The Latest: Union arbitration override fails in Ill. House

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The latest on action at the state Capitol, where the Illinois House is expected to consider overriding Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of union-related legislation and other measures (all times...

Hiker who died at Grand Canyon was studying riparian plants

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — A hiker who fell to his death at the Grand Canyon was a U.S. Geological Survey researcher studying riparian vegetation.

Grand Canyon National Park spokeswoman Emily...

Near DC, Virginia's Middleburg offers wine country getaway

MIDDLEBURG, Va. (AP) — Virginia is home to more than 250 wineries, from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Chesapeake Bay. The state's Middleburg area, in Loudoun County, has two dozen wineries alone, and it's so...

In climate bid, Obama stares down melting Alaska glacier

SEWARD, Alaska (AP) — President Barack Obama stared down a melting glacier in Alaska on Tuesday in a dramatic use of his presidential pulpit to sound the alarm on climate change.

From a distance, Exit Glacier...

Migrant tempers fray as Hungary blocks trains for 2nd day

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Tempers flared among the thousands trapped in a makeshift refugee camp in the heart of Budapest on Wednesday as Hungary played hardball with its unwelcome visitors for a second day,...

New campground opens at Maine's Acadia National Park

WINTER HARBOR, Maine (AP) — Federal officials and conservationists celebrated the opening of a new campground at Acadia National Park.

The roughly 1,400-acre Schoodic Woods Campground opened on Wednesday....

US official in Nevada highlights kids in parks campaign

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The nation's top Interior Department official led a delegation of schoolchildren to a scenic national area outside Las Vegas on Wednesday to highlight a federal "Every Kid in a Park"...

National parks seeing huge spikes in visitation this summer

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Visitors heading to the Grand Canyon lately know they are going to get two things when they arrive: breathtaking views and long waits, whether it is to get into the national...