• Texas flooding overwhelms popular bed-and-breakfast region

    Updated: Tue, May 26, 2015

    WIMBERLEY, Texas (AP) — The vacation house where two families were to spend Memorial Day weekend was already gone, swept down the swollen Blanco River, when Carissa Smith's husband arrived. All he found was a Chevrolet Suburban slammed against a tree, the engine running. The fate of...

  • Maintenance costs prompt fee increase at 2 national parks

    Updated: Tue, May 26, 2015

    PROVO, Utah (AP) — Visitors are going to pay $5 more for entrance into Bryce Canyon National Park and Zion National Park under a new fee structure starting July 1. The Herald Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1KknMML) maintenance and improvement costs are prompting the fee increase,...

  • Channeling Batman, Versailles: Macau's new wave of resorts

    Updated: 6 min ago

    MACAU (AP) — Macau is doubling down even as the odds change. The world's casino capital this week welcomes the first of a new wave of lavish casino resorts for its up-and-coming Cotai Peninsula. It's a $20 billion bet by casino operators amid an extended losing streak in the tiny...

  • US returns 25 looted artifacts to Italy: Vases, frescoes

    Updated: 24 min ago

    ROME (AP) — The United States on Tuesday officially returned 25 artifacts that had been looted over the decades from Italy, including Etruscan vases, 1st-century frescoes and precious books that ended up in U.S. museums, universities and private collections. Italy has been on a...

  • Wyoming tourism director foresees good summer season

    Updated: 38 min ago

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — State tourism executive director Diane Shober says lower gas prices and other indicators point to plenty of out-of-state visitors coming to Wyoming to enjoy its attractions this summer. Shober notes that gas prices are about $1 lower than they were at this time...

  • Live Well: Yoga takes over Colorado Springs-area parks this summer

    By Jennifer Mulson jen.mulson@gazette.com -
    Updated: 1 hr ago

    Outdoor yoga classes have grown in number by leaps and bounds in the last couple of years. This summer, about a dozen classes led by various instructors will be offered. Some include live music, others include a hike and many are donation-based. Here are some of the offerings: -...

  • For an IS fighter, a paid honeymoon in caliphate's heart

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — The honeymoon was a brief moment for love, away from the front lines of Syria's war. In the capital of the Islamic State group's self-proclaimed "caliphate," Syrian fighter Abu Bilal al-Homsi was united with his Tunisian bride for the first time after months chatting...

  • Shirley Temple exhibit coming to Louisville museum

    Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Louisville museum is opening an exhibit devoted to 1930s Hollywood child star Shirley Temple. The Frazier History Museum will put about 200 items on display from the actress' personal collection of costumes, dolls and mementos. The "Love, Shirley Temple"...

  • Astronaut from Tennessee being inducted into Hall of Fame

    Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — An alumna of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine is being inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame this week. Dr. Margaret Rhea Seddon is a 1973 graduate of the medical school and one of NASA's first female astronauts. The public ceremony will be...

  • National Trails Day event set June 6 in Smoky Mountains

    Published: Tue, May 26, 2015

    GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is celebrating National Trails Day next week with a work day event to maintain the park's trail system. The park said in a news release it is working with the Friends of the Smokies, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy...

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