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  • Activists count homeless before seeking to end homelessness

    NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — In the woods behind a large business on Hartford Turnpike in Waterford, six volunteers found signs of camp: a trail of packed-down snow from footprints, a small bridge built over a brook, a baby stroller and a shopping cart. No one was there. But with a temperature at 27 degrees and light flurries, the volunteers were...

  • SC museum exhibit traces cases that led to desegregation

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — An exhibit opening at the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia tells the story of the court cases that led to the U.S. Supreme Court outlawing racial segregation. The exhibit is entitled "Courage: The Vision to End Segregation and the Guts to Fight for it." It opens on Saturday. The exhibit tells the story of the...

  • Hardman Farm, new Georgia historic site, to open next week

    SAUTEE NACOOCHEE, Ga. (AP) — A new state historic site is set to open for tours in north Georgia next week. The Department of Natural Resources says guided tours will start at Hardman Farm in White County March 5. The farm's main house was built in the Italianate style by Captain James Nichols in 1870. It was originally known as West End...

  • House moves to repeal vehicle-enforcement ban on US lands

    PHOENIX (AP) — The Legislature is moving to repeal a law crafted to punish the federal government for closing roads in national forests to off-highway vehicle use after its ban on enforcement led to property destruction. The 2013 law barred state and local law officers from enforcing off-highway vehicle laws on closed federal lands. It was...

  • Las Vegas Strip's version of bazaar shopping opens

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — An outdoor shopping experience modeled after a more modern Middle Eastern marketplace, complete with a little bit of price haggling, has opened in front of Bally's Las Vegas. The open-air Grand Bazaar Shops opened Thursday morning after a delay and about 15 months of construction, with numerous storefronts still "coming soon"...

  • Packers: Favre induction ceremony broadcast inside stadium

    GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The stadium bowl at Lambeau Field will be open for fans who cannot make it inside the venue's atrium to attend quarterback Brett Favre's induction ceremony into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame. A banquet and number retirement ceremony scheduled for July 18 inside the atrium is sold out. The atrium seats about 1,600,...

  • New York man dies in apparent drowning in Bahamas

    NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Police in the Bahamas say a U.S. citizen on a cruise to the island chain has died in an apparent drowning. The Royal Bahamas Police Force identified the man only as a 38-year-old from New York and did not release his name or hometown. He appeared to have drowned while swimming Thursday off Castaway Cay, Disney's private...

  • Vegas sees same number of January visitors, 3.4 million

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Tourism officials say 3.4 million people visited Las Vegas in January, virtually the same number as last year. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority released its latest statistics Friday that the number of visitors was up one-tenth of a percent in a month when the city was filled with Consumer Electronics Show...

  • Lights, camera, blossom! Disney films inspire floral fantasy

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Lights, camera ... blossom! Floral and garden designers are paying homage to Disney and Pixar films at the Philadelphia Flower Show, which opens Saturday with the theme "Celebrate the Movies." Meticulously landscaped exhibits have been inspired by more than a dozen features, from "Frozen" and "Finding Nemo" to "Cars" and...

  • Amsterdam warns tourists white heroin being sold as cocaine

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — Authorities in Amsterdam warned Friday that potentially lethal white heroin is being sold as cocaine in the city after three Danish tourists became ill this week. Three people died and 17 became seriously ill with breathing problems late last year after inhaling heroin in Amsterdam, a city whose reputation as a center of...

  • Travel agent ordered to sell house to repay victims of theft

    WOODBURY, N.J. (AP) — A former travel agent from New Jersey has been ordered to sell his house and car to pay restitution to 20 customers who paid him for a Mediterranean cruise that never happened. The Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office says a judge told Ellis Hester that she should have sent him to prison. The 58-year-old Gibbstown...

  • With closed borders, Gazans unable to make Muslim pilgrimage

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — With the war-battered Gaza Strip's borders closed, thousands of people have been shut out of a Muslim pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia because they cannot leave the sealed territory. Some 7,500 Gazans have sought to travel to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, for the minor umrah pilgrimage but have been turned away because Egypt...

  • Hawaiian Volcano Observatory's chief scientist stepping down

    HAWAII NATIONAL PARK, Hawaii (AP) — The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory's chief scientist will step aside next month to focus on research. Jim Kauahikaua has been the observatory's scientist-in-charge for more than 11 years. That's the third-longest tenure in the observatory's century-long history. He is the first person of Hawaiian ancestry to...

  • Foreign tourists posing nude at temples infuriate Cambodians

    SIEM REAP, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia's most popular tourist attraction — the complex of ancient temples that includes Angkor Wat — is suffering from a form of overexposure: At least five foreign visitors have been arrested and deported this year for taking nude photos at the sacred sites. Authorities have no tolerance for people stripping down...

  • Cambodians angered over nude photo incidents at temples

    SIEM REAP, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia's most popular tourist attraction — the complex of ancient temples that includes Angkor Wat — is suffering from a form of overexposure: At least five foreign visitors have been arrested and deported this year for taking nude photos at the sacred sites. Authorities have no tolerance for people stripping down...

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