• United flight from Los Angeles to DC makes emergency landing

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    ONTARIO, Calif. (AP) — A United Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., made a quick emergency landing at another Southern California airport Thursday morning after passengers reported a burning smell on board. United Flight 1181 from Los Angeles International Airport to...

  • Detroit Institute of Arts to restore museum's exterior walls

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Institute of Arts has been awarded two grants from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, including one to help pay for restoring the museum's original exterior walls. A $48,000 grant is for general operating support and a $100,000 grant is for...

  • Alibaba run-in with China regulator signals tougher scrutiny

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    BEIJING (AP) — For years, Alibaba faced complaints it failed to stamp out sales of counterfeit goods on its e-commerce websites. But Chinese regulators stayed silent, apparently reluctant to disrupt the rise of an Internet star even as they accused foreign automakers, dairies and...

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

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    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...

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

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    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...

  • Massachusetts members of Congress to serve on key committees

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    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,...

  • 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: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    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: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    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...

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