Plea deals suggested for DC teenagers involved in a deadly armed carjacking

U.S. 04/03/21, 20:07

Warning: The video in this story below is extremely graphic and may disturb some viewers. Plea deals are being suggested for the two teenage girls who have been charged with the carjacking and murdering of an Uber Eats driver outside of Nationals Park in Washington D.C.  The victim was identified as Mohammad ...

10-year-old Colorado girl ‘overwhelmed’ after Yosemite climb

U.S. 06/19/19, 17:55

A 10-year-old Colorado girl scaled Yosemite National Park's El Capitan and may have become the youngest person to climb one of the most celebrated and challenging peaks in the world.Selah Schneiter of Glenwood Springs, Colorado, completed the 3,000-foot (910 meters) climb of the vertical rock formation with the help of ...

New Alaska park bridge aimed at limiting bear encounters

U.S. 06/14/19, 16:20

The National Park Service has completed a project to relieve an Alaska traffic jam.A new elevated bridge and boardwalk across the Brooks River in Katmai National Park and Preserve has replaced a river-level bridge that was often closed to human tourists because it was occupied by locals — brown bears.The ...

Report finds Grand Canyon tourists buoyed nearby communities

U.S. 05/29/19, 00:06

A new report from the National Park Service says areas surrounding the Grand Canyon benefited last year from millions of tourism dollars.Grand Canyon National Park officials say the report found the 6.3 million people who visited in 2018 spent $947 million in communities near the park.They say that spending helped ...

Yellowstone National Park visitors spent $513M in 2018

Business 05/28/19, 13:37

A federal report shows visitors to Yellowstone National Park spent nearly $513 million in neighboring communities last year.The report last week from the National Park Service indicates the spending by the park's 4.1 million visitors supported nearly 7,100 jobs in the area in 2018.According to the report, the more than ...

Weathered Winchester rifle found in Nevada park has new home

U.S. 05/26/19, 10:05

A 137-year-old rifle found five years ago leaning against a juniper tree in Great Basin National Park in Nevada is now part of an exhibit dedicated to the "Forgotten Winchester" at the park visitor center near the Utah border.The weathered Winchester Model 1873 is in a case designed to capture ...

US challenges part of ruling that blocked grizzly bear hunts

U.S. 05/24/19, 18:58

U.S. officials asked a federal appeals court on Friday to overturn part of a judge's ruling that blocked the first grizzly bear hunts in the Lower 48 states in almost three decades.The case before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals involves more than 700 grizzly bears in and around ...

Chimpanzees spotted cracking open tortoises for meat

Europe 05/23/19, 08:46

Scientists have observed wild chimpanzees tucking into an unusual snack: tortoises, whose hard shells they crack against tree trunks before scooping out the meat.In a paper published Thursday by the journal Scientific Reports, researchers from Germany say the behavior they spotted dozens of times in a group of chimpanzees at ...

Judge: No site permit needed for refinery near national park

U.S. 05/15/19, 15:19

A North Dakota judge has ruled that regulators properly refrained from getting involved in a dispute over the location of an $800 million oil refinery planned near Theodore Roosevelt National Park, sparing developers from a potentially lengthy delay in construction.The Public Service Commission last year declined to review whether the ...

New museum opening at Statue of Liberty

U.S. 05/14/19, 08:06

A new museum opening at the Statue of Liberty is giving visitors another opportunity to explore its history and the impact the iconic structure has had on the world.The 26,000-square-foot (2,415-square-meter) museum on Liberty Island, scheduled to open to the public on Thursday, is the new home for the statue's ...

Noisy Yellowstone geyser roars back to life after 3 years

U.S. 05/13/19, 15:35

A noisy geyser in Yellowstone National Park has roared back to life after three years of quiet.Ledge Geyser is one of the biggest in Yellowstone's Norris Geyser Basin.The Billings Gazette reports the geyser shoots hot water at an angle up to 125 feet (38 meters) high and a distance of ...

Red-legged frogs thriving in Yosemite after long absence

U.S. 05/06/19, 14:42

Red-legged frogs made famous by Mark Twain are thriving in Yosemite Valley after a decades-long absence.Ecologists this spring found clusters of eggs in meadows and ponds, proof of the first breeding by the frogs in Yosemite since 2017, when adult red-legged frogs were reintroduced after a 50-year absence, Yosemite National ...

Isle Royale moose population surges during wolf decline

U.S. 04/30/19, 10:00

Moose are thriving at Isle Royale National Park, but the trees on which they feast are paying a heavy price, scientists reported Tuesday.An estimated 2,060 of the lumbering beasts roam the island wilderness, according to a report by Michigan Technological University researchers who spend weeks there each winter observing the ...

Beto O’Rourke unveils climate plan with Yosemite as backdrop

2020 Campaign 04/29/19, 08:37

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke has announced his first major policy initiative, a $5 trillion plan to combat climate change that he says will keep the Earth from sliding past the point of no return in less than a generation. The former Texas congressman unveiled his proposal on Monday before a ...

Woman who fell to her death at the Grand Canyon identified

U.S. 04/24/19, 20:12

Authorities have identified an Arizona woman who died after falling over the edge of the South Rim at Grand Canyon National Park.Park officials say 69-year-old Cynthia Ackley fell about 200 feet (61 meters) Tuesday afternoon. She lived in the Phoenix suburb of Peoria.It was the second over-the-edge death this month ...

Lead kills 1st Yellowstone golden eagle fitted with tracker

U.S. 04/15/19, 17:35

The first golden eagle in Yellowstone National Park fitted with a tracking device has died of lead poisoning, likely after consuming bullet fragments while scavenging the remains of an animal killed by a hunter, officials said Monday. Wearing a GPS unit like a backpack, the adult, female eagle had flown outside ...

Report: Pollution still drifting into Rocky Mountain Park

Enviroment 04/11/19, 15:34

Harmful nitrogen pollution is still drifting onto fragile, high-elevation ecosystems in Rocky Mountain National Park from Colorado highways, power plants and livestock operations, state and federal agencies said.Nitrogen pollution was 38% higher than the 2017 target level, according to a draft report released Wednesday by the Colorado health department, the ...

US lawmakers seek to protect national park in New Mexico

U.S. 04/09/19, 11:39

Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation are renewing a call for the creation of a formal buffer around a national park held sacred by Native Americans.A measure reintroduced Tuesday would prevent future leasing or development of minerals on federally-owned land within a 10-mile (16-kilometer) radius of Chaco Culture National Historical ...

Reintroduced California condors could reach Oregon

Enviroment 04/05/19, 16:02

A plan to reintroduce the California condor to the Redwood National Forest could mean the giant raptors will eventually repopulate Oregon's Rogue Valley as well, a newspaper reported Friday.Northern California's Yurok Tribe, the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently issued a detailed plan for the ...

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