Tennessee fire

Jan. 8, 2020 5:23 AM EST

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Survivors of a historically deadly Tennessee wildfire that killed 14 people can sue the National Park Service for failing to warn them of the danger, a federal judge has ruled. The fire began in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Gatlinburg over Thanksgiving week in 2016....

Man missing at Grand Canyon for 11 days has been found alive

Jan. 2, 2020 5:08 PM EST

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — A man who had been missing at the Grand Canyon for 11 days has been found alive. National Park Service officials say 58-year-old Martin Edward O'Connor of La Porte, Texas, was located Thursday morning and flown out of the canyon in a helicopter. O’Connor was...

Jeffrey Shanks, an archaeologist with the National Park Service, visits an unmarked slave cemetery on Dec. 16, 2019, at the Capital City Country Club in Tallahassee, Fla.  Shanks earlier this year brought in ground-penetrating radar and two cadaver-sniffing dogs to investigate if long-told stories about a cemetery at the golf course are true. His search indicates that there are at least 40 graves near the 7th hole tee. (AP Photo/Bobby Caina Calvan)

Slave cemetery poses questions for Florida country club

Dec. 26, 2019 8:27 AM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The rumors swirled for decades: A dark history long lay buried under the grassy knolls and manicured lawns of a country club in Florida's capital city. Over the years, neat rows of rectangular depressions along the 7th fairway deepened in the grass, outlining what would be...

Human bones found in Joshua Tree park; no signs of foul play

Dec. 23, 2019 8:27 AM EST

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Park rangers found human bones in a remote areas of Southern California's Joshua Tree National Park, the park service said. There are no initial signs of foul play, but an investigation is ongoing, according to a news release from the National Park Service over the...

FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2019 file photo people visit Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California's Mojave Desert. Joshua Tree National Park is gearing up for the huge crowds drawn to the Southern California desert during the holidays. The National Park Service says the period from late December through Jan. 1 brings some of the busiest days, and campgrounds and parking lots will likely be full. At times, the park becomes drive-through-only because there are no more parking spaces. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong,File)

Joshua Tree National Park braces for crowds amid holidays

Dec. 20, 2019 6:16 PM EST

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Joshua Tree National Park is gearing up for the huge crowds drawn to the Southern California desert during the holidays. The National Park Service says the period from late December through Jan. 1 brings some of the busiest days, and campgrounds and parking lots...

Bill introduced to redesignate Jimmy Carter historic sites

Dec. 20, 2019 2:15 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Some historic places in former President Jimmy Carter’s hometown may get more federal protection under a bill introduced by Georgia’s congressional delegation to give them a new designation. The legislation would reclassify the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site located in...

Security stands guard outside the main gate at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, in Hawaii, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. A shooting at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in Hawaii left at least one person injured Wednesday, military and hospital officials said. Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam spokesman Charles Anthony confirmed that there was an active shooting at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)

Pearl Harbor shooting unfolded in 23 seconds in packed area

Dec. 6, 2019 11:50 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Navy sailor who fatally shot two people at Pearl Harbor before killing himself was unhappy with his commanders and had been undergoing counseling, a military official said Friday. Gabriel Romero, 22, also faced non-judicial punishment, which is a lower-level administrative process...

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump attend the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at the Ellipse near the White House in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Trump lights National Christmas Tree in holiday tradition

Dec. 5, 2019 5:43 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump helped light the National Christmas Tree on Thursday, taking part in a nearly century-old holiday tradition in the nation’s capital. The lighthearted honor for presidents, going back to Calvin Coolidge, came on an otherwise difficult day in Trump's...