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China's H-6 bomber jets fly in formation past the sun during a parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of Communist China in Beijing, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. China's Communist Party is celebrating its 70th anniversary in power with a parade showcasing its economic development and newest weapons. The event marks the anniversary of the Oct. 1, 1949, announcement of the founding of the People's Republic of China by then-leader Mao Zedong. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
October 01, 2019 - 4:46 am
BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on the 70th anniversary of Communist Party rule in China (all times local): 4 p.m. A military parade marking the 70th anniversary of Communist rule in China wasn't open to the general public, but many gathered outside Beijing's train station to watch military jets fly...
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September 29, 2019 - 1:40 pm
CONGAREE NATIONAL PARK, S.C. (AP) — A timber company is selling some swamp and forest land to a conservation group that hopes to donate the land to the Congaree National Park in South Carolina. Friends of Congaree Swamp bought the 214 acres (87 hectares) from Weyerhaeuser for $783,000. The State...
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September 29, 2019 - 12:11 pm
HATTERAS, N.C. (AP) — National Park Service officials think a 75-year-old man from southern New York died off the North Carolina shore while trying to escape from a rip current tugging him out to sea. Rangers at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore say the man from Downsville, New York died Saturday...
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FILE - In this a July 11, 2002, file photo, Dr. Kathleen Ramsay gets the attention of "Manchado," a Mexican Spotted Owl at the Wildlife Center near Espanola, N.M. A federal judge has halted tree-cutting activities on all five national forests in New Mexico and one in Arizona until federal agencies can get a better handle on how to monitor the population of the threatened owl. The order issued earlier Sept. 2019, out of the U.S. District Court in Tucson covers 18,750 square miles. (AP Photo/Neil Jacobs, File)
September 26, 2019 - 10:14 pm
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — People who rely on wood stoves to heat their homes in the winter are scrambling to find other options after a U.S. District Court halted tree cutting on large swaths of national forests in the Southwest over concern about a threatened owl. "We have some elderly people that...
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Usher participates in the Global Citizens "Global Goal Live: The Possible Dream" press conference at St. Ann's Warehouse on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, in New York. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP)
September 26, 2019 - 8:53 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The annual Global Citizen Festival is happening this weekend in New York but founder Hugh Evans is thinking bigger. He's enlisted some of the world's top talent including Hugh Jackman, Pharrell, Chris Martin and Metallica, to kick off a yearlong campaign called Global Goal Live: The...
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The Coffin of Nedjemankh is shown in a crate on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019 in New York, before it is returned to Egypt. The gilded coffin that was featured at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art is on its way back to Egypt after it was determined to be a looted antiquity. (AP Photo/Michael R. Sisak)
September 25, 2019 - 6:52 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A gilded coffin that was featured at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art is on its way back to Egypt after it was determined to be a looted antiquity. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. and Egypt's foreign minister Sameh Hassan Shoukry held a repatriation ceremony in New...
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FILE - This June 16, 2015, aerial file photo, shows the Badger-Two Medicine area near the Blackfeet Indian Reservation and Glacier National Park, rear, in Montana. President Donald Trump's public lands steward, acting U.S. Bureau of Land Management Director William Perry Pendley, has recused himself from dealings with a company seeking to drill in the Badger-Two Medicine following criticism from U.S. Sen. Jon Tester and environmentalists. (Tristan Scott/Flathead Beacon via AP, File)
September 25, 2019 - 6:07 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration's top steward of public lands has recused himself from work involving dozens of former clients following conflict of interest allegations from Democratic lawmakers and environmental advocates, federal officials disclosed Wednesday. Acting Bureau of...
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In this photo dated 2009, risk of part of the Planpincieux glacier breaking off amid climate warming in the Alps has prompted Italian authorities to forbid hikers and tourists from a section of the Val Ferrat area, shown in this June 2009 photo from the famed Tour du Mont Blanc trail outside Courmayeur, Italy. The fast-moving Italian glacier is melting quickly, threatening the picturesque valley near the Alpine town of Courmayeur and prompting Mayor Stefano Miserocchi to close down a mountain road. (AP Photo / Randall Hackley)
September 25, 2019 - 4:55 pm
MILAN (AP) — Italian officials sounded an alarm Wednesday over climate change due to the threat that a fast-moving melting glacier is posing to a picturesque valley near the Alpine town of Courmayeur. Courmayeur mayor Stefano Miserocchi closed down a mountain road and banned access to part of the...
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FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2015 file photo, Gentoo penguins stand on rocks near the Chilean station Bernardo O'Higgins, Antarctica. Airbnb is offering a handful of tourists concerned about the environment a chance to help participate in scientific research on how to help preserve it with an all-expense paid trip to Antarctica. The Antarctic Sabbatical, as the travel company is dubbing it, will give five people the opportunity to study how widely micro plastics have infiltrated the region. Over a month’s time in December, they’ll be trained in lab work in Chile, collect snow samples in Antarctica, climb key glaciers and even visit the South Pole. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, File)
September 23, 2019 - 11:16 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Airbnb is offering a handful of people concerned about the environment a chance to participate in scientific research on how to help preserve it during an all-expense paid trip to Antarctica. The Antarctic Sabbatical , as the travel company is dubbing it, will give five people the...
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This combination photo shows author Ta-Nehisi Coates at the The Gordon Parks Foundation Annual Awards Gala in New York on May 22, 2018, left, and Oprah Winfrey at an event to announce new Apple products in Cupertino, Calif. on March 25, 2019. Winfrey has selected Ta-Nehisi Coates’ novel “The Water Dancer” as her next book club pick. (AP Photo)
September 23, 2019 - 10:49 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Ta-Nehisi Coates' first novel, "The Water Dancer," has been a long and eventful journey. Begun a decade ago, his chronicle of a slave with an extraordinary memory who joins the Underground Railroad is the result of countless drafts, a shift from multiple narrators to a single voice...
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