• Helmet camera captured deadly Yosemite cliff jump

    Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A camera on the helmet of cliff jumper Dean Potter, who died in Yosemite National Park, shows that he may have tried to avoid his friend who slammed into a ridge and then hit the rocks himself a split second later, a park official said. It's not clear what went...

  • Charges dropped for man who smashed car window, saved dog

    Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Authorities have dropped the charges against an Athens veteran who was arrested after breaking a window to free a dog from a hot car. Multiple news outlets report Michael Hammons was charged with criminal trespassing May 12 after smashing out a window when he saw a...

  • More than 2,000 museums offer military families free access

    Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 2,000 museums in all 50 states are again offering free admission to military personnel and their families this summer, beginning on Memorial Day. The Blue Star Museums program is being announced Wednesday at the Phillips Collection in Washington. This is...

  • Pop culture museum plan clears Oklahoma Senate on second try

    Updated: Tue, May 19, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A $25 million bond proposal to build a museum of popular culture in Tulsa has cleared the Oklahoma Senate, one day after the same bill failed when a senator said he mistakenly pressed the wrong button. The Senate voted 28-18 on Tuesday for the bill by Senate...

  • House tours let communities strut, bond, fundraise

    Updated: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Across the country, spring is the season for house tours, a chance for the house-proud to strut their stuff, and for communities to bond, celebrate and fundraise. The tours, which generally raise money for historical societies, garden clubs and other non-profits, also provide...

  • Wingsuit flier thought he could manage the risk, avoid death

    Updated: Tue, May 19, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Extreme athlete Dean Potter faced the risk of flying off the vertical rock walls he was famous for scaling with little more than a parachute on his back and thin fabric wings. Just two weeks ago, the man who talked of transforming "dying into flying," had posted a...

  • Mill Springs conservation being celebrated this weekend

    Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) — The Civil War Trust and the Mill Springs Battlefield Association are making an announcement during a Memorial Day weekend ceremony in south-central Kentucky. The Civil War Trust says U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers of Kentucky's 5th District will attend the event Saturday at...

  • Warning light forces Hawaii-bound jet's return to LA airport

    Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Hawaii-bound jetliner returned safely to Los Angeles on Monday after a cockpit light suggested a fuel valve was open. Hawaiian Airlines Flight 3 was about half an hour over the Pacific Ocean, on its way from Los Angeles International Airport to Honolulu, when a...

  • Police say tourist from Texas drowns in Jamaica

    Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Authorities say an American tourist has drowned while swimming at a beach in eastern Jamaica. The Jamaica Constabulary Force on Monday identified the dead man as 36-year-old Harold Fox of Houston, Texas. Police say Fox encountered difficulties while swimming...

  • Plan for popular culture museum fails in Oklahoma Senate

    Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A $25 million bond proposal for a planned popular culture museum in Tulsa fell one vote short of passage Monday after a state senator said he mistakenly pressed the wrong button on his desk. Meanwhile, the House passed a separate $25 million bond plan to complete...

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