• Croatia battles wildfires at height of tourist season

    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    PONIKVE, Croatia (AP) — Hundreds of Croatian firefighters struggled Friday to contain raging wildfires on the Adriatic coast and islands at the height of tourist season. Two huge fires have swept through the Peljesac peninsula this week, forcing evacuation of villages and destroying...

  • Downtown Vicksburg hotel closes for 7-month renovation

    Published: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — Vicksburg marketers are scrambling to find new lodging for convention guests after the city's only downtown hotel closed abruptly for renovations. The Vicksburg Post reports (http://bit.ly/1Ihdry7 ) the Portofino Hotel will be closed for seven months. Annette...

  • Nepal trekking agencies doubt Annapurna safety report

    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A Nepal association of trekking agencies is criticizing an assessment report that found trails around Mount Annapurna safe for hikers following April's devastating earthquake. Kit Miyamoto of the California-based engineering firm Miyamoto International said on...

  • GOP-controlled Senate panel votes to lift Cuba travel ban

    Updated: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A GOP-controlled Senate panel has voted to lift a decades-long ban on travel to Cuba, giving a boost to President Barack Obama's moves to ease travel restrictions and open up relations with the Castro-governed nation. The Senate Appropriations Committee also voted to...

  • Amtrak testing retractable platform at station in Ann Arbor

    Updated: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The Amtrak station in Ann Arbor is testing a retractable platform designed to make it easier and faster for people with wheelchairs, strollers or luggage get on and off trains. Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, state Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein and...

  • Boeing family, company donate $30M to Seattle museum

    Updated: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) — The Boeing Company and the Boeing family are each contributing $15 million to Seattle's Museum of Flight to significantly expand the museum's education programs. The $30 million donation will enable the museum to double the number of students who participate in its...

  • Public divided over Smithsonian display of Bill Cosby's art

    Updated: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Dozens of emails and comments left at the Smithsonian Institution show the public appears to be sharply divided over an exhibition featuring Bill Cosby's art collection, which the museum has stood behind since the comedian admitted obtaining drugs to give to women...

  • Dardenne to Jindal: End state spending on campaign travel

    Updated: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne (DAHR'-den), a Republican running for governor, wants taxpayers to stop footing the bill for costs associated with Gov. Bobby Jindal's presidential campaign travel. Dardenne released a letter Thursday calling on Jindal to use campaign cash...

  • United: No problem found after Colorado emergency landing

    Associated Press
    Updated: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    GRAND JUNCTION — United Airlines says no mechanical or technical problems were found after a plane headed to Los Angeles from Denver made an emergency landing in Grand Junction, Colorado, on Wednesday. Spokeswoman Jennifer Dohm says flight attendants alerted the captain of the Airbus...

  • Randy Johnson finds life in focus after Hall of Fame career

    Updated: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) — With great enthusiasm, in great detail, Randy Johnson talks of watching through a camera lens as wild dogs in Africa chased a leopard from the carcass of a gazelle, and how the leopard stayed warily nearby for his chance to salvage what food it could. He witnessed female...

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