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A lone backpacker was killed in a grizzly bear attack while hiking in Alaska's Denali National Park, the National Park Service said Saturday.

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Avalanche recovery efforts suspended on Mount McKinleyupdated: Sun Jun 17 2012 20:26:00

Recovery efforts on Alaska's Mount McKinley were suspended Sunday because of environmental hazards following an avalanche thought to have killed four Japanese climbers, the National Park Service said.

Suspect sought in Great Smokies assaultupdated: Wed Jun 13 2012 07:35:00

Authorities searched Tuesday for a man they say sexually assaulted and stabbed a lone hiker at Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee.

Military families to get free pass to national parksupdated: Tue May 15 2012 16:27:00

Members of the U.S. military and their families are now eligible for free annual passes to national parks and monuments as part of a program timed to celebrate Armed Forces Day on Saturday, the White House announced.

National Park Service to replace National Christmas Treeupdated: Sat May 05 2012 19:56:00

The National Park Service said Saturday that the National Christmas Tree located just south of the White House has died due to complications from "transplant shock."

Sides of Florida you may have never seenupdated: Fri Apr 20 2012 11:11:00

CNN's John Zarrella takes us on a tour of the Florida you don't see in all those campaign stops, but probably should.

Occupy DC camps face banupdated: Tue Jan 31 2012 18:54:00

The National Park Service plans to crack down on what it calls "sleeping activity" at two Occupy DC camps.

Park police can enforce camping ban, judge rulesupdated: Tue Jan 31 2012 18:54:00

Living in a public park as a means of protest is not protected by the First Amendment, a federal judge said Tuesday in rejecting an Occupy DC demonstrator's request to keep park police from enforcing a ban on camping.

Protesters vow to stand their ground at Occupy DC campupdated: Mon Jan 30 2012 18:57:00

U.S. Park Police began enforcing a ban Monday on camping in two Washington parks, with Occupy protesters at one site defiantly huddling under a large blue tarp that they dubbed the "tent of dreams."

Occupy DC protesters mull how to deal with overnight camping banupdated: Sun Jan 29 2012 19:40:00

Occupy DC demonstrators spent Sunday afternoon discussing how to respond to a call by the National Park Service to stop camping overnight at sites a few blocks from the White House.

Occupy DC draws fire during congressional hearingupdated: Tue Jan 24 2012 18:20:00

U.S. park officials came under fire during congressional hearing Tuesday as Republican lawmakers scrutinized the "Occupy" encampments, which have persisted in the capital for nearly four months.

D.C. mayor asks feds to close Occupy siteupdated: Fri Jan 13 2012 14:43:00

Two of the more persistent camps in the "Occupy" movement should be consolidated, says District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray. But demonstrators at both camps are unconvinced they should go along with the demand.

Occupy DC demonstrators bolstered by migrating NYC Occupiersupdated: Tue Jan 03 2012 07:16:00

Some "Occupy" demonstrators who've clashed with police in New York City have migrated south as the new year begins, joining their colleagues in the nation's capital where authorities continue to allow protest camps at two locations.

7 national parks you've never heard of updated: Fri Nov 11 2011 08:36:00

On November 7, Great Falls in Paterson, New Jersey, became the latest addition to the national park family. After a long fight by Paterson residents and officials to have the 77-foot waterfall recognized, their dreams were fulfilled -- partially -- by Monday's agreement. There remain years of work to mold Great Falls around National Park Service standards, but the will, and the funds, can now be brought fully to bear on the project.

Wind gusts blow back monument assessment updated: Sun Oct 02 2011 17:05:00

Assessment of the earthquake-damaged Washington Monument will begin anew no earlier than Monday because of wind gusts, the National Park Service said in a statement released Sunday. The inspection was halted after wind blew one of the roped-in workers off the monument, and moved him 30 feet away, on Friday.

Wind blows Washington Monument engineer 30 feetupdated: Sat Oct 01 2011 23:06:00

The National Park Service suspended assessment work of the earthquake-damaged Washington Monument Saturday, a day after wind blew one of the workers 30 feet away from the monument.

