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With key deals, Uganda’s nascent oil sector nears maturity

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda, Tanzania and French oil company Total signed agreements Sunday on building a heated pipeline to carry crude oil from...

Interior secretary steps into Utah public lands tug-of-war

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — For decades, a public lands tug-of-war has played out over a vast expanse of southern Utah where red rocks...

It’s cherry blossom season, but DC isn’t ready to open up

WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials in the nation's capital are watching the crowds as cherry blossom season begins in earnest. ...

Scientists: Grizzlies expand turf but still need protection

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Grizzly bears are slowly expanding the turf where they roam in parts of the northern Rocky Mountains but need continued...

Mountain lion in California study likely killed by vehicle

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A mountain lion that was part of a federal study in the Los Angeles region died of injuries likely caused...

NTSB calls for more safety oversight of air tour operators

Federal safety officials are making another push for stricter oversight of air tour operators and hot-air balloon rides after several deadly crashes in recent...

High court won’t hear fishermen case against ocean monument

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from a fishing group that challenged the creation of a large federally...

Haaland OK’d at Interior, 1st Native American Cabinet head

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Monday confirmed New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland as interior secretary, making her the first Native American to lead...

Facing critics, Total to minimize oil work in Uganda park

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The French oil company Total says it will limit its work to extract oil from a Ugandan national park to...

Joshua Tree National Park expects spring to bring crowding

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — The National Park Service is expecting the high popularity of Joshua Tree National Park to continue this...

Malcolm X’s boyhood home in Boston gets historic designation

BOSTON (AP) — Malcolm X’s boyhood home in Boston was added to the National Register of Historic Places. ...

Collins to back Haaland for Interior, sealing her approval

WASHINGTON (AP) — Maine Sen. Susan Collins said Wednesday she will support New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland to be Interior secretary, the first Republican...

Smokies sees more than 12M visitors despite virus closure

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Despite closing for more than a month because of COVID-19, Great Smoky Mountains National Park experienced its second busiest year...

USDA puts brakes on land transfer for Arizona copper mine

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Biden administration is pulling back an environmental review that had cleared the way for a parcel of federal land...

Tribes have high hopes as Haaland confirmation hearing nears

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Deb Haaland stood with fellow tribal members protesting an oil pipeline outside a reservation in North Dakota, advocated for protecting...

Deaths highlight once-in-a-decade Rockies avalanche danger

DENVER (AP) — The deaths of two Colorado men caught in avalanches and a third in Montana over the frigid Presidents Day weekend show...

Congo’s Virunga Park announces year’s 1st gorilla birth

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Congo’s Virunga National Park has announced the birth of a male gorilla, the first baby this year for the park...

Apaches’ fight over Arizona copper mine goes before US court

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Apache tribal members made emotional pleas Wednesday in federal court to try to prevent what could become the largest copper...

In early going, Biden floods the zone with decrees

WASHINGTON (AP) — Modern American presidents have found that a good way to get off to a fast start in office is to issue...

Biden to review Trump’s changes to national monuments

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — President Joe Biden said Wednesday he plans to review the Trump administration's downsizing of two sprawling national monuments in...

6 rangers killed in latest attack at Congo’s Virunga park

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Gunmen have killed at least six rangers in Virunga National Park, the latest attack in the part of eastern Congo...

Lava spatters, flows inside crater of Hawaii volcano

HONOLULU (AP) — Lava spattered and flowed over the weekend inside the crater of a Hawaii volcano that began erupting in December. ...

Travel guide with 2021 twist: Writers laud American places

Sixteen notable writers have created a combined list of places that they believe helped shape and define America, from coastal Oregon and Solvang, California,...

Lava lake forms as Hawaii volcano erupts after 2-year break

HONOLULU (AP) — Lava was rising more than 3 feet (1 meter) per hour in the deep crater of a Hawaii volcano that began...

Visit by COVID-infected official closes Washington Monument

The Trump administration abruptly closed the Washington Monument over exposure concerns from a recent visit by Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, who tested positive this...

Tokyo Games sponsors pay $3.3 billion, but more still needed

TOKYO (AP) — Domestic sponsors already have contributed a record $3.3 billion to help pay for the Tokyo Olympics. That's at least twice as...

Pearl Harbor dead remembered in ceremony shrunk by pandemic

HONOLULU (AP) — U.S. servicemen and women and National Park Service officials gathered at Pearl Harbor on Monday to remember those killed in the...

Protesters against tunnel close UK’s prehistoric Stonehenge

LONDON (AP) — The prehistoric monument of Stonehenge in southern England was closed to visitors Saturday after dozens of protesters staged a trespass against...

Report: Climate change damaging more World Heritage sites

GENEVA (AP) — Climate change is increasingly damaging the U.N.’s most cherished heritage sites, a leading conservation agency warned Wednesday, reporting that Australia’s Great...

