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Pesticides Contaminating Critters in California's National Parks

Pesticides from California's valley farms are collecting in the tissues of a singing treefrog that lives in pristine national parks, including Yosemite and Giant Sequoia, a new study finds. Full story

House GOP to slash environmental, arts funding

House Republicans Monday proposed slashing cuts to environmental programs and funding for the Smithsonian Institution and the arts as they unveiled the latest legislation to implement the second year of budget cuts required under so-called sequestration. Full story

Sideshow: Don’t cross the Clintons

  The new House “Moon Bill” would put a national park on the moon; President Obama remembers Star Wars; and Justin Beiber apologizes for cursing at former President Clinton.

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Grab Your Camera: US Public Lands Photo Contest Begins

Arizona sues U.S. EPA over coal power plant emissions

Gorillas to Be Protected with New Congo National Park

New Australian National Park Features Unique 'Horizontal Falls'

Haven for South America's Largest Land Mammal Found

America's Newest National Park Declared

Elephant relocation scheme fails to prevent deaths

Photo of rare wild cat wins contest

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  Beyond Old Faithful: Tom Brokaw’s Yellowstone

In honor of Independence Day, lifelong Yellowstone visitor Tom Brokaw shares some of the natural wonders and beauty that can be found inside America’s first national park.

  6 family-friendly national parks to visit this summer

Laura Begley from Travel + Leisure magazine explains how your family can enjoy a trip to one of our country’s beautiful landscapes, such as Volcanoes National Park or the Grand Tetons – for less than $210 per night.

  National parks show signs of wear and tear

Park advocates are saying that that our nations national parks are underfunded which is leaving many understaffed and in the need of a facelift. NBC’s Tom Costello reports.

  May 27: Nightly News Monday broadcast

Obama urges nation to remember we are still at war; A new beginning for the Jersey Shore; Moore residents show resiliency after storm; Fire breaks out on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship; Extreme weather threatens all corners of the country; A bloody 48 hours in the Middle East; National parks show sig

  National Parks budgets shrink as costs grow

The National Park system is a national treasure, but budget cuts, including the sequester, are forcing hiring freezes on thousands of jobs and delays in upkeep now totaling $11 billion. NBC’s Tom Costello reports.

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Newly-lit Washington Monument spikes the night sky in Washington
Newly-lit Washington Monument spikes the night sky in Washington

The newly-lit Washington Monument spikes the night sky in Washington, July 8, 2013. The National Park Service and the Trust for the National Mall unveiled the new lighting on Monday as repair work from earthquake damage in 2011 continues on the scaffolding-covered stone obelisk built in two phases,

Visitors walk in the shadows beneath the newly-lit Washington Monument in Washington
Visitors walk in the shadows beneath the newly-lit Washington Monument in Washington

Visitors walk in the shadows beneath the newly-lit Washington Monument in Washington, July 8, 2013. The National Park Service and the Trust for the National Mall unveiled the new lighting on Monday as repair work from earthquake damage in 2011 continues on the scaffolding-covered stone obelisk built

Visitors lie on grass beneath the newly-lit Washington Monument in Washington
Visitors lie on grass beneath the newly-lit Washington Monument in Washington

Visitors lie on the grass beneath the newly-lit Washington Monument in Washington, July 8, 2013. The National Park Service and the Trust for the National Mall unveiled the new lighting on Monday as repair work for the earthquake damage in 2011 continues on the scaffolding-covered of the stone obelis

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell poses with a visitor next to Jonathan B. Jarvis Director of the United States National Park Service during the reopening ceremony in New York
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell poses with a visitor next to Jonathan B. Jarvis Director of the United States National Park Service during the reopening ceremony in New York

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell poses with a visitor next to Jonathan B. Jarvis Director of the United States National Park Service during the reopening ceremony in New York July 4, 2013. Under steamy summer skies, tourists in New York flocked to ferries headed for the Statue of Liberty, re