• CDOT bomb crew gets a kick out of avalanche work to clear Independence Pass

    BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    All winter long, the Colorado Department of Transportation wages war against Colorado's mountain passes, where crews trigger avalanches and plow roads to keep the mountain highways open. But on Independence Pass, a treacherous but crucial route between Buena Vista and Aspen, Mother...

  • Falling museum visitor grabs at, smashes ancient Greek vase

    Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's culture ministry says a millennia-old pottery vase in a southern museum has been damaged after a visitor who lost her balance tried to hold onto the exhibit and crashed down with it. A ministry statement says the prehistoric, Minoan-era vase, which had...

  • North Carolina editorial roundup

    Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers: May 26 The News & Observer, Raleigh, North Carolina, on private group boosting charters: Sometimes, the Republicans in charge of the North Carolina General Assembly make us wonder, "What are they thinking?" Or perhaps, "Are they...

  • Taller, faster: SeaWorld Orlando plans new roller coaster

    Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — SeaWorld Orlando plans to build a 200-foot tall roller coaster that will race as fast as 73 mph when it opens next year. SeaWorld officials said Wednesday that the new coaster will be called Mako and will be the tallest and fastest coaster in Orlando. The coaster...

  • 14 people killed on Ohio roads over weekend, patrol says

    Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The State Highway Patrol says 14 people were killed on Ohio's roadways over Memorial Day weekend — one more than last year. The patrol says three fatalities were related to impaired driving. Four of the 14 people killed between Friday and Monday weren't wearing...

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

    The Gazette
    Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    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:

  • Alabama troopers probing 7 weekend traffic fatalities

    Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama state troopers investigated seven traffic fatalities and assisted with a drowning during the Memorial Day weekend travel period. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency said in a statement that crashes between Friday evening and midnight on Monday involved a...

  • Ride breaks at Lafayette carnival with children aboard

    Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — A Lafayette carnival has been shut down after a children's ride malfunctioned, sending kids off the ride. Jessop Amusements Inc. owner Jay Jessop tells The (Lafayette) Journal & Courier (http://on.jconline.com/1EwXSQM ) that three motorcycles came off the ride...

  • Camp Grayling plans public tours on 4 Saturdays in summer

    Updated: Wed, May 27, 2015

    GRAYLING, Mich. (AP) — The Camp Grayling military training base is offering public tours this summer. Visitors will tour the Officer's Club, take a bus tour of the garrison and participate in virtual training exercises at the simulation center. Attendees also may get to observe live...

  • US returns 25 looted artifacts to Italy: Vases, frescoes

    Updated: Tue, May 26, 2015

    ROME (AP) — The United States on Tuesday officially returned 25 artifacts looted over the decades from Italy, including Etruscan vases, 1st-century frescoes and precious books that ended up in U.S. museums, universities and private collections. Italy has been on a campaign to recover...

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