• Railroad museum looking to pass on Hermiston's legacy

    Updated: Sun, May 24, 2015

    PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — Behind a chain link fence, between a 1913 dining car and a 1912 passenger coach full of railroad memorabilia, a faded wooden sign reading "West Maxwell" can be seen from Hodge Park in Hermiston. The sign is one of the last reminders of a time long past, when the...

  • Carowinds to close wooden Thunder Road roller coaster

    Updated: Sun, May 24, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Carowinds says it will close the Thunder Road wooden roller coaster on July 26. The amusement park near Charlotte says it will tear down the ride as part of a $50 million renovation plan. The roller coaster goes through both North Carolina and South Carolina...

  • Gazette travel: Washington D.C. an ideal place to take teens during summer

    By Joanna Bean joanna.bean@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sun, May 24, 2015

    he nation's capital is overrun with strollers in summer. Families with young children navigate the Metro platforms, wind their way through Smithsonian museums and, laden with drinks and snacks, work their way along the National Mall. But Washington, D.C., is arguably a better...

  • Go for the food: Santa Fe, N.M.

    By JERI CLAUSING The Associated Press -
    Published: Sun, May 24, 2015

    Harry's Roadhouse, Sante Fe There is no shortage of good food in this northern New Mexico town, where the many casual and gourmet takes on the state's trademark chile dishes are almost as big a draw as the city's art galleries and festivals. The question typically is not where to go,...

  • Syrian official: Islamic State militants in Palmyra's museum

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Islamic State fighters broke into the museum of Palmyra, though a Syrian official said its artifacts have been removed and are safe while the U.S.-led coalition conducted airstrikes on the group's installations near the captured ancient town — the first such...

  • Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture closer to reality

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — State historians will finally have a space to display some of the 100,000 artifacts they've collected to help tell the story of Oklahoma's contributions to popular culture. In the six years since the Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture has been a concept, it's been...

  • Hotel tax hike sought for sports complex near Cedar Point

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    SANDUSKY, Ohio (AP) — Backers who want to build a youth sports complex near Cedar Point amusement park are asking Ohio lawmakers to let them increase a countywide hotel tax Erie County leaders say increasing the hotel tax by 1 percent would raise $17 million and pay for much of the...

  • West Virginia museums to let military members in for free

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Several West Virginia attractions are participating in the National Endowment for the Arts initiative to offer free admission to active-duty military members and their families. The Blue Star Museums program includes more than 2,000 museums across the country...

  • Cuomo: NY police to crack down on impaired driving

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Police across New York state will be stepping up their enforcement over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that State Police and local authorities will increase patrols to crack down on impaired and distracted drivers. The...

  • 2 Lincoln museums to offer free admission to service members

    Published: Sat, May 23, 2015

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The University of Nebraska State Museum-Morrill Hall and the International Quilt Study Center and Museum are two of more than 2,000 museums across the nation that will offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer. The free admittance...

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