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

    Updated: 14 hr 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...

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

    Updated: 18 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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"...

  • Orange County to unveil tour guide for railroad enthusiasts

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    ORANGE, Va. (AP) — A new tour guide aims to connect railroad enthusiasts with Orange County's rail history and today's railroad presence in the county. The "Tracks Through Time" tour guide is scheduled to be launched on Tuesday at the Orange County Visitor Center in the restored...

  • Horses return to Mackinac Island in rite of spring

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — Automobiles are not permitted on Michigan's Mackinac Island. Horses most certainly are. In fact, the equines are vital. Without them, transportation on the island would be virtually nonexistent. But most of the 500 horses that haul people and cargo...

  • Stunning 36 percent rise in US visits to Cuba since January

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    HAVANA (AP) — The thaw in relations between the U.S. and Cuba has led to a stunning 36 percent increase in visits by Americans to the island, including thousands who are flying into Cuba from third countries like Mexico in order to sidestep U.S. restrictions on tourism. The dramatic...

  • Americans find ways to visit Cuba despite tourism ban

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    HAVANA (AP) — "Is travel to Cuba for tourist activities permitted? No." That's what the U.S. Treasury Department website says. And yet Havana is loaded with Americans, from the Floridita bar, where they pose for photos with a bust of Ernest Hemingway, to the Rum Museum, where they swig...

  • 12 missing after flood sweeps away vacation home in Texas

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    WIMBERLEY, Texas (AP) — Crews searched Monday for 12 people reported missing after a vacation home was swept away by flash flooding along a rain-swollen river that destroyed or damaged more than 1,000 homes in Central Texas. Emergency crews rescued several people who were stranded by...

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