• For an IS fighter, a paid honeymoon in caliphate's heart

    Updated: Tue, May 26, 2015

    BEIRUT (AP) — The honeymoon was a brief moment for love, away from the front lines of Syria's war. In the capital of the Islamic State group's self-proclaimed "caliphate," Syrian fighter Abu Bilal al-Homsi was united with his Tunisian bride for the first time after months chatting...

  • Recovery teams look for 12 lost in massive Texas flooding

    Updated: Tue, May 26, 2015

    WIMBERLEY, Texas (AP) — The vacation house where two families came for Memorial Day weekend was already gone, swept down the swollen Blanco River, when Carissa Smith's husband arrived. All he found was a Chevrolet Suburban slammed against a tree, the engine running. Authorities say...

  • Channeling Batman, Versailles: Macau's new wave of resorts

    Updated: Tue, May 26, 2015

    MACAU (AP) — Macau is doubling down even as the odds change. The world's casino capital this week welcomes the first of a new wave of lavish casino resorts for its up-and-coming Cotai Peninsula. It's a $20 billion bet by casino operators amid an extended losing streak in the tiny...

  • Orange County to unveil tour guide for railroad enthusiasts

    Updated: Tue, May 26, 2015

    ORANGE, Va. (AP) — A new tour guide aims to connect railroad enthusiasts with Orange County's rail history and today's railroad presence in the county. The "Tracks Through Time" tour guide is scheduled to be launched on Tuesday at the Orange County Visitor Center in the restored...

  • Horses return to Mackinac Island in rite of spring

    Updated: 34 min ago

    MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — Automobiles are not permitted on Michigan's Mackinac Island. Horses most certainly are. In fact, the equines are vital. Without them, transportation on the island would be virtually nonexistent. But most of the 500 horses that haul people and cargo...

  • Stunning 36 percent rise in US visits to Cuba since January

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    HAVANA (AP) — The thaw in relations between the U.S. and Cuba has led to a stunning 36 percent increase in visits by Americans to the island, including thousands who are flying into Cuba from third countries like Mexico in order to sidestep U.S. restrictions on tourism. The dramatic...

  • Americans find ways to visit Cuba despite tourism ban

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    HAVANA (AP) — "Is travel to Cuba for tourist activities permitted? No." That's what the U.S. Treasury Department website says. And yet Havana is loaded with Americans, from the Floridita bar, where they pose for photos with a bust of Ernest Hemingway, to the Rum Museum, where they swig...

  • 12 missing after flood sweeps away vacation home in Texas

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    WIMBERLEY, Texas (AP) — Crews searched Monday for 12 people reported missing after a vacation home was swept away by flash flooding along a rain-swollen river that destroyed or damaged more than 1,000 homes in Central Texas. Emergency crews rescued several people who were stranded by...

  • Potholed? Channel it into verse for The Gazette's poetry contest

    BY STEPHANIE EARLS stephanie.earls@gazette.com -
    Updated: 2 hr ago

    Traditionally, the language that potholes inspire us to produce isn't suitable for print. And who can blame us for being a little testy? Relentless rain has riddled the roads and turned commutes into gut-jarring, coffee-spilling, alignment-wrecking obstacle courses. Sounds like a...

  • List: Top 10 attractions for visitors to see around Colorado Springs

    The Gazette
    Updated: 2 hr ago

    You will never know how much cool stuff there is to do and see in the Pikes Peak region until you’re asked to list just 10 of them. To assist out out-of-town visitors in deciding what to visit while here, here's a list of favorites:

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