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Georgia tourist downs off Florida coast

DESTIN, Fla. (AP) - Florida authorities say a Georgia tourist downed in the Gulf of Mexico. The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office says 63-year-old Rogelio Moreno Gaitan of Lawrenceville, Georgia, was swimming by himself when he drowned Friday. Surfers spotted
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Georgia tourist downs off Florida coast

DESTIN, Fla. (AP) - Florida authorities say a Georgia tourist downed in the Gulf of Mexico. The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office says 63-year-old Rogelio Moreno Gaitan of Lawrenceville, Georgia, was swimming by himself when he drowned Friday. Surfers spotted Gaitan floating face down about 40 yards (37 meters) from the ...

Lawmakers to discuss rent rules in Westchester County

GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) - Members of the New York state Senate will travel to Greenburgh for the latest hearing on state rent regulations. Tuesday's hearing in the town in Westchester County comes as the Democrat-led state Legislature prepares to renew the stat
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Lawmakers to discuss rent rules in Westchester County

GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) - Members of the New York state Senate will travel to Greenburgh for the latest hearing on state rent regulations. Tuesday's hearing in the town in Westchester County comes as the Democrat-led state Legislature prepares to renew the state law governing rent regulations in New York City ...

Official: Restoring National Forest trails 'dangerous work'

HARRISBURG, Ill. (AP) - The Shawnee National Forest was significantly altered a decade ago when a storm struck southern Illinois that was so strong meteorologists created a new class of extreme weather to describe it. Forest officials said the May 2009 storm
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Official: Restoring National Forest trails 'dangerous work'

HARRISBURG, Ill. (AP) - The Shawnee National Forest was significantly altered a decade ago when a storm struck southern Illinois that was so strong meteorologists created a new class of extreme weather to describe it. Forest officials said the May 2009 storm rerouted trails, resulted in wildfires and changed habitats, ...

Weathered Winchester rifle found in Nevada park has new home

BAKER, Nev. (AP) - A 137-year-old rifle found five years ago leaning against a juniper tree in Great Basin National Park in Nevada is now part of an exhibit dedicated to the «Forgotten Winchester» at the park visitor center near the Utah border. T
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Weathered Winchester rifle found in Nevada park has new home

BAKER, Nev. (AP) - A 137-year-old rifle found five years ago leaning against a juniper tree in Great Basin National Park in Nevada is now part of an exhibit dedicated to the «Forgotten Winchester» at the park visitor center near the Utah border. The weathered Winchester Model 1873 is in ...

Wisconsin tourism is being transformed by its grape growers

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin might be best known for its beer offerings, but the state's wineries are drawing tourists from across the Upper Midwest. Wisconsin Public Radio reports that a Michigan State University study estimated that 1.78 million visits w
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Wisconsin tourism is being transformed by its grape growers

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin might be best known for its beer offerings, but the state's wineries are drawing tourists from across the Upper Midwest. Wisconsin Public Radio reports that a Michigan State University study estimated that 1.78 million visits were made to Wisconsin's winery tasting rooms in 2015, ...

Joining biking trails and bringing money to New England

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Looking to give an economic boost to rural parts of New England, one group is turning to mountain bikers for help. The new initiative called the Borderlands covers 250 miles of trails in seven areas of Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire, an
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Joining biking trails and bringing money to New England

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Looking to give an economic boost to rural parts of New England, one group is turning to mountain bikers for help. The new initiative called the Borderlands covers 250 miles of trails in seven areas of Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire, and also takes riders to ...

Celebration set for new Indiana Dunes National Park

GARY, Ind. (AP) - Several state and local officials are expected to join a celebration of the Indiana Dunes as the newest national park. The ceremonial ribbon cutting for the Indiana Dunes National Park is set for Tuesday at the park's Miller Woods section o
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Celebration set for new Indiana Dunes National Park

GARY, Ind. (AP) - Several state and local officials are expected to join a celebration of the Indiana Dunes as the newest national park. The ceremonial ribbon cutting for the Indiana Dunes National Park is set for Tuesday at the park's Miller Woods section on its western edge in Gary. ...

