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Suit alleges Motel 6 discriminated against Latino customers

PHOENIX (AP) - A civil rights group alleges that Motel 6 discriminated against some Latino customers at two locations in Phoenix by giving their whereabouts and personal information to U.S. immigration agents who later arrested at least seven guests. The laws

Maine State Ferry Service eyes fare increases to help budget

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The Maine State Ferry Service has proposed a set of fare increases in order to offset a projected budget shortfall. The Portland Press Herald reports the largest increases would fall on non-residents with some trips increasing by $7. Und

Seine River overflows its banks in Paris

PARIS (AP) - The Seine River overflowed its banks in Paris on Tuesday, prompting authorities to close several roads and cancel boat cruises. Paris City Hall closed roads along the shores of the Seine from the east of the capital to the area around the Eiffel

Boy died from carbon monoxide poisoning; family settles

BOONE, N.C. (AP) - Attorneys say the family of a boy who died from carbon monoxide poisoning at a North Carolina Best Western hotel in 2013 has agreed to settle wrongful death and injury suits. Attorneys for the family said in a news release Monday that the f

Aviation Hall of Fame enshrinement to be in DC, Denver, Ohio

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - The National Aviation Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony will be held in Washington, D.C., this year and Denver next year before returning to its longtime home of Dayton, Ohio, in 2020. The annual ceremony honoring aerospace legends has be

North Carolina city asks court to block new hotel

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina city is asking an appeals court to block construction of a $24 million downtown hotel after residents complained about the fast-growing hotel and tourism industry. The Asheville Citizen-Times reported that Asheville is

The Latest: Chamonix ski resort closed due to avalanche risk

BERLIN (AP) - The Latest on winter weather in Europe (all times local): 11:30 a.m. The Chamonix ski resort at the base of Mont Blanc has closed due to what officials said was the highest avalanche risk. The Chamonix city website and the regional government sa

South Korean identified as 4th victim in Prague hotel fire

PRAGUE (AP) - Czech police say they have identified a South Korean woman as the final victim in a hotel fire in downtown Prague that killed four tourists. In a Tuesday statement, police say the woman was born in 1997. No other details were given. One other So

Las Vegas airport passenger tally sets new annual record

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Las Vegas airport officials say the number of passengers using McCarran International Airport soared to a new record in 2017, with 48.5 million people coming and going. That topped the annual high total of nearly 48 million set in 2007, and c

Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island reopen amid shutdown

NEW YORK (AP) - The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are now open for visitors, with New York state picking up the tab for the federal workers. The two sites reopened on Monday after being closed due to the federal government shutdown. On Sunday, Gov. Andre

Entrance gates to Grand Canyon open during federal shutdown

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) - Entrance gates to the Grand Canyon remained unlocked Monday with no one collecting fees during the federal government shutdown. Visitors were free to hike trails at the national park, stay in the campgrounds, and use r

New Mexico oil and gas lease sale spurs numerous protests

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Dozens of protests have been filed by tribal officials, environmentalists and others as federal land managers consider leasing parcels in northwestern New Mexico for oil and gas development that critics say are too close to sites the

Mount Rushmore open, but with no federal services

KEYSTONE, S.D. (AP) - Mount Rushmore National Memorial remains accessible during the federal government shutdown, but there are no visitor services provided by the National Park Service. Those include public information, restrooms, trash collection and mainte

Belgium reduces terror threat to level unseen since 2015

BRUSSELS (AP) - Belgium is reducing its terror threat level from the second-highest mark for the first time in over two years. The country has lived under a threat level of at least three on a four-step scale since November 2015, when Islamic State extremist

US approves land exchange for road through Alaska refuge

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has signed a land trade agreement that could lead to construction of a road through the heart of a national wildlife refuge in Alaska. The agreement Monday calls swapping up to 0.8 square miles (2 square

Swiss police say 8 men stuck in Alpine cave for 2 more days

BERLIN (AP) - Swiss police say eight men who have been stuck in a cave in the Alps since Saturday will likely have to spend at least another 48 hours underground because of flooding. The group, including a qualified guide, entered the Hoelloch cave in the Muo

Woman falls overboard from cruise ship into Gulf of Mexico

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A woman has fallen overboard from a cruise ship into the Gulf of Mexico while sailing from New Orleans. Carnival Cruise Line spokesman Vance Gulliken told news outlets that a 44-year-old woman fell from the Carnival Triumph on Sunday night

Czech police identify second German victim in hotel fire

PRAGUE (AP) - Czech police have identified a second victim from Germany in a hotel fire in downtown Prague that killed four. Two people died at the scene after the blaze broke out in the Eurostars David hotel on Saturday evening. Police said they were a Germa

New US Civil Rights Trail includes 6 Little Rock locations

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Little Rock Central High School is among the "Top 10" sites of importance on a U.S. Civil Rights Trail with more than 100 historic landmarks in 14 states, officials announced Monday. The announcement that six Little Rock sites are on

