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Macron pushes ahead with pension plan amid damaging strikes

PARIS (AP) - French President Emmanuel Macron remains determined to push ahead with an overhaul of the nation's pension system despite more than a week of nationwide strikes that paralyzed public transport in Paris, where stores and restaurants have seen erod
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Macron pushes ahead with pension plan amid damaging strikes

PARIS (AP) - French President Emmanuel Macron remains determined to push ahead with an overhaul of the nation's pension system despite more than a week of nationwide strikes that paralyzed public transport in Paris, where stores and restaurants have seen eroding profits. Yet, travelers from around the world have continued ...

Ice storm forces closures on the Blue Ridge Parkway

A wintry concoction of freezing rain and ice across western North Carolina on Friday has led the National Park Service to shut down a majority of the Blue Ridge Parkway, all the way through Virginia. A Facebook post from the Park Service said “widespread f
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Ice storm forces closures on the Blue Ridge Parkway

A wintry concoction of freezing rain and ice across western North Carolina on Friday has led the National Park Service to shut down a majority of the Blue Ridge Parkway, all the way through Virginia. A Facebook post from the Park Service said “widespread freezing rain across the NC ...

California library gains hundreds of presidential documents

SAN MARINO, Calif. (AP) - History scholars are getting a new trove of priceless presidential papers to pore over at Southern California's Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens. The Huntington announced Thursday that 340 artifacts focusing on pr
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California library gains hundreds of presidential documents

SAN MARINO, Calif. (AP) - History scholars are getting a new trove of priceless presidential papers to pore over at Southern California's Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens. The Huntington announced Thursday that 340 artifacts focusing on presidential administrations from the 18th to the 20th centuries are being donated ...

Cuba tourists barely pass 4 million, in disappointing result

HAVANA (AP) - Cuba’s government announced Thursday that visitor numbers will only reach slightly more than 4 million this year, dealing a blow to a faltering economy heavily dependent on income from the sector. The government had hoped to surpass the 5 mill
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Cuba tourists barely pass 4 million, in disappointing result

HAVANA (AP) - Cuba’s government announced Thursday that visitor numbers will only reach slightly more than 4 million this year, dealing a blow to a faltering economy heavily dependent on income from the sector. The government had hoped to surpass the 5 million mark in 2019, but U.S. sanctions and ...

Flathead County cancels its Glacier park shuttle contract

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - Flathead County commissioners have voted to cancel its contract to operate a shuttle service in Glacier National Park because the National Park Service hasn't increased its funding to match the increased ridership. The county has oper
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Flathead County cancels its Glacier park shuttle contract

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - Flathead County commissioners have voted to cancel its contract to operate a shuttle service in Glacier National Park because the National Park Service hasn't increased its funding to match the increased ridership. The county has operated the shuttle service, which is free to park visitors, ...

The closing decade was an ever-shifting parade of fashion

NEW YORK (AP) - Lady Gaga wore meat and Rihanna went naked, practically. Kate Middleton delivered royal wedding opulence and Billy Porter went viral in a tuxedo gown. There was the much-coveted Olivia Pope white coat, Lupita Nyong'o's perfect powder blue Osca
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The closing decade was an ever-shifting parade of fashion

NEW YORK (AP) - Lady Gaga wore meat and Rihanna went naked, practically. Kate Middleton delivered royal wedding opulence and Billy Porter went viral in a tuxedo gown. There was the much-coveted Olivia Pope white coat, Lupita Nyong'o's perfect powder blue Oscar gown and Karl Lagerfield's embrace of athleisure. ...

Brazil's Amazon rainforest and development at a crossroads

TRAIRAO, Brazil (AP) - Night falls in Brazil’s Amazon and two logging trucks without license plates emerge from the jungle. They rumble over dirt roads that lead away from a national forest, carrying trunks of trees hundreds of years old. After pulling ont
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Brazil's Amazon rainforest and development at a crossroads

TRAIRAO, Brazil (AP) - Night falls in Brazil’s Amazon and two logging trucks without license plates emerge from the jungle. They rumble over dirt roads that lead away from a national forest, carrying trunks of trees hundreds of years old. After pulling onto a darkened highway, the truckers chug to ...

