• Visits to Great Smoky Mountains Park up 8 percent from 2014

    Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Great Smoky Mountains National Park says more than 4.3 million people visited between January and June, an 8 percent increase from the first half of 2014. The park is the most visited of the national parks. More than 1 million people visited in May, the most...

  • Mexico struggles to clean seaweed surge from Cancun beaches

    Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Authorities on Mexico's Caribbean coast said Monday they are redoubling efforts to remove tons of sargassum seaweed that has been washing ashore in recent weeks. The state government of Quintana Roo, where the resort of Cancun is located, said there have been no...

  • Seau lawyer: family won't disrupt Hall of Fame ceremonies

    Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    CANTON, Ohio (AP) — The family of the late Junior Seau will not disrupt the Hall of Fame ceremonies on Aug. 8 despite its disagreement with a policy preventing live remarks during a posthumous induction. Steve Strauss, legal counsel to the Seaus and partner at Cooley LLP, said in an...

  • Idaho festival celebrates Basque culture, history

    Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — With more than 300 pounds of chorizo sitting in her freezer and 5,000 portions of Basque-style paella prepared in advance, Tara McElhose-Eiguren says she's finally running out of space in her kitchen in anticipation of helping feed those attending the traditional...

  • Shannon Boxx and Lauren Holiday to retire after victory tour

    Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — U.S. soccer formally announced that midfielders Shannon Boxx and Lauren Holiday will retire from the U.S. national team following a victory tour to celebrate the Women's World Cup title. Both players had previously voiced their intention to step down from the...

  • NYC mayor: 400,000 people have obtained municipal ID cards

    Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday that about 400,000 people have obtained New York City's municipal ID card since the program was rolled out six months ago — including immigrants lacking legal documentation. The card is especially useful for the elderly, homeless...

  • Amazeum children's museum opens in Arkansas

    Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — It's a science museum. It's a children's museum. It's the Scott Family Amazeum. The 50,000-square-foot Amazeum opened in July in Bentonville where Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art opened in 2011 — founded by Wal-Mart heir Alice Walton. The Amazeum...

  • Upstate NY town gets $45K US battlefield protection grant

    Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    STILLWATER, N.Y. (AP) — A rural upstate New York town located near the site of one of history's most important battles is getting a $45,000 grant from the National Park Service. Officials at Saratoga National Historical Park in Stillwater recently announced that the grant from the...

  • US Navy naming warship after New York's Cooperstown

    Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — The U.S. Navy is naming one of its warships after the upstate New York village that's home to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus was in Cooperstown over the weekend to honor the professional baseball players who served in World War II. During...

  • Homeowners can research properties' history at SD museum

    Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A southeast South Dakota museum is offering homeowners the chance to research their properties' history. The Old Courthouse Museum in Sioux Falls wants to help homeowners find out the year their homes were built, who built them and any changes they have...

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