• Jennifer Beals criticized for leaving dog in car in Canada

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Actress Jennifer Beals is defending herself as a loving and "discerning" dog owner after she was captured by a TV reporter briefly leaving her dog inside a vehicle on a warm day in Vancouver, British Columbia. A Global News reporter filmed the...

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

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    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...

  • Confederate flags left near Rev. Martin Luther King's church

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) — Police worked Thursday to identify two white males who were caught on surveillance camera laying Confederate battle flags neatly on the ground near the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s church. It was the latest provocative act involving the Civil War-era symbol since nine...

  • Parents sue Las Vegas-area water park over boy's injuries

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — The parents of a 6-year-old boy who was pulled from a wave pool at a Las Vegas-area water park have filed a lawsuit claiming that the boy now has severe neurological impairments. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Clark County District Court alleges that negligent...

  • Britain limits Ai Weiwei's visit due to alleged conviction

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    BEIJING (AP) — Britain has denied Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei a six-month business visa to attend a London exhibition of his work, saying he failed to disclose that he has a criminal conviction — a claim that the artist and his attorney dispute. Ai, who says a tax case against...

  • Bleisure: Table for one? Dining alone on a business trip

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — A business trip might leave you too tired to venture out for dinner. But if you're up for something beyond room service or hotel restaurants, a good meal out is one way to brighten up long days spent in meetings. Here are some strategies for dining out while traveling...

  • Attendance at Springfield-area historic sites so far in 2015

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois saw an increase in tourism last year but most of the historic sites in the Springfield area saw a decline in attendance during the first half of this year. Here's a look at the numbers behind the trend from January through June of 2015 compared to the...

  • 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...

  • Environmentalists, unions protest Pacific trade pact in Maui

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    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: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    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...

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