Damaged Washington Monument deemed 'structurally sound'updated: Mon Sep 26 2011 17:21:00

The Washington Monument remains "structurally sound" and is "not going anywhere," a top National Park Service official said Monday, announcing the result of a comprehensive assessment of the structure's interior.

Earthquake shakes walls inside buildingupdated: Mon Sep 26 2011 17:21:00

The CNN Espanol studio in Washington shook during the earthquake that was generated near Mineral, Virginia.

Irene reveals more cracks in quake-damaged Washington Monumentupdated: Thu Sep 01 2011 05:45:00

Small pools of standing water were found in the Washington Monument during inspections following Hurricane Irene, the National Park Service told CNN Wednesday, indicating undiscovered cracks.

Washington Monument cracked after quakeupdated: Thu Sep 01 2011 05:45:00

The Washington Monument is closed indefinitely as engineers study ways to repair cracks at the top of the structure.

Workers scramble to plug cracks in Washington Monument ahead of Ireneupdated: Fri Aug 26 2011 18:44:00

Just days after a magnitude 5.8 earthquake cracked the Washington Monument in four places, the National Park Service is trying to protect it from being further damaged by Hurricane Irene, spokeswoman Carol Johnson said Friday.

How the quake affected U.S. landmarksupdated: Wed Aug 24 2011 06:10:00

The earthquake that struck the eastern United States on Tuesday affected some major sites and landmarks. Here is a look at the latest developments:

Washington Monument closedupdated: Wed Aug 24 2011 06:10:00

CNN's Jim Acosta reports on the closing of the Washington Monument and the impact the earthquake could have had on it.

Liberty Island to remain open during statue's renovationupdated: Wed Aug 10 2011 20:55:00

The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island will undergo renovations totaling more than $27 million beginning in late October, according to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.

Hiker survives grizzly attack, keeps walking for helpupdated: Sat Aug 06 2011 17:43:00

A lone hiker, attacked by a grizzly bear in Montana's Glacier National Park, kept hiking the trail until he found help, the National Park Service said.

Man killed by grizzly bear at Yellowstone National Parkupdated: Thu Jul 07 2011 13:43:00

A man was killed by a grizzly bear Wednesday morning at Yellowstone National Park, according to the National Park Service.

Depot in 'Dreamsville USA' among sites named national landmarksupdated: Thu Jun 30 2011 22:10:00

One weekend out of the year, the tiny town of Dennison, Ohio, is transported to the 1940s. The brassy tones of swing music drift from the town center on an evening breeze. Children giggle as they weave through the legs of men in World War II uniforms while women serve lemonade and cookies at town's canteen.

Parks open, services continue, but more wrangling ahead this yearupdated: Sat Apr 09 2011 16:02:00

Never mind that the skies were overcast and dropped a little rain in Washington, D.C., on Saturday.

Military wife reacts to budget dealupdated: Sat Apr 09 2011 16:02:00

CNN's T.J. Holmes speaks to Erica Roach, a Navy wife, on how the budget back-and-forth affects military families.

CNNMoney: Government shutdown: White House details consequencesupdated: Fri Apr 08 2011 17:40:00

If the government closes shop after Friday, the IRS will stop processing paper tax returns, the Small Business Administration will stop making loans and federal home loan guarantees will be put on hold.

Shutdown would take away $32 million a day from national parksupdated: Fri Apr 08 2011 10:43:00

An average of $32 million a day in national parks revenue could be shut off if the Beltway showdown results in a government shutdown, officials say.

Gettysburg battlefield adds propertyupdated: Sat Mar 26 2011 23:52:00

Ninety-five acres of farm land where young men in blue and gray fought and died during the epic Civil War battle is being added to Gettysburg National Military Park, federal officials said.

CNNMoney: Shutdown: What you need to knowupdated: Sun Feb 27 2011 08:30:00

If Congress fails to approve a spending bill before midnight on March 4, the federal government will shut down.

Government shutdown: 12 things that would and wouldn't happenupdated: Mon Feb 21 2011 15:35:00

After not being able to agree on a budget last year, Congress passed a continuing resolution to fund the government through March 4.

