Parks

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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July 25, 2017 - 5:07 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - The Buffalo Common Council on Tuesday passed legislation which would outlaw the use of tobacco products at all City of Buffalo parks with the exception of designated smoking areas. It was one of the major agenda items addressed by the common council in their its final meeting...
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March 08, 2017 - 12:52 am
NEW YORK (AP) — For several hours, Lady Liberty didn't shine so brightly. The famed The Statue of Liberty was temporarily in the dark Tuesday night after what a spokesman calls an "unplanned outage." WCBS-TV reports ( http://cbsloc.al/2mDMjds ) the statue was dark except for the crown and torch...
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March 02, 2017 - 8:55 am
EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) — The National Park Service has been closing a road in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in Pennsylvania so mating amphibians don't get squashed by vehicles as they seek out mates. Park Ranger Kathleen Sandt tells WNEP-TV ( http://bit.ly/2mwODmT ) that River...
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