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Admiring the view from the Alpine Visitor Center on Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park on Aug. 22.

Get Ready To Pay More To Enter Some National Parks

The cost of getting into about 100 national parks increases on Thursday.

The rates will go up despite the fact that visitation at parks is up, which means bigger crowds, congested traffic and busier visitors' centers. But more people aren't translating into a big boost for park budgets. For example, visitation at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado is up 20 percent so far this year and Yosemite, Yellowstone and Zion are also seeing double digit increases. The parks are also seeing the strain.

A car filled with bales of marijuana is seen at a police station in La Grulla, Texas on March 28, 2013. A lot of narcotics pass through the Border Patrol inspection station in Brooks County, where La Grulla is located; it, too, is refusing to take checkpoint cases.

At 'Checkpoint Of The Stars,' Texas Sheriff Takes A Pass On Pot Cases

A federal inspection station on Interstate 10 in the West Texas desert earned the nickname "checkpoint of the stars" for all the entertainers who kept getting busted there. In the past six years, Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg, Nelly and Fiona Apple were all arrested for possession of marijuana.

These days, though, after a decision by a local lawman, everyone from personal pot smokers to medium-size marijuana traffickers can avoid jail.

Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy, a Colorado goat cheese producer, says it will begin to source its milk from dairies that don't rely on inmate labor — so that they can continue to sell some cheeses to Whole Foods.

Whole Foods Says It Will Stop Selling Foods Made With Prison Labor

Whole Foods Market has announced that by April of next year it will stop sourcing foods that are produced using prison labor.

The move comes on the heels of a demonstration in Houston where the company was chastised for employing inmates through prison-work programs.

Michael Allen, founder of End Mass Incarceration Houston, organized the protest. He says Whole Foods was engaging in exploitation since inmates are typically paid very low wages.

Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, called the breach of his privacy by the Secret Service "intimidating."

Secret Service Violated Privacy Protocol, Wanted To Embarrass Congressman

In the latest embarrassment for the Secret Service, agents were found to have improperly accessed, shared and potentially released an unsuccessful 2003 Secret Service job application of Republican congressman Jason Chaffetz of Utah, according to a government report.

It says that the agents' actions stemmed from a desire to discredit Chaffetz, who was heading investigations of scandals inside the Secret Service.

Did Kevin McCarthy Commit The 'Classic Washington Gaffe'?

Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., is running to be the next speaker of the House, and most observers think he has it locked up. But Tuesday night he said something on Fox News that is causing Democrats to celebrate and conservatives to experience heartburn.

In an interview with Sean Hannity, McCarthy pointed to the House Committee on Benghazi as a success under the GOP-controlled house.

Ben Carson speaks at a town hall New Hampshire Wednesday. At a later event, he joked about throwing rocks at cars as a child, but "that was back in the days before" the police "would shoot you."

Ben Carson Jokes He Used To Throw Rocks At Cars Before Police 'Would Shoot You'

Ben Carson, notably the only black man running for president, made a joke Wednesday afternoon about running away from the cops as a kid.

"Throwing rocks at cars, I really liked that," he said, describing his childhood. "Sometimes, the police would come, always in unmarked cars. And, they'd be chasing us across the field."

Carson said he would hop over 10-foot-tall fences, to run away from the police.

"Now, that was back in the days before they would shoot you," he said, laughing. The crowd joined in laughter.

None of the biocontainment treatment centers in U.S. hospitals were specifically designed for kids — until now. Texas Children's Hospital aims to fill that gap.

Kids With Ebola, Bird Flu Or TB? Texas Children's Hospital Will Be Ready

It's been exactly one year since the CDC confirmed that Thomas Eric Duncan had Ebola. He had flown from Liberia to Dallas to visit his fiancé, and became the first person diagnosed with the deadly virus on American soil.

During his stay at Texas Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, two nurses also fell ill with Ebola. Duncan died, but the nurses survived, as did a handful of Americans who fell ill in West Africa but were transported back to the United States for care.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul's national polling numbers could cause him to miss the main stage at next month's CNBC GOP presidential debate. (AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles)

Next Republican Debate Could Be Bad News For Paul, Graham

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul could be on the chopping block and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham may not even make the undercard debate under criteria released Wednesday by CNBC ahead of its Oct. 28 GOP presidential debate.

The rules would limit the prime-time debate to any candidates polling above 3 percent. That's of an average of national polls released between Sept. 17 and Oct. 21. Surveys from NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox News, CNN and Bloomberg will be used to make the determination.

David Whitcomb of Waynesboro, Va., says he paid a premium for the diesel engine on his 2015 Passat TDI because he thought it would mean fewer emissions.

Volkswagen Owners Wonder Where A Fix Will Leave Them

Out of the 250 million cars and trucks on U.S. roads, the impending recall at Volkswagen will involve just a half-million of them. But VW's emissions cheating scandal is receiving outsize attention because many of the company's customers feel duped. Now those customers are weighing what it will take to make them feel whole again.

Before they won the Hult Prize, team IMPCT raised funds to build a day-care center in El Salvador with a Montessori-style curriculum. And parents only have to pay $2 a day.

They Had A Million Dollar Idea About Better Day Care In Urban Slums

You can't blame Taylor Scobbie for being nervous. His team was a finalist for the $1 million Hult Prize.

The challenge — issued by the Clinton Global Initiative and the Hult Prize Foundation last September — was for undergraduates or MBA students to design a project that would provide quality education to 10 million children under age six in urban slums by 2020. There were six teams that made it through to the last round, chosen from more than 20,000 applicants.