A 14-year-old American is free five months after he was kidnapped and held hostage in a remote Philippine jungle. Kevin Lunsmann was on vacation with his mother and cousin when Islamic terrorists captured them in July. Acoording to Philippine government officials, Lunsmann asked to bathe in a stream but dashed into the jungle instead, trekking barefoot for two days before villagers found him Saturday on the south side of Basilan Island. Lunsmann’s mother was released in October, and his ... Read More
This winter in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, skiers will notice devices at 12 backcountry access gates that check for functioning avalanche beacons. Part of a pilot program called "Are you beeping?" and sponsored by Backcountry Access and Outdoor Research, the devices will beep and display a round "O" if they detect a beacon signal. If a signal is not detected, a red "X" appears. The program will not prevent skiers without beacons from crossing into the backcountry from Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, ... Read More
The Obama administration on Friday issued new guidelines that would standardize how the Endangered Species Act is enforced across state lines. Under current rules, states can choose not to designate an animal as endangered if the animal's population is healthy within that state's boundaries, regardless of whether it is threatened elsewhere. Environmental groups have criticized the new proposal for failing to consider endangered animals' historic ranges when assigning the designation.
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Climate talks in Durban, South Africa drew to a close early Sunday morning with a landmark agreement that binds both developing and developed nations to limit carbon emissions beginning in 2020. Negotiators must decide on the extent of those limits by 2015. Activists and environmental scientists have warned that the negotiations, while a step forward, would not be enough to prevent a further rise in global temperatures.
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Jeremy Powers won both elite men's races at the Deschutes Cup in Bend, Oregon, on Sunday and secured the 2011 Exergy U.S. Gran Prix cyclocross series title. Powers outdueled Tim Johnson on Saturday, then held off Cannondale rider James Driscoll on Sunday. The USGP, the premier cyclocross series in the United States, began in September and included eight races. Powers won five.
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