Utah woman wants gutted Volkswagen to stay parked in tree

In this Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018 photo, a passerby walks past Janis Zettel's VW Beetle, named Lucy, sitting in the poplar tree in the front of her home in Clearfield, Utah. Janis is fighting back after the city ordered her to take it down. (Scott Sommerdorf/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

CLEARFIELD, Utah (AP) — A Utah grandmother who decorated her yard with a painted Volkswagen Beetle up in a tree is fighting back after the city ordered her to take it down.

Immigrant from Thailand, his son, 6, among mudslide victims

This January 2017, photo provided by Kelly Weimer, shows Jim Mitchell, 89, with his wife, Alice Mitchell, 78, and their dog, Gigi. The Mitchell's and their dog have been missing since Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, when their Montecito, Calif., home was swept away by the torrent of mud, trees and boulders that flowed down a fire-scarred mountain and slammed into the coastal town in Santa Barbara County. (Kelly Weimer via AP)

MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) — An immigrant from Thailand, his 6-year-old son and father-in-law were among the 20 people killed in devastating mudslides that brought tragedy and sorrow this past week to the idyllic coastal community of Montecito, California.

U.S. poet laureate starts rural reading tour in New Mexico

FILE - In this April 16, 2012 file photo, Pulitzer Prize winning poet Tracy K. Smith poses outside her apartment in New York. Smith has embarked on the first of several trips to bring her poetry to rural pockets of the country where she says book festivals rarely take her. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. poet laureate has embarked on a series of trips to bring her poetry to rural pockets of the country, with stops in Native American communities and other places she says her work hasn’t taken her in the past.

Cost of addressing Carlsbad sinkhole could reach $43 million

FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2009, file photo, a defunct brine well operation in Carlsbad, N.M., is fenced off because state officials fear a cavern that has formed under the site as a result of nearly 30 years of brine production is at risk of collapsing. It could end up costing more than $40 million to remediate the brine well and keep it from collapsing and leaving a massive sinkhole. The Carlsbad Current-Argus reported the new price tag is the result of the latest budget proposal developed by the Carlsbad Brine Well Remediation Advisory Authority. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Work to prevent a massive sinkhole from opening on the edge of Carlsbad could end up costing more than $40 million, according to a group of experts working on the problem.

Asthma does not hold back Montana hiker

Heather Johnson, 42, is pictured in Herron Park, west of Kalispell, Mont., Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018. Anyone attempting these hikes needs fitness and willpower. But Johnson also has to manage asthma every step of the way. (Patrick Reilly/The Daily Inter Lake via AP)

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — The outdoors always had a pull on Heather Johnson.



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