The Latest: US government shutdown prompts state to step in

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on the impact of the federal government shutdown (all times local): 5 p.m. A U.S. government shutdown that has forced scores of federal agencies and outposts to close their doors has prompted the New York state government to step

Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island to reopen amid shutdown

NEW YORK (AP) - The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island will be open for visitors Monday, with New York state picking up the tab for the federal workers. Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement Sunday afternoon. The two sites have been closed due to the federa

California highway swamped by deadly mudslides reopens

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - A coastal California highway swamped by deadly mudslides reopened Sunday after a nearly two-week closure that caused traffic headaches across the region, state officials said. Traffic began moving again on U.S. 101 in Santa Barbar

Cuomo: NY will pay salaries to keep Statue of Liberty open

NEW YORK (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island will be open for visitors on Monday, with New York state picking up the tab for federal workers. The two sites have been closed because of the federal government shutdown. Cuomo say

Vigo County kicks off bicentennial celebration

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) - A western Indiana county is kicking off a year-long bicentennial celebration. The (Terre Haute) Tribune-Star reports festivities marking the date start Sunday afternoon at the Vigo County Courthouse. Speakers will include historians

South Dakota couple see potential in small town mansion

WINNER, S.D. (AP) - A couple found the property deal of a lifetime when they snagged a century-old mansion in a small South Dakota town for $119,000. Now, homeowners David and Tessa Howard are figuring out what to do with the property. The couple has started

City destination firms to deliver true Nashville experience

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Organizing a big meeting or convention in Nashville used to be as simple as contacting Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center personnel and finding open dates. Now, Nashville has the Music City Center, a growing selection of lux

Swiss resort cut off after new snow increases avalanche risk

BERLIN (AP) - Swiss authorities say a village near the famed Matterhorn peak is again cut off to road and rail traffic after new snowfall renewed the danger of avalanches. The Matterhorn Gotthard railway said on its website Sunday that land access to the vill

Death toll in Prague hotel fire increases to 3

PRAGUE (AP) - Officials say the death toll in a hotel fire in downtown Prague has increased to three after one of those injured died in a hospital. Two people died after the blaze broke out in the Eurostars David hotel Saturday evening while nine others were

Iraqi court sentences German woman to death for joining IS

BAGHDAD (AP) - An Iraqi court has sentenced a German woman of Moroccan origin to death for joining the Islamic State group. The spokesman of the Supreme Judicial Council, Abdul-Sattar Bayrkdar, says the woman acknowledged joining IS after traveling from Germa

Gunmen assault luxury hotel in Afghan capital, 5 dead

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Gunmen stormed the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, killing at least five people, including a foreigner, and setting off a 12-hour gunbattle with security forces that continued into Sunday morning, as frantic guests tried to escape f

Waco house where Elvis Presley visited now vacation rental

WACO, Texas (AP) - Elvis Presley not only ate in Waco during his years at Fort Hood, but he slept here, too, and the house where he did is now open for others to do the same. The Waco Tribune-Herald reports the children of Eddie Fadal, a Waco DJ and ...

Shutdown divides services into essential and non-essential

WASHINGTON (AP) - Symbols of American promise have turned into emblems of American dysfunction amid a dispute in Congress over spending and immigration that has forced scores of federal agencies and outposts to close their doors. The Statue of Liberty and Ell

The Latest: Governor vows to reopen Statue of Liberty

NEW YORK (AP) - The Latest on the closure of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island (all times local): 6:30 p.m. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has vowed to find state money to reopen the Statue of Liberty, which closed due to the federal government shutdown. Th

The Latest: Governor vows to reopen Statue of Liberty

NEW YORK (AP) - The Latest on the closure of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island (all times local): 6:30 p.m. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has vowed to find state money to reopen the Statue of Liberty, which closed due to the federal government shutdown. Th

Shutdown closes Hawaii volcano park; Pearl Harbor still open

HONOLULU (AP) - A federal government shutdown has caused one Hawaii national park to close and another to struggle to stay open. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, which draws tourists and hikers to the site of active volcanoes, closed Saturday for the safety o

Signs of government shutdown spotty but symbolic

WASHINGTON (AP) - Symbols of American promise became emblems of American dysfunction on Saturday when a dispute in Congress over spending and immigration forced scores of federal government agencies and outposts to close their doors. The Statue of Liberty an

Oklahoma bombing museum open despite government shutdown

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum remains open despite a federal government shutdown. Executive Director Kari Watkins said Saturday that while the museum and memorial to honor victims of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing is affi

Government shutdown partially shuts down some Florida parks

EVERGLADES CITY, Fla. (AP) - The federal government shutdown will partially close Big Cypress National Preserve, Everglades National Park and other federally managed natural areas in Florida. The Naples Daily News reports that the western gateway to the Everg

Government shutdown shutters Independence Hall, Liberty Bell

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The federal government shutdown has shuttered the Philadelphia sites where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed and the Liberty Bell hangs. Security guards stood around Independence Hall on Saturday, shooing away pe
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