• Lights, camera, blossom! Disney films inspire floral fantasy

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Lights, camera ... blossom! Floral and garden designers are paying homage to Disney and Pixar films at the Philadelphia Flower Show, which opens Saturday with the theme "Celebrate the Movies." Meticulously landscaped exhibits have been inspired by more than a...

  • Amsterdam warns tourists white heroin being sold as cocaine

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — Authorities in Amsterdam warned Friday that potentially lethal white heroin is being sold as cocaine in the city after three Danish tourists became ill this week. Three people died and 17 became seriously ill with breathing problems late last year after inhaling...

  • Travel agent ordered to sell house to repay victims of theft

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    WOODBURY, N.J. (AP) — A former travel agent from New Jersey has been ordered to sell his house and car to pay restitution to 20 customers who paid him for a Mediterranean cruise that never happened. The Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office says a judge told Ellis Hester that she...

  • With closed borders, Gazans unable to make Muslim pilgrimage

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — With the war-battered Gaza Strip's borders closed, thousands of people have been shut out of a Muslim pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia because they cannot leave the sealed territory. Some 7,500 Gazans have sought to travel to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, for the minor...

  • Foreign tourists posing nude at temples infuriate Cambodians

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    SIEM REAP, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia's most popular tourist attraction — the complex of ancient temples that includes Angkor Wat — is suffering from a form of overexposure: At least five foreign visitors have been arrested and deported this year for taking nude photos at the sacred...

  • Cambodians angered over nude photo incidents at temples

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    SIEM REAP, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia's most popular tourist attraction — the complex of ancient temples that includes Angkor Wat — is suffering from a form of overexposure: At least five foreign visitors have been arrested and deported this year for taking nude photos at the sacred...

  • Atlanta area college students travel to Missouri for break

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) — Instead of heading to nearby beaches for spring break, NAACP officials say dozens of Atlanta area college students are planning to help with a voter registration drive in Ferguson, Missouri. NAACP officials say students from Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse and...

  • Ala. tourism campaign to focus on state's barbecue culture

    Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — State officials say this year's Alabama tourism campaign will be focused on barbecue. The Alabama Tourism Department plans to begin its 2015 campaign with a conference in Birmingham on Friday. Officials say the campaign will include a website and mobile...

  • Wyoming House advances bills to protect domestic sheep

    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Two bills that sponsors say would protect Wyoming's domestic sheep industry against possible federal land grazing reductions are advancing in the state Legislature. The Wyoming House of Representatives voted Thursday to give preliminary approval to a bill that...

  • Hawaii visitor arrivals, spending drop in January

    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Tourism Authority says the number of travelers visiting the islands declined 0.6 percent last month over the same month a year ago. Spending by travelers dropped 2.5 percent. CEO Ronald Williams attributes the January downturn to a reduction in seats on...

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