Parks tapped for oil, gas as companies follow supplies, states seek cash; nature lovers worry

States weigh benefits, risks of drilling in parks

COLUMBUS, Ohio — State parks aren’t just for hiking, camping and other recreation anymore. Increasingly, these lands are being used for oil and gas drilling as budget-strapped states seek new sources of revenue.

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Federal appeals court reinstates Clinton-era ban on road building in national forests

Appeals court upholds road ban in national forests

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court has reinstated a ban on road construction in more than 50 million acres of pristine national forests, overturning a Bush administration rule that had cleared the way for more commercial activity there.

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With agriculture buoying major chemical companies, competition gets fierce

Chemical makers go on the offensive in agriculture

NEW YORK — The only green shoots the chemical industry has seen lately are coming from the one-time diminutive agricultural side of the business, a shift that has spurred both new partnerships and legal battles to stake out new territory and protect profits.

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11 environmentalists charged with trespassing after unfurling banner on Mount Rushmore

Environmentalists unfurl banner on Mount Rushmore

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Environmentalists using park service rock anchors scaled Mount Rushmore on Wednesday and unfurled a banner along President Abraham Lincoln’s face challenging America’s leaders to stop global warming.

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Seed maker Monsanto 3Q profit falls 14 percent, plans to cut 900 jobs

Monsanto 3Q profit falls 14 pct, will cut 900 jobs

ST. LOUIS — Monsanto Co., the world’s biggest seed maker, said Wednesday its third-quarter profit fell 14 percent and disclosed plans to cut 900 jobs, or about 4 percent of its work force.

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Final demolition of Tiger Stadium begins again after judge OKs leveling the Detroit landmark

With judge’s OK, Tiger Stadium comes crashing down

DETROIT — Part of Tiger Stadium’s upper deck came crashing down Monday, nearly a decade after the final major league game there and hours after a judge refused to stop the historic ballpark’s demolition.

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Crews get back to work taking down Tiger Stadium in Detroit following judge’s ruling

Tiger Stadium demolition resumes after ruling

DETROIT — The demolition of Tiger Stadium has resumed a few hours after a judge refused to stop it.

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Judge orders halt to demolition work at what’s left at Tiger Stadium

Demolition ordered to stop at Tiger Stadium

DETROIT — The demolition of Tiger Stadium was halted by a judge Friday, just hours after crews began tearing down what’s left of the historic ballpark.

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Senate backs amendment to allow loaded guns in national parks

Senate backs allowing guns in national parks

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday backed an amendment that would allow people to carry loaded guns in national parks and wildlife refuges.

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Snowmobile groups in Wyoming and Washington sue to strop federal plan to protect Canada lynx

Snowmobile groups sue over Canada lynx habitat

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Snowmobile groups in Wyoming and Washington have challenged a federal plan that designates 39,000 square miles of land in six states as critical habitat for the threatened Canada lynx.

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