• House committee approves bill to reopen mining museum

    Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) — A House committee has passed a bill to reopen the Mining and Mineral Museum that closed in 2011. The proposal by Republican Sen. Gail Griffin of Hereford transfers the stewardship of the museum from the Arizona Historical Society to the Arizona Geological Survey. The...

  • Aging LA eyesore to be briefly transformed into work of art

    Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Its days might be numbered, but if LA's seedy, long-abandoned Sunset Pacific Hotel is going out, it will at least be doing so in style. French experimental artist Vincent Lamouroux plans to bathe the aging Sunset Boulevard structure and its surrounding trees in...

  • AP PHOTOS: Russia's Nenets celebrate Reindeer Herders' Day

    Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    NADYM, Russia (AP) — It's a holiday celebrated annually in Russia's Yamal-Nenets region in the Arctic. For the indigenous nomadic Nenets people, Reindeer Herders' Day offers a chance to show their prowess in wrestling, high jumps and other traditional local sports, but, above all, in...

  • Icy commute Wednesday for residents in parts of North Dakota

    Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Recent freezing rain and snow led to an icy commute for residents in parts of North Dakota. The state Transportation Department issued a travel alert for the south central and northeastern parts of the state due to the road conditions early Wednesday. The alert...

  • Take a dive at Natural History Museum, manta ray included

    Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — If you've ever wanted to see coral reefs but don't fancy getting wet then London's Natural History Museum may be the place for you. The museum's new show plunges into the underwater world, featuring a "virtual dive" that provides a 180-degree view of five coral reefs...

  • 2 frat members charged in ski resort vandalism waive hearing

    Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    GAYLORD, Mich. (AP) — Two of three University of Michigan students charged after their fraternity was blamed for widespread vandalism at a ski resort during a wild weekend party in January have waived their initial court hearing. Sigma Alpha Mu chapter president Joshua Kaplan and...

  • Investment firm to acquire Madison-based water park chain

    Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin-based indoor water park chain is being sold to a private investment firm in New York City. Great Wolf Resorts, Inc. announced Tuesday that it has entered into an agreement with an affiliate of Centerbridge Partners, LP. Although the terms of the deal...

  • Lawsuit says Las Vegas Strip casinos hid resort fees

    Updated: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A class action lawsuit filed in a California federal court alleges The Venetian and The Palazzo casino-resorts hid daily resort fees from travelers booking rooms at the Las Vegas Strip properties. The lawsuit filed earlier this month said Benjamin Brin of Studio City...

  • MoMA to open NY exhibit on Latin American architecture

    Updated: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — A new exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City will explore the architectural landscape of Latin America between 1955 and 1980. The show features more than 500 works that have mostly never been exhibited, including architectural drawings and models, vintage...

  • US Rep. says timber county payment extension in the works

    Updated: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Greg Walden said Tuesday that House Speaker John Boehner has agreed to include a two-year extension of subsidies to Oregon timber counties in a bipartisan agreement to overhaul the way doctors are paid by Medicare. The Oregon Republican said the...

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