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...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's see-no-evil posture on coronavirus

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...

Where's Markey? Senator misses dozens of votes in pandemic

BOSTON (AP) — When the U.S. Senate gathered to debate a major, bipartisan bill aimed at spending nearly $3 billion on conservation projects last week, just two senators failed to cast votes. ...

Charleston votes to remove statue of slavery advocate

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Officials in the historic South Carolina city of Charleston voted unanimously Tuesday to remove a statue of former vice president and slavery advocate John C. Calhoun from a do...

Black bird watchers draw attention to racial issues outdoors

Jason Ward fell in love with birds at age 14 when he spotted a peregrine falcon outside the homeless shelter where he was staying with his family. The now 33-year-old Atlanta bird l...

Charleston expected to remove statue of slavery advocate

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Officials in the historic city of Charleston, South Carolina, are expected to vote Tuesday for the removal of a statue of former vice president and slavery advocate John C. Calho...