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  • Texas flooding overwhelms popular bed-and-breakfast region

    WIMBERLEY, Texas (AP) — The vacation house where two families were to spend Memorial Day weekend was already gone, swept down the swollen Blanco River, when Carissa Smith's husband arrived. All he found was a Chevrolet Suburban slammed against a tree, the engine running. The fate of those who were inside the home was still unclear Tuesday....

  • Maintenance costs prompt fee increase at 2 national parks

    PROVO, Utah (AP) — Visitors are going to pay $5 more for entrance into Bryce Canyon National Park and Zion National Park under a new fee structure starting July 1. The Herald Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1KknMML) maintenance and improvement costs are prompting the fee increase, which also means people will spend a dollar more for entrance to...

  • Channeling Batman, Versailles: Macau's new wave of resorts

    MACAU (AP) — Macau is doubling down even as the odds change. The world's casino capital this week welcomes the first of a new wave of lavish casino resorts for its up-and-coming Cotai Peninsula. It's a $20 billion bet by casino operators amid an extended losing streak in the tiny Chinese enclave. Gambling revenue growth has been falling for...

  • US returns 25 looted artifacts to Italy: Vases, frescoes

    ROME (AP) — The United States on Tuesday officially returned 25 artifacts that had been looted over the decades from Italy, including Etruscan vases, 1st-century frescoes and precious books that ended up in U.S. museums, universities and private collections. Italy has been on a campaign to recover looted artifacts, using the courts and public...

  • Wyoming tourism director foresees good summer season

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — State tourism executive director Diane Shober says lower gas prices and other indicators point to plenty of out-of-state visitors coming to Wyoming to enjoy its attractions this summer. Shober notes that gas prices are about $1 lower than they were at this time last year, which means more money for travelers. She says...

  • For an IS fighter, a paid honeymoon in caliphate's heart

    BEIRUT (AP) — The honeymoon was a brief moment for love, away from the front lines of Syria's war. In the capital of the Islamic State group's self-proclaimed "caliphate," Syrian fighter Abu Bilal al-Homsi was united with his Tunisian bride for the first time after months chatting online. They married, then passed the days dining on grilled...

  • Shirley Temple exhibit coming to Louisville museum

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Louisville museum is opening an exhibit devoted to 1930s Hollywood child star Shirley Temple. The Frazier History Museum will put about 200 items on display from the actress' personal collection of costumes, dolls and mementos. The "Love, Shirley Temple" exhibit runs for a short time, from July 3 to July 8. The...

  • National Trails Day event set June 6 in Smoky Mountains

    GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is celebrating National Trails Day next week with a work day event to maintain the park's trail system. The park said in a news release it is working with the Friends of the Smokies, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy Regional Office and the Smoky Mountain Hiking Club for the...

  • Astronaut from Tennessee being inducted into Hall of Fame

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — An alumna of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine is being inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame this week. Dr. Margaret Rhea Seddon is a 1973 graduate of the medical school and one of NASA's first female astronauts. The public ceremony will be held Saturday at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in...

  • Orange County to unveil tour guide for railroad enthusiasts

    ORANGE, Va. (AP) — A new tour guide aims to connect railroad enthusiasts with Orange County's rail history and today's railroad presence in the county. The "Tracks Through Time" tour guide is scheduled to be launched on Tuesday at the Orange County Visitor Center in the restored Orange County Train Depot. Orange County tourism manager Leigh...

  • Horses return to Mackinac Island in rite of spring

    MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — Automobiles are not permitted on Michigan's Mackinac Island. Horses most certainly are. In fact, the equines are vital. Without them, transportation on the island would be virtually nonexistent. But most of the 500 horses that haul people and cargo around the northern tourist hotspot each summer don't live there...

  • Stunning 36 percent rise in US visits to Cuba since January

    HAVANA (AP) — The thaw in relations between the U.S. and Cuba has led to a stunning 36 percent increase in visits by Americans to the island, including thousands who are flying into Cuba from third countries like Mexico in order to sidestep U.S. restrictions on tourism. The dramatic rise was seen in the number of Americans with no family ties...

  • Americans find ways to visit Cuba despite tourism ban

    HAVANA (AP) — "Is travel to Cuba for tourist activities permitted? No." That's what the U.S. Treasury Department website says. And yet Havana is loaded with Americans, from the Floridita bar, where they pose for photos with a bust of Ernest Hemingway, to the Rum Museum, where they swig rum samples after trudging through dim displays of old...

  • 12 missing after flood sweeps away vacation home in Texas

    WIMBERLEY, Texas (AP) — Crews searched Monday for 12 people reported missing after a vacation home was swept away by flash flooding along a rain-swollen river that destroyed or damaged more than 1,000 homes in Central Texas. Emergency crews rescued several people who were stranded by the torrential rains that swelled the Blanco River over the...

  • List: Top 10 attractions for visitors to see around Colorado Springs

    You will never know how much cool stuff there is to do and see in the Pikes Peak region until you’re asked to list just 10 of them. To assist out out-of-town visitors in deciding what to visit while here, here's a list of favorites:

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