$2.8M donation to bolster art museum's exhibitions program

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - A more than $2.8 million donation to the University of Michigan Museum of Art will help enhance and develop the museum's exhibitions program. The Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Museum Fund will provide support for the museum's signature exh
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$2.8M donation to bolster art museum's exhibitions program

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - A more than $2.8 million donation to the University of Michigan Museum of Art will help enhance and develop the museum's exhibitions program. The Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Museum Fund will provide support for the museum's signature exhibitions. In recognition of the gift, the University ...

US sanctions on Iran felt in Iraqi Shiite tourist shops

BAGHDAD (AP) - For years, Karar Hussein has sold sweets in his shop near the entrance to one of Shiite Islam's holiest shrines, accepting whatever currency was offered to him by his clients, many of them religious tourists from neighboring Iran. But lately, w
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US sanctions on Iran felt in Iraqi Shiite tourist shops

BAGHDAD (AP) - For years, Karar Hussein has sold sweets in his shop near the entrance to one of Shiite Islam's holiest shrines, accepting whatever currency was offered to him by his clients, many of them religious tourists from neighboring Iran. But lately, when Iranian pilgrims ask about prices, he ...

Lakeland woman makes business of portraying princesses

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - LAKELAND - In the course of one day, Amy Sharpe might be a snow queen able to conjure ice storms, a damsel with tower-length tresses and a mermaid princess. Whatever it takes to generate glee for children. Sharpe, a Lakeland resident, po
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Lakeland woman makes business of portraying princesses

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - LAKELAND - In the course of one day, Amy Sharpe might be a snow queen able to conjure ice storms, a damsel with tower-length tresses and a mermaid princess. Whatever it takes to generate glee for children. Sharpe, a Lakeland resident, portrays more than 50 characters, ...

Chick-fil-A San Antonio airport exclusion spurs FAA investigation

SAN ANTONIO — The Federal Aviation Administration says it's investigating a decision to exclude Chick-fil-A from an airport concession contract in San Antonio over opposition to the fast-food chain owners' record on LGBT issues. The San Antonio Express-
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Chick-fil-A San Antonio airport exclusion spurs FAA investigation

SAN ANTONIO — The Federal Aviation Administration says it's investigating a decision to exclude Chick-fil-A from an airport concession contract in San Antonio over opposition to the fast-food chain owners' record on LGBT issues. The San Antonio Express-News reports the FAA told San Antonio officials Friday it's investigating complaints the ...

Man dies in Hawaii after reported shark attack

MAUI, Hawaii (AP) - A man has died in Hawaii after a reported shark attack. Authorities say shark warning signs were being posted in the Ka'anapali Beach Park area on Maui where the man died Saturday morning. The signs will remain in place until at least noo
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Man dies in Hawaii after reported shark attack

MAUI, Hawaii (AP) - A man has died in Hawaii after a reported shark attack. Authorities say shark warning signs were being posted in the Ka'anapali Beach Park area on Maui where the man died Saturday morning. The signs will remain in place until at least noon Sunday. The man's ...

Blue Ridge Parkway visitors had $1.3B impact last year

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - Visitors to Virginia's scenic Blue Ridge Parkway had an estimated $1.3 billion economic impact last year in the park's various communities. The National Park Service's annual survey gauged the impact of visitor spending in the Virginia pri
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Blue Ridge Parkway visitors had $1.3B impact last year

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - Visitors to Virginia's scenic Blue Ridge Parkway had an estimated $1.3 billion economic impact last year in the park's various communities. The National Park Service's annual survey gauged the impact of visitor spending in the Virginia prize as well in as the other U.S. parks. The ...

