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Watch: Costa Rica and U.S. leaders honor first responders, victims of 9/11

The U.S. Embassy and Costa Rican authorities on Friday paid tribute to the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Structural fire destroys at least 150 homes in Guararí, Heredia

A Wednesday morning fire in Guararí, Heredia, destroyed the homes of more than 530 people, according to Costa Rica's National Emergency Commission (CNE).

NASA image shows how well Costa Rica has prevented forest fires

Humans burn an average of 175 million acres of forest and grassland every year.

Environment Ministry officials report increased damage of wildfires inside protected areas

Environment Ministry officials claim 100 percent of the wildfires inside protected areas occurred because of people’s negligent or premeditated actions.

Fire destroys Black Star Line building, a Limón landmark

A fire Friday consumed most of the historic Black Star Line building in Costa Rica's Caribbean port city of Limón. The building was architectural heritage.

Wildfires destroy thousands of hectares of protected areas, private lands

Firefighters are battling to extinguish at least six wildfires in the Central and Northern Pacific as well as in the country’s northern inland region.

Strong winds to hit Costa Rica again Thursday

Strong winds aren't over yet: A new cold front is expected to enter the country Thursday, bringing gusts up to 80 kilometers per hour.

Heavy winds turn deadly as fallen tree kills Guanacaste driver

Strong winds blowing across Costa Rica this week have downed power lines, blown over trees and sparked maritime warnings over high winds and rough seas.

Health officials in Costa Rica to ban sky lanterns

The ban stems from a study showing that sky lanterns, commonly known here as "globos de los deseos” or "wishing balloons," can burn through plastic, wood and other materials in minutes, constituting a major fire hazard.

PHOTOS: Sexy Costa Rican firemen strip down for a great cause

At a recent health fair at the Children's Hospital, Daniel Garita, Pablo Herrera, Herson Salas, Edwin González and Walter Chacón greeted fans: a long line of nurses, secretaries, doctoras and technicians snapped up the calendars and waited turns for photos. Fifty calendars were sold in an hour.

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