Outdoor recreation

FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2016 file photo, bikers ride down Main Street in downtown Sturgis, S.D., before the 76th Sturgis motorcycle rally officially begins. South Dakota, which has seen an uptick in coronavirus infections in recent weeks, is bracing to host hundreds of thousands of bikers for the 80th edition of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Over a quarter of a million people are expected to rumble through western South Dakota. (Josh Morgan/Rapid City Journal via AP, File)
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August 02, 2020 - 5:48 pm
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Sturgis is on. The message has been broadcast across social media as South Dakota, which has seen an uptick in coronavirus infections in recent weeks, braces to host hundreds of thousands of bikers for the 80th edition of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. More than 250,000...
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FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2004, file photo, the Museum of the North at the University of Alaska takes shape in Fairbanks, Alaska. An abandoned city bus that was recently removed from Alaska's backcountry to discourage those from making dangerous "Into the Wild" pilgrimages appears headed to the museum in Fairbanks. The state Department of Natural Resources said Thursday, July 30, 2020, that it intends to negotiate with the Museum of the North to display the bus, which was flown out of the woods near Denali National Park and Preserve last month. (AP Photo/Eric Engman, File)
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July 30, 2020 - 11:01 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An infamous bus appears headed to a new home at a museum in Fairbanks after being removed from Alaska’s backcountry to deter people from making dangerous, sometimes deadly treks to visit the site where a young man documented his demise in 1992. The state Department of...
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July 28, 2020 - 10:25 am
WEST ADDISON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont skydiver who lost his prosthetic leg during a jump has it back, thanks to a farmer who kept an eye out for it and spotted it in a soybean field. Double amputee Chris Marckres, of Hyde Park, went for a jump Saturday at Vermont Skydiving Adventures in West Addison...
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Surfers take on large waves generated by Hurricane Douglas at Laie Beach Park, Sunday, July 26, 2020, in Laie, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)
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July 28, 2020 - 1:31 am
HONOLULU (AP) — Hurricane Douglas joined a long list of hurricanes that have come near the Hawaiian Islands but didn’t cause major damage. Kauai Mayor Derek Kawakami said such experiences unfortunately help people become complacent and think disaster will never strike them. "What we’re really...
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Passengers walk past a coronavirus face coverings sign at the North Terminal of Gatwick Airport near Crawley, just south of London, Wednesday, July 22, 2020. With all schools now closed, Friday would normally be the busiest departure day of the year for London’s Gatwick Airport with families heading off to the sun-soaked beaches in southern Europe. Not this year as the coronavirus pandemic has meant many have opted against making their annual summer migration to countries like Spain and Greece. Gatwick would in any normal year be expecting to fly some 85,000 holidaymakers on Friday alone. It expects less than 10,000 passenger departures on Friday. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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July 24, 2020 - 7:37 am
LONDON (AP) — The air would normally be full of anticipation with kids excitedly planning the coming two weeks and parents anxiously making sure everyone gets on the flight. The first Friday after schools in Britain close for the summer is always one of the busiest for the country’s airports as...
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FILE - This 1907 photo provided by the U.S. National Park Service shows naturalist John Muir in Yosemite National Park, Calif. The Sierra Club is reckoning with the racist views of founder John Muir, the naturalist who helped spawn environmentalism. The San Francisco-based environmental group said Wednesday, July 22, 2020, that Muir was part of the group's history perpetuating white supremacy. Executive Director Michael Brune says Muir made racist remarks about Black people and Native Americans, though his views later evolved. (Courtesy of U.S. National Park Service via AP)
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July 22, 2020 - 8:31 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Sierra Club apologized Wednesday for racist remarks its founder, naturalist John Muir, made more then a century ago as the influential environmental group grapples with a harmful history that perpetuated white supremacy. Executive Director Michael Brune said it was “time to...
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FILE - In this June 29, 2020 file photo, Committee Chairman Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., listens on Capitol Hill in Washington, during the House Natural Resources Committee hearing. A bipartisan bill that would spend nearly $3 billion on conservation projects, outdoor recreation and maintenance of national parks and other public lands is on its way to the president’s desk after winning final legislative approval. Supporters say the measure, known as the Great American Outdoors Act, would be the most significant conservation legislation enacted in nearly 50 years. (Bonnie Cash/Pool via AP)
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July 22, 2020 - 7:33 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan bill that would spend nearly $3 billion on conservation projects, outdoor recreation and maintenance of national parks and other public lands is on its way to the president's desk after winning final legislative approval. Supporters say the measure, known as the Great...
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July 21, 2020 - 11:51 am
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Some current and former employees of a company developing an oil refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota filed a lawsuit claiming they are owed wages and bonuses. Meridian Energy Group first proposed the refinery just 3 miles (5 kilometers) from the park...
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In this image taken from an Italian coast guard video a whale trapped in a fishnet in the waters near the Eolian islands, in the Mediterranean Sea. Italian coast guard divers were working Sunday to free a sperm whale which was entangled in a fishing net near a tiny Mediterranean island. In a coast guard video, a diver can be seen slicing away some of the net in the waters surrounding the Aeolian Island archipelago. The operation to set the sperm whale free was made particularly difficult “due to its state of agitation" that doesn’t allow continual intervention near the creature, the coast guard said in a statement. (Italian Coast Guard via AP)
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July 19, 2020 - 1:02 pm
ROME (AP) — Italian coast guard divers and biologists were working Sunday to free a sperm whale that was entangled in a fishing net near a tiny Mediterranean island. In a coast guard video, a diver can be seen slicing away some of the net in the waters surrounding the Aeolian Island archipelago...
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A protective face mask adorns a Jesus Christ statue as a reminder for residents to wear masks as a precaution against the spread of the new coronavirus, in the Petare neighborhod in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, July 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
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July 18, 2020 - 10:36 pm
Johns Hopkins University says the global death toll from COVID-19 has surpassed 600,000. The university’s tally as of Saturday night says the United States tops the list with 140,103 deaths. It is followed by 78,772 fatalities in Brazil and 45,358 in the United Kingdom. The number of confirmed...
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