Ariz. remembers firefighters
Residents in Prescott, Ariz., wept and stood in salute as they remembered 19 firefighters Monday on the anniversary of their deaths, marked by a moment of silence and the chiming of 19 bells that echoed through a historic courthouse square. Hundreds fell silent as the bells rang, and they held hands over their hearts. Others hugged loved ones and bowed their heads as children stood in the crowd with the number "19" painted on their faces.
Toronto mayor back on job
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford acknowledged a drug problem for the first time and vowed that his commitment to "living clean is now unwavering" as he returned to work Monday after a stay in rehab. He read an emotional statement at City Hall, after checking out of a facility in Ontario. He said staff at the facility saved his life. "For a long, long time I resisted the idea of getting help," he said. "Like a lot of people dealing with substance abuse, I was in complete denial."
Yosemite marks 150th year
Yosemite National Park on Monday marked 150 years since President Abraham Lincoln signed an act protecting the park for generations of visitors. The celebration included a groundbreaking to launch a project restoring the Mariposa Grove, which comprises 500 giant sequoia trees that are among the oldest living organisms in the world.