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  • Pats welcome back former greats at camp

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Bill Belichick looked at the defensive backfield talent standing on the sideline at Gillette Stadium on Friday night and wished it were 10 years ago. On a day when former All-Pro cornerback Ty Law entered the Patriot Hall of Fame, many of his former teammates and big names from the Patriots' three Super Bowl wins in...

  • 2 Americans detained in North Korea seek US help

    PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Two American tourists charged with "anti-state" crimes in North Korea said Friday they expect to be tried soon and pleaded for help from the U.S. government to secure their release from what they say could be long prison terms. In their first appearance since being detained more than three months ago, Matthew Todd...

  • Strahan expects emotions to flow at HOF induction

    CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Michael Strahan is pleased to know he is scheduled to go last during the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. That means the former New York Giants star pass-rusher won't be the first to break down in tears once the 2014 seven-member class is inducted Saturday. "I am not going to be the first one to crack,"...

  • Plan targeting 2,800 battlefield deer progresses

    HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — The National Park Service tentatively approved a plan Friday that envisions government sharpshooters killing more than 2,800 white-tailed deer at three Civil War battlefields in Maryland and Virginia over the next five years to curb damage to plants and trees. The agency aims to reduce herds that it says are...

  • Ohio theme park says it topped shaved-heads record

    MASON, Ohio (AP) — With wide grins and a few apprehensive looks, more than 200 people lost their hair Friday at an amusement park as they worked to break the Guinness record for most heads shaved simultaneously. Hair littered the ground at Kings Island as 213 people had their heads shaved at part of the park's Kicks Cancer campaign to raise...

  • Oklahoma History Center plans back-to-school event

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Staff and educators at museums across Oklahoma will be on hand later this month to answer questions about field trips, teacher resources and professional development. The event is called the Back-to-School Bash and is being held at the Oklahoma History Center on Aug. 14. Teachers, parents, school staff and students are...

  • Exhibit on Downton Abbey costumes a big draw

    WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Delaware's Winterthur Museum is drawing big crowds with its 'Costumes of Downton Abbey' exhibit. The News Journal of Wilmington (http://delonline.us/1rNzGFC) reports that the show had its 100,000th visitor on Tuesday. The museum's annual visitation usually is between 100,000 and 110,000. If ticket sales continue, the...

  • Virginia kicks off 3rd annual craft beer month

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia is kicking off its third annual craft beer month. Events are scheduled throughout the state during August at breweries, restaurants and hotels to celebrate Virginia's more than 80 craft breweries. Among the events is the Virginia Craft Brewers Fest scheduled for Aug. 23 at Devils Backbone Brewery in Nelson...

  • Ohio theme park tries to top shaved-heads record

    MASON, Ohio (AP) — A southwestern Ohio amusement park will try to top a Guinness record for the most heads shaved simultaneously to help raise awareness and money to fight cancer. Kings Island says more than 200 hair stylists from Great Clips salons in Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, Cleveland, Lima and Toledo will shave heads Friday at the park...

  • Airport to use QR codes to help people find cars

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis International Airport has installed codes in shelters at parking lots to help people find where they parked their vehicles. QR codes, or Quick Response codes, have been installed in each shelter of the Economy Lot and at the first pillar of each row of public parking in the Terminal Garage in levels 2-5. People...

  • Pollock exhibit set for 2015 in Dallas

    DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Museum of Art will be the only U.S. stop for a new touring exhibit next year of Jackson Pollock's work. The exhibit will be the first in more than three decades to survey a phase of works known as his "black pourings" — a series of black enamel and oil paintings created between 1951 and 1953. "Jackson Pollock: Blind...

  • US warns against traveling to Ebola-hit countries

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials on Thursday warned Americans not to travel to the three West African countries hit by an outbreak of Ebola. The travel advisory applies to nonessential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where the deadly disease has killed more than 700 people this year. "The bottom line is Ebola is worsening in...

  • Opponents offer 2 alternatives to Corcoran breakup

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Opponents of a plan to break up Washington's nearly 150-year-old Corcoran Gallery of Art presented two alternatives in court this week to preserve the independent museum and art school as a judge considers its proposed merger with two larger institutions. The University of Maryland president and a leading Washington...

  • Montana prairie reserve tops 300,000 acres

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A privately funded conservation reserve taking shape on north-central Montana's open prairie now spans more than 300,000 acres — or almost 470 square miles — with the addition of a large parcel south of Malta that was disclosed Thursday. American Prairie Reserve manager James Barnett said the group recently bought a...

  • US launches charm offensive against wary India

    NEW DELHI (AP) — Given a rare opportunity to lunch with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Gaurav Dalmia was less interested Thursday in discussing the planned topics at hand, including climate change or even the trade dispute between India and the U.S. Instead, the Indian businessman was focused on Kerry himself — and whether he would be able...

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