• Syrian official: Islamic State militants in Palmyra's museum

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A Syrian official in charge of antiquities says Islamic State fighters have broken into the museum of the ancient town of Palmyra which they have captured days earlier, but have not harmed its contents. Maamoun Abdulkarim, the head of the Antiquities and Museums...

  • Hotel tax hike sought for sports complex near Cedar Point

    Published: Sat, May 23, 2015

    SANDSUSKY, Ohio (AP) — Backers who want to build a youth sports complex near Cedar Point amusement park are asking Ohio lawmakers to let them increase a countywide hotel tax Erie County leaders say increasing the hotel tax by 1 percent would raise $17 million and pay for much of the...

  • 2 Lincoln museums to offer free admission to service members

    Published: Sat, May 23, 2015

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The University of Nebraska State Museum-Morrill Hall and the International Quilt Study Center and Museum are two of more than 2,000 museums across the nation that will offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer. The free admittance...

  • How to garden with pets in mind

    By DEAN FOSDICK The Associated Press -
    Published: Sat, May 23, 2015

    Veterinarians are starting to preach the gospel of gardening - primarily how organic fruits and vegetables can be used to improve the health of family pets. Everything from carrots to leafy vegetables and fruits can be added to the cat or dog dish. That saves money on pet food, too....

  • Around the house: It's best to turn off gas log pilot during warmer weather

    By Ken Moon Special to The Gazette -
    Published: Sat, May 23, 2015

    Dear Ken: Should I turn off my gas log pilot light as warmer weather arrives? - Keith Answer: Yes. It costs about $7 a month to keep a pilot light burning. Besides, it warms up the glass, and that heat radiates into the room. This advice also applies to a wood burning fireplace that...

  • Colorado Springs area home and garden events starting May 23, 2015

    By Carlotta Olson -
    Published: Sat, May 23, 2015

    HOME AND GARDEN CALENDAR SATURDAY-MONDAY Memorial Weekend Plant Sale - 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, 4250 Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Road, Zoo admission not required for sale; cmzoo.org. Wednesday Tour of Tough Plants at the Xeriscape Garden - 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.,...

  • Year-round gardening: Last summer's unanticipated garden sensation

    By Kitty West Colorado Master Gardener -by Kitty West Colorado Master Gardener -
    Updated: 15 hr ago

    Years ago, I noticed maximilian sunflower (Helianthus maximiliani) in a local demonstration garden. It was late in the growing season, yet this plant was providing lots of color and interesting textures. So I planted maximilian sunflower. The plant grew, but it didn't thrive. It...

  • 811,000 travelers to pass through LAX during holiday weekend

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — An estimated 811,000 air travelers are expected to pass through Los Angeles International Airport during the Memorial Day weekend. Airport officials say it's an increase of 6.7 percent over the same holiday period last year. The increase is due to new international...

  • Photo compilation marks milestone for Pure Michigan campaign

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    DETROIT (AP) — More than 1,000 photos are displayed along the Detroit riverfront as part of the state's Pure Michigan tourism campaign. An event was held Friday to unveil the "Pure Michigan PhotoWalk" at Rivard Plaza along the Detroit River. It was done to celebrate Pure Michigan...

  • Legislature approves $7.1 billion state budget, ends early

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature wrapped up work on a $7.1 billion budget and approved a bond issue for a pop culture museum in Tulsa on Friday before ending the 2015 legislative session one week early. The Senate easily passed a general appropriations bill on a 38-9 vote...

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