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The Latest: Judge to give nod to Motel 6 settlement

PHOENIX (AP) - The Latest on a preliminary agreement in Motel 6 immigration lawsuit (all times local): 3 p.m. A federal judge says he'll give the preliminary nod to a settlement in the lawsuit by Motel 6 guests who say the chain invaded their privacy by givin

Electric scooter company plans weekend launch in Bozeman

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - A Montana woman will launch an electric scooter business in Bozeman that aims to alleviate parking problems and help people better explore the city. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports Blink Rides will offer about 100 scooters for the pu

Man climbs onto plane wing before takeoff at Nigeria airport

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) - Nigerian aviation authorities say an intruder who climbed onto the wing of a commercial plane that was preparing to fly from the country's busiest airport has been detained. A viral video of Friday's incident at the international airpor

Pilot whales strand on Iceland beach in group of 50 or more

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) - Tourists and a pilot on a helicopter sightseeing tour of Iceland have found dozens of dead whales on a remote beach in Iceland. David Schwarzhans, a pilot for Reykjavík Helicopters, said he and his passengers counted 50 long-finned

State Office: O'Connor house going on US historic register

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's 1950s adobe home in metro Phoenix is being listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The State Historic Preservation Office's announcement Friday says the National Park Serv

French court rejects claim over 1994 Estonian ferry disaster

PARIS (AP) - A Paris court rejected a compensation claim Friday related to the 1994 sinking of an Estonian ferry, which remains one of Europe's deadliest maritime disasters. The court ruled on the claim from more than 1,000 survivors and relatives of victims

Riders stuck for 2 hours on Six Flags coaster in Maryland

BOWIE, Md. (AP) - Roller coaster riders were stuck atop a hill for nearly two hours at a Six Flags amusement park in Maryland when the ride malfunctioned. News outlets quote Six Flags America spokeswoman Denise Stokes as saying the ride came to a stop at the

Boy hurt when rides collide at Chicago-area church festival

MIDLOTHIAN, Ill. (AP) - Authorities say a 9-year-old boy was injured by debris after two rides collided at a church festival in suburban Chicago. The accident happened Thursday evening at St. Christopher Fiesta in Midlothian. Fire Chief Stephen Hotwagner tell

Swiss celebrate once-in-a-generation winegrowers' festival

VEVEY, Switzerland (AP) - Swiss residents and tourists alike are partying like they haven't since 1999. The town of Vevey has kicked off the 12th «Fete des Vignerons,» or Winemakers Festival, the latest installment in a centuries-old tradition of

Woman charged in baby abduction at Florida bus stop

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a woman abducted a 6-month-old baby at a Florida bus stop by getting on a bus with the child after asking the mother whether she could hold the baby. The Tallahassee Democrat reports 55-year-old Wanda Williams has bee

CHP searching for leads in Big Sur anti-tourism vandalism

BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) - Authorities in California are searching for whoever painted giant graffiti along Highway 1 attacking the impact of tourism on Big Sur, the scenic stretch of rugged coast that is a major destination for visitors. The California Highway P

Richard Branson inspired by Apollo, his own space shot soon

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Virgin Galactic's Richard Branson says his spaceship has just a few more test flights before he jumps on board for the first tourist trip. Branson celebrated his 69th birthday at Florida's Kennedy Space Center on Thursday during 50

Missouri audit cites Parson for travel to shows, sports game

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's Democratic state auditor says Republican Gov. Mike Parson was reimbursed for unnecessary travel when he previously served as lieutenant governor. Auditor Nicole Galloway on Thursday released a report criticizing Parson fo

Notre Dame's melted lead prompts deep clean for schools

PARIS (AP) - The city of Paris has ordered a deep cleaning for schools nearest to Notre Dame, whose lead roof melted away in the cathedral's devastating fire in April. The announcement Thursday comes after a French investigative site reported that lead level

ReachNow shutters car-rental in Seattle, Portland

SEATTLE (AP) - ReachNow announced it will shut down its car-rental services in Seattle and Portland this week. The Seattle Times reports the company offered short-term rentals of BMWs and Mini Coopers, and launched a ride-hailing service last year. ReachNow a

Jet2 sends big bill to passenger for flight return to London

LONDON (AP) - A passenger accused of misbehavior on a Jet2 flight that had to return to London's Stansted Airport in June has received a huge bill from the airline. The airline has accused Chloe Haines of «aggressive, abusive and dangerous behavior&raqu

UN envoy says US sanctions on Myanmar generals inadequate

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - U.N. envoy Lee Yanghee says the U.S. didn't «go far enough» in sanctions against four top Myanmar generals over the mass killings of Rohingya Muslims. Washington said Tuesday the four, including the country's commande

Louvre museum covers Sackler name after opioid protests

PARIS (AP) - France's Louvre museum has taped over the name Sackler as donors to a wing of the building after protests against the family blamed for the opioid crisis in the United States. An Associated Press photographer late Wednesday saw the name taped ove

'It: Chapter Two' cast talks intense shoot at Comic-Con

SAN DIEGO (AP) - «It: Chapter Two» is not taking it easy on the grown losers' club if the new trailer is any indication. A theater of fans has gotten a sneak peek at the latest promo for the horror sequel at a Comic-Con event Wednesday night in Sa

