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  • Las Vegas bullish on Mayweather-Pacquiao megafight

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Interested in coming to Vegas to be part of the matchup to end all matchups that Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are selling? It's gonna cost you. One night next weekend at the MGM Grand, the fight venue, is running $1,600 on Friday or Saturday night. That's more than 13 times the going rate on Sunday. Or there's a $180...

  • Bears: Remote area of Wash. national park closed to camping

    PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — Olympic National Park says it has closed a remote area to camping after recent visitor reports of black bears approaching hikers and eating human food. Spokeswoman Barb Maynes says several visitors to the Enchanted Valley have reported seeing at least one bear eating human food and trash. Others have described seeing...

  • Southwest flight diverted to DIA after pressurization issue

    A Southwest Airlines flight traveling from Las Vegas to Milwaukee made an unscheduled stop in Denver Friday night after reporting pressurization issues. Southwest Flight 100, which departed Las Vegas at 6 p.m. PST, was diverted to Denver after about an hour and a half, DIA spokeswoman Laura Coale said. Emergency responders from the Denver...

  • Vegas airport passenger count ticks up 1.8 percent in March

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Passenger traffic at McCarran International Airport increased a modest 1.8 percent last month, compared with the same month in 2014. Monthly numbers released Friday showed about 67,000 more passengers arrived and departed the Las Vegas airport in March 2015. International traffic increased 5.6 percent year-to-year, and...

  • Thorough sweep of Statue of Liberty turns up no explosives

    NEW YORK (AP) — A bomb threat made by an anonymous 911 caller forced the evacuation of hundreds of tourists Friday from the Statue of Liberty, but a thorough sweep of the landmark by investigators turned up no explosives. The caller made the threat late Friday morning, "stating they were going to blow up the Statue of Liberty," the National...

  • Smithsonian hosts symposium on Ferguson, race, police force

    WASHINGTON (AP) — After several cases of police shooting unarmed black men have drawn protests and national scrutiny, the Smithsonian Institution is examining this moment in American history. The National Museum of African American History and Culture is holding a daylong symposium Saturday on "History, Rebellion and Reconciliation:...

  • Tourism season off to a strong start on SC's Grand Strand

    CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — The 2015 tourism season is off to a strong start on South Carolina's Grand Strand. Tourism researchers at Coastal Carolina University say that during the six weeks from March 8 through the middle of April almost 61 percent of the lodging properties the university samples were occupied. That's up about 6 percent compared...

  • NPS: report shows 23 million visited Va. attractions

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The National Park Service says its Virginia attractions saw nearly 23 million visitors in 2014. A report released Thursday by the park service shows that those visitors spent nearly $1 billion in the state, resulting in 14,753 jobs. The sesquicentennial of the Civil War was marked at many national parks in Virginia,...

  • Ohio Military Hall of Fame honors veterans

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Military Hall of Fame for Valor is inducting its 2015 class of veterans honored for going above and beyond the call of duty and performing heroically in combat situations. This year's class includes veterans who served in World War II and in conflicts in Vietnam and Afghanistan. Hall officials say the annual...

  • Pipeline survey approved in part of national forest in W.Va.

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has approved a permit to survey part of the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia for a proposed natural gas pipeline. The temporary permit for the survey involves 17 miles of forest through Randolph and Pocahontas counties. The Charleston Gazette (http://bit.ly/1DES8Ez) reports the...

  • Lincoln home visitors boosted economy by nearly $13M in 2014

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The National Park Service reports that 218,000 visitors to the Lincoln Home National Historic Site in 2014 spent $12.7 million in surrounding communities. A study by the U.S. Geological Survey found the spending supported 208 jobs and contributed a total of $16 million. Abraham and Mary Lincoln bought the only home...

  • SC State Museum celebrates 25th anniversary of Hubble Scope

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina State Museum is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope. The museum is holding several activities Friday evening, including a viewing in the museum's observatory and other family-friendly hands-on activities. The Hubble was deployed in 1990. Hubble has an unobstructed view of the...

  • Frazier History Museum plans bourbon exhibit

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Frazier History Museum in Louisville is planning to develop an expanded bourbon history exhibit and experience. The museum is working with the Kentucky Distillers' Association on the project. The museum says its initial plans call for bourbon-related exhibits and visitor experiences that focus on the history and...

  • 14 students receive international travel scholarship at USD

    VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) — Fourteen students at the University of South Dakota are the first to receive scholarships to study abroad through a new international travel fund at the Vermillion instruction. The new International Opportunity Fund in USD's College of Arts and Sciences was established by alumni Tom and Nancy Gallagher. The couple gave...

  • More passengers use Colorado Springs Airport, thanks to charter flights

    Charter flights helped boost passenger traffic at the Colorado Springs Airport in February to the first year-over-year increase since October. Traffic in February rose 4.7 percent from February 2014 to 41,480, ending three consecutive months of declines. The number of passengers leaving the Springs on charter flights was up 2,715 during the...

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