• Essentials for visiting San Diego go beyond beaches

    Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — With an average of 250 days of sunshine a year, any time is good to visit San Diego — but summer means the chilly Pacific waters are warm enough for surfing without a wetsuit. It's also when this Navy port goes wild over firework shows and beach fire pits. Here's the...

  • Restoration students do wheel nice work on vintage rides

    Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) — Eugene Toner stomped on the foot-operated ignition. The engine sputtered and coughed, but wouldn't catch. Uh oh. Here at The Elegance, one of the nation's most prestigious gatherings of antique automobiles, the exquisitely restored town cars, coupes and convertibles...

  • State Museum exhibition looks at history of THP

    Published: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee State Museum says an exhibition detailing the history of the state Highway Patrol is set to open. The free exhibit, called "Servants of Safety: 85 Years of the Tennessee Highway Patrol," is scheduled to open July 3 at the museum in Nashville. The...

  • Md. African American history museum celebrates 10 years

    Published: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) — The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The Baltimore museum which was founded on June 25, 2005, says it will celebrate its anniversary Thursday with a free open house and cake and ice cream....

  • Parched Caribbean faces widespread drought, water shortages

    Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The worst drought in five years is creeping across the Caribbean, prompting officials around the region to brace for a bone dry summer. From Puerto Rico to Cuba to the eastern Caribbean island of St. Lucia, crops are withering, reservoirs are drying up and...

  • Cuba's popularity concerns Caribbean tourism officials

    Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Caribbean tourism officials are pushing for a partnership with the U.S. government because of concerns that warming relations between the U.S. and Cuba will result in a significant loss of visitors to the rest of the region. Cuba has seen such a surge in...

  • Airbnb looks to expand Cuba listings to non-Americans

    Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    HAVANA (AP) — Online home-rental service Airbnb says it is exploring a significant expansion of its operations in Cuba two months after it became the first major U.S. business to enter the island in decades. Chief technology officer Nathan Blecharczyk, one of the firm's three...

  • Feds approve gold mine plan in central Idaho wilderness

    Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has approved a gold mining company's plan to reopen a 4-mile road in a central Idaho wilderness and drill core samples to find out if two of its claims are profitable enough to be mined. The federal agency in a statement Tuesday said Payette...

  • Navy celebrates once-secret sub now on display in museum

    Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    GROTON, Conn. (AP) — A once-secret submarine in U.S. military research and expeditions is being celebrated for its advanced technology, exploration of the ocean floor and role as a workhorse. The nuclear-powered NR-1 launched in 1969, the same year the U.S. put a man on the moon, and...

  • Peru's culture showcased in Smithsonian Folklife Festival

    Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Peru's artists, cultures and famous foods are being featured in the Smithsonian Folklife Festival this year on the National Mall as the South American nation aims to boost tourism and cultural exchange. More than 150 artists and participants traveled from Peru to...

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