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  • W.Va. tourism commissioner retiring

    Updated: 13 min ago

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Tourism Commissioner Betty Carver is retiring after a 37-year career working for the state. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says in a news release the Belle native's retirement is effective May 31. She filled a variety of tourism positions with the state,...

  • 2 hurt, trains halted by Pasadena big-rig crash

    Updated: 27 min ago

    PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A freeway accident involving two big-rig trucks has snarled traffic for miles and disrupted train service northeast of downtown Los Angeles. A fire official says two people were injured, one seriously in the accident Thursday afternoon in Pasadena. City News Service...

  • Law firm makes $50K donation to art museum

    Updated: 38 min ago

    RIDGELAND, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi-based Butler Snow law firm has donated $50,000 to the Birmingham Museum of Art in Alabama. The firm, which recently expanded its Birmingham office with the addition of 20 lawyers, made the presentation Thursday at an event attended by city and state...

  • Top 20 Concert Tours from Pollstar

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows in North America. The previous week's ranking is in parentheses. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue...

  • In Disney's shadow, homeless families struggle

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — When they moved from Georgia to the theme park playground of central Florida four years ago, Anthony and Candice Johnson found work at a barbecue restaurant and a 7-Eleven. Their combined salaries nevertheless fell short of what they needed to rent an apartment, so the...

  • 9/11 museum film draws heat for portrayal of Islam

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — A film that will be shown at the National September 11 Memorial Museum when it opens next month unfairly links Islam and terrorism, clergy members said in letters demanding it be changed. "The Rise of Al Qaeda," a brief documentary narrated by NBC anchor Brian Williams, shows...

  • Connecticut unveils $3.4 million tourism campaign

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut launched its newest tourism campaign Thursday, marketing the state as an attraction offering a lot without a long drive. The $3.4 million advertising and social media effort unveiled at a tourism conference in Hartford will run through August. It will appear...

  • Park Service celebrates Chaco Canyon

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    CHACO CULTURAL NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK, N.M. (AP) — The National Park Service is celebrating Chaco Canyon's designation as an International Dark Sky Park. Officials say the greater Chaco landscape in northwestern New Mexico is one of the last, best places in the U.S. for viewing the night...

  • Big riders mean big horses on Western trails

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Wranglers in the West who have for decades cashed in on the allure of getting on a horse and setting out on an open trail say they have had to add bigger horses to their stables to help carry larger tourists over the rugged terrain. The ranches say they are using draft...

  • Overhead wire troubles slowed NJ Transit trains

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Transit trains are back on schedule after commuters faced delays into and out of New York City for about three hours. NJ Transit spokesman John Durso Jr. says problems with Amtrak's overhead wires just outside of New York's Penn Station cut off power to 12...

  • Landmark designation for Pa. woodworker's complex

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    SOLEBURY, Pa. (AP) — The former suburban Philadelphia home of a celebrated furniture designer and woodworker has been designated a national historic landmark. The U.S. Department of the Interior on Wednesday called the George Nakashima Woodworker Complex in Bucks County significant for its...

  • Everest climbing season in disarray after deaths

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal's attempts to salvage the Mount Everest climbing season fell flat Thursday as major expedition companies canceled their climbs and many Sherpas quit the mountain after an avalanche killed 16 of their fellow guides last week. While the season has not been...

  • Spirit plans flights between Vegas, Kansas City

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Discount carrier Spirit Airlines has announced plans to offer daily, nonstop service between Las Vegas and Kansas City. The company announced Wednesday that the flights would begin Aug. 7. A plane will depart Kansas City at 9:55 p.m. daily and arrive in Las Vegas at 10:55...

  • Diego Rivera's Detroit murals get landmark status

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    DETROIT (AP) — Diego Rivera's murals at the Detroit Institute of Arts have been designated as one of four new national historic landmarks. Federal officials announced the designation on Wednesday. The Detroit Industry murals were conceived by Rivera as a tribute to the city's manufacturing...

  • 5 free things in Glasgow, from gardens to museums

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — The image of Scotland's largest city as a hard and dirty industrial center is long gone. Instead, this former European Capital of Culture is now widely regarded as one of Britain's most lively and stylish urban destinations. It boasts the best shopping experience in...

  • Paddleboat tours to feature St. Croix bridge work

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) — Visitors will soon be able to get a close-up look at construction of the new St. Croix Crossing linking Minnesota and Wisconsin. Paddleboat tours of the project are scheduled to begin May 31. St. Croix Crossing project director Jon Chiglo says there are no places on...

  • Saguaro National Park finalizes restoration plan

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Officials at Saguaro National Park have finalized a plan that covers the restoration of native vegetation at the southern Arizona park. The plan also addresses management actions aimed at mitigating negative effect to park lands from wildfires, floods and invasive...

  • Events set for Jamestown's 407th anniversary

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — A celebration of the 407th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown, America's first permanent English settlement, is set for May 10. Jamestown Day will feature a variety of entertainment and educational programs at two local attractions. Historic Jamestown is the...

  • Scottish festival set this weekend in Yukon

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Apr 24, 2014

    The Iron Thistle Scottish Heritage Festival will feature music, dancing and food in Yukon

  • Port Authority OKs wage hike for airport workers

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey formally adopted a resolution Wednesday to raise wages for workers at its New York and New Jersey airports. The agency operates JFK, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty airports in addition to smaller airports in both states. In recent...

  • Deadline focuses field of NY casino contenders

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The field of contenders vying to build casinos in upstate New York came into focus Wednesday, the deadline for interested parties to submit a $1 million application fee. The pitches come from some of the world's largest casino operators and local business owners, each...

  • US investigates immigrant teacher hiring in Texas

    Yesterday

    DALLAS (AP) — A North Texas school district that discovered problems in its program to hire international teachers faces a federal investigation and a payout of more than $500,000 to those whose recruitment didn't follow regulations. "Real taxpayer dollars were wasted, real people were hurt...

  • 5 things to know about NYC's Tavern on the Green

    Yesterday

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's Tavern on the Green, closed since the previous operators lost their lease and declared bankruptcy in 2009, reopens Thursday under new management. Here are five things to know about the once-grand restaurant in Central Park: 1. The Victorian Gothic structure was...

  • Amsterdam may ban pot shops in Red Light district

    Yesterday

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — Amsterdam has won court permission to ban marijuana cafes in its famous Red Light district, stepping up a crackdown on the city's freewheeling lifestyle. Marijuana is technically illegal in the Netherlands, but possession of small amounts is not prosecuted and it is sold...

  • Airport security vulnerabilities not uncommon

    Yesterday

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — For all the tens of billions of dollars the nation has spent on screening passengers and their bags, few airports made a comparable investment to secure the airplanes. As the case of the San Jose stowaway shows, it did not take a sophisticated plan for a 15-year-old...