• Study suggests adding 270 square miles to LA-area parkland

    Updated: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The National Park Service on Tuesday recommended adding 270 square miles of land around Los Angeles to the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in order to protect the vast web of wilderness and recreation areas that lie in the midst of millions of people....

  • Spring Break madness cure: Stop the 'beer, vomit and urine'

    Updated: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Tourism officials who survived Florida's other Spring Break fevers are ready to help Panama City Beach out of the horror show that led to a woman being sexually assaulted on the sand as hundreds of revelers looked on. "Shame on Panama City Beach for...

  • Over objections, Cabinet approves land sale for mega-mall

    Updated: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The state is selling 82 acres near Hialeah for $12.3 million to a mega-mall developer for what will be the nation's largest shopping mall and entertainment complex. Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet approved the sale Tuesday despite objections that the...

  • Private operator proposed for county-owned NY amusement park

    Updated: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — A private company would take over operation of Playland, Westchester County's landmark amusement park under a proposed deal that would stanch millions of dollars in taxpayer losses, the county executive said Tuesday. Standard Amusements would invest nearly...

  • Vehicle, trailer fire forces closure of Ambassador Bridge

    Updated: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) — Authorities say a vehicle fire shut down traffic for several hours on the bridge that connects Detroit with the Canadian city of Windsor. Ambassador Bridge Co. spokesman Mickey Blashfield tells reporters the fire that started late Tuesday morning involved a Canada-bound...

  • Court upholds $4.6m judgment against travel club business

    Updated: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A state appeals court has upheld a $4.6 million judgment against a travel club operation for misleading its members. State authorities accused Travel Services, Inc., which operates various clubs that offer members travel discounts, of deceptive practices in 2010....

  • Serenity Now: Civil War battlefield now a tranquil spot

    Updated: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    SHARPSBURG, Md. (AP) — Unimaginable violence once raged across the landscape of Antietam. Now, the sweeping hills and meadows whisper peace. So consuming is the serenity at Antietam National Battlefield that it can seduce you into ignoring the story of the mayhem that unfolded here...

  • Amid suburban South Florida, wetlands rich with birds

    Updated: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The crowd quickly gathered — a dozen or so people, cameras in hand — as an 8-foot (2-meter) alligator came ashore. "Alligator!" someone yelled as camera shutters clicked. "It's got a turtle in its mouth!" said someone else. "Poor turtle," said another. But...

  • Capitol museum opens exhibit honoring former Gov. Castro

    Updated: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Capitol museum has opened a temporary exhibit memorializing the life of former Gov. Raul Castro The exhibit that opened Monday contains a collection of memorabilia designed to honor and highlight the legacy of the state's only Hispanic governor. Castro died...

  • DC-to-Denver flight delayed by unspecified security issue

    Associated Press
    Updated: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    DENVER — United Airlines says a flight from Washington, D.C. to Denver on Monday was delayed nearly three hours by a "security issue." Airline spokeswoman Mary Ryan declined give Denver's KMGH-TV (http://bit.ly/1zbgEw0) any more details about what delayed the departure of flight 1609...

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