Yellowstone opens its winter tourist season on Sunday

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) - Yellowstone National Park will open its gates to tourists riding snowcoaches and snowmobiles on Sunday. Beginning at 8 a.m., visitors will be able to travel the park’s interior roads on commercially-guided snowmobiles
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Yellowstone opens its winter tourist season on Sunday

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) - Yellowstone National Park will open its gates to tourists riding snowcoaches and snowmobiles on Sunday. Beginning at 8 a.m., visitors will be able to travel the park’s interior roads on commercially-guided snowmobiles and snowcoaches from the North, West, and South Entrances. Visitors who have ...

Brazil's Amazon at a Crossroads

TRAIRAO, Brazil (AP) - Night falls in Brazil’s Amazon and two logging trucks without license plates emerge from the jungle. They rumble over dirt roads that lead away from a national forest, carrying trunks of trees hundreds of years old. After pulling ont
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Brazil's Amazon at a Crossroads

TRAIRAO, Brazil (AP) - Night falls in Brazil’s Amazon and two logging trucks without license plates emerge from the jungle. They rumble over dirt roads that lead away from a national forest, carrying trunks of trees hundreds of years old. After pulling onto a darkened highway, the truckers chug to ...

Happy contrails ... Delta sees strong 2020 profit, revenue

Delta Air Lines, the most profitable U.S. carrier, expects profits and revenue to increase next year on sustained demand for air travel and stable prices for jet fuel. The Atlanta airline said Thursday that 2020 adjusted earnings will be between $6.75 and $7.
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Happy contrails ... Delta sees strong 2020 profit, revenue

Delta Air Lines, the most profitable U.S. carrier, expects profits and revenue to increase next year on sustained demand for air travel and stable prices for jet fuel. The Atlanta airline said Thursday that 2020 adjusted earnings will be between $6.75 and $7.75 per share. The midpoint of that range ...

White Sands monument closer to gaining national park status

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A national monument in southern New Mexico is one step closer to being re-designated as a national park. The U.S. House on Wednesday approved a defense spending measure that includes language to boost the classification of White Sand
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White Sands monument closer to gaining national park status

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A national monument in southern New Mexico is one step closer to being re-designated as a national park. The U.S. House on Wednesday approved a defense spending measure that includes language to boost the classification of White Sands National Monument. President Donald Trump has said ...

New River Gorge National River visitor center hours change

GLEN JEAN, W.Va. (AP) - Visitor center hours have changed for the season at West Virginia's New River Gorge National River, the National Park Service said. Sandstone Visitor Center was closed Monday and will remain closed through the spring. Canyon Rim Visito
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New River Gorge National River visitor center hours change

GLEN JEAN, W.Va. (AP) - Visitor center hours have changed for the season at West Virginia's New River Gorge National River, the National Park Service said. Sandstone Visitor Center was closed Monday and will remain closed through the spring. Canyon Rim Visitor Center in Lansing will remain open daily from ...

Proposal re-designates monument as New Mexico national park

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) - A bill has included language to re-designate a national monument in New Mexico that could now become the state's next national park. The National Defense Authorization Act proceeded through Congress with a conference report identifying t
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Proposal re-designates monument as New Mexico national park

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) - A bill has included language to re-designate a national monument in New Mexico that could now become the state's next national park. The National Defense Authorization Act proceeded through Congress with a conference report identifying the national monument as White Sands National Park, Carlsbad Current-Argus reported ...