Winds drop National Christmas Treeupdated: Sun Feb 20 2011 08:05:00

The nation's most energy-efficient National Christmas Tree doesn't appear to be the nation's most energy-resistant one. The 42-foot Colorado blue spruce snapped at its base during high winds Saturday morning in Washington.

National Christmas Tree toppledupdated: Sun Feb 20 2011 08:05:00

High winds topple the 42-foot Colorado blue spruce behind the White House

Former Park Police chief to resume duties January 31updated: Sat Jan 22 2011 13:55:00

Seven years after the federal government fired her as chief of the U.S. Park Police, Teresa Chambers is set to resume the role on January 31, the Department of the Interior announced Friday.

Three California hikers found, but two more missingupdated: Thu Oct 21 2010 19:34:00

Three experienced hikers were rescued from California's Mount Whitney, but a father and son in a separate group are missing, the National Park Service said.

2 park rangers die in small plane crashupdated: Tue Oct 12 2010 12:01:00

Rescue workers in Utah have found the wreckage of a small plane that crashed Friday night, killing two park rangers on board.

CNNMoney: Can't find a job, college grad? National Park Service is hiringupdated: Mon Aug 16 2010 13:06:00

There is at least one bright spot amid this otherwise wretched job market: The National Park Service is hiring!

'Hands Across the Sand' against drillingupdated: Wed Jun 30 2010 10:13:00

Dave Rauschkolb organized "Hands Across the Sand," a worldwide call for an end to offshore oil drilling.

Custer's last flag: Banner carried at Little Bighorn to be soldupdated: Fri Jun 25 2010 22:15:00

A flag that accompanied Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer and his 7th Cavalry into their final battle 134 years ago will be put up for auction, the auction house that will handle the sale said Friday.

Which Gulf beaches are open?updated: Thu Jun 10 2010 15:26:00

Most beaches along the Gulf coast are open and have not been affected by the Gulf oil disaster. Bonnie Schneider reports.

Mojave cross at center of court fight reported stolenupdated: Wed May 12 2010 08:41:00

A war memorial shaped like a cross that has been at the center of a Supreme Court fight has been torn down by vandals from its remote perch in a California desert.

Court to rule on crossupdated: Wed May 12 2010 08:41:00

A cross in the Mojave Desert becomes the subject of a Supreme Court fight, as Kate Bolduan explains. (From 2009)

Get out! National parks to hold fee-free weekupdated: Thu Apr 15 2010 11:43:00

It takes $25 per car before visitors driving into Grand Canyon National Park can enjoy its spectacular beauty, but the price of admission is going away -- for just a little while.

Wolves good for U.S. parks, report saysupdated: Wed Feb 03 2010 03:18:00

Wolves should be reintroduced in U.S. national parks to help restore damaged ecosystems, according to a new report.

1969 Alcatraz takeover 'changed the whole course of history'updated: Fri Nov 20 2009 15:55:00

Alcatraz Island was a chilly, unwelcoming place once reserved for infamous criminals. Not even the federal government appeared to want it after the penitentiary closed in the 1960s.

Yellowstone fire grows; park still openupdated: Tue Sep 29 2009 08:33:00

A wildfire in Yellowstone National Park has grown to 9,300 acres and closed a section of the main road through the park, but Yellowstone is still open and National Park Service officials said Monday there was no danger to travelers.

Federal government to buy land for Flight 93 memorialupdated: Mon Aug 31 2009 17:18:00

Pennsylvania landowners around the September 11, 2001, crash site of Flight 93 have reached an agreement with the federal government allowing construction of a permanent memorial there, the government announced Monday.

National parks to get faceliftupdated: Wed Aug 19 2009 11:00:00

Millions in stimulus money is going to National Parks for repairs and renovations. CNN's Kate Bolduan reports.

Economic stimulus for national parks working?updated: Wed Aug 19 2009 11:00:00

From Yellowstone National Park to the Everglades, America's 391 national parks are in need of repair -- and thanks to the economic stimulus signed into law, help is now underway.

Travelers 'drunk on deals'updated: Fri Aug 14 2009 10:14:00

As summertime draws to a close and families begin to switch out suitcases and sand toys for school lunch boxes, people in the travel business take the temperature on how the industry and consumers are faring.

