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US national parks to slash number of free days for visitors

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 01:32:55 GMT2017-12-13T01:32:55Z

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) -- National parks in the U.S. will sharply drop the number of days they allow visitors to get in for free, a move that was criticized by opponents of the parks' plan to raise entrance costs at other times of the year....

Kentucky craft brewers reusing bourbon barrels

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:47:10 GMT2017-12-12T11:47:10Z

BARDSTOWN, Ky. (AP) -- A charred oak barrel can only be used once to create bourbon whiskey. But some of Kentucky's craft brewers are proving that used barrels can be put to good use....

Officials: Roads through national forests covered with snow

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:28:38 GMT2017-12-12T11:28:38Z

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- The United States Forest Service says motorists traveling through the Nantahala and Pisgah national forests should watch for snow- and ice-covered roads....

Protesters call national park plan for Utah monument a ploy

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:13:32 GMT2017-12-12T23:13:32Z

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Environmental groups on Tuesday blasted a legislative proposal by U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart that would create a small national park within the recently downsized Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, calling it nothing more than a ruse to try to appease conservationists and open more land for mining and grazing....

Bruce Brown, whose 'Endless Summer' redefined surfing, dies

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 21:47:54 GMT2017-12-12T21:47:54Z

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Bruce Brown, whose 1966 surfing documentary "The Endless Summer" molded the image of the surfer as a seeker of adventure and fulfillment and transformed the sport, has died. He was 80....