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  • USS Constitution closed for repairs, to partly open in June

    BOSTON (AP) — The world's oldest commissioned warship afloat is closing to visitors as it heads to dry dock in Boston for repairs. The three-masted frigate USS Constitution is nicknamed Old Ironsides. It closed on Monday. It's slated to enter dry dock near its berth at the Charlestown Navy Yard on May 19 and partly reopen on June 9. A...

  • Nissan gives $500,000 to Mississippi history museums

    CANTON, Miss. (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. is donating $500,000 to help fund exhibits and a dining area at two Mississippi history museums being built in downtown Jackson. The Japanese automaker made the announcement Monday at its Canton plant, along with former Mississippi Govs. William Winter and Ronnie Musgrove. The Museum of Mississippi...

  • $100M hotel coming to Charleston's historic district

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Construction is underway on a major new hotel in Charleston's historic district. Bennett Hospitality broke ground Monday on a $100 million, eight-story luxury hotel on Marion Square. The 200,000-square-foot hotel is going up at the site where the old Charleston County library building stood abandoned for years. The...

  • New Ellis Island center to complete US immigration story

    NEW YORK (AP) — A gallery opening next month at the Ellis Island Museum will complete the story of America's immigration history. The Peopling of America Center opens on May 20. The museum will then be renamed the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration. The center's new exhibits focus on immigration after Ellis Island closed as a port of...

  • Denver-bound jet diverted to Des Moines, United says

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A Denver-bound United jet has been diverted to Des Moines because of strange odor. United Airlines spokeswoman Mary Clark said Monday that the odor was detected after Flight 112 left Chicago just after 2:45 p.m. Sunday. The plane set down without incident in Des Moines a little before 4 p.m. She says the Boeing 737 was...

  • Vintage baseball game set for Waveland State Historic Site

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Baseball fans can catch a game at Waveland State Historic Site in Lexington that will recreate how the sport was played in the 1860s. State tourism officials say the game between the Losantiville Black Stockings and Norwood Highlanders will be May 17. Players will dress in recreated uniforms, with equipment made to...

  • Motor coach travel, Canada part of annual tourism conference

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — This year's Governor's Conference on Tourism in New Hampshire is including sessions on group travel by motor coach and marketing to the Canadian visitor. Featured guests at the conference May 4-5 are Peter Pantuso, American Bus Association president and CEO, and Aaron Annable, acting consul general of Canada to New...

  • Ky. communities benefit from visits to Lincoln Historic Park

    HODGENVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A new report shows that visitors to the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park in Kentucky spent $13 million last year in nearby communities. The National Park Service report says the spending by the 241,264 visitors supported 227 jobs in the local area in central Kentucky. The park's acting...

  • New coaster set for SeaWorld Orlando

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — SeaWorld Orlando says it is building what will be the tallest roller coaster in Orlando. Officials said Friday the roller coaster will be 200 feet tall when it is completed next year. SeaWorld says it will release more details on the coaster next month.

  • Maine hosting New England tourism conference this month

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — More than 400 travel and tourism businesses, tour operators and other organizations from eight different countries will visit Maine this month. Maine is hosting the annual Discover New England Tourism Summit in Portland from April 27-29. The six New England states take turns hosting the conference. Maine Office of...

  • Sudan's pyramids, nearly as grand as Egypt's, go unvisited

    AL-BEGRAWIYA, Sudan (AP) — The small, steep pyramids rising up from the desert hills of northern Sudan resemble those in neighboring Egypt, but unlike the famed pyramids of Giza, the Sudanese site is largely deserted. The pyramids at Meroe, some 200 kilometers (125 miles) north of Sudan's capital, Khartoum, are rarely visited despite being a...

  • Upgrading old bus routes a focus of transportation overhaul

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Besides roads and bridges, transportation advocates say many of Connecticut's bus routes and transit district systems are old and outdated, requiring a much-needed upgrade. In the eastern half of the state, for example, advocates say changes to the region's economy have changed where people need to travel to work. "We...

  • Graffiti-scarred Joshua Tree landmark is restored

    JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — After a 1 ½ year effort, conservators have restored a popular hiking spot in Joshua Tree National Park that became riddled with graffiti. Barker Dam was put off limits several years ago after vandals carved their names into the cement of the historic landmark, built by Old West ranchers for water...

  • Avalanche sweeps Everest base camp, killing 17, injuring 61

      KATHMANDU, Nepal — An avalanche triggered by Nepal's massive earthquake slammed into a section of the Mount Everest mountaineering base camp, killing at least 17, injuring 61 and leaving an unknown number of climbers and guides unaccounted for on other routes, an official said Sunday. The Denver Post reported that eight Colorado...

  • List: The 10 most beautiful towns in Colorado

    There is no doubt that Colorado is one of the most beautiful states in the nation. A varied landscape from majestic mountains to lovely plains as well as a rich history that will bring out the inner photographer in anyone. From popular skiing destinations to former mining towns to artists' havens and more, picturesque communities abound in 'The...

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