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  • Go For the Food: Bryant's barbecue in Kansas City

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — I learned an important lesson from a food blogger in Kansas City: Talking about barbecue in these parts may involve "fightin' words." Case in point: When I mentioned on Facebook that I was heading to Kansas City, one friend sent me to Arthur Bryant's barbecue restaurant, quoting Calvin Trillin's famous line that...

  • Interruptions set for DART rail in downtown Dallas

    DALLAS (AP) — Light rail service in downtown Dallas will be halted for six weekends including the Thanksgiving holiday during repairs to Dallas Area Rapid Transit lines. DART shuttle buses will be in place to serve the affected downtown stations. DART says the rail service interruption starts this Saturday and Sunday. Rail service will be...

  • Bodies found of 2 South Koreans in Thai boat crash

    BANGKOK (AP) — The bodies of two South Korean tourists were found in waters near Thailand's southern resort city of Phuket on Tuesday, two days after the tourist boat they were in collided with a fishing vessel, police said. Marine police and volunteer rescuers found and retrieved the bodies — a man and a woman — more than 30 meters underwater...

  • Planetariums offer safe view of partial eclipse

    CHICAGO (AP) — People wanting to safely catch a glimpse of the upcoming partial solar eclipse will get their opportunity at events hosted by two Illinois planetariums. The Adler Planetarium in Chicago says the partial eclipse will begin at 4:36 p.m. on Thursday. The peak — when the moon will cover half of the sun — will occur at 5:43 p.m. The...

  • Yosemite proposes raising entrance, camping fees

    YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Visitors to Yosemite National Park may soon have to pay more to enter and camp overnight, under proposed fee increases announced Monday. A seven-day pass for each car entering Yosemite could go up from $20 to $30, Ranger Scott Gediman said, adding that rates last changed in 1997. An annual pass would go up...

  • Begich urges more airport screenings for Ebola

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich has called on President Barack Obama to expand health screenings at more international airports, including Anchorage, in response to Ebola concerns. "This is particularly important should the disease spread to other countries as we will have more inbound flights with potentially contagious...

  • If no checks, more Ebola cases might leave Africa

    LONDON (AP) — A new study underscores the potential danger of airplane passengers infected with Ebola leaving West Africa: If there were no exit screening in place, researchers estimate that three people with the disease might fly out of the region each month. The hardest-hit West African nations have been checking passengers since summer, but...

  • Correction: New York Casinos-Resorts World story

    NEW YORK (AP) — In a story Oct. 19 about New York's Resorts World Casino, The Associated Press erroneously reported an analyst's name. His name is Robert Shore, not Robert Stone. A corrected version of the story is below: NYC racino operator set sights on upstate Operator of booming NYC racino sets sights on expanding with full-scale upstate...

  • Smithsonian aims to raise $1.5B to improve museums

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Smithsonian Institution has embarked on a major campaign to raise $1.5 billion and increase private support for the world's largest museum and research complex to fund programs in history, science, art and culture. The Smithsonian's Board of Regents announced the goal Monday and revealed more than $1 billion already has...

  • Biden touts plans to fix 'Third World' NYC airport

    NEW YORK (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden, who infamously dubbed New York City's outdated LaGuardia Airport "a third-world country," joined Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a news conference Monday to tout plans to improve the region's airports. Biden, the White House's loudest voice on the need to update the nation's crumbling infrastructure, was gently...

  • Fall colors dot Arizona, New Mexico landscapes

    LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — From the snow-dusted peaks of Arizona's San Francisco Mountains to the fire-singed hillsides surrounding this northern New Mexico town, Mother Nature is signaling that fall is here. For Los Alamos, this year marks one of the first in which the aspens are big enough — and bright enough — to catch the attention of fall...

  • Dad, son hurt in fire at Nevada timeshare resort

    MESQUITE, Nev. (AP) — A fire official in says a 47-year-old man was found unconscious and his 8-year-old son was treated for smoke inhalation after a smoky weekend fire in the kitchen of a southern Nevada timeshare unit. Mesquite Fire Capt. John Gately said Monday the man may have had an underlying medical condition before he collapsed in a...

  • Everglades trail surveyed for cultural artifacts

    EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, Fla. (AP) — Archaeologists are poking through the muck under a boardwalk in Everglades National Park, looking for evidence of a prehistoric culture. Work began Friday along a 0.8-mile trail around a shallow pond. National Park Service archaeologists this week are sampling sediment, sucking up mud and water with an...

  • Soldiers National Museum in Gettysburg closing

    GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Gettysburg museum featuring a model Confederate encampment and many Civil War artifacts is closing after more than half a century. Officials say the Soldiers National Museum will close its doors at the end of the day Nov. 2 and an auction of museum materials will be held Nov. 21-22, days after the 151st anniversary of...

  • YouTube videos teach Brazil about bagels, subway

    NEW YORK (AP) — New Yorker Seth Kugel is getting a lot of attention in Brazil as the star of a new YouTube series educating Brazilian tourists about New York City. The "Amigo Gringo" videos offer a humorous mirror back on New York culture, showcasing everything from how to ride the subway to how to order a bagel.

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