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This May 2020, photo provided by the National Park Service shows mountain lion kitten P-54's and a den of kittens found in the Santa Monica Mountains. A boom in mountain lion births has occurred this summer in the Santa Monica Mountains and Simi Hills west of Los Angeles. Thirteen kittens were born to five mountain lion mothers between May and August, according to the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. (National Park Service via AP)

Southern California sees summer of mountain lion kittens

Sep. 3, 2020 12:38 PM EDT

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — A mountain lion baby boom has occurred this summer in the Santa Monica Mountains and Simi Hills west of Los Angeles. Thirteen kittens were born to five mountain lion mothers between May and August, according to the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. It’s...

FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2019, file photo a Pennsylvania State Trooper pauses in front of the Wall of Names at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa. before a Service of Remembrance as the nation marks the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. The Wall of Names honor the 40 people killed in the crash of Flight 93. Both President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden will commemorate the 19th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks in rural Pennsylvania where one of the hijacked planes crashed in a field. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Trump, Biden will both mark 9/11 anniversary in Shanksville

Sep. 2, 2020 7:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Both President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden will commemorate the 19th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks in rural Pennsylvania where one of the hijacked planes crashed in a field, the White House and Biden's campaign announced Wednesday. It was not immediately clear...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, speaks in Wilmington, Del., Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, about school reopenings. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The Latest: Biden to see Blake family in visit to Kenosha

Sep. 2, 2020 5:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 presidential campaign (all times local): 5:30 p.m. Joe Biden plans to meet with family members of Jacob Blake, the Black man from Wisconsin who was shot by police on Aug. 23. The Democratic presidential nominee plans to travel to Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Thursday to...

Kimberly Guilfoyle speaks as she tapes her speech for the first day of the Republican National Convention from the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The Latest: Guilfoyle says she's a 1st-generation American

Aug. 25, 2020 12:14 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In her Republican National Convention speech, Kimberly Guilfoyle described herself as a first-generation American, citing her mother's Puerto Rican roots. But Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory, and its residents are U.S. citizens. Guilfoyle, a Trump campaign adviser and the girlfriend of...

FILE- In this May 25, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump depart after participating in a Memorial Day ceremony at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore. A forklift has damaged a brick walkway at the iconic national monument Fort McHenry, where Republicans were building a stage for Vice President Mike Pence’s appearance for the party’s national convention, a National Park Service spokeswoman said Monday, Aug. 24. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Forklift damages Fort McHenry walkway ahead of Pence speech

Aug. 24, 2020 9:06 PM EDT

A forklift has damaged a brick walkway at the iconic national monument Fort McHenry, where Republicans were building a stage for Vice President Mike Pence’s appearance for the party’s national convention, a National Park Service spokeswoman said Monday. A national parks advocacy group expressed...

FILE - In this July 17, 2014, file photo, the historic Arlington House mansion is seen at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. A northern Virginia congressman is pursuing legislation to remove  Confederate Gen. Robert E.Lee's name from the official designation of the historic mansion where he lived before the Civil War. The home, overlooking the nation's capital and surrounded by Arlington National Cemetery, is a National Park Service site officially known as “Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial.” (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

Congressman seeks to end park's designation as Lee memorial

Aug. 20, 2020 9:26 AM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A northern Virginia congressman is pursuing legislation to remove Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's name from the official designation at the historic mansion where he lived before the Civil War. The home, overlooking the nation's capital and surrounded by Arlington National...

FILE - In this June 19, 2020 file photo, the Rev. Al Sharpton addresses the crowd at a Juneteenth rally in Tulsa, Okla. A national commemoration of the 1963 civil rights March on Washington is being reconfigured to comply with coronavirus protocols in the District of Columbia. This comes amid widespread protests and unrest over the police killings of Black Americans. Although many marchers will arrive via charter buses from surrounding communities on Aug. 28, the Rev. Al Sharpton will ask others to join satellite marches in states that are considered hot spots for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

March on Washington reconfigured to comply with virus rules

Aug. 18, 2020 1:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid widespread protests and unrest over the police killings of Black Americans, a national commemoration of the 1963 civil rights March on Washington is being reconfigured to comply with coronavirus protocols in the District of Columbia. Although many marchers will arrive via charter...

Popular tourist sites on the Navajo Nation can reopen soon

Aug. 14, 2020 11:32 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Popular tourist destinations on the Navajo Nation, including Canyon de Chelly, can welcome back tourists Monday under the tribe's reopening plan. Much of the Navajo Nation has been closed since March as the coronavirus swept through the reservation that extends into New Mexico, Utah...

FILE - In this March 6, 2019, file photo, is Alcatraz Island in San Francisco. Alcatraz Island will reopen its outdoor areas to the public next week after being closed for five months due to the pandemic. The Mercury News reports Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, the island that once housed Al Capone and George

Alcatraz to reopen after monthslong closure due to pandemic

Aug. 13, 2020 8:08 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Alcatraz, the infamous former island prison off San Francisco, will reopen its outdoor areas to the public next week after being closed for five months because of the pandemic. The island, which once housed Al Capone and George “Machine Gun Kelly," will reopen Monday. But it...

President Donald Trump poses for a photo during a signing ceremony for H.R. 1957 –

Park service gets new chief as new cash flows from Congress

Aug. 7, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

Interior Secretary David Bernhardt announced on Friday the surprise replacement of the 30-year parks veteran running the National Park Service, naming one of his advisers to run the agency instead as it begins to help divvy up a new, multi-billion dollar annual bequest from Congress. David Vela had been the...