New migration maps serve as tools to help big game in West

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The life-or-death journey made by mule deer during the second-longest big game migration in North America came down to their...

Sen. Alexander nears finish line of decades in public office

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — More than four decades ago, Lamar Alexander won a ticket to the governor's mansion after he walked more than 1,000...

Land conservation plan stirs fight over Trump restrictions

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Proposed land conservation purchases in dozens of states would preserve more natural areas within tourist destinations, U.S. officials announced Friday,...

National Park Service faces $270M wrongful death claim

DENVER (AP) — The family of a women's rights activist from Uganda has filed a more than $270 million wrongful death and personal injury...

1st woman free-climbs El Capitan’s Golden Gate route in day

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Rock climber Emily Harrington has become the first woman, and fourth person, to free-climb the Golden Gate route...

After wolves rebound across US West, future up to voters

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — The saucer-sized footprints in the mud around the bloody, disemboweled bison carcass were unmistakable: wolves. ...

Road, logging restrictions to end in largest national forest

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The federal government announced plans Wednesday to lift restrictions on logging and building roads in a pristine rainforest in Alaska...

National Park Service names superintendent for Yosemite

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) — The National Park Service announced Tuesday it has selected park service veteran Cicely Muldoon as the new permanent superintendent...

Nagorno-Karabakh fighting rages as US hosts talks

STEPANAKERT, Nagorno-Karabakh (AP) — Heavy fighting raged Friday over Nagorno-Karabakh even as top diplomats from Armenia and Azerbaijan visited Washington for negotiations on settling...

Researchers discover fossils of new species in Arizona

PETRIFIED FOREST NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Researchers have discovered fossils of a tiny burrowing reptile among a vast expanse of petrified wood in...

‘Black Spartacus,’ Beatles book vie for nonfiction prize

LONDON (AP) — Books about a Haitian revolutionary, The Beatles and the brain are finalists for Britain’s leading nonfiction literary award. ...

US officials: Climate change not a threat to rare wolverine

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. wildlife officials are withdrawing proposed protections for the snow-loving wolverine after determining the rare and elusive predator is not...

Groups decry proposal to roll back Alaska forest protections

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service is proposing to exempt the country’s largest national forest from a ban on timber harvests and...

Park IDs hunter killed by grizzly bear in Alaska as Ohio man

COPPER CENTER, Alaska (AP) — The hunter killed by a grizzly bear last weekend in a remote part of Alaska's Wrangell-St. Elias National Park...

Another mountain lion found dead on California freeway

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Another mountain lion was found dead Wednesday on a Southern California freeway, prompting autthorities to say it was likely the...

California accepts petition to protect western Joshua tree

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The western Joshua tree will be considered for protection under the California Endangered Species Act because of threats from climate...

330 elephants in Botswana may have died from toxic algae

GABORONE, Botswana (AP) — The sudden deaths of some 330 elephants in northwestern Botswana earlier this year may have occurred because they drank water...

Whale swims free of crocodile-filled Australian river

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A humpback whale has found its way back to sea weeks after it got lost in a murky, crocodile-infested river...

Tribes’ ancestral remains return home to American Southwest

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Tribal leaders have reburied the remains of their ancestors that were taken more than a century ago from what's now...

Southern California sees summer of mountain lion kittens

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP)...

Forklift damages Fort McHenry walkway ahead of Pence speech

A forklift has damaged...

The Latest: Scott hails progress made in America on race

WASHINGTON (AP) — South...

Trump to withdraw Pendley’s nomination as public lands chief

SEATTLE (AP) — President...

Alcatraz to reopen after monthslong closure due to pandemic

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) —...

6 French citizens, 2 guides killed by gunmen at giraffe park

NIAMEY, Niger (AP) —...

Trump signs $3B-a-year plan to boost conservation, parks

WASHINGTON (AP) — President...

3 Wyoming sightseeing balloons crash, as many as 20 injured

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) —...

Suit: North Dakota refinery developer owes workers wages

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) —...

Lee descendant urges official removal of Confederate statues

Democratic lawmakers and others...

The Latest: Global death toll for pandemic now above 600,000

Johns Hopkins University says...

Conservation groups upset by North Cascades grizzly decision

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) —...

California condors seen in Sequoia after nearly 50 years

SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif....

California woos in-state travelers with safety campaigns

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) —...

Zimbabwe reopens wildlife parks, restaurants in relaxation

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) —...

California woman gored multiple times by Yellowstone bison

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo....

Cape Cod officials warn of white sharks ahead of July Fourth

WELLFLEET, Mass. (AP) —...

Hard-hit tribe takes strict steps as virus surges in Arizona

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) —...

Yosemite won’t reopen some campgrounds amid virus concerns

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif....

Health officers sound alarm as California economy reopens

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) —...

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