• BASE instinct: The thrill to fly carries risk with each jump

    Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The death of extreme athlete Dean Potter and his friend Graham Hunt in Yosemite National Park brought renewed attention to the risks of BASE jumping and it's more dangerous offshoot, wingsuit flying. WHAT IS BASE JUMPING? The term BASE jumping was coined by one of...

  • First lady: Libraries, museums are 'necessities,' not extras

    Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama says America's libraries and museums aren't luxuries or "extras" that can be passed over while money goes toward other goals like creating jobs or teaching children. "So often our libraries and museums are doing the critical work to help us...

  • Oklahoma House passes bill to finish American Indian Museum

    Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House has passed legislation to complete the unfinished American Indian Cultural Center and Museum and turn it over to the city of Oklahoma City for operation and maintenance. Without debate, House members voted 58-36 for the measure Monday and sent...

  • Cecil County Public Library honored with National Medal

    Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Cecil County Public Library is being honored with the National Medal. First lady Michelle Obama is presenting the 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service to library Director Denise Davis and community member Thomas Cousar at the White House on Monday....

  • Walker Tavern Historic Site's farmers market set to open

    Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — The farmers market at the Walker Tavern Historic Site at Cambridge Junction Historic State Park is scheduled to open for the season this weekend. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says the market will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday at the...

  • Detroit airport getting another military travelers' lounge

    Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) — Another lounge for military travelers is being established at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. Ken Pratt, president of nonprofit Michigan Armed Forces Hospitality Center Inc., says a $100,000 grant from the Masco Foundation will allow officials to open the Freedom...

  • Amtrak liable for no more than $200 million in crash

    Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time, Amtrak could face a $200 million payout to train crash victims — the limit set by Congress. But that may be too low to cover the costs of the eight lives lost and more than 200 people injured in last week's derailment in Philadelphia. That payout...

  • Matewan museum tells story of W.Va. mine wars

    Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    MATEWAN, W.Va. (AP) — The story of the West Virginia mine wars is on display at a new museum in Matewan. The West Virginia Mine Wars Museum held its grand opening on Saturday. The museum says more than 500 people attended the event. Speakers included United Mine Workers President...

  • For Colorado hot springs maven, it's all about the soak

    BY LANCE BENZEL lance.benzel@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sun, May 17, 2015

    Call it a collective case of sour grapes, but Deborah Frazier is accustomed to getting guff about her job. She's the hot springs maven - the lady who tests the waters for the rest of us, as spiritually demanding as that sounds. "I constantly take ragging for it," said the former...

  • Bridgeport's Pleasure Beach to reopen for season

    Updated: Sun, May 17, 2015

    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — The Pleasure Beach barrier island park off Bridgeport will be opening for the Memorial Day weekend with a new attraction. Mayor Bill Finch and other officials unveiled a new historic walking tour on Sunday that will showcase highlights of the island's history...

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