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  • Park taking public comments on communications tower proposal

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    MEDORA, N.D. (AP) — The National Park Service is taking public comments through Jan. 9 on a proposal to replace a communications tower in the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. The tower is just north of the park entrance. The plan is to replace it with a shorter tower. The...

  • Tour agents: North Korea may soon lift Ebola restrictions

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    TOKYO (AP) — North Korea, never a country to take the threat of foreign invasion lightly, has been under virtual lockdown since October to keep the Ebola virus from crossing its borders. But two leading travel agencies that specialize in the small but growing North Korea market say they have...

  • Work on Oklahoma roads continues during holidays

    Published: Sat, Dec 20, 2014

    From officials at the state Transportation Department and the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority, here are road projects that could affect travel during the long holiday period.

  • Oklahoma City holiday travelers could face weather, flight delays

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Forecasters predict rain and fog in parts of Oklahoma early next week. Those conditions could lead to flight delays or cancellations and slick, wet highways for travelers leaving town for Christmas.

  • Man charged with disrupting Qatar-to-Houston flight

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    HOUSTON (AP) — A federal indictment alleges a Houston man disrupted a flight from the Persian Gulf to Houston earlier this month, including threatening to blow up the plane. The indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Houston accuses 33-year-old Joseph Ferrarone of interfering with a...

  • Man pleads guilty in airplane groping case

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A California man accused of groping and sexually propositioning a teenage girl on a flight from Los Angeles to Salt Lake City pleaded guilty to a reduced charge Friday. Hans Loudermilk, 66, of Oceanside, California acknowledged touching the 15-year-old's chin and rubbing...

  • Grand Canyon awards temporary services contract

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The National Park Service has averted a shutdown of some of the Grand Canyon's iconic hotels and mule rides by awarding a temporary contract for services at the canyon's South Rim. The one-year contract goes to Xanterra Parks & Resorts Inc., which has been providing...

  • State Dept. warns US travelers to be extra careful

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department is warning Americans traveling abroad to be extra cautious over the holidays. In a worldwide travel alert issued Friday, the department says an attack this week in Australia highlights the need to be vigilant. The alert says U.S. citizens traveling abroad...

  • Manhattan Project park, Alpine Lakes add passes

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    SEATTLE (AP) — Legislation to preserve Hanford's B Reactor as part of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park has been signed into law. The provision was among dozens of public-lands measures included in the National Defense Authorization Act that President Barack Obama approved Friday....

  • Travel alert issued for northeast ND cities

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota officials have issued a travel alert for cities in the northeast part of the state. Cities included in the travel alert are Grand Forks, Michigan, Adams, Grafton, Cavalier, Drayton, Pembina and surrounding areas. Officials say wet roads in the area may...

  • China's wealth finds home in Washington state

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    MEDINA, Wash. (AP) — Savvy Seattle-area real estate agents have gained an advantage by paying attention to the growing connections between China and Washington state. "I'm so glad my mother made me study Chinese," laughed property broker Janie Lee, after showing a client from Beijing a $4...

  • Israel carries out airstrike on Hamas site in Gaza

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's military struck a Hamas site in the Gaza Strip early Saturday in its first airstrike on the Palestinian territory since this summer's war. The Israeli military said the airstrike on what it called a "Hamas terror infrastructure site" in the southern Gaza Strip was in...

  • Protection sought for scenic California region

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A contingent of California environmental groups, business representatives and politicians will use a visit Friday from Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to push for permanent protection of some 350,000 acres of picturesque federal land near the state's famous wine country....

  • Group backs plan to turn Astrodome into large park

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    HOUSTON (AP) — An idea to turn the iconic but shuttered Houston Astrodome into a massive indoor park and green space area holds great promise, a nonprofit research group focused on land use said Friday. At a meeting within sign of the structure, Washington, D.C.-based Urban Land Institute...

  • Correction: Tule Springs National Monument story

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — In a story Dec. 12 about Tule Springs being designated as a national monument, The Associated Press reported erroneously that it would be Nevada's first. Lehman Caves was designated a national monument in 1922 before being made part of Great Basin National Park in 1986. A...

  • National Portrait Gallery installs Stephen Colbert's picture

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Stephen Colbert's image is returning to the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. To mark the end of Colbert's nine-year persona on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report," the museum borrowed Colbert's portrait. The picture was created for the show's final season. In 2008,...

  • Volaris begins Cancun route at Las Vegas airport

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Mexican airline Volaris says it's twice a week flights linking Las Vegas and Cancun, Mexico have begun. The airline announced Thursday that it would offer one flight twice a week, every Thursday and Sunday. It's the only flight linking Las Vegas with the tropical destination...

  • For US and Cuba, normalcy will take many steps

    Yesterday

    WASHINGTON (AP) — How does one end almost 54 years of hostility toward a next-door neighbor? That's about to become clear as the Obama administration and the communist government of Raul Castro move to normalize more than a half-century of bitter animosity between the United States and Cuba....

  • VDOT to suspend highway work zones over Christmas

    Yesterday

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Department of Transportation says it will suspend most highway work zones for several days over Christmas. VDOT says the goal is to limit congestion and provide as many travel lanes as possible. VDOT will lift lane closures on interstates and other major roads...

  • Ex-worker at China's Forbidden City gets death

    Yesterday

    BEIJING (AP) — A Beijing court on Friday sentenced a former employee of the Forbidden City to be executed for stabbing two of his supervisors to death on the museum's grounds, state media reported. Zheng Zhibiao argued at his trial in early December that he had been concerned over a lack of...

  • Contrite Vegas hotelier wins gambling license

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Los Angeles nightlife magnate who revamped Las Vegas' Sahara hotel and casino won a Nevada gambling license Thursday after explaining his drug use and curious business dealings, but not without limits and a promise that he'll remain under heavy scrutiny. Sam Nazarian's...

  • Delaware officials celebrate national park

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    NEW CASTLE, Del. (AP) — After being the odd man out for many years, Delaware is celebrating the creation of its first and only national park. Ending Delaware's status as the only state without a national park has been a mission for U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, Delaware's senior senator, for more than...

  • Oakland joins LA in banning circus elephant tool

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The circus will stop coming to Oakland in a few years after a tool used by elephant handlers was banned in the city. The Oakland City Council earlier this week unanimously approved an ordinance outlawing bullhooks. The instrument resembles a fireplace poker, with a sharp...

  • Next steps on Cuba: Normalizing could take awhile

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    WASHINGTON (AP) — How does one end almost 54 years of hostility toward a next-door neighbor? That's about to become clear as the Obama administration and the communist government of Raul Castro move to normalize more than a half-century of bitter animosity between the United States and Cuba....

  • La. police: Smoking ban would hit gambling halls

    Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana regulators say $104 million in revenues and state fees might be lost over two years from Harrah's casino, a horse racing track and video-poker halls if New Orleans enacts a widespread ban on smoking. After the New Year, the City Council will debate a proposed ban on...