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  • WWII heroes to give congressional gold medal to Ohio museum

    CINCINNATI (AP) — More than seven decades after the Doolittle Raiders rallied their nation while stunning another, the World War II heroes will again add to their legacy with a presentation to a museum in Ohio. The group will receive the Congressional Gold Medal on April 15 in Washington, then hand it over three days later to the National...

  • Prescribed burn planned in NC's Pisgah National Forest

    MARS HILL, N.C. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service plans to conduct a prescribed burn on 450 acres in the Pisgah National Forest to reduce the possibility of wildfire. The Forest Service says the controlled fires will take place beginning Sunday in the Appalachian Ranger District, about 25 miles northwest of Asheville. The burn is meant to reduce...

  • National parks have billions in delayed maintenance work

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — As the National Park Service approaches its centennial, it is facing billions of dollars in delayed maintenance projects — including a $278 million backlog in Utah. The cost of delayed projects nationwide came to $11.49 billion for 2014, according to a report released by the National Park Service on Monday. The Salt Lake...

  • Van Gogh exhibit to feature artist's nature paintings

    WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. (AP) — An exhibit featuring 50 paintings and drawings of nature by Vincent Van Gogh will open in western Massachusetts in June. "Van Gogh and Nature" is the first exhibit devoted to the artist's exploration of nature. It will open at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown on June 14. The exhibit will include iconic...

  • Popular Yosemite National Park lookout opens early in season

    YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — A road leading to spectacular views of California's Yosemite National Park opened to drivers on Saturday, marking the earliest date for the occasion in at least 20 years. Glacier Point Road takes drivers to a lookout perched at 3, 214 feet above the valley floor, where visitors can view spectacles such as...

  • The Big Unit takes in BB Hall of Fame

    COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Randy Johnson was like all the rest — speechless at the thought of being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. "It hasn't quite sunk in yet. It really hasn't," Johnson said Saturday after taking his pre-induction tour of baseball's shine. "I'm honored and humbled. I didn't play the game for the money or the...

  • Steam engine that transported President Taft is coming back

    ANTONITO — A locomotive that once transported President William Taft to Gunnison and spent most of its 50-year working life hauling train cars over Cumbres, Marshall and La Veta passes for the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad is headed back to southern Colorado after spending decades in a Colorado Springs park. The Cumbres and Toltec...

  • W&L's Lee Chapel and Museum reopening following renovations

    LEXINGTON, Va. (AP) — Washington and Lee University in Lexington says the Lee Chapel and Museum is reopening following several renovations and upgrades. The school says the chapel and museum will reopen on Monday. It had closed last December as part of Washington and Lee's continuing efforts to preserve its historic buildings. Renovations...

  • DIA turning off prominent lights for Earth Hour

    DENVER — Denver International Airport is turning off several prominent lights for Earth Hour, including the infamous statue titled "Mustang," a blue horse with blazing red fiery eyes at the entrance to the airport. This is the third year that DIA has participated in Earth Hour by turning off illuminated signs and the statue. The airport...

  • Rabid dead bat found at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

    ESCONDIDO, Calif. (AP) — A dead bat found at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park has tested positive for rabies. The county's Health and Human Services Agency said in a statement Friday that the bat — which was not one of the zoo's animals — was found on a public walkway between the Gorilla Forest and African Woods. The statement says trained zoo...

  • Hecla Mining to acquire Revett in $20M stock deal

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Hecla Mining Co. moved Friday to acquire Revett Mining Co. in a $20 million stock deal that anticipates closing one silver and copper mine in northwestern Montana and pushing forward with the development of another. Shareholders of Revett, which is based in Spokane Valley, Washington, still must approve the merger....

  • Museum's 'Little Syria' exhibit going to Ellis Island

    DETROIT (AP) — The Arab American National Museum is sending its exhibition about one of the earliest Arab-American settlements to Ellis Island, the same place where many of those immigrants first set foot in the U.S. The "Little Syria" exhibit documents the once-thriving Lower Manhattan community that was home to many Arabs, including author...

  • Bill would name wilderness area for late Gov Hammond

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's U.S. senators have introduced legislation to rename a wilderness area after the late former Gov. Jay Hammond. The bill, from Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, would name 2.6 million acres of wilderness in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve as the Jay S. Hammond Wilderness Area. The wilderness area is...

  • Forest Service extends comment period on BWCA land swap

    DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service is giving the public more time to weigh in on a proposal to swap state-owned land within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area for federal land elsewhere in the Superior National Forest. Citing high public interest, the Forest Service has extended the comment period through May 15. About 83,000 acres of...

  • San Diego's SeaWorld reopens sea lion show

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — SeaWorld in San Diego has reopened its sea lion and otter show, three weeks after closing it so the trainers could help save starving sea animals. U-T San Diego (http://bit.ly/1GvODWo ) says the show reopened Thursday. It was closed on March 6 to allow six animal specialists to work at the park's Animal Rescue Center. Experts...

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