• Fervor over Portland airport carpet generates a second life

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Visitors and Oregon locals lined up inside Portland International Airport to have their photos taken with an odd celebrity — a piece of nearly 30-year-old carpet. Before the day was over, more than 800 photo booth-style pictures were snapped of people standing next...

  • Maryland governor to speak out against bullying

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is adding his voice to the growing rally against bullying. On Thursday, Hogan is visiting Six Flags America in Prince George's County, where he will speak to about 200 local public school students on the importance of standing up to...

  • Antiquities looted from India end up at Honolulu museum

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    HONOLULU (AP) — An international investigation into antiquities looted from India and smuggled into the United States has taken authorities to the Honolulu Museum of Art. The museum on Wednesday handed over seven rare artifacts that it acquired without museum officials realizing they...

  • Exclusive Dominican resort tied to senator's indictment

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — A Dominican Republic resort long known as an exclusive Caribbean hideaway, where at least three former U.S. presidents have played golf, is one of the main settings in the corruption scandal enveloping Sen. Bob Menendez. Menendez is accused of...

  • Trinity Test site opening to face protest from residents

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Seven decades after an atomic bomb helped end World War II, descendants of families near a New Mexico test want tourists to know residents suffered for years afterward and some of their children may have been affected. Hundreds of visitors are expected to...

  • Exhibit in ex-psychiatric ward celebrates Brazilian artist

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — When Arthur Bispo do Rosario needed art supplies within the psychiatric institution where he lived, he'd barter cigarettes or trade favors with the guards. When that didn't work, he'd sometimes rough up fellow inmates and snatch away their belongings. Bispo do...

  • Royal Gorge continues comeback from wildfire with opening of tramway, theater

    By Wayne Heilman wayneh@gazette.com -
    Updated: 13 hr ago

    The Royal Gorge Bridge & Park's effort to rebound from a devastating 2013 fire will take a major leap Saturday as it opens a new $4 million tramway and reopens its Plaza Theater. The June 2013 wildfire destroyed an aerial tram and all but four of the park's 52 structures, and...

  • Flying W chuck-wagon dinners to return to Colorado Springs

    By ryan maye handy ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: 13 hr ago

    The Flying W Ranch plans to rebuild on its old ranch site that was ravaged by the Waldo Canyon fire and once again serve its chuck-wagon dinners, Executive Director Aaron Winter said this week. The Flying W Ranch Foundation has not made a final offer to a contractor, but expects to...

  • Variety of fee increases in store for park visitors

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Park Service has proposed or enacted fee increases that will be used to make a dent in an estimated $11.5 billion backlog of work needed to maintain or fix roads, trails and campgrounds in federal parks and recreation areas. Examples include: —...

  • Nepal says climbers returning to climb Mount Everest

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Mountaineers are returning to Mount Everest as the climbing industry recovers from last year's deadly disaster on the world's highest peak, a Nepalese official said Wednesday. Climbers from four teams have already been issued permits allowing them to climb the...