• Woman who designed "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign dies

    Updated: Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — The woman who designed the iconic neon sign that has welcomed countless visitors to Las Vegas since 1959 has died. Betty Willis died Sunday in her Overton, Nevada, home, according to an obituary on the Virgin Valley & Moapa Valley Mortuaries web site. The 91-year-old...

  • Colorado Ski Train revival in the works after sell-out weekends

    By Jason Blevins, The Denver Post
    Updated: 3 hr ago

    Winter Park and Amtrak officials met in Denver Monday to discuss the return of the venerable Ski Train for three months next winter. The Denver-owned resort revived the historic rail link for a weekend in March to celebrate its 75th anniversary, selling out two trains and stirring...

  • Proposal would let tribes gather plants in national parks

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Members of the Hualapai Tribe in northwestern Arizona occupied the Grand Canyon long before it became a national park. They collected fruit from cacti and pine nuts for food, cedar and mesquite to weave baskets, and materials to fashion cradleboards for their...

  • Judge's order halts man seeking to build veterans museum

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A Manchester man's effort to build a veterans museum was temporarily shut down Monday amid complaints that he has spent years operating outside the rules that govern charitable organizations. A Merrimack County Superior Court judge granted the attorney general's...

  • Michigan Capitol building reopening for Saturday tours

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's historic Capitol building is reopening to the public on Saturdays for the first time in years. The State Capitol Commission voted Monday to again host free tours of the 136-year-old building on Saturdays, starting June 6. The Capitol currently is open...

  • NJ Transit proposes fare hikes, service cuts

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Bus and rail commuters on New Jersey Transit would face fare increases for the first time in five years and see some service cuts under proposals released Monday that seek to close an estimated $60 million budget gap. The increases average roughly between 7 and 9...

  • Oklahoma City National Memorial honors judicial officials

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum has honored prosecutors, defense attorneys and judges who were involved in federal and state trials following the Oklahoma City bombing 20 years ago. Museum officials bestowed the 2015 Reflections of Hope Award Monday...

  • Coconino, Kaibab hit restoration milestone

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Officials say more than 500,000 acres of the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests and grasslands in Arizona are seeing accelerated forest restoration. U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said Monday that the Four Forest Restoration Initiative recently reached...

  • For some, prom is a platform for good deeds, social change

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Proms have traditionally been a night of glamour and romance, complete with backstage drama over dates and dresses. But prom culture is changing. Some teens now see prom as an opportunity to be inclusive rather than exclusive. They're using proms as vehicles for good...

  • Winningest UND men's basketball coach being honored

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — The winningest men's basketball coach in University of North Dakota history is being inducted into the school's Letterwinners Athletics Hall of Fame. Rich Glas amassed a 335-194 record in 18 years as head coach, and led the school to eight NCAA Division II...

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