With economic impacts mounting and one Utah county threatening to take over national parks, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says she will “consider agreements with governors” to allow state funding of national parks so that some can reopen to visitors.
An estimated 7 million people have been shut out at 12 of the busiest and biggest U.S. national parks, costing parks and nearby communities about $76 million in lost visitor spending for each day the partial government shutdown drags on.
“The building behind me serves as a moral compass, not only for our country but for the world. And over my dead body are we going to find trash pouring out of these trash cans,” Chris Cox said.
It’s Day 10 of the partial federal government shutdown, and the big news is a meeting between President Obama and a select group of House Republicans.
After traveling for more than two years and some 1 billion miles, NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter is back where it started. Almost. At 3:21 p.m. ET Wednesday, the Juno space probe will be 347 miles away from Earth, just above the southern tip of Africa.
San Juan County has become the fifth county in Utah to declare a state of emergency in response to the closure of National Park areas.
“These are short-lived treasures, and once they’re gone they’re gone forever; they’ll never be back,” says explorer Eddy Cartaya.
Scientists who do research in Antarctica have been on pins and needles, worried that the government shutdown would effectively cancel all of their planned field work this year.
The White House says President Obama intends to nominate Federal Reserve Vice Chairwoman Janet Yellen to chair the Federal Reserve, once Ben Bernanke completes his term in January.
Adults in the U.S. fall behind many of their developed-world counterparts in such basic areas as math, reading and problem-solving using technology, according to a newly released report authored by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.