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As California thins forests to limit fire risk, some resist

Dec. 13, 2019 12:09 PM EST

SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS, Calif. (AP) — Buzzing chainsaws are interrupted by the frequent crash of breaking branches as crews fell towering trees and clear tangled brush in the densely forested Santa Cruz Mountains south of San Francisco. Their goal: To protect communities such as Redwood Estates, where...

'Shop early': US Christmas trees supplies tight, prices up

Dec. 13, 2019 6:50 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Customers searching for the perfect Christmas tree typically glance at Sandy Parsons’ limited offerings, then keep walking. Parsons never got her order for 350 trees from a North Carolina farm. Supplies were short, she was told. Instead, she was shipped some smaller ones...

Crash shines light on immigrants in Christmas tree workforce

Dec. 12, 2019 9:09 PM EST

GERVAIS, Ore. (AP) — It was nighttime when Pedro Lucas came home, clutching receipts showing he had paid a funeral home to have the bodies of three immigrant laborers returned to Guatemala from Oregon. The three, including two of Lucas' cousins, were killed when a pickup truck slammed into a van carrying...

Billings settles lawsuit after man struck by tree branch

Dec. 11, 2019 12:56 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The City of Billings has settled a lawsuit filed by a man who suffered severe injuries after being struck by a falling tree branch in a city park. Dave Myers settled his lawsuit for $370,000, The Billings Gazette reported. The city admitted no wrongdoing. The case had been scheduled...

Conservation groups make major land buy along Georgia coast

Dec. 8, 2019 10:28 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Conservation groups have purchased a swath of land in Georgia that they describe as one of the largest unprotected open space parcels along the southeast Atlantic coast. The Conservation Fund and Open Space Institute announced Friday that they had bought the 16,000-acre (65-square-kilometer)...

U of Minnesota center battles hungry invasive species

Dec. 7, 2019 1:06 AM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — In a war, it’s always better to coordinate forces. That’s the strategy of a center at the University of Minnesota — a single place to research ways to fight against invasive plants and insects in the state. The Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pest...

Cowboys for Trump group now says sand wasn't from monument

Dec. 6, 2019 7:27 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Iconic gypsum sand that the group Cowboys for Trump had said was from White Sands National Monument in New Mexico and was sent to Washington for the U.S. Capitol Tree lighting ceremony this week was actually gathered just outside the monument, one of the group's co-founders said...

Wisconsin governor lights 'holiday' tree; choir sings carols

Dec. 6, 2019 5:42 PM EST

Madison, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers lit the state Capitol's “holiday tree” while praising scientists as a choir sang Christmas carols Friday in an odd juxtaposition of the two sides of the ongoing debate over the tree's symbolism. The state Department of Administration places a...

California governor lights Capitol Christmas tree

Dec. 5, 2019 11:17 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom and his wife lit the Capitol Christmas Tree on Thursday with the help of a 10-year-old girl with Down syndrome. Newsom and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom were joined by Nayeli Lemus to light approximately 10,000 LED lights on the more than 66...

Trump lights National Christmas Tree in holiday tradition

Dec. 5, 2019 5:43 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump helped light the National Christmas Tree on Thursday, taking part in a nearly century-old holiday tradition in the nation’s capital. The lighthearted honor for presidents, going back to Calvin Coolidge, came on an otherwise difficult day in Trump's...