Body found in Grand Canyon park believed to be missing hikerupdated: Sat Jul 25 2009 23:04:00

Search teams combing the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona found a body on Saturday believed to be that of a missing 20-year-old hiker, the National Park Service said.

Man killed when car plunges into Grand Canyonupdated: Tue Jul 14 2009 11:53:00

A man died after his car plunged 600 feet off the edge of the Grand Canyon's South Rim, authorities said Tuesday.

No deal yet to buy land for 9/11 memorialupdated: Sat Jun 06 2009 01:50:00

The government is delaying legal action against Pennsylvania landowners who haven't yet agreed to sell their land for a memorial to victims of United Airlines Flight 93 on September 11, 2001, federal officials said Friday.

National parks to offer fee-free weekendsupdated: Tue Jun 02 2009 16:55:00

It's hardly a bailout, but the federal government is hoping that waiving fees at national parks will help boost local economies across the country.

An emotional fight over land for Flight 93 memorialupdated: Fri May 29 2009 18:57:00

A chain link fence now stands between Tim Lambert's land and the impact site of United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed here on September 11, 2001. The property has been in Lambert's family for almost 80 years.

Thousands flock to D.C. for Cherry Blossom Paradeupdated: Mon Apr 06 2009 11:13:00

Thousands of visitors lined Constitution Avenue in Washington on Saturday morning for the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade.

Fatal bus crashupdated: Sat Jan 31 2009 14:48:00

Fatalities have been reported after a tour bus overturned near the Hoover Dam in Arizona.

Home of the Tuskegee Airmenupdated: Fri Sep 12 2008 15:47:00

A look back and a sneak peak at a key site in civil rights history.

Road trip retraces civil rights history in Alabamaupdated: Fri Sep 12 2008 15:47:00

A trip through sweltering Alabama to experience some of the civil rights movement's most important sites brought history books to life for my family and me.

Budget-smart national park tripsupdated: Mon Jul 14 2008 09:19:00

"A moose!" exclaimed my 10-year-old son Matt, "A real moose!"

National Mall in monumental disrepair, activists sayupdated: Sat Jul 05 2008 14:42:00

About half a million people are expected Friday on the National Mall in Washington for the nation's birthday celebration, but they may be shocked at what they see.

National Mall showing wearupdated: Sat Jul 05 2008 14:42:00

National Mall or national disgrace? CNN's Jeanne Meserve reports on the state of America's most famous front yard. Pending EPA Rule Sparks Cautionupdated: Sat Jun 21 2008 19:00:00

Critics fear the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will adopt a rule in the waning days of the Bush administration that will make it easier to build coal-fired power plants near national parks

Behind the Scenes: Debating guns in national parksupdated: Mon Jun 16 2008 11:46:00

I'm at the Blue Ridge Arsenal in Chantilly, Virginia, the biggest gun store in northern Virginia. I'm looking at a holster on the hip of Arsenal's John Summer in which a black .22-caliber pistol sits snugly. A Building Battle at Valley Forgeupdated: Tue Jun 03 2008 11:35:00

The development of a Revolution Center in Valley Forge National Historical Park provokes vigorous opposition from preservationists and local residents

Where the buffalo roam -- and dieupdated: Tue Apr 29 2008 10:18:00

More than half of Yellowstone National Park's bison herd has died since last fall, forcing the government to suspend its annual slaughter program.

The case for bison slaughterupdated: Tue Apr 29 2008 10:18:00

Yellowstone officials face fierce criticism for slaughtering bison to prevent the spread of disease.

Vermont trails make outdoors more wheelchair-accessibleupdated: Sun Aug 26 2007 23:11:00

Like many Vermonters, Deborah Lisi-Baker enjoys the outdoors. "I've always loved the wilderness and the woods. It's very serene. It clears your head just to get to appreciate all the sounds and colors and shapes."

Search for Scout will use dogs, heat-detection devices updated: Mon Mar 19 2007 06:38:00

Rescuers brought in heat-sensing equipment Monday for a nighttime search for a 12-year-old Boy Scout who has been missing for two days in the North Carolina mountains, a National Park Service ranger said.

