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  • 2013 State Fair mishap is impetus for NC House bill

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Maximum fines for carnival ride accidents similar to the one at the 2013 North Carolina State Fair that injured several people could go up by five or ten times in legislation that's cleared the state House. The measure approved unanimously Tuesday by the House also would increase the severity of criminal counts for...

  • Passover: Welcoming gentiles for Seder a strong tradition

    NEW YORK (AP) — When it comes to Passover, Seder is hardly just for Jews at Lee Nelson's house. In fact, Jews are usually outnumbered. Her daughter brought along a Muslim she was seeing last year, and Nelson loves it when two particular non-Jewish friends round out her dozen or so guests. They're the ones who are bringing the brisket this...

  • Spencer Museum of Art prepares for closing for renovation

    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The Spencer Museum of Arts on the University of Kansas campus is planning a series of events before it closes for renovations. The museum says the "Last Look" events will end with a closing party on April 12. Renovations are expected to begin in May and be completed in 2016. The first phase of the project, expected to...

  • Hawaii internment camp to be dedicated as national monument

    WAIPAHU, Hawaii (AP) — Hawaii's largest internment camp where Japanese-Americans and others were held during World War II is being dedicated as a national monument. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will join Hawaii Gov. David Ige and other officials for a dedication ceremony Tuesday of the Honouliuli National Monument. President...

  • New research says Anne Frank likely died a month earlier

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Teenage Jewish diarist Anne Frank likely died of typhus in a Nazi concentration camp about a month earlier than previously thought, the Amsterdam museum that honors her memory said Tuesday on the 70th anniversary of the officially recognized date of her death. Anne likely died, aged 15, at Bergen-Belsen camp in...

  • Joshua Tree climbing area closed while raptors nest

    JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — A rock climbing area at Joshua Tree National Park has been temporarily closed because two nesting raptors have made it their home. The park said in a statement Monday that the climbing area known as the "Towers of Uncertainty" has been shut down and the closure may last until June. The park says the...

  • State police giving away high-visibility motorcycle vests

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State police are giving out specially designed high-visibility vests to motorcyclists who complete a rider training class this year. The state says it's part of a pilot project to increase the number of motorcyclists using high-visibility clothing or gear. Money comes from a federal grant. The state police's Michigan...

  • Tourism agency responds to religious objection law

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indianapolis tourism agency is boosting its LGBT-friendly content as Indiana receives national criticism for its new religious objections law that opponents say could permit discrimination against gays and lesbians. A message on the home page of www.visitindy.com says that all are welcome to visit the city, and a...

  • Rep. Joe Heck updates Legislature on drones, tourism efforts

    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Republican Congressional Rep. Joe Heck says he's working on several federal bills designed to help Nevada. The former state senator told members of the Nevada Legislature on Monday that he's working on Nevada-specific policy goals including advancing drone technology and increasing international tourism. Heck said...

  • Endangered bighorn sheep moved to Yosemite, Sequoia parks

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — For the first time in a century, endangered Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep are back on their ancestral range and headed toward recovery, wildlife officials said Monday. During an ongoing relocation effort, dozens of bighorns have been captured with nets dropped from helicopters then moved to Yosemite and Sequoia national...

  • Business Highlights

    ___ Small investors blame bad advice from brokers for big losses NEW YORK (AP) — Susan Bernardo trusted her stockbroker. She wound up losing a fortune. Her broker, David Harris, advised her to sell $400,000 worth of relatively safe municipal bonds, she says, and sink the proceeds into real estate and energy partnerships in hopes of earning...

  • National parks call on Americans to 'Find Your Park'

    WASHINGTON (AP) — After nearly 100 years, the National Park Service holds some of the country's most beautiful and historic places, though it also suffers from an $11 billion backlog of unfunded maintenance and a visitor base that's aging and mostly white. With its centennial approaching in 2016, the park service is launching a campaign...

  • Feds receive thousands of comments on Atlantic drilling

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Thousands of opinions poured in Monday as the deadline approached for commenting on the contentious issue of drilling for oil and gas in the Atlantic Ocean. The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management was receiving comments through midnight Monday on what should be studied in an environmental impact statement of...

  • Tunisian museum reopens after deadly attack against tourists

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's National Bardo Museum reopened to the public Monday again for the first time since extremist gunmen opened fire on foreign tourists earlier this month, killing 22 people in the country's worst attack on civilians in 13 years. The government says the man considered the "operational chief" of the assault was...

  • 4-year-old girl rides Philly bus searching for 3 a.m. snack

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A 4-year-old Philadelphia girl has been returned safely to her parents after slipping out of her house at 3 a.m. and getting on a transit bus in search of a snack. Bus driver Harlan Jenifer said the girl swung her legs as she chanted, "All I want is a slushie." Surveillance video showed the preschooler sitting on the bus...

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