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  • Parents sue Las Vegas-area water park over boy's injuries

    HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — The parents of a 6-year-old boy who was pulled from a wave pool at a Las Vegas-area water park have filed a lawsuit claiming that the boy now has severe neurological impairments. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Clark County District Court alleges that negligent safety precautions caused the May 27 incident at Cowabunga Bay...

  • Britain limits Ai Weiwei's visit due to alleged conviction

    BEIJING (AP) — Britain has denied Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei a six-month business visa to attend a London exhibition of his work, saying he failed to disclose that he has a criminal conviction — a claim that the artist and his attorney dispute. Ai, who says a tax case against him in China was administrative and not criminal, was given...

  • Confederate flags left near Rev. Martin Luther King's church

    ATLANTA (AP) — Police worked Thursday to identify two white males who were caught on surveillance camera laying Confederate battle flags neatly on the ground near the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s church. It was the latest provocative act involving the Civil War-era symbol since nine black church members were gunned down during Bible study in...

  • AP Investigation: Olympic teams to swim, boat in Rio's filth

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Athletes in next year's Summer Olympics here will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human feces that they risk becoming violently ill and unable to compete in the games, an Associated Press investigation has found. An AP analysis of water quality revealed dangerously high levels of viruses and...

  • Bleisure: Table for one? Dining alone on a business trip

    NEW YORK (AP) — A business trip might leave you too tired to venture out for dinner. But if you're up for something beyond room service or hotel restaurants, a good meal out is one way to brighten up long days spent in meetings. Here are some strategies for dining out while traveling for work. ___ TABLE FOR ONE? Elizabeth McCourt, a...

  • 2015 summer bucket list: Ten things to do before fall arrives

    Attention: The end of summer is (sadly) almost here. Consider this your warm-weather wakeup call. Now that July is over, your days of mountain climbing, grilling out and seeing high temperatures on your phone's weather app are numbered. Read on for 10 ideas that'll make the rest of your Colorado summer shine. Sip on a beerfest: With Coors...

  • Attendance at Springfield-area historic sites so far in 2015

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois saw an increase in tourism last year but most of the historic sites in the Springfield area saw a decline in attendance during the first half of this year. Here's a look at the numbers behind the trend from January through June of 2015 compared to the same period in 2014: DECREASES: — Lincoln New Salem State...

  • Wildlife activists concerned over Uganda-Congo border oil

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Activists on Thursday urged Uganda's government to reverse a decision to open for oil drilling a wildlife park on Uganda's border with Congo, saying the move puts pressure on the region's fragile ecosystems. Uganda's government is expected to announce next month which companies can bid for six new oil blocks, including...

  • Environmentalists, unions protest Pacific trade pact in Maui

    LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — About 400 protesters blew conch shells on a Hawaii beach to demonstrate against a trade agreement being negotiated by ministers from 12 Pacific Rim nations. The demonstrators blew into their shells in unison on Wednesday on the sand in front of the Westin Maui resort on Kaanapali Beach, where ministers were meeting this...

  • Va. tourism to air TV ads during Richmond bicycle race

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia tourism officials will use television commercials to promote the state as a travel destination during an upcoming international bicycle race in Richmond. Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the partnership Wednesday between the Virginia Tourism Corp. and organizers of the September race. Thirty-second commercials will...

  • How to find healthy eats at Florida theme parks, zoos

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Don't stress if you're trying to eat healthy while on summer vacation. Florida health officials are highlighting some guilt-free options for you at theme parks and zoos. The Healthiest Weight Florida initiative highlights healthy choices in theme parks and zoos throughout the state on its website and provides a...

  • Hikers drawn to geological gem along Arizona-Utah border

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A richly colored geological upheaval along the Arizona-Utah border is one of the most sought-after hikes in the West. But The Wave isn't without dangers. Officials with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management have implemented a series of safety measures following three deaths in 2013. A new proposal to change the way...

  • Las Vegas attempts to tame rowdy Fremont Street experience

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A bawdy gauntlet of street performers and tip-seeking costumed characters crowding Las Vegas' Fremont Street have been driving tourists away, city leaders said Wednesday as they moved toward imposing new rules to rein in the rowdy atmosphere. Sin City already has banned people from drinking alcohol out of glass bottles and...

  • Wynn Resorts profit drops 72 percent in 2nd quarter

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Wynn Resorts Ltd.'s profit fell 72 percent in the second quarter, stymied by an on-going decline in the Asian gambling enclave of Macau and fewer high-roller Chinese baccarat players in Las Vegas. CEO Steve Wynn said Wednesday that the numbers should come as no surprise. "Macau continues to be more of a question than a...

  • Appeals court reinstates 'Roadless Rule' for Tongass

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A divided federal appeals court on Wednesday affirmed a lower-court decision that reinstates prohibitions on road-building and timber harvests in roadless areas of the nation's largest national forest. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 6-5 decision, found the U.S. Department of Agriculture did not give a...

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