• Newport gears up for international race _ and tourists

    Yesterday

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The city of Newport is gearing up to be the only North American stop for the international Volvo Ocean Race, hoping it will be a huge boost to the city-by-the-sea's economy. Sail Newport executive director Brad Reed says the race is an opportunity to "show off...

  • Gazette travel: Finding, savoring the 'old' Japan

    By Kate Shefte kate.shefte@gazette.com -
    Yesterday

    I tried to keep my expectations low after booking a flight to Tokyo. But when does that ever work? I wanted bright Torii gates and towering pagodas at every corner. I pictured willowy cherry blossom trees dipping delicate branches into dark, rocky ponds filled with koi. I longed to...

  • Demolition work begins on famed record company building

    Updated: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Demolition work began Saturday at the fire-damaged former headquarters of the famed recording company that created what came to be called "The Sound of Philadelphia." The Philadelphia International Records building is being torn down to make way for a 47-story...

  • Bucolic W.Va. county offers promise as tourism frontier

    Updated: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    CIRCLEVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — Between mountain ranges and two national forests in West Virginia lies an Appalachian tourism frontier with serene, unspoiled countryside and some of the best rock climbing in the region. Pendleton County's remoteness serves as both a selling point and an...

  • Mississippi lawmakers approve list of local taxes, projects

    Updated: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — That shrimp po' boy in Pascagoula or that hotel room in Houston will cost a bit extra because of local tourism taxes that legislators approved for those cities — as they did for many other communities around the state. Tourism taxes were among the many issues...

  • Andy Warhol exhibit coming to Columbia this summer

    Updated: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Portraits by famed pop artist Andy Warhol are coming to the Columbia Museum of Art this summer. The State newspaper in Columbia (http://bit.ly/1IW3Diw ) reports that "From Marilyn to Mao: Andy Warhol's Famous Faces" is scheduled to run from June 12 through Sept....

  • Ohio amusement park opens 44th season with new family rides

    Updated: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    MASON, Ohio (AP) — Kings Island amusement park in southwest Ohio is debuting two new family rides as its starts its 44th season. The park north of Cincinnati is debuting Woodstock Gliders and Snoopy's Space Buggies on Saturday with the opening of the 2015 season. Woodstock Gliders is...

  • Brain exhibit featured at Nebraska Science Festival Expo

    Updated: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A giant, inflatable walk-through brain exhibit will be one of the highlights of this year's Nebraska Science Festival Expo at the Durham Museum in Omaha. Called the MEGA Brain, the exhibit is approximately 18 feet long, 14 feet wide and 12 feet high. Visitors enter...

  • Scientists: 3 wolves remain at Isle Royale National Park

    Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The gray wolves of Isle Royale National Park, which scientists have studied closely for more than half a century along with the moose on which they feed, are on the verge of disappearing as the most recent census showed that only three remain, scientists...

  • Disney measles outbreak that sparked vaccination debate ends

    Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — An outbreak of measles that popped up at Disneyland in late December soon spread to six other U.S. states, Mexico and Canada. Health officials suspect an infected traveler, who caught the virus overseas, visited the theme park and exposed others. The outbreak...

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