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New River Gorge National River visitor center hours change

Dec. 12, 2019 4:36 AM EST

GLEN JEAN, W.Va. (AP) — Visitor center hours have changed for the season at West Virginia's New River Gorge National River, the National Park Service said. Sandstone Visitor Center was closed Monday and will remain closed through the spring. Canyon Rim Visitor Center in Lansing will remain open daily from...

White Sands monument closer to gaining national park status

Dec. 11, 2019 7:58 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A national monument in southern New Mexico is one step closer to being re-designated as a national park. The U.S. House on Wednesday approved a defense spending measure that includes language to boost the classification of White Sands National Monument. President Donald Trump has...

Archives tell Yellowstone's story with millions of records

Dec. 11, 2019 2:22 PM EST

LIVINGSTON, Mont. (AP) — Most people first entering the historical archives at Yellowstone National Park see long shelves of mute-colored boxes. But for Yellowstone National Park Archivist Anne Foster, those boxes — and the treasures they hold — are a thing of beauty. “Most people just...

New Zealand releases 9 names of volcano victims

Dec. 11, 2019 2:15 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Police released on Wednesday the names of nine people missing in New Zealand's volcano disaster. They are seven Australian tourists who made a day trip to White Island from a cruise ship that had left Sydney a few days earlier and two tour guides from New Zealand. Police said...

California's Paso Robles area offers wine-tasters variety

Dec. 11, 2019 1:16 PM EST

PASO ROBLES, California (AP) — Winemakers around this central California city can grow a mind-boggling variety of grapes thanks to a wide diversity of microclimates. Visitors can take a tasting tour of European varietals — from Italy and Spain as well as France’s Rhone and Bordeaux regions....

Raphael show with famous Madonna paintings opens in Berlin

Dec. 11, 2019 10:13 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Berlin is opening the first of three Raphael exhibitions this week as the art world celebrates the 500th anniversary of the Renaissance master's death next year. Five paintings of the Virgin Mary and her son that are usually not exhibited in the same space are all on display in one room at...

Oregon QB Herbert wins Campbell Trophy, top scholar-athlete

Dec. 10, 2019 9:45 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert has won the William V. Campbell Trophy, which honors college football's top scholar-athlete. Herbert was announced as the winner Tuesday night at the National Football Foundation's awards banquet and College Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony at a...

Richmond gets a new soaring statue, this one with dreadlocks

Dec. 10, 2019 8:54 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A massive bronze sculpture of a young black man with dreadlocks astride a muscular horse was permanently installed Tuesday in Virginia’s capital city, not far from one of the country’s most prominent displays of Confederate monuments. Thousands of people crowded the lawn...

Increased activity on New Zealand volcano stymies recovery

Dec. 10, 2019 7:27 PM EST

WHAKATANE, New Zealand (AP) — Experts said geothermal activity on a New Zealand volcanic island increased significantly on Wednesday, dealing a blow to relatives waiting for crews to recover the bodies that remain there following a deadly eruption two days earlier. Volcanic tremors rose in the morning,...

Baby white rhino gets name, frolics in mud at San Diego zoo

Dec. 10, 2019 6:32 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A white rhino born last month at San Diego Zoo Safari Park has been named Future for what the calf represents to rhino conservation worldwide, officials said. The baby is bonding with her mother and frolicking in a maternity yard left wet by recent storms. “Future’s new...