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Crews watching weather as wildfire burns near sequoias

Sep. 18, 2021 04:36 AM EDT

THREE RIVERS, Calif. (AP) — Crews were watching the weather this weekend as they battled California wildfires that have burned into some groves of gigantic ancient sequoias as they try to protect the world's largest tree. The National Weather Service issued a weather...

California wildfires burn into groves of giant sequoia trees

Sep. 17, 2021 21:16 PM EDT

THREE RIVERS, Calif. (AP) — California wildfires have burned into at least four groves of gigantic ancient sequoias in national parks and forests, though cooler weather on Friday helped crews trying to keep the flames away from a famous cluster containing the world’s largest tree. ...

Future of Lake Tahoe clarity in question as wildfires worsen

Sep. 16, 2021 20:18 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — When a wildfire crested the mountains near North America's largest alpine lake, embers and ash that zipped across a smoky sky pierced Lake Tahoe’s clear blue waters. The evacuation order for thousands to flee their homes has been lifted, but...

Louis Menand among nonfiction National Book Award nominees

Sep. 16, 2021 15:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Louis Menand's Cold War cultural history “The Free World” and Hanif Abdurraqib's meditation on Black artistry “A Little Devil in America” are among the works on the nonfiction longlist for the National Book Awards. On Thursday, the National Book...

Arizona interest in anti-mask school vouchers outpaces funds

Sep. 06, 2021 11:38 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A program announced by Arizona’s Republican governor last month to give private school vouchers to parents who object to campus mask requirements has seen applications surge, with twice as many either started or completed than can be funded with the $10 million in federal...

Online shopping, highways leading to Delaware warehouse boom

Sep. 04, 2021 09:02 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — In the largest buildings being constructed today in Delaware, nothing is made or sold. The need to store, sort and deliver products to customers is driving the state’s latest building boom. It’s a trend nationwide as e-commerce continues its...

Utah reconciling history with Indian Residential Schools

Sep. 04, 2021 08:07 AM EDT

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — Utah is just starting to reconcile its own history of Indian residential schools with the proposed excavation on the site of a former school in Panguitch that is believed to have over a dozen bodies of Native American children. There are six...

Kentucky touts arrests in fight against human trafficking

Sep. 01, 2021 13:01 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky sent a clear message of its commitment to track down human traffickers with a sting operation that rescued 21 victims and netted 46 arrests, state leaders said Wednesday. Results of the crackdown were highlighted by Gov. Andy Beshear,...

College hockey returns to Anchorage; Kraken get an assist

Aug. 31, 2021 20:01 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Hockey is returning to the University of Alaska Anchorage after donors, including the NHL’s newest team, raised over $3 million after the program was eliminated. “It’s a great day to be a Seawolf,” UAA chancellor Sean Parnell said...

Bull rider killed in 'freak' accident' during competition

Aug. 31, 2021 17:22 PM EDT

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A Brazilian bull rider was killed Sunday when his spur got caught in a rope, pulling him under the bull, and the animal stepped on his chest in California, according to the Professional Bull Riders touring group. Amadeu Campos Silva, 22, was...