• Hotels mostly booked for Mardi Gras _ tent sites, too

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — If you want to visit New Orleans for Mardi Gras and don't have hotel reservations, you may need a tent. But you might not even be able to find tent space for the 10th Mardi Gras since Hurricane Katrina flooded the city. Cheap gas and a holiday trifecta are...

  • Massachusetts members of Congress to serve on key committees

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    BOSTON (AP) — Members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation have been named to serve as the top Democrats on key U.S. House committees. Rep. Jim McGovern of Worcester has been appointed the ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Agriculture's Subcommittee on Nutrition,...

  • Myanmar tallies 1,114 bird species, 20 previously unrecorded

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — An extensive survey of birds in Myanmar has revealed nearly two dozen not known to have existed in the country, including a large black seabird with a ballooning red neck sack and a tiny black and white falconet with a surprised, panda-like expression. The Great...

  • Birthday, other special events planned for Lincoln museum

    Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A birthday party for the 16th president and other events are planned for February at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. The museum and library are celebrating their 10th anniversary throughout 2015. The 10th day of every month is Family Day...

  • State Museum event marks anniversary of burning of Columbia

    Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The 150th anniversary of the burning of Columbia is being marked by a special program at the State Museum and the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room. Thursday's event features dramatic readings, historical presentations, bluegrass music and food inspired by...

  • Boston bounces back from 2 feet of snow after blizzard

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    BOSTON (AP) — Boston bounced back quickly Wednesday from the Blizzard of 2015, with subways, buses and trains up and running again the morning after the storm buried a swath of New England in 2 to 3 feet of snow. Many businesses reopened, as did Logan Airport, and homeowners,...

  • Former Frank Church staffers ask for national monument

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Forty-four staffers who worked for U.S. Sen. Frank Church have sent a letter to President Barack Obama asking him to designate a national monument in central Idaho. The letter dated Tuesday notes that the Idaho Democrat worked to preserve much of the state's wild...

  • Louisiana editorial roundup

    Yesterday

    Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers: Jan. 28 The Advocate, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on rich history on Teche: The story goes that the matron of The Shadows on the Teche, the antebellum landmark in New Iberia, was faced with a stark offer. Take the oath of allegiance to the...

  • Western experts gather for regional drought forum

    Yesterday

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Experts from across the West are gathering in New Mexico to discuss the effects of drought on recreation and tourism. The Western Governors' Association is putting on the two-day forum. Experts from New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Utah and Oregon will be part of...

  • Major impressionist exhibit making US stop in Philadelphia

    Yesterday

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A major impressionist exhibit featuring works by Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Edgar Degas is making its only U.S. stop at the Philadelphia Museum of Art this summer. The museum said Wednesday "Discovering the Impressionists" will feature more than 80...

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