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  • Blackfeet urge government to cancel energy leases

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Blackfoot tribal leaders from Montana and Canada are calling on the U.S. government to cancel oil and gas leases on land near Glacier National Park that is considered sacred to them. Representatives from the three tribes in Canada and one in Montana that make up the Blackfoot Confederacy met in Browning Friday. They sent...

  • Sonar mapping shines new light on USS Utah

    HONOLULU (AP) — Above the water, the effects of 73 years on the partially sunken warship USS Utah are evident at its resting place just off Ford Island. The target and training ship took two torpedoes on Dec. 7, 1941, capsized and was only partially righted using cables that are still apparent on the rusting hull, the National Park Service...

  • Public invited to Rocky Point for 'open house'

    WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Islanders will get their first look in nearly two decades at the former Rocky Point amusement park, soon to be open as a state park. A public open house is being held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. The Department of Environmental Management says people will be able to see the changes at the coastal...

  • Lava creeps toward road on Hawaii's Big Island

    HONOLULU (AP) — A growing lava stream threatening homes and inching closer to a rural road on Hawaii's Big Island oozed forward in fits and starts this week, frustrating some residents but giving officials a window of time to prepare. The narrow, leading edge of the lava flow is now just 250 yards from the one-lane country road, which has been...

  • Ebola cases in New York and Mali fan travel fears

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Ebola virus's arrival in New York City and yet another West African nation — Mali — renewed questions Friday about whether stricter travel restrictions would help lock down the deadly disease. The governors of New York and New Jersey went ahead and issued their own quarantine order. There was good news, too, as one of the...

  • Public donations pay for Argentine national park

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentines have a new national park that is home to endangered species like jaguars and crowned solitary eagles, thanks to donations from the public to cover the initial cost. Congress this week passed legislation creating the Impenetrable National Park on 120,000 hectares (nearly 300,000 acres) in northeastern...

  • Medieval artifacts displayed in Ky. heading home

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — At a Kentucky museum, the reign is ending soon for an exhibition of medieval artifacts from England that's so prized that it took an act of Parliament to create the trans-Atlantic partnership that brought the collection to the United States. The Frazier History Museum said Friday that the decade-long exhibition featuring...

  • NYC museum plans Basquiat exhibition

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Brooklyn Museum plans an exhibition on graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (zhahn mee-SHEHL' BAH'-skee-aht) that includes eight rarely seen notebooks filled with his handwritten texts and sketches. "Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks" will run at the Brooklyn Museum from April 3 through Aug. 23. It will feature 160 unbound...

  • Remains of French ship being reassembled in Texas

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A frigate carrying French colonists to the New World that sank in a storm off the Texas coast more than 300 years ago is being reassembled into a display that archeologists hope will let people walk over the hull and feel like they are on the ship's deck. The 1686 wreck of the 54-foot oak frigate La Belle — in an...

  • Vermont City seeks US customs house on border lake

    NEWPORT, Vt. (AP) — The city of Newport has agreed to help lobby U.S. Customs and Border Protection to set up a port of entry on the Vermont end of Lake Memphremagog to increase cross-border tourism on the border-spanning lake. The Magog, Quebec, based tour business Escapades Memphremagog wants to bring boatloads of tourists to Newport then...

  • UA Museum to host Halloween event

    FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The University of Alaska Museum of the North is hosting a Halloween night event for families. University officials say the event is scheduled to take place between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Oct. 31. Officials say visitors can tour research labs, participate in crafts and watch scientific experiments. Visitors are asked to...

  • Ohio theme park says The Beast to hit 50M rides

    MASON, Ohio (AP) — Now that's a lot of ups and downs. A southwest Ohio theme park says one of its roller coasters will soon give its 50 millionth ride. Kings Island expects that to happen during Friday night's "Halloween Haunt" activities at the park in Mason. The Beast roller coaster opened in 1979, billed as the world's longest wooden...

  • Paintings in national parks spark probe, furor

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A series of colorful, eerie faces painted on rocks in some of the West's most famously picturesque landscapes has sparked an investigation by the National Park Service and a furor online. Agents so far have confirmed the images in Yosemite and four other national parks in California, Utah and Oregon. Park Service...

  • NK expert says US must apologize to free detainees

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — After an American was released from North Korean custody, the attention has now focused on two other U.S. citizens still in its jails, and at least one North Korean legal expert has some unusual advice to offer: let Washington formally apologize to Pyongyang, and the country's leader will consider pardoning them....

  • Business Highlights

    ___ Fuel costs ease, US airline profits soar DALLAS (AP) — Profits are soaring at the biggest U.S. airlines as fuel prices drop — but don't expect fares to fall too. Heading into the busy holiday-travel period, the airlines expect even cheaper fuel, thanks to the nosedive in crude oil prices. The price of jet fuel, an airline's biggest...

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