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  • New lodges replace old cabins at Yellowstone's Canyon area

    YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Five new lodges are under construction at Yellowstone National Park's Canyon Lodge that will replace 400 outdated cabins. Mia Bell, assistant general manager for Xanterra's Yellowstone National Park Lodges, said the five new lodges will have 73 to 87 rooms each. Three of those buildings will open to...

  • Cincinnati offers baseball history along with All-Star Game

    CINCINNATI (AP) — The city hosting baseball's All-Star Game this year was the home of a team that played like all-stars back in 1869. The Cincinnati Red Stockings went 57-0 that year as baseball's first officially professional team. Player-manager Harry Wright's team added new players before the season, led by his brother, George, who was...

  • Ohio men warn against drunken driving as DUI punishment

    ASHTABULA, Ohio (AP) — Two men in northeast Ohio spent part of the holiday weekend promoting safe and sober driving as a judge's punishment for their repeated drunken driving offenses. Ashtabula Municipal Court Judge Laura DiGiacomo ordered 48-year-old Jeffrey Yenyo and 54-year-old Marcus Perry to stand at an Ashtabula intersection Friday and...

  • Colorado drive-in theaters offer summer nights of nostalgia

    PUEBLO - It won't be dark for a couple of hours, so Chuck and Marianne James lean against their red pickup parked behind the snack shop and poke at a tray of fried chicken and french fries. They feed crumbs to their two dogs, who saunter in and out of the front seat, and watch as the line of cars gradually swells. "This is it, this is really...

  • List: Top 10 attractions 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. Here's a list of favorites: Cave of the Winds - 100 Cave of the Winds Road, Manitou Springs, off U.S. 24; 685-5444. Terror-dactyl aerial dive, zip line, cave tours, Wind Walker Challenge Course.  -...

  • 8 festivals to attend in Colorado

    Crested Butte Wildflower Festival: They don't call it the Wildflower Capital of Colorado for nothing. Wildflowers bloom all summer, but from July 13 to July 19, the little town celebrates flower power with guided hikes, garden tours and more. More info: crestedbuttewild flowerfestival.com Underground Music Showcase: Denver's nonprofit indie...

  • Threat to Southwest flight that landed in Denver deemed not credible by FBI

    DENVER — An unspecified security threat that led authorities to check a Southwest Airlines plane after it landed at Denver International Airport has been determined to be not credible, the FBI said. Amy Sanders, a spokeswoman for the FBI, told the Denver Post in an email, "The threat was deemed non-credible at this time," but she would not...

  • Huge American flag made of Legos on display at Smithsonian

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of visitors at the Smithsonian have helped build the largest American flag made out of Lego bricks in time for the Fourth of July. That flag was built this week at the National Museum of American History in Washington. It's constructed with more than 100,000 Lego bricks. The museum says thousands of visitors helped...

  • Exhibit opens July 4 about black experience in WW2

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — About to be overrun by Germans, a young black lieutenant called in an artillery barrage on his own position, knowing he'd be killed. It was the only way to hold off the enemy. The sacrifice by 1st Lt. John Fox is one of many endured by the 100,000 African-American service members during World War II and is now the focus of...

  • Illinois State Police add July 4 patrols, roadside checks

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Law enforcement officials are warning Illinois motorists not to drink and drive and to buckle up over the holiday weekend. Illinois State Police say they're joining forces with more than 270 law enforcement agencies to conduct 100 roadside safety checks and 500 "saturation patrols" across the state. They're also...

  • Papal visit puts Andes presidents' eco-record under scrutiny

    AGUARAGUE NATIONAL PARK, Bolivia (AP) — In the vine-entangled forests of the Aguarague National Park, crude that seeped for decades out of abandoned wellheads saturates the soil and has stained the bedrock of creeks that provide water to the indigenous Guarani who live nearby. The petroleum stench is overpowering as David Benitez, who lives in...

  • Jefferson's iconic U.Va. Rotunda amid $58 million face-lift

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Thomas Jefferson's Rotunda at the University of Virginia is ensnared in a spider's web of scaffolding these days, the focus of a $58.3 million renovation of the World Heritage Site. The Rotunda face-lift is part construction zone — hardhats, safety glasses, big equipment — part art restoration. In its interior,...

  • Patagonia founder, others, sue over Grand Teton road paving

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The founder of the Patagonia outdoor clothing company and a well-known wildlife photographer are among those suing over plans by a subdivision where they're property owners to pave a private road in Grand Teton National Park. Meadow Road provides access through the park to a subdivision on its southern boundary. Property...

  • Poland advises its citizens against travel to Egypt

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Polish Foreign Ministry has advised its citizens against traveling to Egypt, and at least one major travel agency has responded by canceling package holidays to the country for the rest of the summer season. The ministry advised Poles on Thursday against booking trips to Egypt, including to popular Red Sea resorts. It...

  • July 4th visits, spending could set record in New Hampshire

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Visits and spending are expected to set records for the July 4 holiday period this year in New Hampshire. The Institute for New Hampshire Studies says more than 900,000 people are expected to visit the state from Friday through Monday. They are expected to spend more than $140 million. Most visitors will travel to New...

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