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  • 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...

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

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Hecla Mining Co. announced Friday it was acquiring Revett Mining Co. in a $20 million stock deal that anticipates closing one silver and copper mine in northwestern Montana and pursuing the development of another. Under the merger, each share of Revett stock will be exchanged for 0.1622 of a share of Hecla. Shareholders...

  • 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...

  • Museum to mark Vietnam Veterans Day with play, other events

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The N.C. Museum of History is marking Vietnam Veterans Day with a program that includes a play, a chance to meet the people who fought in the war and personal memorabilia that includes uniforms, weapons and gear. The program is scheduled to begin on Friday and continues on Saturday at the museum in Raleigh. A play titled...

  • Businesses back Maine national park plan east of Baxter park

    BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A group of more than 200 Maine business owners say they support the creation of a national park and recreation area on 150,000 acres east of Baxter State Park. The businesses sent letters to Maine's congressional delegation on Thursday urging support for the project. They also released a plan they say sets a "conceptual...

  • Forest service fielding applications for conservation corps

    CAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — The White Mountain National Forest Service is seeking applications from teens who want to jobs on its Youth Conservation Corps. The YCC is a summer work program for those ages 15-18 who want to perform much needed conservation work on public lands. Forest rangers say participants will learn and earn together in the great...

  • Arkansas House backs changes to lottery-funded scholarships

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas House has approved two major changes to the way lottery-funded scholarships are awarded. By a 64-23 vote, the House approved legislation that would cut the scholarships incoming freshmen would receive and base eligibility solely on standardized testing. A separate proposal to award the scholarships based...

  • Alone at controls, co-pilot sought to 'destroy' the plane; victims were screaming in terror

    PARIS — The co-pilot of the Germanwings jet barricaded himself in the cockpit and "intentionally" rammed the plane full speed into the French Alps, ignoring the captain's frantic pounding on the cockpit door and the screams of terror from passengers, a prosecutor said Thursday. In a split second, he killed all 150 people aboard the plane....

  • Mexico double-transplant patient eyes US humanitarian entry

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — A young Mexican man who is urgently trying to travel to the Mayo Clinic for a double-organ transplant has filed a third application for entry into the United States after twice being denied a visa. Jose Chua, 20, who suffers from a life-threatening condition, was turned down Tuesday for the second time for a tourist visa,...

  • Mentally stable at 38,000 feet: Can you trust your pilot?

    NEW YORK (AP) — Airline pilots are supposed to be the ones we trust. They greet us at the door of the plane in their crisp, military-style uniforms, then welcome us aboard with that familiar soothing drawl over the PA system as we buckle ourselves in. When there's turbulence, they offer reassurance. And when the plane safely touches down, they...

  • Gazette travel: A taste of India

    India is almost too much. A trek through the country offers an all-out assault on the senses, with overpowering smells, tastes and colors, and constant noise, congestion and chaos. Its beauty and people, though, make it a photographer's dream - especially a photographer who prefers things over the top. I don't normally track the number of...

  • Tribe turns to international commission in ski resort fight

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation has turned to an international human rights commission that has dealt with death penalty cases and foreign killings in its effort to draw attention to a northern Arizona mountain that tribes consider sacred. Getting the case considered by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights could be a long...

  • Denver Art Museum offers free admission to kids

    DENVER (AP) — Every day is now a free day for kids at the Denver Art Museum. Anyone 18 and under— whether on a school trip or visiting on their own — can now get into the museum for free. The museum says it will also help pay for school bus trips to the museum and offer $5 youth tickets to its special exhibitions. The Free for Kids program,...

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