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Homeless containment

(AP) -- San Jose officials seeking to contain a sprawling homeless encampment have warned about 10 people living in tents nearby that they have to move out this week.

San Jose Homelessness Response Manager Ray Bramson said Monday the larger adjacent encampment, nicknamed The Jungle, is not being cleaned out at this point, although the city eventually plans to do so.

Bramson says in an effort to reduce crime at The Jungle, however, the city is adding a gate and boulders to block street traffic from entering a dirt parking lot at the top of the encampment. Church groups and others who pass out food and clothes will have to coordinate with the city to gain access.

Trees or frogs

(AP) -- The U.S. Forest Service will postpone a tree-thinning project intended to decrease the wildfire risk at Lake Tahoe after a lawsuit raised concern about its effect on an endangered frog species.

The agency had been removing and burning trees and brush on land near Upper Echo Lake, about 8 miles southwest of South Lake Tahoe, that is considered for designation as critical habitat for the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog.

Dennis Murphy, a renowned conservation biologist at the University of Nevada, Reno, filed the lawsuit last year. He said the logging threatens the survival of the frog, listed as an endangered species in April.

The Forest Service agreed in a stipulation signed by a federal judge Wednesday to consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service about potential effects to the frog, the Tahoe Daily Tribune reported.

It also said it would halt the project through this year and wait to resume thinning trees until finishing its consultation with wildlife officials.

The suit says the Forest Service violated the National Environmental Policy Act by failing to prepare an environmental impact statement or environmental assessment.

Beetle reduction

(AP) -- Scientists say there's been a significant reduction in the amount of Nevada forest under assault from bark beetles and similar bugs, but they fear lingering drought will further weaken trees and make them more susceptible to future attacks.

Nevada Division of Forestry forest health specialist Gene Phillips says aerial surveys show populations of the tree-killing insects plummeted across the state last year compared to 2012 -- from more than 500,000 acres to only about 50,000.

Phillips tells the Reno Gazette-Journal the infestations include mountain pine beetles and the Pinyon Engraver beetle.

He says itís likely part of a normal boom-bust cycle in the population of the critters and probably won't last if the 3-year-old drought continues.

Philly mansion for sale

(AP) -- A dilapidated 110-room, 70,000-square-foot estate is back on the market, but an architect says the $20 million price tag doesn't include the tens of millions more it needs in repairs.

The 34-acre Lynnewood Hall estate in the Elkins Park neighborhood has been in decline since the original heirs sold it in 1944, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Sunday.

The home, completed around 1900, once held one of the nation's largest private art collections. In its heyday, the house was dripping with silk, velvet and gilded moldings, the rooms furnished with chairs from King Louis XV's palace, Persian rugs and Chinese pottery and the halls crammed with art by Raphael, Rembrandt and Donatello.

But members of the Widener family who owned the property died or moved away. The estate was first sold to an association that wanted to build a Protestant university. Then it was sold to a housing developer followed by a seminary and another church.

The property went through decades of bankruptcy proceedings and was repossessed, auctioned and sold for pennies to creditors -- all while descending further into disrepair.

Mary DeNadai, an architect who specializes in historic restoration, said it would take about $50 million to restore the home to its former glory, but time is running out.

“If it continues to be neglected as it is, it will be beyond salvage” within five to 10 years, she said.

Elevator to open

(AP) -- State officials say the new 21-story elevator connecting the Poughkeepsie waterfront to the pedestrian bridge over the Hudson River is scheduled to open to the public on Thursday.

A former railroad bridge finished in 1889, Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park opened in 2009. It connects Poughkeepsie to Highland.

Park officials say it's visited by more than 700,000 people a year. It's 212 feet high and spans nearly 1.3 miles.

The elevator connects the bridge to waterfront park. It was funded with a $2.4 million federal grant.

Vermont fruit fly

(AP) -- Northeast berry growers are learning ways to combat an invasive fruit fly that wiped out 80 percent of some farms' late-season fruit two years ago, forcing some small growers out of business.

The tiny spotted wing drosophila arrived in the U.S. from Asia in 2008 and turned up in the Northeast in 2011.

The pest tends to make its way to New England and New York in mid-August and lays eggs in blueberries and raspberries.

Many farms are picking the berries as soon as they ripen or even before and refrigerating them to prevent damage.

Other growers are spraying fruit with an organic or conventional insecticide and switching to earlier season varieties.

Some smaller growers are experimenting with placing fine insect netting over late-season berries.

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