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In this photo provided by the Burke County Rescue Squad, a member of the  Burke County Rescue Squad rescues a dog trapped 30 feet (9 meters) down in a sinkhole, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, at Pisgah National Forest in Morganton, N.C. The dog was not injured, but was starving and dehydrated, according to the rescuers.  (Burke County Rescue Squad via AP)

Dog trapped in 30-foot hole lured to safety with beef jerky

Sep. 22, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

MORGANTON, N.C. (AP) — A group of mountain bikers on a North Carolina trail spotted a dog trapped 30 feet (9 meters) down in a sinkhole — and it took a salty snack and some straps to lift him to safety. The group was riding the Sinkhole Trail at Pisgah National Forest, about 50 miles (80 kilometers)...

Virginia ski resort announces winter season reopening plan

Sep. 21, 2020 7:12 AM EDT

NELLYSFORD, Va. (AP) — A ski resort in Virginia has announced that it expects to reopen for the winter season with precautions in place amid the coronavirus pandemic. Wintergreen Resort in Nellysford plans to open on Dec. 11 with social distancing, capacity limits and a mandatory mask mandate in place,...

New sports field, 5K trail at Livingston County's new park

Sep. 21, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

GENOA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Farmer Raymond Fillmore had a vision for the 198 acres he owned along McClements and Kellogg roads in Genoa Township. In 2006, Fillmore’s trust willed his land to Livingston County with a set of instructions. He wanted it to be a park with active recreation, like sports...

Georgia snorkeler attacked by shark in Florida Keys

Sep. 20, 2020 5:10 PM EDT

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — A 30-year-old snorkeler from Atlanta, Georgia was attacked by a shark in the Florida Keys on Sunday. Andrew Eddy was in a private boat with his family, exploring the reefs at Sombrero Key Light when he was bitten on the shoulder by a bull shark, Monroe County Sheriff's officials said....

In this Nov. 28, 2019 photo, racers take off at the start of the 2019 Drumstick Dash 5K Race and Family Walk in downtown Roanoke, Va. on Thanksgiving Day.  Virtual racing is increasingly part of the new normal as communities and event directors try to continue offering an outlet for those who want the fun or personal challenge of getting across the (now online) finish line.  (Heather Rousseau/The Roanoke Times via AP)

Virtual races keep runners, nonprofit budgets, on track

Sep. 20, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Molly Bullington wasn’t sure what to expect when she went live with that first event in June. The owner of Blue Ridge Racing reasoned if she could get 200 or 300 people to sign up, it’d be a runaway success. Her Roanoke-based firm specializes in the hectic work of...

South Carolina's oldest city gets long awaited river park

Sep. 19, 2020 10:55 AM EDT

CAMDEN, S.C. (AP) — For the first time in more than a century, the public has access to the Wateree River in South Carolina's oldest city. Camden opened the new $1.4 million Camden Riverfront Environmental Park on Wednesday. The park became possible after the closing of a wastewater lagoon along the...

Work underway on trail bridge over Vermont's Winooski River

Sep. 19, 2020 10:18 AM EDT

EAST MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Work is underway on the construction of trail bridge over the Winooski River between East Montpelier and Berlin. The 200-foot (60-meter) bridge is a central piece of a larger project to build miles of new trail connecting the Montpelier bike path, according to the Cross Vermont...

Dale Crafts, Republican candidate for Maine's 2nd Congressional District, parachutes in tandem with instructor Owen Ross, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Millinocket, Maine. Crafts was struck by a car while riding a motorcycle at age 25, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Paraplegic US House candidate skydives for veterans

Sep. 18, 2020 3:46 PM EDT

MILLINOCKET, Maine (AP) — A paraplegic man from Maine who is making a bid for the U.S. House brought the concept of campaign stunts to new heights Friday when he jumped out of an airplane in support of veterans. Republican Dale Crafts, a former state representative, made the jump from 11000 feet (3,350...

DNR asks thousands of hunters to participate in deer survey

Sep. 18, 2020 12:53 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources is asking thousands of deer hunters to record what they see in the woods this fall as part of the department’s largest-ever hunter survey to better understand why they’re passing up shots. The DNR plans to contact more than...

DNR estimates wolf population up about 13%

Sep. 17, 2020 4:27 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin wildlife officials estimate that the state's wolf population has increased by about 13%. The Department of Natural Resources said Thursday that surveys put the overwinter population between 1,034 and 1,057 wolves. The 2018-19 estimate was 914 to 978 wolves. Modeling indicates...