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  • Threat to Southwest flight that landed in Denver deemed not credible by FBI

    DENVER — An unspecified security threat that led authorities to check a Southwest Airlines plane after it landed at Denver International Airport has been determined to be not credible, the FBI said. Amy Sanders, a spokeswoman for the FBI, told the Denver Post in an email, "The threat was deemed non-credible at this time," but she would not...

  • Huge American flag made of Legos on display at Smithsonian

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of visitors at the Smithsonian have helped build the largest American flag made out of Lego bricks in time for the Fourth of July. That flag was built this week at the National Museum of American History in Washington. It's constructed with more than 100,000 Lego bricks. The museum says thousands of visitors helped...

  • Exhibit opens July 4 about black experience in WW2

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — About to be overrun by Germans, a young black lieutenant called in an artillery barrage on his own position, knowing he'd be killed. It was the only way to hold off the enemy. The sacrifice by 1st Lt. John Fox is one of many endured by the 100,000 African-American service members during World War II and is now the focus of...

  • Illinois State Police add July 4 patrols, roadside checks

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Law enforcement officials are warning Illinois motorists not to drink and drive and to buckle up over the holiday weekend. Illinois State Police say they're joining forces with more than 270 law enforcement agencies to conduct 100 roadside safety checks and 500 "saturation patrols" across the state. They're also...

  • Papal visit puts Andes presidents' eco-record under scrutiny

    AGUARAGUE NATIONAL PARK, Bolivia (AP) — In the vine-entangled forests of the Aguarague National Park, crude that seeped for decades out of abandoned wellheads saturates the soil and has stained the bedrock of creeks that provide water to the indigenous Guarani who live nearby. The petroleum stench is overpowering as David Benitez, who lives in...

  • LIST: Eight festivals to attend in Colorado

    Crested Butte Wildflower Festival: They don't call it the Wildflower Capital of Colorado for nothing. Wildflowers bloom all summer, but from July 13 to July 19, the little town celebrates flower power with guided hikes, garden tours and more. More info: crestedbuttewild flowerfestival.com Underground Music Showcase: Denver's nonprofit indie...

  • Jefferson's iconic U.Va. Rotunda amid $58 million face-lift

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Thomas Jefferson's Rotunda at the University of Virginia is ensnared in a spider's web of scaffolding these days, the focus of a $58.3 million renovation of the World Heritage Site. The Rotunda face-lift is part construction zone — hardhats, safety glasses, big equipment — part art restoration. In its interior,...

  • Patagonia founder, others, sue over Grand Teton road paving

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The founder of the Patagonia outdoor clothing company and a well-known wildlife photographer are among those suing over plans by a subdivision where they're property owners to pave a private road in Grand Teton National Park. Meadow Road provides access through the park to a subdivision on its southern boundary. Property...

  • Poland advises its citizens against travel to Egypt

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Polish Foreign Ministry has advised its citizens against traveling to Egypt, and at least one major travel agency has responded by canceling package holidays to the country for the rest of the summer season. The ministry advised Poles on Thursday against booking trips to Egypt, including to popular Red Sea resorts. It...

  • July 4th visits, spending could set record in New Hampshire

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Visits and spending are expected to set records for the July 4 holiday period this year in New Hampshire. The Institute for New Hampshire Studies says more than 900,000 people are expected to visit the state from Friday through Monday. They are expected to spend more than $140 million. Most visitors will travel to New...

  • Woman who fell 400 feet to death at Royal Gorge ID'd

    CANON CITY — Authorities have released the name of a woman who fell about 400 feet to her death at the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park in southern Colorado. The Fremont County coroner's office identified the woman Thursday as 45-year-old Denise McLean, of Wylie, Texas. Her death has been ruled an accident. The Canon City Daily Record reports...

  • Colorado camp resort for pot users falls through

    DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — A planned pot-friendly ranch resort in southwest Colorado has been snuffed before it opened. The 170-acre CannaCamp resort touted weed-friendly activities such as hiking and fishing. But a deal with the landowner fell through, and the marijuana-tourism company promoting CannaCamp announced Thursday that the resort won't...

  • World's largest folk art market to open in Santa Fe

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — It's more than the world's largest folk art market. It's about keeping traditions alive and helping artisans from developing countries use their skills to start their own businesses. Now in its 12th year, the International Folk Art Market will feature more than 150 artists who will be showcasing everything from hand-woven...

  • New lighting system to illuminate Statue of Liberty

    NEW YORK (AP) — Lady Liberty is getting some new lights. The National Park Service on Thursday announced that a new lighting system, using light-emitting diodes or LEDs, is being activated next week on the grounds around the statue. The equipment is coming from Musco Lighting of Oskaloosa, Iowa. It will be turned on at sunset on July 7. The...

  • North Carolina shark attack victim says fortunate to survive

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The latest survivor in a record-breaking string of seven North Carolina shark attacks said Thursday he's very fortunate to be alive and thankful for the emergency help he received after struggling ashore. The shark attack was frightening and painful, said Andrew Costello. Now he's focused on recovering. "I feel very...

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