Scholars drawn to conflict zones stoke college safety debate
BOSTON (AP) — Some U.S. colleges with overseas-study programs won't touch Ukraine. Tufts University, on the other hand, is drawn to the turmoil in the former Soviet republic, which the U.S. State Department deemed dangerous for travel. The potential to help activists and scholars, Tufts professor Peter Levine... Read More
Visits to Great Smoky Mountains Park up 8 percent from 2014
GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Great Smoky Mountains National Park says more than 4.3 million people visited between January and June, an 8 percent increase from the first half of 2014. The park is the most visited of the national parks. More than 1 million people visited in May, the most for May since the National Park... Read More
Dozens of brilliant bronze works on display at Getty Museum
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's almost as if the dozens of exquisitely detailed, often perfectly intact bronze sculptures on display at the J. Paul Getty Museum disappeared into an ancient witness-protection program — and decided to stay there for thousands of years. "Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic... Read More
Mexico struggles to clean seaweed surge from Cancun beaches
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Authorities on Mexico's Caribbean coast said Monday they are redoubling efforts to remove tons of sargassum seaweed that has been washing ashore in recent weeks. The state government of Quintana Roo, where the resort of Cancun is located, said there have been no reports of tourists cancelling... Read More
Seau lawyer: family won't disrupt Hall of Fame ceremonies
CANTON, Ohio (AP) — The family of the late Junior Seau will not disrupt the Hall of Fame ceremonies on Aug. 8 despite its disagreement with a policy preventing live remarks during a posthumous induction. Steve Strauss, legal counsel to the Seaus and partner at Cooley LLP, said in an email Monday night that the... Read More
Idaho festival celebrates Basque culture, history
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — With more than 300 pounds of chorizo sitting in her freezer and 5,000 portions of Basque-style paella prepared in advance, Tara McElhose-Eiguren says she's finally running out of space in her kitchen in anticipation of helping feed those attending the traditional Jaialdi festival in southwestern... Read More
Shannon Boxx and Lauren Holiday to retire after victory tour
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — U.S. soccer formally announced that midfielders Shannon Boxx and Lauren Holiday will retire from the U.S. national team following a victory tour to celebrate the Women's World Cup title. Both players had previously voiced their intention to step down from the team. U.S. Soccer said Monday... Read More
Republic stock plunges on possible flight disruptions
DALLAS (AP) — Republic Airways warned that its operation of regional flights for the nation's biggest airlines could be disrupted by a pilot shortage and labor standoff. Its shares fell 56 percent to their lowest level since January 2012. Republic disclosed late Friday that it had cut flying by 4 percent in early... Read More
NYC mayor: 400,000 people have obtained municipal ID cards
NEW YORK (AP) — Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday that about 400,000 people have obtained New York City's municipal ID card since the program was rolled out six months ago — including immigrants lacking legal documentation. The card is especially useful for the elderly, homeless and some immigrants who now... Read More
Man with no ticket arrested, boarded plane at Dallas airport
GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) — Police have arrested a man who got through security at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and boarded a plane without a ticket. Airport officials said Monday that a car parked curbside outside a terminal was searched and no threat was found. Authorities say the 26-year-old man somehow... Read More
New York Gov. Cuomo announces new LaGuardia Airport
NEW YORK (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday introduced a plan to redesign and rebuild LaGuardia airport, replacing the cramped, outdated hub with a unified terminal that will have more than double the operational space for airliners. "Welcome to the new LaGuardia Airport," Cuomo said. "This is what New Yorkers... Read More
Review: 'Vacation' is a funny homage to its predecessor
The great American family road trip seems, in the 32 years since we first met the Griswolds, as antiquated a concept as ever. Middle class families fly now — device enabled, efficiency obsessed and always aware of the outside world. Families flew in 1983, too, of course. "National Lampoon's Vacation" actually... Read More
Unique miniature golf courses around the US
There's more to mini-golf than getting a hole-in-one when you're surrounded by pirates.
Whether you know your way around the links or not, everyone can take a shot at a hole-in-one when it comes to miniature golf. Here, we take a look at some of the most unusual mini golf courses around the US.
Amazeum children's museum opens in Arkansas
BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — It's a science museum. It's a children's museum. It's the Scott Family Amazeum. The 50,000-square-foot Amazeum opened in July in Bentonville where Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art opened in 2011 — founded by Wal-Mart heir Alice Walton. The Amazeum offers hands-on activities and... Read More
Would you stay at a floating hotel?
Check out the Floatel, a flaoting hotel that won the 2015 Millennium Yacht Design Awards.
Each individual unit comes with a standard living room, kitchen, bathroom and sleeping loft as well as deck space and a driving area for taking your space around a lake or sea. Meanwhile, the lobby structure bridges the gap... Read More
Northwest Oklahoma travelblog: How I made it to Longdale
NASCAR veterans Kenny Schrader and Kenny Wallace will compete Tuesday night at the Longdale Speedway, which is on Highway 58 in the northwest corner of Blaine County, between Fairview and Canton. Longdale Speedway runs International Motor Car Association series, and Wallace and Schrader are scheduled to compete... Read More
Movies that will inspire you to travel around the world
Sometimes the best way to experience a destination you haven't been to is to watch a movie that takes place there.
From the "Lord of the Rings," which was filmed in New Zealand, to "Into the Wild," which was filmed in Alaska, here are 30 movies that will make you want to travel all over the world.
Arkansas Amazeum; beer, wine and 'shine in NC; Oklahoma spa
ARKANSAS CHILDREN'S MUSEUM It's a science museum. It's a children's museum. It's the Scott Family Amazeum. The 50,000-square-foot Amazeum opened in July in Bentonville, Arkansas, where Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art opened in 2011. The city in northwest Arkansas is also home to the headquarters of... Read More
NJ Transit offers cross-honoring in case of rail delays
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Transit train passengers did not face any major problems as they returned to work following a week plagued by problems caused by Amtrak overhead wire issues. NJ Transit spokeswoman Nancy Snyder says there were no major service delays Monday for trains heading in and out of New York... Read More