Proposed grizzly bear protection settlement heads to judge

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The state Land Board on Monday approved a proposed lawsuit settlement between Montana and three conservation groups that would protect grizzly bears while still allowing logging in two state...

Illinois' history museum is latest target in political fight

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The skeleton of a massive mastodon, thousands of Native American artifacts and a giant shark could be the next casualties in an increasingly ugly fight over Illinois' state budget that has...

Japan bids adieu to landmark that hosted presidents, stars

TOKYO (AP) — The Hotel Okura, a favored Tokyo lodging for U.S. presidents, movie stars and other celebrities, is closing the doors of its landmark half-century-old main building on Monday to make way for a pair of...

850k DC-area residents expected to travel for Labor Day

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 850,000 people in the Washington metro area are expected to celebrate Labor Day by traveling 50 miles or more.

AAA Mid-Atlantic said Monday that it expects 850,700 people in the...

Smoky Mountains appealing to visitors not to leave mark

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Officials at Great Smoky Mountains National Park are asking visitors to refrain from leaving their mark on the park.

Rangers say graffiti detracts from the park's natural beauty and...

Ginseng harvest permits available Tuesday in Boone Forest

WINCHESTER, Ky. (AP) — People interested in harvesting ginseng from the Daniel Boone National Forest may obtain a permit this week.

Permits are $20, and holders may collect up to 1 pound of green, non-dried...

White House renames Mount McKinley as Denali on eve of trip

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration will change the name of North America's tallest mountain peak from Mount McKinley to Denali, the White House said Sunday, a major symbolic gesture to Alaska Natives on the...

Poland's mixed feelings over memorial to rescuers of Jews

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — As a Catholic Pole, Elka shouldn't even have been in the ghetto of Czestochowa, in southern Poland. But the nanny was so devoted to the 12-year-old Jewish boy she had raised since infancy that...