US lacks Latino historical sites and landmarks, scholars say

Texas 10/14/18, 11:30

A makeshift to Hispanic Civil War Union soldiers memorial in isolated northern New Mexico is a typical representation for sites linked to U.S. Latino history: It's shabby, largely unknown and always at risk of disappearing.Across the United States, many sites historically connected to key moments in Latino civil rights lie ...

Officials broach idea of charging for National Mall protests

Politics 10/13/18, 01:28

The National Park Service is exploring whether to require protest organizers to pay for the cost of providing law enforcement and other support services for demonstrations held in the nation's capital.The proposed rule also could shrink a significant portion of the sidewalk outside the White House that is accessible to ...

Refinery near national park avoids potential big roadblock

U.S. 10/10/18, 09:59

North Dakota regulators decided Wednesday that they don't have authority to wade into a dispute over the site of an oil refinery being developed near Theodore Roosevelt National Park, eliminating a potential big roadblock for the $800 million project.The 3-0 vote by the Public Service Commission was based on a ...

Nepal says its tiger population has almost doubled from 2009

Enviroment 10/07/18, 05:05

Officials say the number of tigers roaming the jungles of Nepal has nearly doubled because of initiatives from the government, conservationists and local authorities who have worked for years to increase the tiger population in the Himalayan nation.Gopal Prakash Bhattarai of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation said ...

Update: Melania Trump dances with kids, feeds elephants

World 10/05/18, 08:03

The Latest on Melania Trump's visit to Africa (all times local):2:50 p.m.First lady Melania Trump with Margaret Kenyatta, Kenya's first lady, pets a baby elephant the at David Sheldrick Elephant & Rhino Orphanage at Nairobi National Park in Nairobi, Kenya, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Mrs. Trump is visiting Africa on ...

Melania Trump visits Kenyan national park, plans safari

World 10/04/18, 21:20

Melania Trump is visiting a national park in Kenya to highlight animal conservation efforts. The U.S. first lady arrived at Nairobi National Park on Friday to learn about steps the east African nation is taking to conserve elephants and rhinos. She'll also go on a quick safari. Mrs. Trump plans to visit ...

Zinke expected to OK block on mining claims near Yellowstone

U.S. 10/04/18, 11:18

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has scheduled a visit next week to Montana, where he's expected to finalize a proposal to block new mining claims on the forested public lands just outside Yellowstone National Park.Zinke, a former Montana congressman, plans to sign documents and make a "major announcement" about conservation ...

Judge’s ruling may remove roadblock to oil refinery

U.S. 10/04/18, 11:06

A North Dakota judge has finalized his recent conclusion that state regulators don't have a say in the site of an $800 million oil refinery being developed near Theodore Roosevelt National Park, potentially clearing a major roadblock for the project.An attorney for one of the environmental groups challenging the project ...

Environmental groups question refinery near national park

U.S. 10/02/18, 14:43

Environmental groups opposing the site of an oil refinery being developed near Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota want a judge to reconsider his recent recommendation that state regulators dismiss the groups' challenge.Administrative Law Judge Patrick Ward in a nonbinding ruling last month said the Public Service Commission ...

High court denies review of Grand Canyon-area mining ban

Enviroment 10/01/18, 20:26

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a ban on the filing of new mining claims around the Grand Canyon but environmentalists said they are keeping a close eye on actions by the Trump administration they fear could lead to a reversal of the ban.The Obama administration put ...

Rwanda fee hike to visit gorillas leads to drop in tourists

Africa 09/28/18, 05:26

Gorilla tourism is an important income source for Rwanda, but a recent increase in permit fees for safaris meant a steep decline in visitors.Now fees have been reduced by 30 percent for the low season in the hope that visitors will return.Earlier this year the WWF conservation group said the ...

2 wolves moved from mainland to Isle Royale National Park

Science 09/27/18, 15:26

Officials have relocated two gray wolves from the mainland to Isle Royale National Park, kicking off a multiyear effort to restore the predator species on the Lake Superior island chain.The National Park Service says a 4-year-old female and a 5-year-old male were flown to the park Wednesday from the Grand ...

Blocked US grizzly hunts fuel call for species law changes

U.S. 09/26/18, 11:17

A court ruling that blocked grizzly bear hunts in the U.S. West carries far wider political implications amid a push by Congress for sweeping changes to how imperiled species are managed.The ruling restored protections for more than 700 grizzlies in and around Yellowstone National Park. It will likely force federal ...

Judge restores energy lease on Montana land sacred to tribes

Science 09/25/18, 15:50

A judge reinstated an oil and gas lease on land in northwestern Montana considered sacred to some tribes in the U.S. and Canada — a ruling that could test the depths of the Trump administration's support for the energy industry.President Barack Obama's Interior Department improperly canceled the nearly 10-square-mile (26-square-kilometer) ...

Judge restores protections for grizzly bears, blocking hunts

U.S. 09/24/18, 19:46

A U.S. judge ordered federal protections restored for grizzly bears in the Northern Rocky Mountains on Monday, a move that blocks the first grizzly hunts planned in the Lower 48 states in almost three decades.Wyoming and Idaho had been on the cusp of allowing hunters to kill up to 23 ...

National park in Hawaii reopens after monthslong eruption

U.S. 09/22/18, 16:43

A national park in Hawaii has reopened after being closed for more than four months because of Kilauea volcano's latest eruption, which caused widespread damage to park infrastructure and dramatically changed its landscape. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park officials said there were no lines or waiting for visitors to catch a glimpse ...

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