• Gov. Doug Ducey vetoes bill to reinstate Mining Museum

    Updated: Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) — The rocks and other materials at Arizona's Mining and Mineral Museum will continue to gather dust after Gov. Doug Ducey vetoed a measure Thursday to reopen the museum, which closed in 2011. In the veto letter, Ducey said he doesn't think there is a plan to secure the...

  • 5 Things to Know in Florida for April 10

    Updated: Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    Your daily look at news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today. FLORIDA HOUSE PASSES NEARLY $700 MILLION TAX CUT PACKAGE The Florida House is backing a nearly $700 million tax cut package. The House on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a bill that includes a...

  • Civil War: Lee's surrender at Appomattox, then and now

    Updated: Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    APPOMATTOX, Va. (AP) — The surrender of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee to Union Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant 150 years ago Thursday effectively ended the Civil War. This is a rolling account of commemorative events that include a re-enactment of Lee's last clash with Grant's troops, and...

  • Officials: Orlando was top US tourist destination in 2014

    Updated: Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — More than 62 million visitors came to Orlando last year, making the theme-park mecca the most-visited tourist destination in the U.S., city tourism officials said Thursday. The 2014 visitor count sets a new milestone for the U.S. tourism industry and was a 5...

  • AP investigation details Denver airport perimeter breaches, hundreds in the US

    Associated Press
    Updated: Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    DENVER— Eight people have breached the perimeter at Denver International Airport in the last decade, most of them by climbing the fence surrounding the 53-square-mile property on the plains east of downtown, according to an Associated Press investigation. The AP found there have been...

  • Godzilla welcomed in Tokyo _ to lure visitors, not to scare

    Updated: Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) — Fire-breathing, building-stomping Godzilla was welcomed in part of Tokyo on Thursday as a sign of prosperity, not destruction. The irradiated monster was appointed special resident and tourism ambassador for Shinjuku ward, known for its down-home bars and noodle...

  • Hudson fourth-graders win video contest promoting NH

    Updated: Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A fourth-grade class at Hills Garrison Elementary School in Hudson has won the grand prize in a video contest promoting New Hampshire. The students were encouraged to create 60-second videos using their imagination, as well as what they've learned about the state,...

  • Gem lover donates $13M for Smithsonian's science education

    Updated: Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A gem aficionado is giving $13 million to the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History for science education initiatives. The museum said Wednesday that Coralyn Wright Whitney is making the largest education donation in its history to support the science...

  • Denver-bound flight from Iceland hit by lightning

    Denver Post
    Updated: Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    There were some scary moments Tuesday on a Denver-bound Icelandair flight. "There was a loud bang and a pop — really loud — and a bright light," said passenger Nathen Maxwell, who was returning to Denver after a month-long European tour with his band, The Bunny Gang. "It was pretty...

  • Longtime director to retire from Baltimore Museum of Art

    Updated: Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) — The longtime director of the Baltimore Museum of Art plans to retire after 17 years leading the institution. The museum said Wednesday that Doreen Bolger will retire June 30. Bolger is credited with redefining the museum's mission to focus on modern art. She placed a...

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