• Tourists flock to gawk at massive highway bridge projects

    Updated: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    ON THE ST. CROIX RIVER, Minn. (AP) — Jockeying for a rail spot on the third-floor deck of a St. Croix River paddlewheel boat starts an hour before departure. Up there are prime views of the towering piers, protruding concrete segments and barges full of heavy equipment — all elements...

  • Exhibit unveils never-displayed photos of Louis Armstrong

    Updated: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A century after the teenage Louis Armstrong's first pro gig at a honky-tonk, an exhibit about the jazz singer and trumpeter's complicated relationship with his hometown is opening in a state museum in New Orleans' French Quarter. They include photographs of notebook...

  • Zimbabwe: American lion killer's extradition being sought

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe will seek the extradition of an American dentist who killed a lion that was lured out of a national park and caused international outrage, a Cabinet minister said Friday. In the Zimbabwean government's first official comment on the killing of Cecil the...

  • Astronomers gather in Hawaii amid telescope tensions

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    HONOLULU (AP) — More than 2,500 astronomers from around the world are descending on Hawaii for a conference at a time when telescope construction is a sensitive issue in the state. The International Astronomical Union's general assembly starts Monday. It was planned years in advance...

  • Employee dorm fire kills 1, injures 4 in Grand Teton

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    MOOSE, Wyo. (AP) — A fire at an employee dormitory in Grand Teton National Park killed one person and injured four others in the third emergency for national park concession workers in Wyoming in the past two months. The fire ignited at a two-story Grand Teton Lodge Co. dorm at Colter...

  • Some Alaska Natives allowed visa-free travel to Russian area

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Some western Alaska Natives can again travel back and forth to Russia's Chukota region without a visa under a decades-old agreement that was recently revived. Vera Metcalf, a Native leader in Nome who works part time with the State Department, said Friday that...

  • Newseum features Nationals' first 10 years in Washington

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As the Washington Nationals celebrate their first decade in the nation's capital, the Newseum is opening a new exhibit spotlighting 10 of the team's most newsworthy moments. The Newseum opens "Nationals at 10: Baseball Makes News" on Friday. This weekend, the Newseum...

  • Russian Orthodox Church pushes for control over St. Isaac's

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — The Russian Orthodox Church on Friday defended its controversial bid to fully take over St. Petersburg's landmark St. Isaac's Cathedral, saying it's in line with the law and wouldn't hamper tourist access. The Orthodox Church, which has wielded increasing...

  • US philanthropist to offer backing for Oxford lion project

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — A pair of U.S. philanthropists with a passion for wild cats pledged Friday to match new donations to Oxford University's Wildlife Conservation Unit — the researchers who were tracking the movements of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe. Tom Kaplan, a natural resource investor...

  • Back to Beijing for 2nd Olympics in 14 years

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Throughout more than 120 years of Olympic history, no city has hosted both the winter and summer games. Now, Beijing will be the first do it — and in the span of just 14 years. The Chinese capital was awarded the 2022 Winter Olympics on Friday, beating...

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