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  • Japan bids adieu to landmark that hosted presidents, stars

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    TOKYO (AP) — The Hotel Okura, a favored Tokyo lodging for U.S. presidents, movie stars and other celebrities, is closing the doors of its landmark half-century-old main building on Monday to make way for a pair of glass towers ahead of the 2020 Olympics. The redo raised an outcry from those who...

  • White House renames Mount McKinley as Denali on eve of trip

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration will change the name of North America's tallest mountain peak from Mount McKinley to Denali, the White House said Sunday, a major symbolic gesture to Alaska Natives on the eve of President Barack Obama's historic visit to Alaska. By renaming the peak...

  • Poland's mixed feelings over memorial to rescuers of Jews

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — As a Catholic Pole, Elka shouldn't even have been in the ghetto of Czestochowa, in southern Poland. But the nanny was so devoted to the 12-year-old Jewish boy she had raised since infancy that she refused to leave. She ended up being sent to the Treblinka death camp — where...

  • Hikers behaving badly: Appalachian Trail partying raises ire

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    BAXTER STATE PARK, Maine (AP) — When Jackson Spencer set out to tackle the Appalachian Trail, he anticipated the solitude that only wilderness can bring — not a rolling, monthslong frat party. Shelters where he thought he could catch a good night's sleep while listening to the sounds of nature...

  • Walker says wall along Canadian border worth reviewing

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is putting a new twist on the topic of securing the border, a staple among the GOP candidates running for president, by pointing north. Walker said in an interview that aired Sunday that building a wall along the country's northern border with...

  • The Fleming Museum of Art hires new curator

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The University of Vermont's Fleming Museum of Art has a new curator. Andrea Rosen most recently served as the assistant curator and manager of student programs at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Brunswick, Maine. She was hired as Fleming's curator after a national...

  • New York town's large collection of WWII vet photos endures

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    MECHANICVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — During World War II, hundreds of servicemen in uniform had their photographs taken at a popular tavern near the Hudson River in upstate New York. Seventy years after the war officially ended with Japan's surrender on Sept. 2, 1945, Siciliano's Restaurant is long gone,...

  • New app to help Tahoe researchers with citizen observations

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (AP) — Researchers at Lake Tahoe are enlisting local residents, tourists and other beach-goers to record their observations and photographs on a new smartphone app to help scientists better understand the lake's environmental conditions. The University of California,...


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