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Bride, groom show up at hospital to visit injured grandma

MIRAMAR BEACH, Fla. (AP) - When her grandmother broke her hip the day before her destination wedding, the bride and groom showed up at the hospital to surprise her. Kasey Samuels says Rita Scanlon «was pretty much in tears» when Samuels and her gr
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Bride, groom show up at hospital to visit injured grandma

MIRAMAR BEACH, Fla. (AP) - When her grandmother broke her hip the day before her destination wedding, the bride and groom showed up at the hospital to surprise her. Kasey Samuels says Rita Scanlon «was pretty much in tears» when Samuels and her groom Tyler showed up at Sacred Heart ...

Universal has utility workers sign nondisclosure agreements

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Workers for a city-owned utility have signed nondisclosure agreements with Universal Orlando Resort, but open-government experts say it may go against the state's public records laws. A Universal spokesman tells the Orlando Sentinel the c
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Universal has utility workers sign nondisclosure agreements

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Workers for a city-owned utility have signed nondisclosure agreements with Universal Orlando Resort, but open-government experts say it may go against the state's public records laws. A Universal spokesman tells the Orlando Sentinel the company is only protecting trade secrets as it prepares to build its ...

BA pilots call off planned 24-hour strike, urge 'cool heads'

LONDON (AP) - British Airways pilots have called off a planned 24-hour strike in their dispute with the airline over pay. Members of the British Airline Pilots' Association were due to walk out on Sept. 27. The union said Wednesday that a 48-hour strike earli
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BA pilots call off planned 24-hour strike, urge 'cool heads'

LONDON (AP) - British Airways pilots have called off a planned 24-hour strike in their dispute with the airline over pay. Members of the British Airline Pilots' Association were due to walk out on Sept. 27. The union said Wednesday that a 48-hour strike earlier this month had demonstrated the ...

Paris tests new bubble-shaped water taxi

PARIS (AP) - Paris is testing out a new form of travel: an eco-friendly bubble-shaped taxi that zips along the water up and down the Seine River. Organizers are holding test runs this week on the white, oval-shaped electric hydrofoil boats that resemble tiny
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Paris tests new bubble-shaped water taxi

PARIS (AP) - Paris is testing out a new form of travel: an eco-friendly bubble-shaped taxi that zips along the water up and down the Seine River. Organizers are holding test runs this week on the white, oval-shaped electric hydrofoil boats that resemble tiny space shuttles gliding past Paris monuments. ...

Edmunds: Should you buy a rental car?

The life of a rental vehicle is a tough one: It's driven by many people and for more miles than average. After about a year of service, the rental company will typically pull the vehicle out of the fleet and sell it as a used car. But in this "second ...
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Edmunds: Should you buy a rental car?

The life of a rental vehicle is a tough one: It's driven by many people and for more miles than average. After about a year of service, the rental company will typically pull the vehicle out of the fleet and sell it as a used car. But in this "second ...

New superintendent named at Abraham Lincoln Birthplace

HODGENVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The National Park Service has named a new superintendent at Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park in central Kentucky. The News-Enterprise reports Catherine Bragaw will start in the position on Nov. 10. National Park Ser
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New superintendent named at Abraham Lincoln Birthplace

HODGENVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The National Park Service has named a new superintendent at Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park in central Kentucky. The News-Enterprise reports Catherine Bragaw will start in the position on Nov. 10. National Park Service Southeast Regional Director Robert A. Vogel said in a statement ...

Cash-starved Air India putting crews on low-fat diet

NEW DELHI (AP) - India's cash-starved state-run Air India is putting its crew on a diet, changing their inflight menu to special low-fat meals. Dhananjay Kumar, the airline spokesman, says the objective is to provide healthy and cost-effective meals to crews
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Cash-starved Air India putting crews on low-fat diet

NEW DELHI (AP) - India's cash-starved state-run Air India is putting its crew on a diet, changing their inflight menu to special low-fat meals. Dhananjay Kumar, the airline spokesman, says the objective is to provide healthy and cost-effective meals to crews on domestic and international flights. Kumar on Wednesday declined ...

Sackler money complicates donation policies for museums

NEW YORK (AP) - Ask the CEO and president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art whether he's accepting money from the Sacklers, the billionaire dynasty notorious for its ties to the drug company Purdue Pharma, and the answer is somewhat complicated. For one thing
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Sackler money complicates donation policies for museums

NEW YORK (AP) - Ask the CEO and president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art whether he's accepting money from the Sacklers, the billionaire dynasty notorious for its ties to the drug company Purdue Pharma, and the answer is somewhat complicated. For one thing, it depends on which Sackler. "There ...

Alaska fishing town cut off as budget cuts end ferry service

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A coastal Alaska fishing town will soon be cut off from vehicles with the closure of its ferry service due to state budget cuts. Alaska's Energy Desk reported Monday that the Alaska Marine Highway System will temporarily end service t
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Alaska fishing town cut off as budget cuts end ferry service

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A coastal Alaska fishing town will soon be cut off from vehicles with the closure of its ferry service due to state budget cuts. Alaska's Energy Desk reported Monday that the Alaska Marine Highway System will temporarily end service to Cordova following funding cuts by Republican ...

Grand Canyon replacing water pumps along popular trail

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) - Hikers on a popular Grand Canyon trail will have to take a detour while crews replace water pumps. The months-long project to replace two water pumps along the Bright Angel Trail at Indian Garden starts Monday. Hikers
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Grand Canyon replacing water pumps along popular trail

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) - Hikers on a popular Grand Canyon trail will have to take a detour while crews replace water pumps. The months-long project to replace two water pumps along the Bright Angel Trail at Indian Garden starts Monday. Hikers will be routed to a bypass ...

