• Va. Beach experiences record year for tourism revenue

    Updated: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Virginia Beach's tourism industry experienced a record year for lodging and restaurant sales. The city says tax receipts show lodging sales increased about 5 percent in 2014 compared with the previous year, for a total of about $315 million. Those figures...

  • Clown from amusement park found in sex offender's home

    Updated: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A ceramic clown that went missing from a closed Wichita amusement park more than a decade ago has been found at the home of a sex offender who once worked at the park and two decades ago helped restore the clown. The return of Louie the Clown, the mascot of the...

  • Transportation chatter rules on annual 'walk' to DC

    Updated: Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — There's nothing like a train trip to Washington for New Jersey's political honchos and business hotshots to try to bridge differences over the state's ailing infrastructure. As New Jersey's transportation trust fund faces insolvency by June 30, the state Chamber of...

  • Designating monuments, Obama touts conservation as US ideal

    Updated: Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) — Designating the country's newest national monuments, President Barack Obama said Thursday that protecting places of natural beauty and historic significance is a truly American ideal. Obama used the powers of the presidency to designate the Pullman National Monument in...

  • Authorities show off explosive-detecting dogs at airport

    Updated: Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) — The Transportation Security Administration has shown off dogs that are being used to detect explosives and explosive components at Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus. The TSA uses passenger screening canines to identify and locate potential explosive threats...

  • San Francisco museum opens again after theft of gold nuggets

    Updated: Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The shattered glass was long gone on Thursday, the door has been replaced, and the popular Wells Fargo Museum in the heart of San Francisco's financial district had added exhibits. There were even flakes of gold and a few nuggets smaller than a penny on display....

  • Universal Orlando reverses outside bottle ban

    Updated: Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Universal Orlando Resort is reversing its policy of banning bottled drinks from being brought into its theme parks from the outside. Universal spokesman Tom Schroder said Thursday that the theme park resort has gone back to its original policy of allowing outside...

  • AP PHOTOS: Spanish, Portuguese towns celebrate Carnival

    Updated: Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    MADRID (AP) — The wild and colorful costumes and masquerades that precede the Christian season of Lent have created popular festival traditions in Spain and Portugal. One of Portugal's most famous Carnival events takes place in the northcentral town of Lazarin, with its pagan 'careto'...

  • New Colorado Springs balloon festival gets a name

    By stephen hobbs stephen.hobbs@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    T-minus 198 days to launch. With a name and a website, Colorado Springs' new balloon festival is preparing for its September debut. More than 250 names were suggested for the event, and the winner is: The Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off. "It represents what the event is all...

  • Hawaii takes campaign against waterfall trespassers online

    Updated: Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    HAUULA, Hawaii (AP) — The managers of Hawaii's state parks are turning to social media to counter online photos and statements encouraging people to visit a waterfall where a landslide killed eight people more than 15 years ago. Signs warning people not to enter and trespassing...

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