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In this photo taken Thursday, May 31, 2018, tourists enjoy the beach on Maya Bay, Phi Phi Leh island in Krabi province, Thailand. Maya Bay will close to tourists indefinitely until its ecosystem returns to its full condition, the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation said in a Monday announcement published on the Royal Gazette. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
October 03, 2018 - 6:38 pm
BANGKOK (AP) — Authorities in Thailand said they have decided to indefinitely extend the closure of a beautiful bay made famous by the Leonardo DiCaprio movie "The Beach" until it recovers from years of environment damage caused by too many tourists. They had announced in March that tourists would...
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FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2018, file photo, Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., is shown at a gathering in Vancouver, Wash. A popular program that supports conservation and outdoor recreation projects across the country expired after Congress could not agree on language to extend it. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is expected to consider a bill offered by Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington state, the panel’s top Democrat. Cantwell calls the conservation fund “the key tool” that Congress uses to help communities “preserve recreation opportunities and make the most cost-effective use of the land.” (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)
October 02, 2018 - 1:34 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A popular program that supports conservation and outdoor recreation projects across the country expired after Congress could not agree on language to extend it. Lawmakers from both parties back the Land and Water Conservation Fund, but the program lapsed Monday amid dispute over...
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FILE - This July 19, 2018, file photo, shows the property in southwest Belfield, N.D that is the future home The Davis Refinery near Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Environmental groups opposing the site of an oil refinery being developed near Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota want a judge to reconsider his recent recommendation that state regulators dismiss the groups' challenge. They accuse the Davis Refinery developer of not updating state officials about revisions to the project. Meridian Energy Group says it had no reason or requirement to do so. (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP)
October 02, 2018 - 11:41 am
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Environmental groups opposing the site of an oil refinery being developed near Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota want a judge to reconsider his recent recommendation that state regulators dismiss the groups' challenge. Administrative Law Judge Patrick...
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This Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, photo shows the bathroom of a flat that will be available for short term rent in London. Hotel companies are getting into the business of home-sharing. Marriott has been testing this in London in partnership with a home-sharing company called Hostmaker. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
October 02, 2018 - 4:40 am
Travelers sometimes want a cookie-cutter room in a downtown hotel, and they sometimes want a cozy Tuscan farmhouse to share with friends. Hotels have always been good at providing the first one. Now, they're trying to figure out how to provide the second — and blunt the growth of competitors like...
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A model wears a creation for Stella McCartney Spring/Summer 2019 ready-to-wear fashion collection presented in Paris, Monday, Oct.1, 2018. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
October 01, 2018 - 10:51 am
PARIS (AP) — An on-form Stella McCartney presented her first Paris Fashion Week collection since taking full control of her eponymous design house this year by buying the 50 percent stake owned by luxury giant Kering. The British-American designer used her new independence to go back to her...
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September 28, 2018 - 2:28 am
PARIS (AP) — In a story Sept. 27 about the Paris Fashion Week, The Associated Press reported erroneously that French couturier Jean Paul Gaultier's new musical review would open at the Folies Pigalle theater. The venue is actually the Folies Bergere. A corrected version of the story is below: The...
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This Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, photo provided by the National Park Service shows a 4-year-old female gray wolf emerging from her cage at Isle Royale National Park in Michigan. The wolf along with a a 5-year-old male were flown to the park Wednesday from the Grand Portage Indian Reservation in Minnesota to kick off a multi-year effort to restore the predator species on the Lake Superior island chain. (National Park Service via AP)
September 27, 2018 - 3:02 pm
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Officials have relocated two gray wolves from the mainland to Isle Royale National Park, kicking off a multiyear effort to restore the predator species on the Lake Superior island chain. The National Park Service says a 4-year-old female and a 5-year-old male were flown...
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September 27, 2018 - 4:15 am
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwean authorities say an elephant has trampled a German tourist while she was trying to take photos of it. Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority spokesman Tinashe Farawo says the woman died of her injuries hours after the trampling on Wednesday in Mana Pools...
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FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2013 photo, a grizzly bear cub rests near a cabin a few miles from the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park in Gardiner, Mont. A court ruling Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, that blocked grizzly bear hunts in the U.S. West carries far wider political implications amid a push by Congress for sweeping changes to how imperiled species are managed. (Alan Rogers/The Casper Star-Tribune via AP, File)
September 26, 2018 - 12:08 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Galvanized by court rulings protecting grizzly bears and gray wolves, Congressional Republicans on Wednesday launched a push for sweeping changes to the Endangered Species Act despite strong objections from Democrats and wildlife advocates who called the effort a "wildlife...
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September 25, 2018 - 12:45 pm
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A Greek court has given four-year suspended prison sentences to two Bulgarian women who smeared centuries-old artifacts in three Athens museums with frying oil for apparently religious reasons. Defense lawyer Maria Constantopoulou said her clients said they believed they were...
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