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  • 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...

  • County board wants want art museum raises returned

    DETROIT (AP) — Some Oakland County commissioners say they want the Detroit Institute of Arts to pay back bonuses and raises given to two top museum executives. The Detroit News reports (http://bit.ly/1wrXPUE ) that commissioners discussed the compensation issue Thursday. Voters in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties in 2012 approved a tax to...

  • Allegiant flight returns safely to Vegas airport

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — An Allegiant Airlines flight returned shortly after takeoff to McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas after a report of possible engine trouble. Allegiant spokesman Micah Lillard says flight 580 took off for Bellingham, Washington, about 9 a.m. PDT Thursday and landed safely less than 15 minutes later, after the crew...

  • Brown restricts travel to Ebola-affected areas

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Brown University says it won't send undergraduate students to the three countries hit hardest by Ebola for study abroad programs. Faculty, staff, graduate students and medical students who want to go to Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone using university funding must now apply to the provost's office for permission. A...

  • 911 calls show chaos after Delaware tour bus crash

    DOVER, Del. (AP) — Emergency calls made by passengers and passing motorists capture the chaos, fear and confusion in the aftermath of a tour bus crash in Delaware that left three people dead. Audio recordings of several 911 calls obtained by The Associated Press Thursday under the Freedom of Information Act also indicate that 911 operators...

  • Retrospective of fiber artist opens at NYC museum

    NEW YORK (AP) — Institutionalized for more than three decades and largely deaf and mute, Judith Scott found her voice through art, forming intricate sculptures of yarn, fabric and other fibers tightly wrapped around an array of found objects. Born with Down syndrome, the late artist is getting her first solo museum exhibition in the United...

  • 5 free things to do and see in Baltimore

    NEW YORK (AP) — Baltimore on a budget? Easy as Edgar Allan Poe. His gravesite is one of a number of memorable places that can be visited around this historic city without spending a dime. Here are some details on paying your respects to the famed poet who penned "The Raven," along with some other fun things to do — including not one but two...

  • For teen with passport, Syria trip can be seamless

    PARIS (AP) — The teenage sisters told their father they were staying home sick from their suburban Denver school. Instead, they took $2,000 and their passports and headed off for Syria with a 16-year-old friend. They made it as far as Germany before border guards detained them for questioning. The fact that adolescent girls could make their...

  • Buncombe County awards $5 million for tourism

    ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Tourism officials in Buncombe County are handing out nearly $5 million for projects in the area. Multiple media outlets reported that Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority officials on Wednesday selected the projects they hope will attract visitors. The biggest chunk of money will go to the Enka Center...

  • North Korea steps up effort to prevent Ebola entry

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea has stepped up measures to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus into the reclusive country, state media reported Thursday, while a travel agent that specializes in North Korean tours said it has been informed that Pyongyang may ban foreign tourists from visiting. Koryo Tours posted an announcement on...

  • Groundbreaking held for Sioux City museum

    SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Children's Museum of Siouxland in Sioux City has broken ground after a decade of planning. A crowd gathered on Wednesday for the ceremony at the downtown location where children ceremoniously shovel dirt. The museum is intended to provide interactive learning experiences for children ages 6 months to 10 years....

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