• Wildlife activists concerned over Uganda-Congo border oil

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    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...

  • British Embassy in China grants limited visa to Ai Weiwei

    Updated: 30 min ago

    BEIJING (AP) — The British Embassy in Beijing has restricted a visa for dissident artist Ai Weiwei, alleging he failed to declare that he had a criminal conviction, a claim that his lawyer disputed on Thursday. Wednesday's letter from the embassy to the artist said he had applied for...

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

    Updated: 59 min ago

    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...

  • Environmentalists, unions protest Pacific trade pact in Maui

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    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...

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

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    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...

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

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    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...

  • Hikers drawn to geological gem along Arizona-Utah border

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    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...

  • Las Vegas attempts to tame rowdy Fremont Street experience

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    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...

  • Wynn Resorts profit drops 72 percent in 2nd quarter

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    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...

  • Appeals court reinstates 'Roadless Rule' for Tongass

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    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,...

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