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Cleanup, curfew and injuries following unrest in Florida

May. 31, 2020 1:31 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Deputies were recovering from injuries, nightly curfews were issued and the cleanup of smashed store windows began Sunday around Florida after a night of unrest throughout the state's cities that followed protests in response to the death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a black man who...

In this Sept. 12, 2019 photo, provided by Patsy Fulhorst-Kirtland, students at Yosemite Valley School work on their school newspaper in Yosemite National Park, Calif. Yosemite National Park has been closed to the public for nearly three months and a few dozen lucky kids have had it mostly to themselves. They are student journalists who put out the Yosemite Valley School newspaper, the product of one of America’s most historic and unique public schools.   (Patsy Fulhorst-Kirtland via AP)

Dispatches from Yosemite: Alone with the bears and beauty

May. 31, 2020 1:16 PM EDT

The glacier-carved valleys of Yosemite National Park have been closed to the public for nearly three months and a few dozen lucky kids have had it mostly to themselves. Locked down amid cascading waterfalls and giant sequoias, the kids and their families have passed afternoons hiking empty trails, rafting in the...

Cave Creek brush fire chars 1,200 acres; some homes burned

May. 31, 2020 12:47 PM EDT

CAVE CREEK, Ariz. (AP) — Crews appeared to be getting the upper hand on a brush fire that has charred 1.8 square miles in the town of Cave Creek, destroying at least 10 structures and forcing the evacuations of up to 500 people. Arizona State Forestry and Fire Management officials said the fire reported...

Successful deer hunters can now get ages from teeth data

May. 31, 2020 12:47 PM EDT

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife says successful deer hunters who submitted teeth from the animal they took can now learn the age of the deer. Successful rifle season hunters submitted a total of 2,489 teeth to the department. Combined with the 1,148 deer examined by...

FILE - In a Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018 photo, homes along the New River are flooded as a result of high tides and rain from hurricane Florence which moved through the area in Jacksonville, N.C. As hurricane season starts Monday, May 31, 2020, most of North Carolina’s coastal counties are grappling with shortfalls or concerns about equipment and resources as they balance the dual threat of tropical weather and the COVID-19 pandemic. All 20 counties in the state’s coastal management zone told the Associated Press that COVID-19 is factoring into hurricane preparations. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Virus hurts North Carolina counties' hurricane readiness

May. 31, 2020 12:45 PM EDT

As hurricane season starts Monday, most of North Carolina's coastal counties are grappling with shortfalls or concerns about equipment and resources as they balance the dual threat of tropical weather and the COVID-19 pandemic. All 20 counties in the state's coastal management zone told The Associated Press that...

FILE - This Jan. 30, 2020, file photo, shows members of the Mexican gray wolf recovery team preparing to load a wolf into a helicopter in Reserve, N.M., so it can be released after being processed during an annual survey. One Mexican gray wolf died after being caught in a trap in April and another was found dead in the wild, bringing the total to more than a dozen of the endangered predators that have died so far this year in New Mexico and Arizona. Environmentalists say a combination of lethal management by U.S. wildlife officials and private trapping is making it difficult to recover the species. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

Advocates question investigations used to target wolves

May. 31, 2020 12:34 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — An environmental group is raising questions about investigations into livestock kills by Mexican gray wolves in the southwestern U.S. The Western Watersheds Project has documented oddities, errors or conflicting details in more than two-thirds of the 117 investigations it reviewed from...

New England cod fishery restrictions in place this spring

May. 31, 2020 12:26 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Commercial fishing for Atlantic cod is limited by closures off the coast of New England this spring, federal fishing managers said. Cod were once the subject of one of the largest fisheries in the country, but it has collapsed after years of overfishing and is much smaller than it...

Residents, visitors, can guard against Emerald Ash Borer

May. 31, 2020 12:08 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire forest officials are reminding residents and visitors that they can take steps to help slow the spread of an invasive pest that destroys ornamental and forest ash trees. First identified in the state in 2013, the emerald ash borer can be found in all New Hampshire...

A man rides a bicycle while holding an umbrella as rain from Tropical Storm Bertha flooded a few streets in Charleston, S.C., Wednesday, May 27, 2020. (Matthew Fortner/The Post And Courier via AP)

Outbreak means new challenges for SC hurricane preparations

May. 31, 2020 11:11 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina has already been affected by one named storm before the official start of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, but state and county officials say this year's preparations have been a bit different thanks to the unique challenges presented by the coronavirus outbreak....

Mississippi Emergency Management Agency head Greg Michel answers reporters' questions during a governor's news conference outside the Governor's Mansion, regarding the current situation of COVID-19 and coronavirus in the state and discussing Mississippi's ongoing response to slow the spread, Tuesday, March 24, 2020 in Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi emergency leaders: Add masks to hurricane prep

May. 31, 2020 10:45 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Emergency management officials in Mississippi say that as coastal states face a double threat from hurricane season and the new coronavirus, people need to add masks and other personal protective gear to their severe weather preparation kits. Shelters will be open, with new guidance...