• West Yellowstone ponders $1.4M forest land purchase

    Updated: Mon, May 25, 2015

    WEST YELLOWSTONE, Mont. (AP) — How does a town expand when it's surrounded by federal land? West Yellowstone city officials are facing that very question as they contemplate spending more than $1.4 million to acquire 80 acres of Custer Gallatin National Forest land adjacent to the...

  • National Park Service surveying Reconstruction sites

    Updated: Mon, May 25, 2015

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Now that its observance of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War is over, the National Park Service is turning its attention to the Reconstruction era after the war. The agency is embarking on a yearlong study to inventory sites throughout the South and beyond...

  • 21 New Hampshire museums free for military families

    Updated: Mon, May 25, 2015

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — There are 21 museums in New Hampshire offering free admission to military families from Memorial Day through Labor Day under the Blue Star Museums program. The New Hampshire museums are among 2,000 nationwide taking part in the program. The museums range from the...

  • 9 to be inducted into Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame

    Updated: Mon, May 25, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Nine Ohioans will be inducted into the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame in a ceremony in Columbus. The ceremony will be held at the Ohio Statehouse on Thursday. This year's honorees will join more than 400 individuals inducted since 1978. Officials with the...

  • Panhandle welcomes thousands of LGBT holiday tourists

    Updated: Mon, May 25, 2015

    PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — Thousands of LGBT tourists are spending their Memorial Day weekend on Florida Panhandle beaches. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people have vacationed in Pensacola Beach and Navarre Beach every Memorial Day for decades. The gatherings have grown...

  • Theme parks turning aging coasters into new thrill rides

    By JOHN SEEWER The Associated Press -
    Published: Mon, May 25, 2015

    Bigger, faster and more extreme are what count when it comes to roller coasters. So what's an amusement park to do with aging coasters when those record-breaking crowd pleasers from years ago are being overshadowed by today's scream machines? A coaster makeover, of course. A handful...

  • 6 rescued from roller coaster after outage left them stuck

    Updated: Sun, May 24, 2015

    ANDERSON TOWNSHIP, Ohio (AP) — Six people, including three children, had to be rescued from a roller coaster in Ohio after a power outage left them stuck. The riders were on the Pepsi Python coaster at in Anderson Township's Coney Island Amusement Park on Sunday when the power went...

  • Music museum to offer free admission to military personnel

    Updated: Sun, May 24, 2015

    VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) — The National Music Museum in Vermillion is offering free admission this summer to active duty military personnel and their families. The Blue Star Museum program is available from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Nationwide, more than 2,000 museums are...

  • 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...

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