Grizzly bears push into lowland areas as legal fight drags

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Grizzly bears are spreading into new areas of the U.S. Northern Rockies, expanding from remote wilderness and into farmland amid a legal fight over proposed hunting. New government data from grizzly population monitoring show bruins in
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Grizzly bears push into lowland areas as legal fight drags

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Grizzly bears are spreading into new areas of the U.S. Northern Rockies, expanding from remote wilderness and into farmland amid a legal fight over proposed hunting. New government data from grizzly population monitoring show bruins in the Yellowstone area of Montana, Wyoming and Idaho expanded their ...

Snows keep Colorado ski resorts open, mountain passes closed

DENVER (AP) - Deep snowfalls are letting Colorado ski resorts extend their seasons, but keeping some high-altitude highways popular among tourists closed through the Memorial Day weekend. Purgatory Resort near Durango and Aspen Mountain were among the ski res
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Snows keep Colorado ski resorts open, mountain passes closed

DENVER (AP) - Deep snowfalls are letting Colorado ski resorts extend their seasons, but keeping some high-altitude highways popular among tourists closed through the Memorial Day weekend. Purgatory Resort near Durango and Aspen Mountain were among the ski resorts planning to be open. Aspen received more than a foot of ...

California show explores Warhol's social, tech foreshadowing

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Before Instagram and Facebook, before selfies and filters that perfect selfies, there was Andy Warhol, using his art to imbue friends, family, celebrities - even himself - with a certain mystique. A retrospective of Warhol's work on displ
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California show explores Warhol's social, tech foreshadowing

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Before Instagram and Facebook, before selfies and filters that perfect selfies, there was Andy Warhol, using his art to imbue friends, family, celebrities - even himself - with a certain mystique. A retrospective of Warhol's work on display in San Francisco captures the artist's ability to ...

Native veterans get another chance to receive land

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Nelson Angapak Sr. promised Sen. Ted Stevens to help Alaska Native veterans get another chance to apply for prized land allotments. It took two decades, but the 74-year-old Yup'ik leader from Southwest Alaska has done it - with help f
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Native veterans get another chance to receive land

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Nelson Angapak Sr. promised Sen. Ted Stevens to help Alaska Native veterans get another chance to apply for prized land allotments. It took two decades, but the 74-year-old Yup'ik leader from Southwest Alaska has done it - with help from others, he points out. Congress in ...

Illinois doles out $1.8M to 17 projects to promote tourism

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has awarded $1.8 million in grants to increase Prairie State tourism. The Office of Tourism announced the 17 recipients of two different grants , saying tourism produced mor
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Illinois doles out $1.8M to 17 projects to promote tourism

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has awarded $1.8 million in grants to increase Prairie State tourism. The Office of Tourism announced the 17 recipients of two different grants , saying tourism produced more than $3 billion in tax revenue for the state and ...

Omaha museum already on hunt for donated Christmas tree

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Just as summer is finally coming into view in Nebraska, an Omaha museum is kicking off its search for the perfect Christmas tree. The Durham Museum is searching for the official tree for its annual Christmas at Union Station celebration. Ev
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Omaha museum already on hunt for donated Christmas tree

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Just as summer is finally coming into view in Nebraska, an Omaha museum is kicking off its search for the perfect Christmas tree. The Durham Museum is searching for the official tree for its annual Christmas at Union Station celebration. Every year, the museum receives submissions ...

Thousands more bollards going in along Las Vegas Strip

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Clark County officials say the installation of over 3,000 more pedestrian safety posts along Las Vegas Boulevard is scheduled to begin early Tuesday. The steel posts - called bollards - are 4 feet (1.2 meters) tall, secured in the ground and
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Thousands more bollards going in along Las Vegas Strip

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Clark County officials say the installation of over 3,000 more pedestrian safety posts along Las Vegas Boulevard is scheduled to begin early Tuesday. The steel posts - called bollards - are 4 feet (1.2 meters) tall, secured in the ground and designed to stop a vehicle. ...

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