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  • College Football Hall of Fame finds high-tech home

    ATLANTA (AP) — Visitors to the new College Football Hall of Fame will find 100-year-old artifacts have found a new home in the digital age. When entering the three-story facility, fans will immediately face a giant wall of 768 helmets — one for every program at every level in the nation. The new high-tech hall opens Saturday in downtown...

  • Same-sex couple settle wedding venue dispute

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The owners of a lodge in central Minnesota have agreed to pick up the tab for the wedding and reception of a same-sex couple they initially turned away. Cole Frey and Adam Block have settled their discrimination complaint filed with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights against the owners of Rice Creek Hunting and...

  • Park Service waives entry fees for 98th birthday

    GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — The National Park Service turns 98 years old Monday and is waiving entry fees across the country in celebration. Getting into the Grand Canyon and other national park units in Arizona will be free. Fees for camping, reservations, tours or use of concessions still apply. Visitors who spent time in the...

  • Kings Dominion to expand water park

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Kings Dominion plans to expand its 20-acre water park for its 2015 season. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/1trHfU9 ) the amusement park will add a water-slide complex, a splash zone for small children and expanded cabanas. The amusement park says the new Splash island area will double the size of the...

  • Feds weigh moving grizzlies into Washington

    SEATTLE (AP) — The National Park Service said Thursday it will consider moving grizzly bears into the North Cascade Mountains of Washington state to aid their recovery. The agency is launching a three-year process to study a variety of options for helping their population. Director Jonathan B. Jarvis stressed that the process is required under...

  • Airline group forecasts uptick in Labor Day travel

    A trade group for the nation's big airlines predicts that air travel over the Labor Day weekend will rise 2 percent from the same holiday last year. If correct, the forecast would be more good news for the airlines. Nine big U.S. carriers earned $3.8 billion in the first half of this year, allowing them to pay down debt, reward shareholders...

  • New Mexico woman tests negative for Ebola

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Health officials say test results show a New Mexico woman is not infected with the deadly Ebola virus. The New Mexico Department of Health and University of New Mexico Hospital received the results from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday. The unidentified woman returned earlier this month...

  • Some US colleges calling students back from Israel

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Some U.S. colleges are pulling students from overseas study programs in Israel as the Gaza war rages, though the relative calm beyond the immediate battle areas is raising questions in some quarters about why they had to leave. Colleges say security was the top concern, citing advisories about hazardous travel from the...

  • Iraq museum inaugurates 2 halls of statues

    BAGHDAD (AP) — The Iraqi National Museum inaugurated two renovated halls adorned with life-size stone statues on Thursday, highlighting the rich history of a country once again shattered by war. The newly renovated halls feature more than 500 artifacts that mainly date back to the Hellenistic period (312-139 B.C.), some of which were retrieved...

  • 3 new inductees to Scandinavian-American Hall

    MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Legendary Tonight Show bandleader Doc Severinsen is among three people being inducted into the Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame this year. The Grammy Award-winning Severinsen was leader of The Tonight Show Band for 30 years, during the heyday of Johnny Carson and Ed McMahon. Severinsen made his last appearance on the show...

  • AAA Oklahoma predicts jump in Labor Day travel

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — AAA Oklahoma predicts that more residents will be traveling over the Labor Day holiday, with a 2 percent jump expected over last year's numbers. The organization estimated that 408,000 Oklahomans will travel over the holiday. That's compared with the 400,300 Oklahomans who traveled last Labor Day. AAA Oklahoma says nearly...

  • Traveling sports exhibit on W.Va. tour

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A traveling exhibit on the role of sports in American culture is making its way across West Virginia. The West Virginia Humanities Council is sponsoring a state tour of the new Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit "Hometown Teams." Officials selected six museums and cultural and community organizations to host...

  • Body found on Calif. mountain, hiker search stops

    KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say they have found a body high on a mountain in California's Kings Canyon National Park. A National Park Service statement says the body found Wednesday has not been identified, but a search in the area has been suspended for 46-year-old Gregory Muck, a San Francisco Bay Area teacher who...

  • NJ Gov. Christie visits OKC with Gov. Fallin

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican Govs. Chris Christie of New Jersey and Mary Fallin of Oklahoma toured the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum on Wednesday in a visit that Fallin's Democratic challenger in the Nov. 4 general election said politicized the site of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. The two GOP governors were escorted through...

  • Colorado mountain resorts have record summer

    DENVER (AP) — Colorado's mountain resorts have had record-setting visits this summer. The Denver Post reports (http://dpo.st/1BDGRXp ) that lodging revenues are up about 7 percent this summer compared to last summer. That's according to DestiMetrics, a Denver-based travel research firm. The firm says that favorable weather and a lack of...

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