• Obama's new Cuba policy depends partly on hotel hand towels

    Updated: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    HAVANA (AP) — The success of President Barack Obama's new Cuba policy depends partly on hotel hand towels. Not just hand towels, but working air conditioning, breakfast waffles and the hundreds of other amenities that American tourists will demand when they flood to Cuba in numbers...

  • NYC children's museum explores Japanese culture

    Updated: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City children can learn about traditional and modern Japanese culture through an interactive exhibition that opened Friday. "Hello From Japan" at the Children's Museum of Manhattan looks at how Japan's traditions contrast and coexist with contemporary Japanese...

  • Lansing museum displaying historic artifact from Civil War

    Updated: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — An artifact made by Native American soldiers who served in the Civil War is among items featured at a special exhibit in a Lansing museum. The beaded headband is on display at "Conceived in Liberty" at the Michigan Historical Museum. The headband was created by...

  • Moving swiftly, US eases travel and trade rules on Cuba

    Updated: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Following through on its declaration of warming ties with Cuba, the Obama administration has eased travel restrictions and opened a wide range of new export opportunities with the communist island. The series of executive branch moves, taken together, have had the...

  • Yosemite climbers stuck together amid hardship and falls

    Updated: Fri, Jan 16, 2015

    YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — When climber Kevin Jorgeson was stalled for days about halfway up the 3,000-foot Dawn Wall of El Capitan, he suggested that his partner Tommy Caldwell go on without him to finish an historic free-climb of the world famous granite monolith. But...

  • Timber county payments fall after expiration of subsidy

    Updated: Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — The Obama administration is telling governors in 41 states how much money they are losing after Congress ended subsidies paid the past 20 years to counties that contain national forest land. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Thursday that the U.S. Forest...

  • Whiskey on the rocks: Yosemite climbers still enjoyed booze

    Updated: Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Day after day, the two Americans who completed what had been considered the world's most difficult rock climb bloodied their fingertips, endured bruising falls and balanced their bodies on handholds as small as coins. But while living for more...

  • Group challenges permit for oil pipeline in national forest

    Updated: Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A new lawsuit accuses a federal agency of breaking the law when it granted a new permit for an underground oil pipeline in a Michigan national forest without conducting an environmental analysis. The Sierra Club's lawsuit, filed Wednesday, targets Enbridge...

  • Explore 3 NYC Chinatowns: In Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan

    Updated: Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Chinatown has long been a popular destination for tourists in Lower Manhattan. But visitors willing to explore the city's outer boroughs might consider a subway ride to neighborhoods in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, or Flushing, Queens, which are also home to large Asian...

  • Business Highlights

    Updated: Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    ___ Litany of problems pushes Target into giving up on Canada MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Target is giving up on its money-losing foray into Canada after just two years, closing 133 stores and cutting loose more than 17,000 employees. Target said it didn't see how it could stop losing money...

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