Yellowstone park lookout tower burns after lightning strike

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - A fire lookout tower in Yellowstone National Park has burned after being struck by lightning. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports the employee manning the Mount Holmes Fire Lookout reported the fire Tuesday. Officials say the tower sat o

US sets tight travel limitations for Iran's UN diplomats

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.S. is tightly limiting travel by Iranian officials visiting or assigned to the United Nations, sparking concern from the world body. Representatives to the U.N. from Iran and some other countries have long had some limitations on t

Authorities ID Denver man who died after lightning strike

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - Authorities have identified the Denver man who died after he was struck by lightning while hiking on a mountain. The Daily Camera reported Wednesday that the Boulder County Coroner's Office identified the 36-year-old man as Peter Jornrot

Trial begins in lawsuit over Portland art museum bequest

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A civil trial has begun over a Maine art museum's claims that a deceased benefactor's caretaker manipulated her into removing the museum from her will. The Portland Museum of Art's lawyer contends Annemarie Germain isolated Eleanor G. P

US heat wave just warming up for long and scorching weekend

DETROIT (AP) - The heat wave that has been roasting much of the U.S. in recent days is just getting warmed up, with temperatures expected to soar to dangerous levels through the weekend. Communities are preparing by offering buildings as cooling centers and a

Group wants to end protections for seals to deal with sharks

BOSTON (AP) - A Massachusetts citizen's group is calling for eliminating federal protections for seals as Cape Cod officials seek ways to protect beachgoers from great white sharks. Peter Howell, a founder of the Seal Action Committee, says the Nantucket-base

Chaco legislation clears US House committee

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Federal legislation aimed at limiting oil and gas development near a national park in New Mexico held sacred by Native Americans has been endorsed by a key congressional committee. The House natural resources panel on Wednesday approv

Taste of the Tour: Hunting with dogs for 'Black Diamonds'

CESTAYROLS, France (AP) - When he got the call that Monsieur le Directeur of the Tour de France and friends would be dining in his restaurant and would it be possible, please, to serve them truffles, chef Georges Bermond sprang into action. Sourcing fresh tru

French prosecutors want Air France tried for 2009 Rio crash

PARIS (AP) - A judicial official says French prosecutors want Air France to stand trial for manslaughter in the 2009 crash of a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris that killed all 228 people aboard. The official said Wednesday that prosecutors also asked to d

Bus starts smoking in Mont Blanc tunnel; 68 people evacuated

ROME (AP) - Dozens of passengers have been evacuated from a double-decker bus in the Mont Blanc tunnel after the vehicle started spewing smoke. Firefighters in the northern Italian town of Aosta said a child smashed her finger in a vehicle door during the eva

Cyprus detains 12 Israelis after UK woman alleges rape

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) - A Cyprus police official says 12 Israelis have been detained after a 19-year-old British woman alleged that she was raped in the resort town of Ayia Napa. The police official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he's not authori

Notre Dame far from safe for restoration work, architect says

PARIS (AP) — A French architect said Wednesday that Notre Dame Cathedral still isn't safe enough for restoration work to begin, more than three months after a devastating fire nearly destroyed the monument. French television showed the chief architect o

US: Russia is refusing visas to teachers of diplomats' kids

MOSCOW (AP) - The U.S. and British embassies in Moscow said Wednesday that Russia has refused visas to teachers at a school that educates diplomats' children. Ambassador Jon Huntsman that Russia hasn't issued visas to 30 new teachers who are due to arrive nex

Emergency officials say 2 Hawaii wildfires fully contained

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - Two wildfires that burned large areas of a Hawaiian island have been fully contained. The Maui News reported Monday that Maui Mayor Michael Victorino announced fires in central and south Maui and in a separate northern coastal area wer

Museum ends excavation of dinosaur fossils in Denver suburb

DENVER (AP) - A Colorado museum has completed its excavation of dinosaur fossils and put some of the bones on display. The Denver Post reports the Denver Museum of Nature & Science has halted its excavation of triceratops fossils at a dig in suburban Denver.

Analysis: 'Go back' captures core of Trump political agenda

WASHINGTON (AP) - Go back where you came from. President Donald Trump's tweet on Sunday did more than take a shot at four Democratic lawmakers of color. In just a few words, Trump summed up the backbone of his agenda - one aimed at reducing the number of immi

Eastern Sierra's Mammoth ski season won't make it to August

MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. (AP) - The Mammoth Mountain resort in the Eastern Sierra had hoped a winter of epic snowfall would allow skiing into August, but instead will end its season this month. The resort says weather has been heating up and the remaining snow i

Colorado's Yampa River opens for commercial tubing season

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Conditions on a Colorado river are meeting standards for commercial tubing companies to open their doors for the first time this summer. Steamboat Pilot & Today reported Monday that parts of the Yampa River flowing through Stea

Sea turtles set nesting record at Cape Hatteras seashore

HATTERAS, N.C. (AP) - Sea turtles again have set a record for nesting at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina. A news release from the National Park Service says that with more than a month to go before the nesting season typically winds down

Fossil found in 1980s in Texas declared new genus, species

BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK, Texas (AP) - Experts say fossil remains discovered in the 1980s at a park in southwest Texas have been identified as a new genus and species of duckbilled dinosaur. Officials with Big Bend National Park on Monday announced details of t
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