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Tourists face shutdown deadline to leave national parks

Hundreds of tourists staying in landmark US national parks like Yosemite and the Grand Canyon face a deadline Thursday to leave due to the government shutdown. The National Park Service closed its gates on its 401 sites as soon as the shutdown went into effect Tuesday morning, leaving visitors —…

Child shoots herself at Yellowstone after Congress legalizes guns at parks

A young girl shot herself to death at Yellowstone Yellowstone National Park on Saturday morning. According to a statement from the National Park Service, a woman called 911 on Saturday morning and told dispatchers that her daughter had shot herself with a handgun at the Grant Village Campground. Emergency medical…

Vandals throw paint on Lincoln Memorial

The National Park Service reported Friday morning that the memorial to President Abraham Lincoln in Washington, D.C. was vandalized overnight. According to the Associated Press, a park police officer on patrol discovered that someone had thrown green paint on the statue of the former president and on the memorial’s floor.…

Rep. Louis Gohmert ‘rude and irate’ in late-night parking ticket squabble with police

Outspoken Tea Party Republican Rep. Louis Gohmert (TX) got into a late-night altercation with U.S. Park Police over a parking ticket earlier this month. According to Politico, Gohmert attempted to pull rank with the police officers to get out of the citation. A National Park Service (NPS) police report said…

Eight arrested as police move in on Occupy DC

Police swept through the Washington offshoot of Occupy Wall Street, arresting eight people in a day-long raid that virtually shut down the tent colony a stone’s throw from the White House. Some scuffles broke out, but stunned members of Occupy DC otherwise put up little resistance as National Park Service…

Seven arrested, tents seized as police target Occupy DC

Police in riot gear clamped down on the Washington offshoot of Occupy Wall Street on Saturday, seizing tents and bedding from the four-month-old tent colony and arresting seven protesters. Stunned members of Occupy DC in McPherson Square, three blocks from the White House, shouted words of anger, but otherwise put…

Occupy D.C. remains in parks despite eviction threat

Protesters with “Occupy D.C.” are still in two of the city’s parks, despite an eviction deadline that came and went on Monday afternoon. The National Park Service said last week that it would begin enforcing a camping ban in McPherson Square and Freedom Plaza starting Monday. In response, activists staged…

Occupy DC defies ban, hoists ‘tent of dreams’

Occupy DC protesters defied a threatened police clampdown on their tent colony Monday, pitching a massive “tent of dreams” in the park near the White House they took over four months ago. With several hundred cheering supporters looking on, but no police in sight, they hoisted a deep-blue tarpaulin over…

Park Service: ‘Occupy D.C.’ to be evicted on Monday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The National Park Service will bar Occupy DC protesters from camping in the two parks where have been living since October, in a blow to one of the highest-profile chapters of the movement denouncing economic inequality. The Occupy DC protesters must stop camping in McPherson Square and…

Occupy ‘will never die’: protesters in Washington

Protesters with the “Occupy” movement in the US capitol said Friday the authorities’ efforts to evict them would fail, after the city mayor called for their removal. “They are trying to annoy us, to get our spirits down but I really think it’s not working,” said Sam Mellot from Virginia…

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