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  • Tropical depression forms off Gulf coast of Mexico

    MIAMI (AP) — Forecasters say a tropical depression has formed off the Gulf coast of Mexico with tropical storm warnings issued from Tuxpan in the state of Veracruz north to La Pesca. The National Hurricane Center in Miami says maximum sustained winds are at 30 mph (45 kph) Monday afternoon. The storm is about 240 miles (390 kilometers) east of...

  • Climate study yields bad news for tiny desert fish

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — For 10,000 years, a tiny iridescent blue fish has lived in the depths of a cavern in Nevada's desert. But a new study says climate change and warming waters — and its lack of mobility — are threatening its existence and decreasing its numbers. Scientists studying climate change anticipate that as Earth continues to warm, fish...

  • 'Dolphin Tale' aquarium plans to drop animal shows

    CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — No animal performances will be held at a redesigned aquatic center planned by the Florida aquarium featured in the "Dolphin Tale" movies. The Clearwater Marine Aquarium was the location of the 2011 "Dolphin Tale" movie, inspired by the real-life rescue and rehabilitation of Winter the dolphin, which was fitted with a...

  • Royal Gorge rises from the ashes with 'soft' reopening this weekend

    Nearly 15 months after a wildfire destroyed all but four of its 52 structures, the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park will reopen Saturday with a new visitors center, a miniature one-mile railroad and expectations that a second reconstructon phase will be ready in November. The 85-year-old bridge was only slightly damaged in the June 2013 fire,...

  • Norwich U museum affiliated with Smithsonian

    NORTHFIELD, Vt. (AP) — Officials at Norwich University say a museum on its Northfield campus has been designated the first and only Smithsonian Affiliate in the state of Vermont. The school is planning an event Tuesday to celebrate the designation that will include guided tours of the Sullivan Museum and History Center. The center is a...

  • Lincoln exhibition on stitched signatures to open

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A new exhibition at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln will shed light on the role stitched signatures can play in depicting people's lives. "Signature Cloths" will open on Friday at Quilt House, 1523 N. 33rd St. The exhibition focuses on sewn signatures as visual symbols and as a method of social...

  • Scale will matter for success of New York casinos

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Racino revenue is down. Casinos are closing in Atlantic City, while new ones are opening in Maryland and Massachusetts. Yet New York is just now getting into the game, with more than a dozen groups lining up to open upstate casinos. The state's late arrival at the betting table is forcing developers to think smaller. Rather...

  • Olympic National Park bans drones amid US order

    SEATTLE (AP) — Following a nationwide directive, Washington state's largest national park has joined the list of those banning drones. Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum last week approved rules barring unmanned aircraft within park boundaries. Earlier this summer, National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis directed...

  • Company plans entertainment resort near Ga. coast

    KINGSLAND, Ga. (AP) — The Kingsland City Council recently approved an agreement that could lead to the groundbreaking of a $350 million, 495-acre amusement resort on Interstate 95 in the spring of 2015. "I'm optimistic," City Manager Lee Spell said. "We have taken a huge step forward. This is what the investors and lenders have been waiting...

  • 43 to become US citizens in Yellowstone ceremony

    YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park sees plenty of foreign visitors who come to see its unique natural features. But this week, 43 foreigners will be coming to the park to become U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony at Mammoth Hot Springs. The immigrants come from 20 different countries and currently...

  • Vermont history group buys home for museum

    ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) — A group working to build a museum and history center in St. Johnsbury has a home, and portions of the St. Johnsbury History and Heritage Center museum that will display local artifacts could be open by the end of the year, officials said. "We're over the moon," said Peggy Pearl, director of the group that purchased a...

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  • Colorado Springs world travelers offer tips on avoiding pickpockets

    Three experienced Colorado Springs travelers, who have been to more than 100 countries between them, offered their experiences and tips to avoid being pickpocketed after my Aug. 17 story about my misadventure on a Barcelona subway. Bill Stanley, Terry Mitchell and Tom Stockman wrote they want other travelers to avoid similar situation. Stanley...

  • Elk rut begins in Yellowstone National Park

    YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Visitors are being asked to be cautious as the elk rut begins in Yellowstone National Park. Park spokesman Al Nash says bull elk are much more aggressive toward people and vehicles this time of year, and visitors should keep a safe distance from the animals and look around corners before exiting buildings...

  • W.Va. tourism looks ahead after chemical spill

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A roller coaster of rapids will await thrill-seekers for the start of the Gauley River whitewater season as southern West Virginia businesses anticipate an influx of visitors to finish out a tourism season that for a time simmered in the stigma of a chemical spill in Charleston. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opens...

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