• Iowa Senate confirms workforce development director

    Updated: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Senate has confirmed Beth Townsend's appointment as director of Iowa Workforce Development. The Senate backed Gov. Terry Branstad's nominee in a 48-0 vote Tuesday. Branstad announced the appointment last month. Townsend had been serving in the role in...

  • National WW2 Museum gets $20M, includes 150-foot-high canopy

    Updated: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former board chairman has given the National World War II Museum $20 million, half of it for a 150-foot-tall canopy that will shade the courtyard and some buildings. It's the museum's biggest donation ever, officials said Tuesday. "I hope tomorrow we hear someone...

  • Clarification: Germany-Greece-Nazi Debt story

    Updated: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    BERLIN (AP) — In a story March 22, The Associated Press reported that the Nazis deported Greek Jews in 1943 "to death camps in Poland." The story should have made clear that the camps were Nazi-run camps in occupied Poland.

  • Bill would change makeup of Reno's tourism board

    Updated: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada lawmakers are reviewing a bill changing the makeup of the Reno area's tourism and marketing board of directors. The Senate Government Affairs Committee is sponsoring SB 480, which was introduced Monday night. The bill would decrease the number of...

  • After years of mediocrity, Tulsa emerging as hipster hub

    Updated: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Punching far above their weight, starry-eyed Tulsans have tried for years to demonstrate to fellow Oklahomans and outsiders alike that the state's second-largest city was more funky and less in a funk. With a re-energized downtown and a welcome mat for a much...

  • Minnesota museum gets Washington crossing Delaware painting

    Updated: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    WINONA, Minn. (AP) — One of two surviving versions of the painting "Washington Crossing the Delaware" has a new home at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona. The famed 1851 painting depicting George Washington was recently acquired by the museum's founders from a private...

  • Freezing rain, snow cause problems in northern North Dakota

    Updated: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Freezing rain and snow are creating poor travel conditions in northwestern North Dakota. The state Transportation Department has issued a travel alert for the region that includes Williston, Watford City, Stanley and Tioga. Officials say motorists can still...

  • Backpacking trip drew Ryan Reynolds to 'Woman in Gold' role

    Updated: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — If Ryan Reynolds hadn't gone backpacking in Europe in the late 1990s, he might have never ended up co-starring with Helen Mirren in the film "Woman in Gold." The 38-year-old actor says he visited Vienna's Belvedere Palace and viewed Gustav Klimt's "Portrait of Adele...

  • Tunisia: Museum hit by terrorist attack delays reopening

    Updated: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The curator of the Tunisian museum targeted by a terrorist attack announced Tuesday that the reopening has been postponed, for logistical and security reasons. The government meanwhile has announced new measures to close mosques not regulated by the government...

  • US removes dozens of Cuban companies from blacklist

    Updated: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has removed dozens of Cuban companies from a U.S. blacklist of terror supporters and narcotics traffickers, another step in the two countries' process to improve relations. The Treasury Department made the announcement Tuesday. Several of the...

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