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Crews work to replace drainage pipes at the Oktibbeha County Lake dam in Starkville, Miss., as heavy rains cause water levels to rise, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. In eastern Mississippi, officials in Starkville said the water at Oktibbeha County Lake had once again reached a critical level just weeks after heavy rains caused a mudslide that put the earthen dam in danger of failing. (Ryan Phillips/The Starkville Daily News via AP)

Hill collapses, roads flooded, dam eroded by Southern rains

Feb. 11, 2020 7:39 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A Tennessee hillside collapsed, roads were flooded and rivers were rising across the Southeast on Tuesday after a day of heavy rains that once again threatened a Mississippi lake where a dam previously was in danger of failing. The National Weather Service said minor to moderate...

Phone data leads to rescue of kayaker missing in Everglades

Feb. 4, 2020 6:49 AM EST

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — A kayaker who went missing during a solo trip in the Florida Everglades was found alive after his cell phone washed up on a riverbank and authorities were able to recover data showing where he'd been. A helicopter crew then spotted Mark Miele, 67, and led a marine unit to his location,...

Officials find missing kayaker in Florida Everglades

Feb. 3, 2020 5:54 PM EST

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — A Virginia man who went missing while kayaking in the Florida Everglades was found alive Monday, authorities said. A helicopter crew spotted Mark Miele, 67, and led a marine unit to his location, the Collier County Sheriff's Office posted on Facebook. He was being treated Monday...

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2015, file photo, people dine outside the Ahwahnee hotel in Yosemite National Park, Calif. Federal health officials are inspecting Yosemite National Park's food service areas after at least a dozen people have fallen ill with stomach issues. The National Park Service and the U.S. Public Health Service told the San Francisco Chronicle they launched an investigation after employees and visitors reported the problems in January 2020. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

Stomach illness outbreak at Yosemite prompts major clean-up

Jan. 10, 2020 7:46 PM EST

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Federal health officials are inspecting Yosemite National Park's food service areas after at least a dozen people have fallen ill with stomach issues. The National Park Service and the U.S. Public Health Service told the San Francisco Chronicle they launched an...

US judge rules survivors can sue over deadly Tennessee fire

Jan. 8, 2020 5:23 AM EST

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Survivors of a historically deadly Tennessee wildfire that killed 14 people can sue the National Park Service for failing to warn them of the danger, a federal judge has ruled. The fire began in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Gatlinburg over Thanksgiving week in 2016....

Man missing at Grand Canyon for 11 days has been found alive

Jan. 2, 2020 5:08 PM EST

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — A man who had been missing at the Grand Canyon for 11 days has been found alive. National Park Service officials say 58-year-old Martin Edward O'Connor of La Porte, Texas, was located Thursday morning and flown out of the canyon in a helicopter. O’Connor was...

Jeffrey Shanks, an archaeologist with the National Park Service, visits an unmarked slave cemetery on Dec. 16, 2019, at the Capital City Country Club in Tallahassee, Fla.  Shanks earlier this year brought in ground-penetrating radar and two cadaver-sniffing dogs to investigate if long-told stories about a cemetery at the golf course are true. His search indicates that there are at least 40 graves near the 7th hole tee. (AP Photo/Bobby Caina Calvan)

Slave cemetery poses questions for Florida country club

Dec. 26, 2019 8:27 AM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The rumors swirled for decades: A dark history long lay buried under the grassy knolls and manicured lawns of a country club in Florida's capital city. Over the years, neat rows of rectangular depressions along the 7th fairway deepened in the grass, outlining what would be...

Human bones found in Joshua Tree park; no signs of foul play

Dec. 23, 2019 8:27 AM EST

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Park rangers found human bones in a remote areas of Southern California's Joshua Tree National Park, the park service said. There are no initial signs of foul play, but an investigation is ongoing, according to a news release from the National Park Service over the...

FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2019 file photo people visit Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California's Mojave Desert. Joshua Tree National Park is gearing up for the huge crowds drawn to the Southern California desert during the holidays. The National Park Service says the period from late December through Jan. 1 brings some of the busiest days, and campgrounds and parking lots will likely be full. At times, the park becomes drive-through-only because there are no more parking spaces. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong,File)

Joshua Tree National Park braces for crowds amid holidays

Dec. 20, 2019 6:16 PM EST

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Joshua Tree National Park is gearing up for the huge crowds drawn to the Southern California desert during the holidays. The National Park Service says the period from late December through Jan. 1 brings some of the busiest days, and campgrounds and parking lots...

Bill introduced to redesignate Jimmy Carter historic sites

Dec. 20, 2019 2:15 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Some historic places in former President Jimmy Carter’s hometown may get more federal protection under a bill introduced by Georgia’s congressional delegation to give them a new designation. The legislation would reclassify the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site located in...