Land management

Los Angeles Fire Department Fire Arson Counter-Terrorism investigators check a burned out homeless camp after a brush fire erupted in the hills in Elysian Park in Los Angeles Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. The National Weather Service said extreme fire danger conditions could last through the weekend due to lack of moisture along with a likely increase in wind speeds. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
December 15, 2017 - 10:52 pm
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Calming winds Friday gave firefighters a chance to gain ground against a huge wildfire in coastal mountains northwest of Los Angeles but the blaze continued to surge west, endangering thousands of homes, as forecasts called for a renewal of gusty winds. The so-called...
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FILE - In this July 30, 2017, file photo, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke speaks during a news conference near Gold Butte National Monument in Bunkerville, Nev. Newly released records show Zinke spent more than $53,000 on three helicopter trips this summer. Records released by the Interior Department show Zinke spent more than $39,000 on a July helicopter tour above two national monuments in Nevada. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP)
December 14, 2017 - 5:24 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than one-third of employees at the Interior Department said they were harassed or discriminated against in the previous year, the department said Thursday as it released a report on workplace conditions at the sprawling agency. Results from an anonymous survey of the...
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December 14, 2017 - 4:59 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York officials say they'll sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency if it certifies General Electric Co.'s $1.7 billion Superfund cleanup of the upper Hudson River is complete. Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, both Democrats, say Thursday that...
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December 14, 2017 - 4:54 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York officials say they'll sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency if it certifies General Electric Co.'s $1.7 billion Superfund cleanup of the upper Hudson River is complete. Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, both Democrats, say Thursday that...
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FILE - In this April 10, 2015 file photo, Monte Rio volunteer firefighter Gabriela Gibson sprays down hot spots on a half-acre fire in timber above Monte Rio, Calif., after a controlled burn crossed containment lines and wind blew embers in to the timber. California’s seemingly endless cycle of wildfires is helping drive plans to do more “controlled burns” that thin forests choked with dead trees and withered underbrush that if left unchecked can feed monster blazes that force entire communities to flee, destroy homes and take lives. The goal for 2018 is to burn at least 20,000 acres and to clear another 20,000 by crews using chain saws, bulldozers and other machinery. (Kent Porter/Santa Rosa Press Democrat via AP, File)
December 14, 2017 - 3:21 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — California's seemingly endless cycle of wildfires is prompting authorities to make plans to set more "controlled burns" to thin forests choked with dead trees and withered underbrush that serves as kindling to feed monster blazes that force entire communities to flee, destroy...
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December 14, 2017 - 12:21 am
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The federal government is recommending reducing the commercial fishing quota for butterfish by more than 40 percent in the coming year. Butterfish are small fish that are used for food and bait. They're caught along the East Coast. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric...
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December 14, 2017 - 12:17 am
PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (AP) — The federal government is recommending reducing the commercial fishing quota for butterfish by more than 40 percent in the coming year. Butterfish are small fish that are used for food and bait. They're caught along the East Coast. The National Oceanic and...
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December 10, 2017 - 7:56 am
SCHUYLERVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — A new fight is simmering over General Electric's legacy of toxic pollution as the company seeks to close the books on a $1.7 billion cleanup of the upper Hudson River. The focus now is whether children are safe playing in parks and backyards that are prone to frequent...
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Firefighters light backfire while trying to keep a wildfire from jumping Santa Ana Rd. near Ventura, Calif., on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
December 09, 2017 - 7:32 pm
FALLBROOK, Calif. (AP) — A week of destructive fires in Southern California is ending but danger still looms. Well into what's considered the wet season, there's been nary a drop of rain. That's good for sun-seeking tourists, but could spell more disaster for a region that emerged this spring from...
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Firefighters monitor the Thomas fire as it burns through Los Padres National Forest near Ojai, Calif., on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
December 09, 2017 - 6:12 pm
FALLBROOK, Calif. (AP) — A week of destructive fires in Southern California is ending but danger still looms. Well into what's considered the wet season, there's been nary a drop of rain. That's good for sun-seeking tourists, but could spell more disaster for a region that emerged this spring from...
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