Outdoor recreation

January 20, 2018 - 8:39 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. government shutdown had an instant impact on two of the world's top tourist destinations: the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. The National Park Service announced that both New York sites would be closed Saturday "due to a lapse in appropriations." Late Friday, the...
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FILE - In this photo March 22, 2013, file photo, the exterior of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) building in Washington. There’s plenty that won’t get done if thousands of federal employees are barred from working until dysfunctional Washington agrees on a plan to restore funding. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
January 20, 2018 - 1:36 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government shutdown only partially curbs operations. But the longer the shutdown continues, the more likely its impact will be felt. U.S. troops will stay at their posts and mail will get delivered, but almost half of the 2 million civilian federal workers will be...
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Extra shirts hang inside of a senator's vehicle as the Capitol dome is reflected on Capitol Hill as a bitterly-divided Congress hurtles toward a government shutdown this weekend, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
January 20, 2018 - 1:23 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government shutdown began at midnight Friday as Democrats and Republicans failed to resolve a standoff over immigration and spending. Here's a look at what the parties are fighting over and what it means to shut down the government. ___ WHAT ARE LAWMAKERS FIGHTING ABOUT?...
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Extra shirts hang inside of a senator's vehicle as the Capitol dome is reflected on Capitol Hill as a bitterly-divided Congress hurtles toward a government shutdown this weekend, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
January 19, 2018 - 6:37 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A standoff between Democrats and Republicans has the federal government on the brink of shutting down. Here's a look at what the dispute is about and what will happen if it isn't resolved by midnight Friday. ___ WHAT ARE LAWMAKERS FIGHTING ABOUT? Since the end of the fiscal year...
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FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2009 file photo, former Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles, center, accompanied by Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., left, and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, gestures while speaking to members of the media following their meeting at the White House in Washington. A U.S. Interior Department official has reacted harshly to the resignation of most members of a board that advises it on national parks. Knowles chaired the congressionally authorized board until Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, the Democrat and eight others on the 12-member board sent a resignation letter, saying their requests to meet as prescribed in law have been disregarded. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais,File)
January 17, 2018 - 8:00 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A U.S. Interior Department official on Wednesday blasted the resignation of most members of a board that advises it on national parks, suggesting the move was politically motivated and their work was flawed. Todd Willens, associate deputy secretary of the department,...
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FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2009 file photo, former Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles, center, accompanied by Rep. Jay Inslee, D-Wash., left, and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, gestures while speaking to members of the media following their meeting at the White House in Washington. A U.S. Interior Department official has reacted harshly to the resignation of most members of a board that advises it on national parks. Knowles chaired the congressionally authorized board until Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, the Democrat and eight others on the 12-member board sent a resignation letter, saying their requests to meet as prescribed in law have been disregarded. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais,File)
January 17, 2018 - 7:21 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A U.S. Interior Department official on Wednesday blasted the resignation of most members of a board that advises it on national parks, suggesting the move was politically motivated and their work was flawed. Todd Willens, associate deputy secretary of the department,...
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Anti-Trump protesters line the sidewalks as President Donald Trump's motorcade returns to Mar-a-Lago in West Palm Beach, Fla., Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, after Trump played golf at Trump International Golf Club. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
January 15, 2018 - 3:51 pm
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump marked his first Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday Monday largely out of sight, buffeted by accusations that he used a racially tinged word to describe African countries and scoffed at the suggestion of admitting more Haitians to the U.S...
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In this June 2, 2016 photo, Heidi Lilley speaks about her arrest the previous week, for going topless at Weirs Beach in Laconia, N.H. The state Supreme Court is expected to hear a case as early as January 2018 that could settle the debate over whether women should be allowed to go topless in New Hampshire. The case pertains to Lilley and two other women who were ticketed over the 2016 Memorial Day weekend at Weirs Beach. (Geoff Forester/Concord Monitor via AP)
January 13, 2018 - 11:11 am
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — In a case that pits freedom of expression and equality against public decency, three women are challenging a New Hampshire city ordinance prohibiting public nudity and taking it to the state's highest court. Heidi Lilley, Kia Sinclair and Ginger Pierro were ticketed in 2016 in...
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In this June 2, 2016 photo, Heidi Lilley speaks about her arrest the previous week, for going topless at Weirs Beach in Laconia, N.H. The state Supreme Court is expected to hear a case as early as January 2018 that could settle the debate over whether women should be allowed to go topless in New Hampshire. The case pertains to Lilley and two other women who were ticketed over the 2016 Memorial Day weekend at Weirs Beach. (Geoff Forester/Concord Monitor via AP)
January 13, 2018 - 11:08 am
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Three women part of the Free the Nipple campaign who were ticketed for going topless at a New Hampshire beach are taking their fight to the state's highest court. Heidi Lilley, Kia Sinclair and Ginger Pierro are challenging an ordinance in the city of Laconia prohibiting public...
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January 12, 2018 - 12:02 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Scientists say a 199-mph (320-kph) gust that blasted a mountaintop at the Alpine Meadows ski resort last February was the strongest wind ever recorded in California. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday it was also the strongest non-tornado wind in...
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