Utah ski resort will charge for parking to reduce traffic

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A ski resort in northern Utah is planning to charge visitors for parking in a bid to reduce traffic and emissions. Solitude Mountain Resort announced the new initiative in a press release Wednesday. Resort President and Chief Operating O
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Utah ski resort will charge for parking to reduce traffic

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A ski resort in northern Utah is planning to charge visitors for parking in a bid to reduce traffic and emissions. Solitude Mountain Resort announced the new initiative in a press release Wednesday. Resort President and Chief Operating Officer Kim Mayhew said the decision was ...

Arizona seeks input on possible upgrades to highway stretch

PHOENIX (AP) - The state Department of Transportation says it wants public input on potential improvements to a 59-mile (95-kilometer) stretch of highway connecting metro Phoenix with Payson in east-central Arizona's pine country. The department said Tuesday
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Arizona seeks input on possible upgrades to highway stretch

PHOENIX (AP) - The state Department of Transportation says it wants public input on potential improvements to a 59-mile (95-kilometer) stretch of highway connecting metro Phoenix with Payson in east-central Arizona's pine country. The department said Tuesday that people can take an online survey on possible improvements for State Route ...

Airline customer-service agents report abusive customers

DALLAS (AP) - Airline customer-service agents say they often get verbal threats from passengers, and sometimes they turn into physical confrontations. The agents say alcohol, airline fees and long lines can anger passengers. The Government Accountability Offi
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Airline customer-service agents report abusive customers

DALLAS (AP) - Airline customer-service agents say they often get verbal threats from passengers, and sometimes they turn into physical confrontations. The agents say alcohol, airline fees and long lines can anger passengers. The Government Accountability Office reported Tuesday that more than half the 104 agents it surveyed reported threats ...

White House upgrade: First lady's done a lot with the place

WASHINGTON (AP) - She's done a lot with the place. Like anyone who has ever spruced up their home, Melania Trump will have a few new touches to showcase Friday when guests visit the White House for only the second state dinner of the Trump presidency. There'
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White House upgrade: First lady's done a lot with the place

WASHINGTON (AP) - She's done a lot with the place. Like anyone who has ever spruced up their home, Melania Trump will have a few new touches to showcase Friday when guests visit the White House for only the second state dinner of the Trump presidency. There's refreshed wall fabric ...

House Republicans call out Democrats on disinviting Metro IG from hearing

Two House Republicans are accusing Democratic committee chairmen of breaking House rules for refusing their request to interview Metro Inspector General Geoffrey Cherrington about his job's challenges during a hearing on reforms for the inspector general posi
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House Republicans call out Democrats on disinviting Metro IG from hearing

Two House Republicans are accusing Democratic committee chairmen of breaking House rules for refusing their request to interview Metro Inspector General Geoffrey Cherrington about his job's challenges during a hearing on reforms for the inspector general position. "Aside from violating House rules and longstanding committee practice, your refusal to allow ...

Power being restored in Sierra Nevada after fire danger

MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. (AP) - Southern California Edison says electricity has been restored to nearly 11,000 customers in two Sierra Nevada counties where wildfire danger forced a power shutdown. The utility say service was re-energized early Tuesday in portio
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Power being restored in Sierra Nevada after fire danger

MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. (AP) - Southern California Edison says electricity has been restored to nearly 11,000 customers in two Sierra Nevada counties where wildfire danger forced a power shutdown. The utility say service was re-energized early Tuesday in portions of the town of Mammoth Lakes and unincorporated Mono and Inyo ...

Fatal fall at SC beach hotel happened while taking pictures

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a 22-year-old man who fell to his death from a high-rise hotel balcony at a South Carolina beach had left a note for his napping mom that he was going to take pictures. Horry County Coroner Robert Edge says inve
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Fatal fall at SC beach hotel happened while taking pictures

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a 22-year-old man who fell to his death from a high-rise hotel balcony at a South Carolina beach had left a note for his napping mom that he was going to take pictures. Horry County Coroner Robert Edge says investigators are still trying ...

Greek island ferry crews to launch 24-hour strike Sept. 24

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Ferry services to Greek popular island destinations face severe disruptions next week due to a strike called by the country's powerful seamen's union. The PNO union says the walkout will keep ferries tied up in port for 24 hours startin
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Greek island ferry crews to launch 24-hour strike Sept. 24

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Ferry services to Greek popular island destinations face severe disruptions next week due to a strike called by the country's powerful seamen's union. The PNO union says the walkout will keep ferries tied up in port for 24 hours starting at 6 a.m. on Sept. 24. ...

Seattle council adopts hotel-worker protections

SEATTLE (AP) - The Seattle City Council has voted unanimously to adopt hotel-worker protections meant to replace and improve on a voter-approved law that was struck down in court. The Seattle Times reports Monday's ordinances restrict the area that workers ca
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Seattle council adopts hotel-worker protections

SEATTLE (AP) - The Seattle City Council has voted unanimously to adopt hotel-worker protections meant to replace and improve on a voter-approved law that was struck down in court. The Seattle Times reports Monday's ordinances restrict the area that workers can be made to clean in a day while requiring ...

Galveston could be new home for repaired Battleship Texas

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - Local interest in bringing the Battleship Texas to Galveston is mounting as a citizen-led committee prepares to release a report outlining recommendations on where to berth the historic ship. The Galveston County Daily News reports Se
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Galveston could be new home for repaired Battleship Texas

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - Local interest in bringing the Battleship Texas to Galveston is mounting as a citizen-led committee prepares to release a report outlining recommendations on where to berth the historic ship. The Galveston County Daily News reports Seawolf Park on Pelican Island and Pier 21 on Galveston's ...

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