• South Dakota officials announce 'My Great Place' ad campaign

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — State tourism officials have a new pitch for potential visitors in 2015: make South Dakota your "Great Place." Gov. Dennis Daugaard unveiled the new "My Great Place" marketing campaign, a riff on the state's "Great Faces. Great Places" slogan, Thursday night at a...

  • Basketball Hall of Fame announces 4-team Miami event

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) — Kentucky will play South Florida and Ohio State will meet Memphis on Nov. 27, in the inaugural Hoophall Miami Invitational presented by the Basketball Hall of Fame. The matchups were formally announced Thursday. The games will be at Miami's AmericanAirlines Arena, home...

  • NYC sues over apartment building it says was illegal hotel

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — The online listing boasted apartments with the amenities of a midtown Manhattan hotel: coffee in the lobby, luggage storage, a 15-minute walk to Times Square. But the arrangement was illegal, the city said in a lawsuit this week accusing the building's owners and...

  • Implosion to take down Clarion Hotel off Las Vegas Strip

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Clarion Hotel and Casino off the Las Vegas Strip is expected to collapse in an early-morning Feb. 10 implosion. Clark County spokesman Dan Kulin said Thursday the planned explosive demolition is scheduled between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. The 200-room 12-story hotel on...

  • Chicago museums, zoos see attendance wane in 2014

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) — Attendance at Chicago-area zoos and museums dipped slightly last year, but a David Bowie exhibit brightened the picture for one institution. A group called Museums in the Park released attendance figures Thursday for 15 Chicago-area attractions. Attendance was 14.3...

  • Could hunters solve bear trouble in central mountains?

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    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    Longtime Colorado Parks and Wildlife employee Perry Will can remember a time when he was lucky to see three bears all summer. Now it's not uncommon for him to see three a day, and for residents in towns such as Glenwood Springs to see bears all summer. The increase in bear...

  • You know the scent, now learn to love the flavor of roses

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    When it comes to romance, there can be no better floral answer than the rose. The bold red petals entice the eyes from across the room, while that intoxicating fragrance draws you closer... closer... just a little closer until you find yourself burying your nose in the lush petals,...

  • A little wine, butter transform mussels into romantic meal

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    Looking for something fast, easy and a little romantic to cook with your partner this Valentine's Day? Consider mussels. With a pleasantly briny flavor, mussels pair well with clean, simple flavors, such as fresh herbs with melted butter and lightly cooked onions or leeks, or a sauce...

  • Plane safely returns to Las Vegas after smoke alarm sounds

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — An Allegiant Air flight carrying 160 passengers has returned safely to Las Vegas after a smoke alarm sounded on the plane soon after takeoff. McCarran International Airport spokeswoman Christine Crews says Allegiant Flight 536 departed around 8:30 a.m. Thursday for...

  • Rolling civil rights museum to hit road in test of exhibits

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Freedom Bus rolling museum is getting ready for a test drive, taking the stories behind Indiana's civil rights movement to students in hopes of inspiring a new generation. The project, a collaboration between Ball State University and Muncie's nonprofit Martin...

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