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  • 12 missing after flood sweeps away vacation home in Texas

    WIMBERLEY, Texas (AP) — Crews were searching Monday for 12 people reported missing after a vacation home was swept away by flash-flooding along a rain-swollen river that destroyed or damaged more than 1,000 homes in Central Texas. Emergency crews rescued several people who were stranded by the torrential rains that swelled the Blanco River...

  • West Yellowstone ponders $1.4M forest land purchase

    WEST YELLOWSTONE, Mont. (AP) — How does a town expand when it's surrounded by federal land? West Yellowstone city officials are facing that very question as they contemplate spending more than $1.4 million to acquire 80 acres of Custer Gallatin National Forest land adjacent to the community, which is located about 90 miles south of Bozeman....

  • National Park Service surveying Reconstruction sites

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Now that its observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War is over, the National Park Service is turning its attention to the Reconstruction era after the war. The agency is embarking on a yearlong study to inventory sites throughout the South and beyond that are important to telling the story of Reconstruction....

  • 21 New Hampshire museums free for military families

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — There are 21 museums in New Hampshire offering free admission to military families from Memorial Day through Labor Day under the Blue Star Museums program. The New Hampshire museums are among 2,000 nationwide taking part in the program. The museums range from the Moffett House Museum and Genealogy Center in Berlin to the...

  • Panhandle welcomes thousands of LGBT holiday tourists

    PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Thousands of LGBT tourists are spending their Memorial Day weekend on Florida Panhandle beaches. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people have vacationed in Pensacola Beach and Navarre Beach every Memorial Day for decades. The gatherings have grown throughout the years and are an important part of the region's busy...

  • 9 to be inducted into Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Nine Ohioans will be inducted into the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame in a ceremony in Columbus. The ceremony will be held at the Ohio Statehouse on Thursday. This year's honorees will join more than 400 individuals inducted since 1978. Officials with the Ohio Department of Aging say the 2015 honorees include...

  • Theme parks turning aging coasters into new thrill rides

    Bigger, faster and more extreme are what count when it comes to roller coasters. So what's an amusement park to do with aging coasters when those record-breaking crowd pleasers from years ago are being overshadowed by today's scream machines? A coaster makeover, of course. A handful of roller coasters are reopening this year after undergoing...

  • Summer fun: coasters, pop culture rides and Orlando Eye

    A dark, submarine-inspired thrill ride in California and swank new offerings at Downtown Disney all top the summer's must-do list for theme park and amusement fans. For those who want more extreme summer adventures, a hybrid wood-steel coaster in Massachusetts and a spinning wing coaster based on Batman in Texas are also new for 2015. "Pop...

  • 6 rescued from roller coaster after outage left them stuck

    ANDERSON TOWNSHIP, Ohio (AP) — Six people, including three children, had to be rescued from a roller coaster in Ohio after a power outage left them stuck. The riders were on the Pepsi Python coaster at in Anderson Township's Coney Island Amusement Park on Sunday when the power went out around 6:30 p.m. Emily Adkins, the mother of one of the...

  • List: Top 10 attractions for visitors to see around Colorado Springs

    You will never know how much cool stuff there is to do and see in the Pikes Peak region until you’re asked to list just 10 of them. To assist out out-of-town visitors in deciding what to visit while here, here's a list of favorites:

  • Music museum to offer free admission to military personnel

    VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) — The National Music Museum in Vermillion is offering free admission this summer to active duty military personnel and their families. The Blue Star Museum program is available from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Nationwide, more than 2,000 museums are participating in the program sponsored by the National Endowment of...

  • Railroad museum looking to pass on Hermiston's legacy

    PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — Behind a chain link fence, between a 1913 dining car and a 1912 passenger coach full of railroad memorabilia, a faded wooden sign reading "West Maxwell" can be seen from Hodge Park in Hermiston. The sign is one of the last reminders of a time long past, when the railroad attracted human inhabitants to the stretch of high...

  • Carowinds to close wooden Thunder Road roller coaster

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Carowinds says it will close the Thunder Road wooden roller coaster on July 26. The amusement park near Charlotte says it will tear down the ride as part of a $50 million renovation plan. The roller coaster goes through both North Carolina and South Carolina and lasts more than two minutes, reaching speeds of 45 mph. It...

  • Gazette travel: Washington D.C. an ideal place to take teens during summer

    he nation's capital is overrun with strollers in summer. Families with young children navigate the Metro platforms, wind their way through Smithsonian museums and, laden with drinks and snacks, work their way along the National Mall. But Washington, D.C., is arguably a better destination for those with teens, not toddlers. Fresh off U.S....

  • Go for the food: Santa Fe, N.M.

    Harry's Roadhouse, Sante Fe There is no shortage of good food in this northern New Mexico town, where the many casual and gourmet takes on the state's trademark chile dishes are almost as big a draw as the city's art galleries and festivals. The question typically is not where to go, but where can you get a table. So while the tourists are...

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