Shawnee Chasser of Miami is fighting to keep her arboreal house after local authorities declared it unfit for human habitation. The treehouse has running water, television and is also home to her dogs, cats and pet raccoon, Mary J. Blige.
In California, Proposition 64 is a November ballot initiative that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana.
At Camp Howard in Mount Hood National Forest near Corbett, Ore., outdoor education is a rite-of-passage for Oregon public school students. It’s meant to instill a respect for nature in each generation, and studies show it improves attendance and boosts test scores.
DESERT HOT SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a maintenance crew was working on a California highway and slowing down traffic when a tour bus plowed into the back of a semi-truck early Sunday, killing 13 people. More
The Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, N.J. closed this week. The casino that was opened by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, but is now owned by Carl Icahn, was the fifth Atlantic City casino to go out of business since 2014. A bill making its way through the New Jersey legislature would prevent Icahn from retaining the Taj Mahal’s casino license now that it is closed.
PORT AUSTIN REEF LIGHT, Mich. (AP) — When Lou Schillinger and his volunteer cadre began restoring an 1890s lighthouse more than two miles off the Michigan shore in Lake Huron’s Saginaw Bay, they first needed to remove 30 years’ accumulation of gull and pigeon feces whose depth measured in feet rather than inches.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation annually complies a list to identify “important examples of the nation’s architectural and cultural heritage that are at risk of destruction or irreparable damage.” The designation can help galvanize grassroots and political support for protecting sites, but isn’t always welcomed by locals. Here are looks at eight from this year’s cohort, many of which are in urban areas.
Photos and text by Kim Hairston