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  • Report show noncompliance with travel rules

    Updated: 29 min ago

    DOVER, Del. (AP) — The Delaware auditor's office says regular noncompliance by top state officials suggests that changes are needed in rules regarding out-of-state travel and use of state credit cards. A report released Wednesday shows occasional noncompliance with the existing rules by the...

  • Dubai, European airlines divert flights over Iraq

    Updated: 48 min ago

    BAGHDAD (AP) — European and Dubai-based airlines have begun rerouting flights over Iraqi airspace as a security precaution, though Iraq says its skies are safe. An Emirates Airline spokesperson in Dubai told The Associated Press on Monday it will divert planes that use Iraqi airspace. A number...

  • Passenger dies on US Airways flight to Phoenix

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities in Phoenix say a passenger has died on a US Airways flight to Phoenix from Honolulu after a suffering an unknown medical emergency. Fire Capt. Benjamin Santillan (san-tee-YAHN') says the passenger was a woman in her 50s. Santillan says the woman lost consciousness...

  • US bars some Venezuela officials from US travel

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Amid escalating tensions with socialist Venezuela, the U.S. State Department on Wednesday announced new travel restrictions against Venezuelan officials believed to have committed human rights abuses during a spring crackdown on anti-government protests. The move, the...

  • Ticket me Elmo? NYC mulls law for impersonators

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City officials are turning up the heat on Elmo, Cookie Monster and Statue of Liberty impersonators — Times Square costumed characters who often demand money for posing in photos with tourists. The city wants to rein in a summertime spike in badly behaving characters...

  • NJ theme park marks birth of first sea lion pup

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    JACKSON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's Six Flags Great Adventure is celebrating its first sea lion pup born at the park. Kona was 18 pounds when he was born on June 25 and now weighs 33 pounds. Animal training supervisor Jessica Peranteau says the pup is becoming more proficient at swimming and has...

  • Elegant Louvre Garden in Paris infested with rats

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    PARIS (AP) — Rats are on the rampage in the elegant garden of the Louvre Museum, so bold they romp on the grass in broad daylight, defying death threats from sanitation workers and scaring tourists. The hot weather in Paris has brought many picnicking visitors to the garden, whose garbage is a...

  • American Express 2Q profit rises 9 percent

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    American Express Co.'s net income grew 9 percent in the second quarter, as spending by cardholders increased and the credit card issuer set aside less money to cover potential credit losses. A one-time gain related to the company's business travel division also helped boost results. The New...

  • 3-month sentence for Japan-Hawaii flight assault

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    HONOLULU (AP) — A Japanese man received a three-month sentence Tuesday for a drunken altercation with flight attendants during a trip to Hawaii for his honeymoon. Kenji Okamoto has been in federal custody since the May flight landed in Honolulu, missing his honeymoon that was to be spent at a...

  • Crayola to open family attraction in Orlando

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    EASTON, Pa. (AP) — Crayon manufacturer Crayola is building a family attraction in Florida, similar to the one it operates in its home state of Pennsylvania, and more could be on the way around the country if the new place does well. The company said Tuesday that Crayola Experience Orlando will...

  • Tuberculosis patient who refused care is arrested

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A California man who was charged after refusing treatment for his tuberculosis was found and arrested, a prosecutor said Tuesday. Eduardo Rosas Cruz, 25, was arrested late Monday in Kern County, San Joaquin County Deputy District Attorney Stephen Taylor said. Before Rosas...

  • Groundbreaking set for Graceland hotel

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Priscilla Presley is scheduled to attend a groundbreaking ceremony for a new hotel at Graceland, the Memphis tourist attraction at the longtime home of her late ex-husband, rock 'n' roll icon Elvis Presley. Elvis Presley Enterprises, the operators of Graceland, said...

  • Metropolitan Museum president announces retirement

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art is stepping down. Emily Rafferty said Tuesday she will retire at the end of March 2015. She has been president of the museum since January 2005. Rafferty started working at the museum in 1976, as an administrator in the...

  • Safety board finds fault in derailment, response

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    Systemic errors led to a 2012 train derailment in New Jersey that released a dangerous gas into the air, sickening residents and emergency responders, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday in a scathing report. The NTSB faulted Conrail for continuing to open and close the...

  • Going on vacation? Prepare your garden first

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    We pamper our gardens all year, but then desert them to go on vacation during what's often the hottest, driest time of the year. A little planning can soften the blow. Ideally, a neighbor or fellow gardener could handle watering and other tasks while you're away. But if that's not possible,...

  • EU adopts tough new sanctions on Russia

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Shocked into action by the downing of the Malaysian airliner and the resulting deaths of more than 200 Europeans, the European Union approved dramatically tougher economic sanctions Tuesday against Russia, to be followed swiftly by similar punitive measures from the U.S. The new...

  • Canada, Michigan officials to announce bridge plan

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    DETROIT (AP) — Canadian Transport Minister Lisa Raitt and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder have called a news conference Wednesday about the planned new $2 billion bridge linking Detroit and Windsor, Ontario. Snyder's office said Tuesday that Raitt and the governor "will make an announcement regarding...

  • Feds end effort to reclaim mummy mask for Egypt

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — A 3,200-year-old mummy mask at the center of a years-long custody fight will stay at the St. Louis Art Museum now that the U.S. government is giving up its fight to reclaim it for Egypt. U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan said Tuesday that the Department of Justice will take no...

  • Gov. Haley urges Atlantic Beach to end Bikefest

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    ATLANTIC BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Gov. Nikki Haley urged the Atlantic Beach Town Council on Tuesday to end the town's annual biker festival and promised to work to help transform the tiny beachfront community into a family-friendly destination that tourists from across the nation will visit. "Please...

  • Operator: Stranded boat was in restricted area

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    BOSTON (AP) — A group of whale watchers expecting only an afternoon tour were forced instead to spend a long night at sea after their boat was snagged by a mooring cable off Massachusetts, officials and passengers said Tuesday. Boston Harbor Cruises, which operates the whale watch, confirmed...

  • Elegant Louvre Garden in Paris infested with rats

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    PARIS (AP) — Rats are on the rampage in the elegant garden of the Louvre Museum, so bold they romp on the grass in broad daylight, defying death threats from sanitation workers and scaring tourists. The hot weather in Paris has brought many picnicking visitors to the garden, whose garbage is a...

  • Madagascar billed as surfing paradise

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Itching to catch a wave? Try Madagascar. The island nation in the Indian Ocean has become the 86th member of the International Surfing Association as part of a drive to promote the sport in Africa, the California-based association said. Madagascar offers more than 4,800...

  • Disabled commuter train to NYC cleared from tracks

    Yesterday

    NEW YORK (AP) — A New Jersey Transit commuter train was removed Tuesday after becoming disabled just outside the Hudson River tunnel in New York City and delaying trains for commuters throughout the Northeast. The Northeast Corridor train, carrying about 1,000 passengers, was scheduled to...

  • Go For the Food: Traverse City, Michigan's Harvest

    Yesterday

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Let's face it: In today's hurry-up culture, there always will be a need for fast food. Even when you're enjoying a leisurely vacation in a place like Traverse City, a Lake Michigan resort community with a nationwide reputation for restaurants serving high-quality,...

  • Utah B&B opens at former polygamous compound site

    Yesterday

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Continental breakfasts are now being served at a bed and breakfast that has opened on the site of a sprawling, mostly unoccupied compound in southern Utah that was built for the leader of a polygamous sect. America's Most Wanted Suites and Bed and Breakfast takes its name...