Wildfires Burn More Than 150,000 Acres in Three States

McKenna Thompson, 30, was not too worried when she learned last week that she was among thousands of people across Arizona, Nebraska and New Mexico who would be forced to leave as wildfires approached. She had been driving back home to Flagstaff, Ariz., when she heard about the evacuation order. As smoke swirled around her car and the skies darkened, she soon felt as if she were “looking at hell,” she said on Sunday. She picked up her 2-year-old son and her mother and drove to a cafe to wait ou

Photos: The Internet's Favorite Inauguration Day Fashions

The presidential inauguration ceremony on Wednesday looked a lot different than in previous years. Masks were a reminder of a pandemic still raging. The ceremonial parade was canceled and some customs went virtual. In a historically rare snub, a sitting President Trump was absent for the swearing-in ceremony of his successor, Joe Biden. But, at least for the sartorially minded, an abundance of strategically selected outfits helped elevate an unusual and scaled-back ceremony.

Monarch butterflies denied endangered species listing despite shocking decline

Migratory western monarch butterflies have reached a record low this year, putting them at the brink of extinction, according to the latest survey of the insects. The annual autumn count, though not finalized, stands at fewer than 2,000—a significant decline from roughly 30,000 documented in last year’s count and millions on the wing in the 1980s. These numbers, collected by the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, come as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that it would

There’s a new peacock in town, and no one knows what to do with him

No one knew where he’d come from or what he was looking for—but an iridescent blue bird with a spray of rainbow tail feathers is hard to miss. Starting in April, residents of a West Los Angeles have reported sightings of a feral peacock wandering the streets. “It was really exciting and so majestic. Everybody came out to see him,” says Glenna Gordon, a photojournalist who lives in the area. “It was still during a pretty intense lockdown, so it felt like quite a sight.” Some call him Peter; oth