• National parks call on Americans to 'Find Your Park'

    Updated: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — After nearly 100 years, the National Park Service holds some of the most beautiful and historic places in the country, though there's also an $11 billion backlog of unfunded maintenance and a visitor base that's aging and mostly white. With its centennial approaching...

  • 4-year-old girl rides Philly bus searching for 3 a.m. snack

    Updated: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A four-year-old Philadelphia girl has been returned safely to her parents after slipping out of her house at 3 a.m. and getting on a transit bus in search of a snack. Bus driver Harlan Jenifer said the girl swung her legs as she chanted, "All I want is a Slushie."...

  • Combine edamame and walnuts for savory vegan taco "meat"

    Updated: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    For my daughter's 10th birthday, I took 15 giggling girls to dinner at a Japanese steakhouse. Let that sink in for a moment. Because I probably could stop right here and let this column just explore the wisdom of that parenting decision. And in case you were wondering what the right...

  • Tunisian museum reopens after deadly attack against tourists

    Updated: 6 min ago

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's National Bardo Museum is open to the public again for the first time since extremist gunmen opened fire on foreign tourists earlier this month, killing 22 people in the country's worst attack on civilians in 13 years. The government says the man...

  • Ancient Petra sees few visitors as Jordan tourism declines

    Updated: 21 min ago

    PETRA, Jordan (AP) — It's high season in Petra, an ancient city hewn from rose-colored rock and Jordan's biggest tourist draw. Yet nearby hotels stand virtually empty these days and only a trickle of tourists make their way through a landmark canyon to the Treasury building where...

  • Researchers link Everglades' mammal drop to invasive pythons

    Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, Fla. (AP) — Researchers have linked invasive Burmese pythons to the severe drop in the population of small mammals in the Florida Everglades. A University of Florida research team outfitted 30 marsh rabbits with radio collars and set them free. When they...

  • Buddhist monks creating a mandala on the SC coast

    Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — A group of Buddhist monks from India is visiting the South Carolina coast to create a sand mandala at an art museum. Work on the mandala, in which grains of colored sand are placed in geometric shapes and spiritual symbols, begins on Monday continues for five...

  • Easter egg hunts are a challenge for the ages

    By Stephanie Earls stephanie.earls@gazette.com -
    Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    et eggs (from chickens or L'eggs; fake is fine). Hide eggs. Release the children. That's how it's been done, more or less, for centuries in Europe, where the tradition of egg hunts celebrated Christianity's most important holiday in a manner and context that was oh so spring. "Back...

  • Patriotic till the end: Colorado Springs veteran, 87, dies building flagpole

    BY KASSONDRA CLOOS kassondra.cloos@gazette.com -
    Updated: 4 hr ago

    Age was no barrier for Richard "Dick" French, who, at 87, set out to build a 20-foot flagpole in the yard of his Colorado Springs home to show off his immense patriotism. For months, he talked up the project to family members and couldn't wait for the weather to warm up so he could...

  • DIY ideas for the Easter brunch table

    The Associated Press -
    Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Make the most of your Easter celebration by preparing a brunch table with a few easy, handcrafted items. "A couple of special touches will make it feel like a more special gathering," says Taryn Mohrman, senior lifestyle editor at Woman's Day magazine. She recommends keeping things...

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