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  • University museum to host Black History Month lecture

    JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas State University Museum is hosting a Black History Month celebration featuring a lecture by Ethel Tompkins, who will speak about her experiences as a young student attending the Hoxie School District. The lecture is free and open to the public. The Hoxie School District was among the first to racially...

  • Number of Las Vegas visitors in 2014 climbs to 41.1 million

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A record 41.1 million visitors descended on Las Vegas last year. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority confirmed Friday what it had already been anticipating: 41.1 million visitors, up 3.7 percent from 39.7 million in 2013, stayed overnight at the destination in 2014. The total visitor volume is the most the...

  • Craig Biggio 'kind of speechless' after Hall of Fame visit

    COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Craig Biggio was "kind of speechless" after completing his pre-induction tour of the Baseball Hall of Fame. "This is crazy!" Biggio said Friday, sitting in the Plaque Gallery of the hall. "I'm kind of speechless. It's an overwhelming feeling, incredible feeling. I don't know what to say right now." That's...

  • Massachusetts, Washington museums make Super Bowl bet

    WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. (AP) — The Seattle Art Museum and the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, are wagering valuable pieces of artwork on Sunday's Super Bowl. No, the loser won't give away a masterpiece — just a three-month loan. All shipping and expenses will also be paid by the losing museum. If the New England Patriots win,...

  • Gilcrease Museum transfers Declaration of Independence copy

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Gilcrease Museum has transferred its copy of the Declaration of Independence to a new home in the most secure section of the recently opened Helmerich Center for American Research. The Tulsa World reports (http://bit.ly/18Covfl ) the nearly 240-year-old artifact —believed to be the only certified copy of the Declaration...

  • Rainbow Bridge National Monument reopens after trail repairs

    PAGE, Ariz. (AP) — Rainbow Bridge National Monument in southern Utah is open to the public again. The monument near the Arizona-Utah line was closed Jan. 5 so the flooding-damaged trail from Lake Powell could be repaired. Superintendent Todd Brindle says Loven Contracting of Flagstaff completed the work ahead of schedule, allowing the...

  • Exhibit in Ohio commemorates concentration camp liberation

    CINCINNATI (AP) — An exhibit opening at a Cincinnati museum commemorates the liberation of a notorious Nazi concentration camp where more than 1 million prisoners died during the Holocaust. The exhibit about the liberation of Auschwitz (OW'-shvits) includes artifacts, photographs and personal stories from eyewitnesses and survivors of the camp...

  • Louisville museums offer reduced admission in February

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Several Louisville attractions are offering reduced admission fees in February. Museums and other tourist attractions along or near Main Street are letting visitors from Kentucky and Indiana in for $5 all next month. The attractions include the Louisville Slugger Museum, the Frazier History Museum, the Muhammad Ali...

  • Cosmosphere's planetarium to undergo complete renovation

    HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — The Cosmosphere's is planning a complete renovation for its Justice Planetarium. The Hutchinson-based facility announced Thursday in a news release that the planetarium will close its doors Feb. 2 for the planned upgrades. It is expected to reopen April 12. Upgrades include the installation of a new digital projection...

  • APNewsBreak: Suspected terrorist brother of no-fly-list man

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The FBI on Thursday added a former taxi driver from northern Virginia to its list of most-wanted terrorists, saying he was a recruiter for the al-Shabab terror group in Somalia. An arrest warrant, originally issued in February, was unsealed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria for Liban Haji Mohamed, 29, a...

  • Wyoming lawmakers move to block cuts to sheep grazing

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Some Wyoming lawmakers are pushing to protect domestic sheep in the state from a possible federal effort to remove them from public lands. The U.S. Forest Service recently curtailed domestic sheep grazing on the Payette National Forest in Idaho to protect bighorn sheep from disease. The agency is developing a larger plan...

  • Number of visitors to Hawaii climbs to record high in 2014

    HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Tourism Authority says a record 8.28 million travelers came to the islands last year, up more than 1 percent from the previous year. The agency said Thursday visitors spent a record $14.75 billion while in Hawaii. More travelers came from North America and smaller international markets like China and Australia. But...

  • Tourism booming at Kentucky bourbon distilleries

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Tourism is booming along with production at Kentucky's bourbon distilleries. Along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail — featuring such venerable brands as Jim Beam, Wild Turkey, Four Roses and Maker's Mark among its nine participating distilleries — tourists made a record 627,032 visits in 2014, up 10 percent from the prior...

  • 2 loaded guns, 2 inert grenades recovered at Atlanta airport

    ATLANTA (AP) — Federal authorities say three people were found trying to take loaded guns and inert grenades onto flights departing from Atlanta's airport. TSA officials said in a statement Thursday that two loaded guns were found in carry-on bags at 6:40 and 7 a.m. Officials say screeners also found two inert grenades in a third passenger's...

  • Ouachita, Ozark-St. Francis forests begin prescribed burns

    HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — The Ouachita and Ozark-St. Francis national forests will be conducting prescribed burns in Arkansas and Oklahoma over the next several months. Park authorities announced the burns on Thursday. The burns are designed to re-establish fire's natural role in the forest ecosystem, improve forest health and reduce the...

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