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  • EXPLAINER: Around Tahoe, special places await a fire's fate

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Caldor Fire roared over a ridge of the Sierra Nevada as the winds returned this week and bore down on the southern end of Lake Tahoe. Perhaps more than other wildfires in the Western U.S., this one resonates the world over. Tahoe is an international destination, a glorious wedding backdrop, a sparkling jewel in John Muir's Range of Light.
  • Prized trout streams shrink as heat, drought grip US West

    SARATOGA, Wyo. (AP) — The North Platte River in southern Wyoming has been so low in places lately that a toddler could easily wade across and thick mats of olive-green algae grow in the lazy current.
  • Extended power outages push Louisiana residents to leave

    MARRERO, La. (AP) — Gwen Warren describes herself as a “strong woman.” But after days without electricity in a hot, sweaty Louisiana summer after Hurricane Ida wiped out the power to her home, she decided it was best to get on a bus and go to a shelter in northern Louisiana until the lights came back on.
  • The Latest: Australia state easing rules as vaccine goal met

    SYDNEY — Authorities in Australia’s New South Wales state say they will ease pandemic restrictions for vaccinated adults next month even as they are reporting a record 1,029 coronavirus infections and three deaths from COVID-19.
  • California fire prompts evacuations; Oregon blaze balloons

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A rapidly growing wildfire south of Lake Tahoe jumped a highway, prompting more evacuation orders and the cancellation of an extreme bike ride through the Sierra Nevada on Saturday as critically dangerous wildfire weather loomed in the coming days.
  • US to end large, old-growth timber sales in Alaska forest

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration said Thursday that it is ending large-scale, old-growth timber sales in the country's largest national forest — the Tongass National Forest in Alaska — and will focus on forest restoration, recreation and other noncommercial uses.
  • Rembrandt's huge 'Night Watch' gets bigger thanks to AI

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — One of Rembrandt van Rijn's biggest paintings just got a bit bigger.
  • The Latest: Italy opens bars, restaurants for indoor service

    ROME— Italians may eat and drink indoors at bars and restaurants for the first time in months, and that includes the morning ritual of having an espresso or cappuccino at a local cafe.
  • The Latest: Australia court upholds ban on pandemic travel

    CANBERRA, Australia — An Australian court has rejected a challenge to the federal government’s draconian power to prevent most citizens from leaving the country so they don’t bring the coronavirus home.
  • Restaurants embrace end to capacity limit, challenges remain

    While Connecticut restaurateurs welcomed the end to COVID-related capacity limits inside their establishments on Friday, an industry trade group is cautioning that it's just a first step toward getting back to business as usual.

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