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  • Big riders mean big horses on Western trails

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Wranglers in the West who have for decades cashed in on the allure of getting on a horse and setting out on an open trail say they have had to add bigger horses to their stables to help carry larger tourists over the rugged terrain. The ranches say they are using draft horses, the diesels of the horse world, in ever...

  • Dog alerts customs officers to undeclared cash

    CHANTILLY, Va. (AP) — Officials say a detection dog at Washington Dulles International Airport alerted them to a large amount of undeclared cash a traveler was carrying. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say a U.S. citizen arriving from Qatar declared $8,000 on Monday when he landed. But when an officer in the inspection area led...

  • Connecticut unveils $3.4 million tourism campaign

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's latest tourism campaign markets the state as an attraction offering much without a long drive. The $3.4 million advertising and social media effort unveiled Thursday will run through August. It'll appear in nearby markets such as the New York City area, Hartford-New Haven, Providence, R.I., and western...

  • Saguaro National Park finalizes restoration plan

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Officials at Saguaro National Park have finalized a plan that covers the restoration of native vegetation at the southern Arizona park. The plan also addresses management actions aimed at mitigating negative effect to park lands from wildfires, floods and invasive species. Park officials said Wednesday the environmental...

  • Paddleboat tours to feature St. Croix bridge work

    STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) — Visitors will soon be able to get a close-up look at construction of the new St. Croix Crossing linking Minnesota and Wisconsin. Paddleboat tours of the project are scheduled to begin May 31. St. Croix Crossing project director Jon Chiglo says there are no places on shore for the public to safely view construction....

  • Park Service celebrates Chaco Canyon

    CHACO CULTURAL NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK, N.M. (AP) — The National Park Service is celebrating Chaco Canyon's designation as an International Dark Sky Park. Officials say the greater Chaco landscape in northwestern New Mexico is one of the last, best places in the U.S. for viewing the night sky. The celebration starts with a guided walk...

  • Events set for Jamestown's 407th anniversary

    WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — A celebration of the 407th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown, America's first permanent English settlement, is set for May 10. Jamestown Day will feature a variety of entertainment and educational programs at two local attractions. Historic Jamestown is the site of the original 1607 settlement jointly operated...

  • Deadline focuses field of NY casino contenders

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The field of contenders vying to build casinos in upstate New York came into focus Wednesday, the deadline for interested parties to submit a $1 million application fee. The pitches come from some of the world's largest casino operators and local business owners, each hoping to win a license to open one of up to four...

  • US investigates immigrant teacher hiring in Texas

    DALLAS (AP) — A North Texas school district that discovered problems in its program to hire international teachers faces a federal investigation and a payout of more than $500,000 to those whose recruitment didn't follow regulations. "Real taxpayer dollars were wasted, real people were hurt and the reputation of this district was damaged by...

  • Culinary school proposed for former hall of fame

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — City officials are backing a proposal to transform the former College Football Hall of Fame museum in downtown South Bend into a new culinary education center for Ivy Tech Community College. Under the Culinary Center Coalition's plan, the museum would undergo a $6 million remodeling to include bakeries and kitchens,...

  • Horse track warns 2014 racing season could be last

    BOSTON (AP) — Suffolk Downs, New England's only thoroughbred facility, warned on Wednesday that the 2014 racing season would likely be the last one at the 79-year-old track unless Mohegan Sun is awarded the sole eastern Massachusetts resort casino license. Suffolk Downs has promised to continue racing for at least the next 15 years if the...

  • Sri Lanka to deport UK tourist with Buddha tattoo

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan authorities will deport a British tourist for having an image of Buddha tattooed on her arm, an official said Wednesday. Police spokesman Ajith Rohana said Naomi Coleman was detained at Colombo's airport after she arrived from India on Monday when authorities spotted the tattoo of Buddha seated on a lotus...

  • 5 Milwaukee museums offer free, reduced admission

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Five Milwaukee museums are offering free or reduced admission to help promote each other. They are part of the Milwaukee Museum Mile, which includes five small and medium museums located within a mile of each other along Lake Michigan. The museums are the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, The Charles Allis Art Museum, Museum of...

  • Forest Services plans fires in Vermont

    RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — Green Mountain National Forest is planning fires this spring to treat about 300 to 400 acres of national forest land in Vermont. The Forest Service says the prescribed fire will be used to reduce heavy accumulations of brush to restore critical wildlife habit, regenerate growth and improve watershed conditions. Officials...

  • Governor to discuss future of hot springs park

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Gov. Matt Mead plans to hear from Thermopolis residents Saturday regarding their concerns about operations at Hot Springs State Park following his administration's notice last month that it intends to cancel its contract with a longtime pool operator. Milward Simpson, director of the Wyoming Department of State Parks...

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