Parents of girl who fell to her death sue cruise company

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana parents of a toddler who fell to her death out of an open cruise ship window in Puerto Rico filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Royal Caribbean Cruises, accusing the company of negligence by allowing the window to be op
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Parents of girl who fell to her death sue cruise company

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana parents of a toddler who fell to her death out of an open cruise ship window in Puerto Rico filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Royal Caribbean Cruises, accusing the company of negligence by allowing the window to be opened. Chloe Wiegand fell to ...

California's Paso Robles area offers wine-tasters variety

PASO ROBLES, California (AP) - Winemakers around this central California city can grow a mind-boggling variety of grapes thanks to a wide diversity of microclimates. Visitors can take a tasting tour of European varietals - from Italy and Spain as well as Fran
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California's Paso Robles area offers wine-tasters variety

PASO ROBLES, California (AP) - Winemakers around this central California city can grow a mind-boggling variety of grapes thanks to a wide diversity of microclimates. Visitors can take a tasting tour of European varietals - from Italy and Spain as well as France’s Rhone and Bordeaux regions. The wine-growing area ...

Archives tell Yellowstone's story with millions of records

LIVINGSTON, Mont. (AP) - Most people first entering the historical archives at Yellowstone National Park see long shelves of mute-colored boxes. But for Yellowstone National Park Archivist Anne Foster, those boxes - and the treasures they hold - are a thing o
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Archives tell Yellowstone's story with millions of records

LIVINGSTON, Mont. (AP) - Most people first entering the historical archives at Yellowstone National Park see long shelves of mute-colored boxes. But for Yellowstone National Park Archivist Anne Foster, those boxes - and the treasures they hold - are a thing of beauty. “Most people just see rows of plain ...

Editorial Roundup: Alabama

Recent editorials from Alabama newspapers: Dec. 10 Opelika-Auburn News on using caution following traffic crashes over the Thanksgiving holiday: A flurry of tragic traffic accidents this past week and during the Thanksgiving holiday stretch should serve as a
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Editorial Roundup: Alabama

Recent editorials from Alabama newspapers: Dec. 10 Opelika-Auburn News on using caution following traffic crashes over the Thanksgiving holiday: A flurry of tragic traffic accidents this past week and during the Thanksgiving holiday stretch should serve as a strong reminder that all due caution and attention should be given when ...

Raphael show with famous Madonna paintings opens in Berlin

BERLIN (AP) - Berlin is opening the first of three Raphael exhibitions this week as the art world celebrates the 500th anniversary of the Renaissance master's death next year. Five paintings of the Virgin Mary and her son that are usually not exhibited in th
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Raphael show with famous Madonna paintings opens in Berlin

BERLIN (AP) - Berlin is opening the first of three Raphael exhibitions this week as the art world celebrates the 500th anniversary of the Renaissance master's death next year. Five paintings of the Virgin Mary and her son that are usually not exhibited in the same space are all on ...

New Zealand releases 9 names of volcano victims

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - Police released on Wednesday the names of nine people missing in New Zealand's volcano disaster. They are seven Australian tourists who made a day trip to White Island from a cruise ship that had left Sydney a few days earlier a
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New Zealand releases 9 names of volcano victims

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - Police released on Wednesday the names of nine people missing in New Zealand's volcano disaster. They are seven Australian tourists who made a day trip to White Island from a cruise ship that had left Sydney a few days earlier and two tour guides from ...

Oregon QB Herbert wins Campbell Trophy, top scholar-athlete

NEW YORK (AP) - Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert has won the William V. Campbell Trophy, which honors college football's top scholar-athlete. Herbert was announced as the winner Tuesday night at the National Football Foundation's awards banquet and College F
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Oregon QB Herbert wins Campbell Trophy, top scholar-athlete

NEW YORK (AP) - Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert has won the William V. Campbell Trophy, which honors college football's top scholar-athlete. Herbert was announced as the winner Tuesday night at the National Football Foundation's awards banquet and College Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony at a hotel in midtown Manhattan. ...

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