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Driving road tests resume, but not tourist trains in NH

Jun. 1, 2020 4:50 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Merrimack Valley High School students will get to drive across the finish line at New Hampshire Motor Speedway during a special graduation ceremony later this month, and the state has resumed road tests for new drivers. But tourists hoping to explore the state by train are still out of...

More than 16,000 acres around Gulf of Maine to be protected

Jun. 1, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An outdoor group will use $1 million in federal funds to conserve more than 16,000 acres around the Gulf of Maine. Appalachian Mountain Club will receive the money from the North American Wetlands Conservation Act and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, officials said. The conservation...

Maryland bike shops shift into higher gear during pandemic

May. 31, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Memorial Day was no holiday for Joe Traill. The owner of Joe’s Bike Shop in Mount Washington and his staff of six employees experienced a deluge of customers, bike orders and repairs on May 25. “We have shortened hours, and it seemed like it only compressed a day’s...

In this May 25, 2020 photo, an American Airlines jet is seen parked on the tarmac at Colorado's Eagle County Airport in Gypsum, Colo., before departing on a 29-mile flight to Aspen, the shortest commercial jet flight in the country. The U.S. Department of Transportation is allowing American to cancel the route, which it was forced to fly to meet federal rules in a $58 billion coronavirus stimulus package for airlines (Jason Blevins/The Colorado Sun via AP).

Virus created the country's shortest commercial jet flight

May. 30, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

GYPSUM, Colo. (AP) — The rental cars are stacked bumper-to-bumper. Hundreds of them wedged into two parking lots. The rest of the airport lots are deserted. Fewer than two dozen cars are scattered across the sprawling asphalt outside the Eagle County Regional Airport. Inside the recently expanded terminal,...

Man mauled by grizzly bear in critical, stable condition

May. 29, 2020 12:56 PM EDT

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A grizzly bear has mauled a mountain biker on a trail near the Spanish Peaks Mountain Club in southern Montana, causing severe injuries to his face and neck. Peter Scherfig was biking alone on his 61st birthday Monday when he was attacked, the Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported. He was...

Smokies nonprofit to hold virtual firefly event on YouTube

May. 27, 2020 3:06 AM EDT

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — The annual lottery to see the synchronous fireflies of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park may be canceled this year due to the coronavirus, but a Smokies-based nonprofit will be offering a virtual firefly event. Discover Life in America is collaborating with firefly...

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, members of a Chinese surveying team head for the summit of Mount Everest, also known locally as Mt. Qomolangma, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. The Chinese government-backed team plans to summit Mount Everest this week at a time when the world's tallest peak has been closed to commercial climbers. (Tashi Tsering/Xinhua via AP)

Chinese team summits Everest amid bid to remeasure peak

May. 27, 2020 2:29 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese survey team on Wednesday became the first and perhaps only group to climb Mt. Everest this year, part of a project to remeasure the exact height of the world's tallest mountain. The ascent, reported by Chinese state media, comes after both China and Nepal canceled the spring...

Mount Hood National Forest to reopen most trailheads Friday

May. 26, 2020 6:32 PM EDT

MOUNT HOOD, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s tallest mountain will reopen for recreation over two months after trailheads and day-use areas were closed amid the coronavirus pandemic. Most developed recreation sites will reopen Friday, according to Mount Hood National Forest officials. Some sites will remain...

UP county expanding parking at popular Lake Superior lookout

May. 26, 2020 7:22 AM EDT

MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) — A popular lookout that offers a pleasing view of Lake Superior has become too popular: Sugarloaf Mountain in the Upper Peninsula needs more parking. Marquette County commissioners last week agreed to spend $331,000 for improvements, The Mining Journal reported. More than 60,000...

Boy killed in utility vehicle crash in Pembina County

May. 26, 2020 6:58 AM EDT

MOUNTAIN, N.D. (AP) — A 10-year-old boy has died in a utility terrain vehicle crash in northeastern North Dakota. The crash happened shortly before 4 p.m. Monday just south of Mountain in Pembina County, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol. The boy was driving the side-by-side UTV on a gravel...