Wildfire near L.A. 65 percent containedupdated: Sun Oct 02 2005 15:02:00

Firefighters battling a wildfire that has charred more than 24,000 acres northwest of Los Angeles have contained about two-thirds of the blaze and expect to have it fully under control Monday, according to fire officials.

CNNMoney: The call of the wildupdated: Wed Jul 06 2005 13:45:00

Hotel rates are on the rise this summer according to a recent study by consulting company PricewaterhouseCoopers. That's just another reason to skip the room service and polish up those tent poles.

'Duck Cheney' and family get new homeupdated: Sun May 01 2005 13:05:00

A mallard and her nine ducklings -- a small tourist attraction nesting outside the U.S. Treasury building -- were moved Sunday to a nearby park.

Log on and get outupdated: Wed Jul 21 2004 10:24:00

This summer, one of the best things you can do with your kids is get them outside. Not sure where to take them? A few minutes surfing the Web before you hit the road can help.

Ex-chief of Park Police denounces firingupdated: Sat Jul 10 2004 17:08:00

One day after she was fired, former U.S. Park Police Chief Teresa Chambers accused the Bush administration Saturday of silencing dissenting views in the rank and file.

Returning to America's revolutionary rootsupdated: Tue Jun 29 2004 08:28:00

Whether it's because fireworks have lost their fizzle or beaches seem ho-hum, some travelers are turning to Revolutionary War-era sites to celebrate America's birthday and savor a unique summer vacation.

WWII memorial dedication to salute heroesupdated: Thu May 27 2004 13:59:00

A highlight of the Memorial Day weekend will be Saturday's dedication of the National World War II Memorial, which caps the 16-year effort to honor the spirit and sacrifice of America's involvement in World War II.

Get off the beaten park pathupdated: Mon May 17 2004 12:42:00

This summer, instead of elbowing for room around Old Faithful or vying for a picnic table with a Grand Canyon view, consider packing up the family and pointing the car toward some of America's lesser-known national parks.

Report: National Mall security lax on 9/11 anniversaryupdated: Tue Jan 13 2004 08:31:00

On the second anniversary of the September 11 attacks, investigators found "persistent and severe" security deficiencies throughout the National Mall, a report concludes.

Fortune: When a Nickel Could Buy Some Funupdated: Mon Jul 22 2002 00:01:00

Laughing Sal, a gap-toothed clown, is hardly your typical civic icon. But after 11 years greeting visitors at San Francisco's free Musee Mecanique--the world's largest publicly accessible collectio...

Money Magazine: The Web Less Traveled From classic diners to ghost towns, offbeat travel destinations you can find onlineupdated: Tue Jan 01 2002 00:01:00

The internet is full of useful sites like Travelocity and Cheap Tickets, where you can find cut-rate air fares, but for the most part they're useful only if you already know where you want to go. I...

Money Magazine: American Beauties To experience the full diversity of our landscape, visit a national monument.updated: Fri Jun 01 2001 00:01:00

Several years ago I embarked on a lengthy cross-country drive. I tend to be rather statistics-oriented--okay, geeky--so when I got home and friends began asking about the trip, I was ready with a l...

Money Magazine: Mayupdated: Sat May 01 1999 00:01:00

Europe's shoulder season--when the weather is good but the summer hordes haven't yet arrived--is upon us, so good deals are available through May and even into June. Until May 31, for example, Visa...

Money Magazine: TEN TERRIFIC NATIONAL PARKS YOU CAN VISIT FOR $35 A WEEKupdated: Tue Apr 01 1997 00:01:00


Fortune: Flower Power on the March, Divesting in Los Angeles, Spelling in Court, and Other Matters. Just Askingupdated: Mon Aug 17 1987 00:01:00

In which your correspondent, egged on by hardly anybody, resumes his still unexplained habit of windily propounding questions guaranteed to remain unanswered. -- How could the mighty American media...

Fortune: Sulfur from Sunkist, Tass vs. Microsoft, Herblock's Hysterics, and Other Matters. There Goes Another Theaterupdated: Mon Dec 23 1985 00:01:00

A former apple orchard . . . across the street from the White House (is) known as Lafayette Square. (In) August . . . the National Park Service complained of ''visual blight'' in the park and . . ....

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