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  • Bassett Tower in downtown El Paso to become hotel

    EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The O.T. Bassett Tower office building in downtown El Paso will be converted into a 100-room boutique hotel. Officials with property owner Bassett Partners and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. on Tuesday announced the agreement. No cost estimate was released for renovating the 15-story art deco-style structure...

  • Weakened Odile heads toward US; tourists evacuated

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's government airlifted thousands of stranded foreign tourists out of the hurricane-ravaged resort of Los Cabos, as a weakened Odile headed over the Gulf of California Wednesday on a path toward Arizona and a new storm loomed to the south. The remnants of Odile, which had been downgraded from a Category 3 hurricane to...

  • Glass bottles banned on Las Vegas Strip sidewalks

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Glass bottles and containers are no longer welcome among the throngs of tourists on Las Vegas Strip sidewalks. Clark County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday for the glass ban, which they say will reduce the litter and danger of shattered glass on walkways. Police said they've also seen a recent uptick in people using...

  • Detroit excursion boat heads for repairs, NY home

    ECORSE, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit excursion boat that ferried passengers to the defunct Boblo Island amusement park is starting a journey to its new home in New York. The Detroit Free Press reports (http://on.freep.com/1DiBWMq ) tug boats Tuesday moved the SS Columbia from the Detroit suburb of Ecorse. The boat arrived in Toledo, Ohio, where the...

  • Nebraska dentistry museum to open to public

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The University of Nebraska Medical Center's College of Dentistry museum in Lincoln will open for public tours later this month. The museum holds the largest public display of dental artifacts dating back to the 1850s. Stan Harn, professor of oral biology and curator of the museum, says the museum has added a huge number...

  • 5 Things to Know in Florida for Sept. 17

    Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today. UNIVERSITIES WANT BOOST IN AID FOR NEEDY STUDENTS Florida universities say they need millions to deal with the fallout from changes to the state's popular Bright Futures scholarship program. The Board of Governors is expected this week to discuss a $45...

  • NC: 2,757 Labor Day drunken driving arrests

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — State officials say nearly 2,800 people were arrested for drunken driving during North Carolina's "Booze It & Lose It" Labor Day campaign. A statement from the N.C. Department of Transportation says the arrests were made between Aug. 15 and Sept. 1. Of the 2,757 arrests for driving while impaired, Wake County had the most...

  • Historic chalet is moved from river's eroding edge

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A historic chalet has been successfully relocated away from the eroding edge of a river in a remote wilderness area. Olympic National Park officials said that contractors used hydraulic jacks to push the Enchanted Valley chalet 100 feet along steel beams and away from the edge of the Quinault River. The work, which began...

  • British Museum features 'golden age' of Ming China

    LONDON (AP) — Intricate, inventive and ahead of their time — and that's just the vases. London's British Museum will open a major new exhibition on Thursday exploring the rich art and global influences of China's Ming era in the 15th century. Some 280 objects from the years 1400 to 1450 will be featured, from bejeweled gold vessels and...

  • Amusement park won't rename coaster 'King James'

    SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's Cedar Point amusement park is partnering with the LeBron James Family Foundation instead of renaming a roller coaster for the basketball superstar. The Sandusky park had vowed to rename a coaster "King James" if the four-time NBA MVP returned home to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers, which he did. Cedar Point says...

  • Recent Kansas editorials

    The Kansas City Star, Sept. 14 Keep renewable energy mandate and benefits of wind power: Despite Gov. Sam Brownback's sudden lack of support for it, the renewable energy mandate in Kansas deserves to be kept in place. The Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) requires the state to get at least 20 percent of its electric power from sources such...

  • Get a slice of Chicago culture on pizza tour

    CHICAGO (AP) — In a city famous for its deep-dish pizza tourists wouldn't know that the locals more often eat a thinner-crust, tavern-style pie topped with homemade Italian sausage and cut into squares, not slices — unless they went on a pizza tour. Chicago is one of a handful of cities across the country, like Boston, Milwaukee and New York,...

  • Go For the Food: The ultimate beer run in Vermont

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Let's not call this a "beer run." That has such a... Friday night frat boy connotation. Let's instead call this a "beer journey." The ultimate beer journey. For the ultimate cult beer. If you have even a passing interest in great beer, chances are good you've heard of Heady Topper, the intensely hoppy,...

  • Miami science museum gets $5M for health programs

    MIAMI (AP) — Baptist Health South Florida is giving $5 million for health and wellness programs at the new Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science being built in downtown Miami. The Baptist Health People & Science Gallery will be located inside the museum. Some of the funding also will pay for transportation for Miami-Dade County public...

  • Heat wave sends power demand soaring in California

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A heat wave sent Californians to their air conditioners Friday and drove power demand to its highest peak of the year as the southern region sweltered under 100-degree temperatures. Statewide electrical demand peaked Monday afternoon at 45,090 megawatts, beating a record for the year that was set on July 30, said Steven...

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