• Bill would name wilderness area for late Gov Hammond

    Yesterday

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's U.S. senators have introduced legislation to rename a wilderness area after the late former Gov. Jay Hammond. The bill, from Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, would name 2.6 million acres of wilderness in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve as the...

  • Forest Service extends comment period on BWCA land swap

    Yesterday

    DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service is giving the public more time to weigh in on a proposal to swap state-owned land within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area for federal land elsewhere in the Superior National Forest. Citing high public interest, the Forest Service has extended...

  • San Diego's SeaWorld reopens sea lion show

    Published: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — SeaWorld in San Diego has reopened its sea lion and otter show, three weeks after closing it so the trainers could help save starving sea animals. U-T San Diego (http://bit.ly/1GvODWo ) says the show reopened Thursday. It was closed on March 6 to allow six animal...

  • Museum to mark Vietnam Veterans Day with play, other events

    Published: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The N.C. Museum of History is marking Vietnam Veterans Day with a program that includes a play, a chance to meet the people who fought in the war and personal memorabilia that includes uniforms, weapons and gear. The program is scheduled to begin on Friday and...

  • Forest service fielding applications for conservation corps

    Published: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    CAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — The White Mountain National Forest Service is seeking applications from teens who want to jobs on its Youth Conservation Corps. The YCC is a summer work program for those ages 15-18 who want to perform much needed conservation work on public lands. Forest rangers...

  • Businesses back Maine national park plan east of Baxter park

    Published: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A group of more than 200 Maine business owners say they support the creation of a national park and recreation area on 150,000 acres east of Baxter State Park. The businesses sent letters to Maine's congressional delegation on Thursday urging support for the...

  • Arkansas House backs changes to lottery-funded scholarships

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas House has approved two major changes to the way lottery-funded scholarships are awarded. By a 64-23 vote, the House approved legislation that would cut the scholarships incoming freshmen would receive and base eligibility solely on standardized...

  • Alone at controls, co-pilot sought to 'destroy' the plane; victims were screaming in terror

    Associated Press
    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    PARIS — The co-pilot of the Germanwings jet barricaded himself in the cockpit and "intentionally" rammed the plane full speed into the French Alps, ignoring the captain's frantic pounding on the cockpit door and the screams of terror from passengers, a prosecutor said Thursday. In a...

  • Mexico double-transplant patient eyes US humanitarian entry

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — A young Mexican man who is urgently trying to travel to the Mayo Clinic for a double-organ transplant has filed a third application for entry into the United States after twice being denied a visa. Jose Chua, 20, who suffers from a life-threatening condition, was...

  • Mentally stable at 38,000 feet: Can you trust your pilot?

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Airline pilots are supposed to be the ones we trust. They greet us at the door of the plane in their crisp, military-style uniforms, then welcome us aboard with that familiar soothing drawl over the PA system as we buckle ourselves in. When there's turbulence, they...

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