Park service gets new chief as new cash flows from Congress

Interior Secretary David Bernhardt announced on Friday the surprise replacement of the 30-year parks veteran running the National Park Service, naming one of his advisers to run the agency instead as ...

Grand Teton seeks goat cull help after canceled air shoot

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Grand Teton National Park is seeking volunteers to shoot nonnative mountain goats this fall after calling off a helicopter goat shoot amid criticism from Wyoming’s governor last ...

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

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed into law legislation that will devote nearly $3 billion annually to conservation projects, outdoor recreation and maintenance of national par...

3 Wyoming sightseeing balloons crash, as many as 20 injured

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Three sightseeing balloons crashed Monday in a popular western Wyoming tourist destination, injuring between 16 and 20 people, officials said. The balloons owne...

Bolivian coca cultivation jumped by 10% in 2019, UN says

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Coca cultivation jumped 10% in Bolivia in 2019, the final year of President Evo Morales' government, partly because of reduced eradication efforts amid rising social and politic...

Congress passes sprawling plan to boost conservation, parks

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan bill that would spend nearly $3 billion on conservation projects, outdoor recreation and maintenance of national parks and other public lands is on its way to the presid...

Lee descendant urges official removal of Confederate statues

Democratic lawmakers and others urged official removal of Confederate monuments at the center of a politically fraught national debate, saying Tuesday that slow action was leading protesters to try to...

Louisiana parish can move Confederate statue from courthouse

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The United Daughters of the Confederacy has agreed to let a north Louisiana parish move an ornate 30-foot-high (9-meter-high) Confederate monument from the courthouse grounds to pri...

Statue of colonialist Cecil Rhodes is beheaded in Cape Town

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Activists in South Africa have beheaded a statue of British colonialist Cecil Rhodes, a 19th century diamond magnate who became wealthy through the labor of Black miners and then l...

New Orleans' 1st Black subdivision officially historic

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The first subdivision built for middle- and upper-class Black residents of New Orleans — and one of the first in the nation — is now on the National Register of Historic Places. ...

Zimbabwe bird sanctuary has 400 species, not enough tourists

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A fish eagle swoops over the water to grab a fish in its talons and then flies to its nest. Nearby are a martial eagle, a black eagle, an Egyptian vulture and...

Housing market heats up, cruise industry in murky waters

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Wednesday related to the national and global response, the work place and t...

Botswana investigates 'mysterious deaths' of 275 elephants

GABORONE, Botswana (AP) — Botswana says it is investigating a staggeringly high number of elephant carcasses — 275 — found in the popular Okavango Delta area of the southern African nation in recent w...

Zimbabwe reopens wildlife parks, restaurants in relaxation

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe has reopened its national parks to the public and allowed restaurants to serve food within their premises, some relief for the country's hospitality sector struggling ...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump hypes bid to stem monument vandalism

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's persistent see-no-evil posture on coronavirus testing — if you don't look for the virus, the cases go away — defies both science and street sense. Yet he too...