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  • 2 national parks in SD to increase tour fees

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    CUSTER, S.D. (AP) — Visitors will have to pay more to tour the two National Park Service caves in the Black Hills starting April 30. The service on Wednesday announced fee increases for tours at Jewel Cave National Monument and Wind Cave National Park. Rates for Jewel Cave's scenic and...

  • City sells West Corinth School property

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    CORINTH, Miss. (AP) — The city of Corinth has sold the old West Corinth Elementary School property to the Siege and Battle of Corinth Commission for $1,499. The commission was the only bidder. The vacant West Corinth school sits on battlefield property across from the interpretive center and...

  • Why high oil prices are actually good for airlines

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Airline executives frequently complain about fuel costs. But the truth is higher prices actually have been good for business. In the past six years, airlines have overhauled the way they operate to adjust to this new reality. They've shown more discipline by offering fewer...

  • Homestead monument plans prairie burn

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    BEATRICE, Neb. (AP) — Homestead National Monument of America will conduct a prescribed burn on more than 60 acres of its restored tallgrass prairie in southeast Nebraska. Officials say the burn will occur the first day in which favorable and safe conditions exist. Representatives from the...

  • Oklahoma City cricket club expands with new field, increased membership

    By Kyle Fredrickson, Staff Writer | Updated: 15 hr ago

    Douglass Park plays host to the Oklahoma City Strikers Cricket Club, an amateur cricket team that dreams of someday becoming a professional franchise.

  • Belgian head of Congo's Virunga park shot

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The Belgian director of Africa's oldest national park, a reserve in conflict-ridden eastern Congo, has been shot and seriously wounded but his condition is improving, park officials said. Three gunmen ambushed Emmanuel de Merode, chief warden of Virunga National Park, on...

  • Concession stand closures eyed for Chimayo walk

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    CHIMAYO, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Department of Transportation is asking law enforcement agencies to stop all concession and roadside stands along the annual Good Friday pilgrimage route to the El Santuario de Chimayo. The state agency said Tuesday to move to close concession stands is a...

  • Correction: Charleston-World Heritage story

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — In a story April 7 about Charleston seeking World Heritage status, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Charleston's application must be submitted to the National Park Service by January 2016. That date is only a target for completing the application, not a...

  • Take a stroll in these Istanbul neighborhoods

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    ISTANBUL (AP) — Istanbul, the noisy metropolis on the Bosporus Strait lauded by many a travel ranking, has much more to offer than grand mosques and bazaars. Away from the din of typical tourist haunts, a walk around the neighborhoods of Karakoy, Balat and Kuzguncuk will peel back the surface...

  • Utah Symphony to play for free in national parks

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Symphony has announced it will play against southern Utah's soaring red rocks and canyons this August. The 75-piece orchestra will tour five of the state's national parks in a series of free concerts at Capitol Reef, Arches and Canyonlands. The list also...

  • Theodore Roosevelt National Park free this weekend

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    MEDORA, N.D. (AP) — Nature enthusiasts can get an early-season look at Theodore Roosevelt National Park this weekend for free. Admittance to the park this weekend will be free as part of National Park Week. The National Park Service is offering free entrance at all of its 401 parks nationwide...

  • Longtime Illini gymnastics coach earns honor

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The former head of the Illini men's gymnastics team has been named to the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame. The University of Illinois says Yoshi Haynasaki will be inducted into the hall on Aug. 22 in Pittsburgh. He was the school's head gymnastics coach for 33 seasons....

  • Land Between The Lakes offering field trip grants

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    GOLDEN POND, Ky. (AP) — Grants are now available to educators interested in taking students on field trips to Land Between The Lakes, a 170,000-acre recreation area on the Kentucky-Tennessee border. The grants are available to public school districts within 100 miles of the recreation area...

  • Rail companies to report fertilizer delivery plans

    Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A federal oversight board told Canadian Pacific Railway and BNSF Railway that they have until Friday to report their plans to ensure delivery of fertilizer shipments for spring planting of U.S. crops. The Surface Transportation Board's decision Tuesday comes in response to...

  • Water pump station unhooked amid Jackson slide

    Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Crews have disconnected a water pumping station because of a slow-moving landslide in western Jackson. Town officials said Tuesday the pump was taken out of service because of significant new damage from the slide. The slide was discovered April 4 on a hill above Budge...

  • Kansas Newspaper Hall of Fame inductees

    Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Former Harris Enterprises executive John Lee and former newspaper publisher and Wichita State University educator Les Anderson have been inducted into the Kansas Newspaper Hall of Fame. Lee is a former chief executive officer of Harris Enterprises, a newspaper group...

  • Philly's 13th St. brings good luck to great food

    Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Tourism officials will tell you the restaurant-rich area at the heart of downtown is called Midtown Village, but that moniker hasn't entirely caught on with the locals. The good news is that it doesn't matter what you call it. Philadelphia food-lovers just know 13th Street...

  • T. rex gets new home in Smithsonian dinosaur hall

    Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 100 years after dinosaurs were first displayed on the National Mall, T. rex — the king — is joining the Smithsonian collection after a 2,000-mile journey from Montana. Paleontologists and curators unveiled parts of a nearly complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton...

  • Edmond teenager named '89er Days princess

    By Van Mitchell, For The Oklahoman | Published: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Kaylee Rampey, of Edmond, was recently crowned 2014 ’89er princess for Guthrie’s ’89er Days celebration.

  • Coast Guard leader champions Connecticut museum

    Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — As commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr. has made it a priority to develop a national museum dedicated to the maritime service. After years of discussion, developers have committed to a location in New London, but as Papp prepares to retire next...

  • Teething troubles for Chinese tourists in Thailand

    Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    CHIANG MAI, Thailand (AP) — The bucolic, once laid-back campus of one of Thailand's top universities is under a security clampdown. Not against a terrorist threat, but against Chinese tourists. Thousands have clambered aboard student buses at Chiang Mai University, made a mess in cafeterias...

  • FAA: Hawaiian didn't inspect plane properly

    Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    HONOLULU (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration says Hawaiian Airlines went eight years without properly inspecting certain components of one of its planes used for commercial flights. The FAA said Monday it is suggesting a fine of nearly $548,000 for the Honolulu-based airline. Airline...

  • JetBlue adding Pittsburgh-to-Ft. Lauderdale flight

    Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    IMPERIAL, Pa. (AP) — JetBlue Airways plans to add a daily, nonstop flight from Pittsburgh to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. in the fall. The flight from Pittsburgh International Airport to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport begins Oct. 29. Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald says...

  • Huge Big Boy steam locomotive coming back to life

    Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — In its prime, a massive steam locomotive known as Big Boy No. 4014 was a moving eruption of smoke and vapor, a 6,300-horsepower brute dragging heavy freight trains over the mountains of Wyoming and Utah. It's been silent for half a century, pushed aside by more efficient...

  • Hawaii, Bali form sister state relationship

    Updated: Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii and the Indonesian province of Bali on Monday took a step toward forging closer ties by becoming sister states. Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed documents establishing the relationship in his chambers at the state Capitol on Monday, saying both places are often...