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  • New trail connects visitors to Virginia oysters

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Riding a wave of growth and popularity of the state's aquaculture, Virginia officials on Tuesday announced the creation of the Virginia Oyster Trail to connect travelers to the state's oyster industry. The industry that dates to the founding of Jamestown in 1607 is enjoying...

  • Remains of hiker likely found in Grand County

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    GRAND LAKE, Colo. (AP) — Human remains found in the Indian Peaks Wilderness earlier this month are believed to be that of a 72-year-old woman who disappeared during a hike two years ago. Searchers found remains, clothing and identification belonging to Patricia Wallace of Lafayette on Friday...

  • National Mall to get 6-acre sand, soil portrait

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Smithsonian says it has commissioned a portrait made out of sand and soil that will stretch over six acres at the National Mall. Cuban American urban artist Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada will do the work. The piece is a composite portrait of several people photographed in...

  • Times Square characters upset at 'hostile' police

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Some costumed characters in Times Square ripped off their mammoth heads on Tuesday, showing their real faces to protest what they call a "hostile move" by police telling tourists they don't have to tip for photos. The giant Elmos, Mickey Mouses, Statues of Liberty and other...

  • WWII bomb found near Frankfurt airport

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    BERLIN (AP) — A World War II bomb found Tuesday next to a highway near Frankfurt airport was disposed of in a controlled explosion, causing some disruption to flight operations. A stretch of the A3 highway near Offenbach, outside Frankfurt, was closed Tuesday after the 500-kilogram British bomb...

  • National Park Service settles whistleblower appeal

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The National Park Service has reached a settlement with an employee who said she was unfairly fired over the 1990 removal of ancient human remains from the Effigy Mounds National Monument that were only returned three years ago, newly released records show. Sharon...

  • National Mall to get 6-acre sand, soil portrait

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Smithsonian says it has commissioned a portrait made out of sand and soil that will stretch over six acres at the National Mall. Cuban American urban artist Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada will do the work. The piece is a composite portrait of several people photographed in...

  • Committee approves higher pension calculations

    Yesterday

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A state pension fund committee on Tuesday approved retirement calculations for new government hires despite concerns about so-called "pension spiking" raised by Gov. Jerry Brown and local governments. The committee of the California Public Employees' Retirement System...

  • Defense: Ex-governor's wife took credit for loans

    Yesterday

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Gov. Bob McDonnell's wife sent text messages claiming exclusive credit for securing loans from a Virginia businessman whose largesse toward the couple is at the heart of their public corruption trial, according to evidence presented Tuesday. In one text presented by...

  • Afghanistan bars NYT reporter from leaving country

    Yesterday

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's attorney general has barred a New York Times correspondent from leaving the country because of a story in which he reported that a group of officials were considering seizing power because of the impasse over who won the recent presidential election, a...

  • Thousands of intense earthquakes rock Iceland

    Yesterday

    LONDON (AP) — Thousands of small intense earthquakes are rocking Iceland amid concerns that one of the country's volcanoes may be close to erupting. Iceland has raised its aviation alert level for the risk of a possible volcanic eruption to orange — the second-most severe level. The alert is...

  • Smithsonian adds LGBT history to museum collection

    Yesterday

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of photographs, papers and historical objects documenting the history of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are being added to the Smithsonian Institution's collection Tuesday, including items from the popular TV show "Will and Grace." Show creators David...

  • 5 California Things to Know for Tuesday

    Yesterday

    Your daily look at late-breaking California news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday: 1. SCHOOL ATTACK THWARTED IN LA SUBURB Police are scheduled to discuss the arrests of two teenage boys who allegedly planned to kill three high school staffers and gun down as...

  • Vegas to Monterrey flights launching in December

    Yesterday

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A discount air carrier says it will start offering nonstop service again between Las Vegas and the Mexican city of Monterrey. Mexican company VivaAerobus is launching four nonstop flights a week between the two cities starting December 5. Fares start at $99 each way. The new...

  • Amusement park apologizes for gun shirt error

    Yesterday

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A 33-year-old disabled Marine who wasn't allowed into a New Jersey amusement park because he was wearing a shirt with a red, white and blue assault rifle on it has been given an apology. NJ.com reports (http://bit.ly/1v9YY2J) that Mario Alejandro received a phone call from...

  • Go For the Food: Yes, you can do brunch in Rome

    Yesterday

    ROME (AP) — Rome is a sightseer's dream, and for many visitors, indulging in authentic Italian cuisine is one of the biggest draws. But for non-locals, the first meal of the day can be a bit of a letdown. Breakfast in Italy is a stand-up affair: You crowd at the bar, scarf down a stale pastry...

  • UN urges exit screening for Ebola at some airports

    Yesterday

    GENEVA (AP) — Ebola-affected countries should immediately begin exit screening all passengers leaving international airports, sea ports and major ground crossings, the U.N. health agency said. The agency didn't spell out which countries should start screening passengers, but noted in the...

  • Arches, Canyonlands national parks ban drones

    Yesterday

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Drones are now officially banned in Arches and Canyonlands national parks in southeastern Utah. Kevin Moore, acting chief ranger for the two parks, says the unmanned aircrafts disrupt wildlife and are an intrusion on visitors looking for tranquility. They have seen an...

  • Child, 8, falls to death in Yellowstone canyon

    Yesterday

    YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — An 8-year-old girl has died after falling about 550 feet while hiking in Yellowstone National Park. The National Park Service says the accident occurred Sunday morning in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. It identified the victim as Zahra Allahyari...

  • Rail service extension reaches DFW Airport

    Yesterday

    GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) — Light rail service at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport began Monday with the first train officially arriving to link travelers to downtown Dallas. Dallas Area Rapid Transit's Orange Line extension, the final nearly 5-mile stretch to reach the airport, opened four...

  • Record number of tourists visiting Florida

    Yesterday

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida had a record number of visitors during this past spring. Gov. Rick Scott will announce Tuesday that 24 million tourists visited the state during the second quarter of 2014. That's a three percent jump over the same time period a year ago. Visit Florida, the...

  • Ring, ring: London statues want to talk to you

    Yesterday

    LONDON (AP) — Calling all London tourists: Peter Pan, Sherlock Holmes and Queen Victoria want a word with you. Statues of some three dozen historical and fictional characters in London and Manchester are coming to life thanks to a new interactive project that gives them a voice to tell their...

  • Frontier now flying out of Dulles Airport

    Yesterday

    CHANTILLY, Va. (AP) — Frontier Airlines is now offering flights out of Dulles International Airport. The low-cost carrier will begin nonstop service to 17 destinations from Dulles this year. The first flights were scheduled for Tuesday. Frontier will begin flying this week to Atlanta;...

  • Public comment period opens for Denali bridges

    Yesterday

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — National Park Service officials say the agency is considering whether to replace two pedestrian bridges at Alaska's Denali National Park and Preserve. The agency is taking public comments through Sept. 17 for an environmental assessment for the possible project, which...

  • Oklahoma News Briefs

    Published: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    Oklahoma News Briefs for Aug. 19, 2014.