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Christmas tree farmers aim to boost sales via social media

Dec. 11, 2018 6:37 PM EST

TUALATIN, Ore. (AP) — Rosa Villarreal's three young sons jumped and ran around the field of Christmas trees like jackrabbits, their excitement palpable as they raced from evergreen to evergreen. The boys, ages 2, 4 and 6, were picking out a real tree this year — a new tradition their young parents...

Courtyard gardens: a kind of paradise behind faded walls

Dec. 11, 2018 8:29 AM EST

SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE, Mexico (AP) — Step off the dusty cobblestone streets and peek behind nondescript, weather-worn, faded, even grimy brick facades, and encounter the startlingly beautiful courtyard gardens of this central Mexican colonial town. These oases of beauty and calm claim their roots in the...

Plant a tree: Milan's ambitious plans to be cleaner, greener

Dec. 9, 2018 7:40 AM EST

MILAN (AP) — If Italy's fashion capital has a predominant color, it is gray — not only because of the blocks of neoclassical stone buildings for which the city is celebrated, but also due to its often-gray sky, which traps pollution. But Milan now wants to shift its color palette toward green. The...

Missouri researchers share lessons from humongous fungus

Dec. 7, 2018 1:05 AM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — It was discovered nearly three decades ago. At the time, it was thought to be heavier than a blue whale, bigger than 23 football fields and more than 1,500 years old. The news of its discovery appeared in almost all the major media outlets and even made David Letterman's Top 10 list....

State: About 13 percent of Rhode Island forest trees dead

Dec. 6, 2018 12:18 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A combination of heat, drought and insect infestations have killed about 13 percent of trees in Rhode Island's forests since 2015, according to state environmental officials. The 45,000 to 50,000 acres of dead trees are concentrated across the western half of the state, from...

Sprucing up NYC: Rockefeller Center lights Christmas tree

Nov. 29, 2018 5:45 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A massive Norway spruce has been lit up in a tradition that ushers in Christmastime in New York City. Mayor Bill de Blasio flipped the switch Wednesday night to light the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree following a televised extravaganza that featured performances by Diana Ross and Tony...

South Korea sends insecticide to North to save pine trees

Nov. 28, 2018 9:42 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea sent about 50 tons of insecticide to North Korea on Thursday to help stop a pine tree disease from spreading. The move was the latest in a series of goodwill gestures between the rival Koreas to improve relations amid larger negotiations between Washington and...

Trumps light National Christmas Tree south of White House

Nov. 28, 2018 7:45 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the nation's capital. President Donald Trump led a countdown for the lighting of the National Christmas Tree on Wednesday, and first lady Melania Trump hit the switch to illuminate the decked-out spruce in President's Park, just south of the...

Dakota Access company says it complied with state settlement

Nov. 28, 2018 4:04 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Texas-based developer said it complied with the terms of a 2017 agreement settling allegations it violated North Dakota rules during construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline, but state regulators want more details. Energy Transfer Partners in October filed documents detailing...

Correction: Christmas Tree Supply story

Nov. 27, 2018 1:34 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — In a story Nov. 21 about a tight supply of Christmas trees, The Associated Press misidentified the location of a tree seller. Lovell's Florist and Nursery is in Medfield, not Medford, Massachusetts. A corrected version of the story is below: It may be harder to find the perfect...