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  • Demolition work begins on famed record company building

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Demolition work has begun at the fire-damaged former headquarters of the famed recording company that created what came to be called "The Sound of Philadelphia." The Philadelphia International Records building is being torn down to make way for a 47-story hotel-luxury condominium complex. Adjacent buildings were torn down...

  • Bucolic W.Va. county offers promise as tourism frontier

    CIRCLEVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Between mountain ranges and two national forests in West Virginia lies an Appalachian tourism frontier with serene, unspoiled countryside and some of the best rock climbing in the region. Pendleton County's remoteness serves as both a selling point and an impediment to several companies that have invested in tourism...

  • Mississippi lawmakers approve list of local taxes, projects

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — That shrimp po' boy in Pascagoula or that hotel room in Houston will cost a bit extra because of local tourism taxes that legislators approved for those cities — as they did for many other communities around the state. Tourism taxes were among the many issues that legislators approved as "local and private" bills during...

  • Andy Warhol exhibit coming to Columbia this summer

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Portraits by famed pop artist Andy Warhol are coming to the Columbia Museum of Art this summer. The State newspaper in Columbia (http://bit.ly/1IW3Diw ) reports that "From Marilyn to Mao: Andy Warhol's Famous Faces" is scheduled to run from June 12 through Sept. 13. The exhibition features 45 of the artist's most famous...

  • Ohio amusement park opens 44th season with new family rides

    MASON, Ohio (AP) — Kings Island amusement park in southwest Ohio is debuting two new family rides as its starts its 44th season. The park north of Cincinnati is debuting Woodstock Gliders and Snoopy's Space Buggies on Saturday with the opening of the 2015 season. Woodstock Gliders is a flying scooters ride featuring eight two-person planes...

  • Brain exhibit featured at Nebraska Science Festival Expo

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A giant, inflatable walk-through brain exhibit will be one of the highlights of this year's Nebraska Science Festival Expo at the Durham Museum in Omaha. Called the MEGA Brain, the exhibit is approximately 18 feet long, 14 feet wide and 12 feet high. Visitors enter the exhibit through the frontal lobe, which is responsible...

  • Scientists: 3 wolves remain at Isle Royale National Park

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The gray wolves of Isle Royale National Park, which scientists have studied closely for more than half a century along with the moose on which they feed, are on the verge of disappearing as the most recent census showed that only three remain, scientists said Friday. Inbreeding and illness appear to have caused a...

  • Disney measles outbreak that sparked vaccination debate ends

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — An outbreak of measles that popped up at Disneyland in late December soon spread to six other U.S. states, Mexico and Canada. Health officials suspect an infected traveler, who caught the virus overseas, visited the theme park and exposed others. The outbreak sickened 147 people in the U.S., including 131 in California. No...

  • Civil rights bus tours planned of historic Topeka sites

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A rolling tour of Topeka's civil rights history is planned for next week. Buses will depart at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on April 25 from the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, which is housed in a former all-black Topeka school. It tells the story of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned...

  • Large measles outbreak traced to Disneyland is declared over

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — California health authorities on Friday declared an end to a large measles outbreak that started at Disneyland and triggered a national debate about vaccinations. Disease detectives for months raced to contain the highly contagious disease, which surfaced at Disney theme parks in December and spread to a half-dozen U.S....

  • Meadows Museum celebrates 50th anniversary with exhibit

    DALLAS (AP) — An exhibit of art from a Spanish couple considered among the world's top collectors will be the cornerstone of the Meadows Museum's 50th anniversary celebration. The exhibit featuring the private collection of Juan Abello and his wife, Anna Gamazo, opens Saturday at the museum on the Southern Methodist University campus in...

  • Ga. city rejects $90 million water park resort proposal

    PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. (AP) — Plans to build a water park resort in Peachtree City, Ga. have stalled. City officials rejected the proposal on Thursday night after more than 200 people packed City Hall. Earlier in the day, about 100 people protested the plans. Great Wolf Lodge officials say they wanted to renovate an existing conference center...

  • Meet and take photos at Smoky Mountains this weekend

    GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — The Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway are hosting an InstaMeet on Sunday for visitors to take photos and short videos to post on social media. During an InstaMeet, people gather in a designated place at a specific time to make the photos and videos. The event is being held from 2 p.m. to 4...

  • Ai Weiwei's bronze zodiac animals set for Wyoming display

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming has abundant wildlife but nothing quite like this: A dozen animal heads, each weighing 800 pounds, are headed for display at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole. The heads representing the creatures of the traditional Chinese zodiac — rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, ram, monkey,...

  • Correction: Europe-Tourism Boost story

    LISBON, Portugal (AP) — In a story April 15 about effect of the weakening euro on tourism in Europe, The Associated Press reported erroneously that 10 million Americans visited Paris last year, and that officials hoped the figure would rise 10 percent to 11 million this year. The correct figure was 2 million U.S. visitors last year, not 10...

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