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  • Wright brothers' mechanic honored at Ohio museum

    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The man who built the engine for Orville and Wilbur Wright's first powered aircraft has finally gotten his due. It was Charles Taylor — a mechanic in the brothers' Dayton bicycle shop — who built the engine for the airplane that first took flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, on Dec. 17, 1903. On Monday, a bronze...

  • 'Eagle Lady' presenting at Smoky Mountains Park

    GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — A woman known as "The Eagle Lady" is presenting a birds of prey program this week at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Doris Mager has worked with raptors for more than 35 years. The park says she has cared for more than 80 injured eagles and hundreds of other raptors. She set up an educational and research group...

  • National WWII Museum welcomes 4 millionth visitor

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The National WWII Museum has capped a record-breaking fiscal year with another milestone: welcoming its four-millionth visitor since its founding in 2000. Officials say visitation for fiscal year 2014 had exceeded 483,000, beating its previous best attendance year, fiscal year 2013, by more than 85,000 visitors. Museum...

  • Reindeer dogs from Alaska's cranky hot dog vendor

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — There's no shortage of hot dog stands hawking that spicy, oh-so-Alaska treat, the reindeer dog, in downtown Anchorage. But only one of them has consistently long lines. M.A.'s Gourmet Dogs is owned by a guy with an attitude and seven types of tasty grilled dogs — including one with a little bit of Rudolph in it....

  • Judge: Students, staff can oppose Corcoran merger

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Nine current students, faculty and staff members can argue against the proposed merger of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, one of the nation's oldest museums, and its college with two larger institutions in Washington, a judge ruled Monday. District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Robert Okun decided the group has a special...

  • Not-guilty plea in Syria war-related passport case

    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California man pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of lying on a passport application so he could allegedly travel to Syria to hook up with a terrorist group. Adam Dandach, 20, of Orange, entered the plea in federal court in Santa Ana on two charges, each carrying a maximum five-year prison sentence, said...

  • Report: Higher seas mean extreme floods in SC, NC

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A new analysis of sea level rise concludes that billions of dollars in property and infrastructure is at risk in extreme floods expected along the coast of the Carolinas in coming years. Climate Central of Princeton, New Jersey, a nonprofit group of scientists and journalists that surveys and conducts climate change...

  • Jekyll Island OKs sharpshooters for thinning deer

    JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Government sharpshooters would be hired to thin the deer population on Jekyll Island — at a cost of about $125 per kill — under a plan approved Monday by the state park's governing board. Some residents cautioned the move would harm the island's reputation as a safe haven for wildlife. Nobody disagrees that...

  • Boy also injured fingers on Disney World ride

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A report says a 12-year-old boy suffered cuts to four fingers on Walt Disney World's Pirates of the Caribbean ride, three months before a British tourist had a similar accident. The report made public Monday by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services shows the boy lacerated his fingers in mid-April....

  • Simulated service begins on Metro's Silver Line

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Metro is simulating service on its new Silver Line, with just five days left before it opens to rail commuters. Metro began running Silver Line test trains on 11 miles of new track Sunday. The agency says riders on some other routes should expect delays this week, especially on the Blue Line, where wait times could increase...

  • National park visitors mean $80 million to SC

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A new report finds that visitors to national parks in South Carolina spent almost $80 million and the parks supported 1,100 jobs last year. The report by economists with the U.S. Geological Survey found that more than 1.5 million visitors went to National Park Service sites in the state during 2013. The national park...

  • NPS taking more comment on Lamar Ranch plan

    YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — The National Park Service is accepting more public comment on proposed infrastructure improvements at the historic Lamar Buffalo Ranch in Yellowstone National Park. The Park Service is accepting public comment until midnight Aug. 15 on the proposal. The agency is looking at making improvements to...

  • Visitors spent $700M in Arizona's national parks

    PHOENIX (AP) — A new report shows that visitors to Arizona's national parks last year spent more than $700 million. The National Park Service says more than 10 million visitors brought in economic benefits for areas surround the state's 20 parks. The study estimates that the spending supported at least 11,700 jobs across the state. The...

  • Report : Visitor spending up at NM national parks

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A new report shows visitors and spending were up last year in national parks across New Mexico. The analysis released Friday by the National Park Service shows more than 1.5 million people visited the state's 13 national parks in 2013, spending $83.2 million and supporting 1,136 jobs in the state. Sue Masica,...

  • Q&A: How Malaysia Airlines can salvage its brand

    Malaysia Airlines is in uncharted territory after the disappearance of Flight 370 in March with 239 people aboard was followed this week by the downing of another of its jets, carrying 298 people, over Ukraine. Before the disasters the carrier had among the worst financial performance of any airline. An even bigger question mark now hangs over...

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