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In a desert city used to triple-digit temperatures, some hunker down inside and some head to the pool.

Vandalism discovered at sacred Native Hawaiian site

Vandals etched crosses on the crumbling remains of the 180-year-old palace of a former Hawaiian king, the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources said Thursday. Read more »

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Record-breaking heat scorches the Southwest

In a desert city used to triple-digit temperatures, some hunker down inside and some head to the pool, while others still want to hit Phoenix's many hiking trails. But with temperatures creeping... Read more »

June 19, 2016

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Scientists battle to save world's coral reefs

After the most powerful El Nino on record heated the world's oceans to never-before-seen levels, huge swaths of once vibrant coral reefs that were teeming with life are now stark white ghost towns... Read more »

June 19, 2016

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Obama: Climate change biggest threat to US national parks

President Barack Obama says climate change is the biggest threat to U.S. national parks. Read more »

June 18, 2016

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Obama's family trip intended to put focus on national parks

President Barack Obama wants more people to appreciate and visit America's national parks as the park system nears its 100th birthday. Read more »

June 18, 2016

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Memphis now charges $10 to enter Beale Street on Saturday night

Tourists and locals who visit the blues bars, dance clubs and barbecue joints on Memphis' Beale Street on Saturday nights now have to bring along some extra cash, just for the privilege of being... Read more »

June 17, 2016

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Orlando tourism: No mass cancellations now but future unsure

say it's too soon to gauge whether a week of horrific news out of Orlando will hurt tourism there. But travel agents are not seeing widespread cancellations, and many travelers say they're... Read more »

June 17, 2016

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After fatal attack, theme parks weigh alligator warnings

It's an unwritten rule for Florida residents: Keep your kids away from ponds and lakes because alligators are everywhere. Read more »

June 16, 2016

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Boy snatched by gator is presumed dead; Disney beaches close

Walt Disney World closed beaches at its Florida resorts Wednesday while dozens of rescuers searched a lagoon for the body of 2-year-old boy who was snatched off the shore and dragged underwater by... Read more »

June 15, 2016

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As historic flags age, civil war brews over preservation

More than 80 Civil War flags, some tattered, some stained in blood and ripped by bullet holes, capture the attention of visitors to New Hampshire's State House. Read more »

June 14, 2016

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Implosion levels tower of Las Vegas' Riviera casino

The Riviera Hotel and Casino — the Las Vegas Strip's first high-rise that was as famous for its mobster ties as its Hollywood personification of Sin City's mobster past — officially... Read more »

June 14, 2016

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Airlines race to Cuba, overcoming major hurdles

Galo Beltran stands on the tarmac testing a hand-held baggage scanner. Each time a barcode is successfully read, he smiles. Read more »

June 13, 2016

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Los Alamos app allows users to visit 1940s 'Atomic City'

Los Alamos, a once secret city where scientists participated in the nation's classified World War II nuclear development program, can now be experienced much like it was then with a new app. Read more »

June 11, 2016

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Lights drown out Milky Way for third of world's population

More than one-third of the world's population can no longer see the Milky Way because of man-made lights. Read more »

June 10, 2016

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Death in boiling hot spring shows importance of park rules

The death of a tourist who left a boardwalk and fell into a boiling, acidic spring in Yellowstone National Park offers a sobering reminder that visitors need to follow the rules, park officials and... Read more »

June 9, 2016

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Bandaged shark bite victim is all smiles in hospital photo

A woman who was attacked by a shark in Southern California was all smiles in a photograph taken as she recovers from a large bite wound that stretches from her shoulder to her pelvis. Read more »

June 6, 2016

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Seine River peaks in Paris, top museums stay shut for days

The Seine River peaked early Saturday around Paris, hitting its highest level in nearly 35 years — almost 4.5 meters (15 feet) above average — then began a slow descent. That drew a... Read more »

June 4, 2016

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Men defend loading Yellowstone bison calf into vehicle

A Canadian man and his son loaded a Yellowstone National Park bison calf into their vehicle last month because they thought it was an abandoned newborn that would die without their help, the men... Read more »

June 3, 2016

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Heavy rain drenches swaths of France, disrupts French Open

Heavy rain drenched parts of France on Tuesday, prompting flood warnings near the English Channel, causing more delays at the French Open and soaking tourists in Paris. Read more »

May 31, 2016

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Shark alert! Warnings high- and low-tech seek to protect

From drones and smartphone apps to old-school flags and signs, a growing great white shark population along the East Coast has officials and researchers turning to responses both high- and low-tech... Read more »

May 30, 2016

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Idea for Burt's Bees land to become park becoming partisan

A congressional field hearing in the coming week on a proposal to create a national monument in northern Maine underscores how partisan lines have been drawn as Republican lawmakers try to rein in... Read more »

May 28, 2016

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Holiday air travelers get a break from long security lines

Travelers who were dreading long airport security lines Friday ahead of the Memorial Day weekend instead reported moving quickly through checkpoints after authorities opened extra screening lanes... Read more »

May 27, 2016

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Official: 19 people trapped by rising water in Kentucky cave

Two tour groups exploring a Kentucky cave were trapped Thursday by rising water, leaving 19 people missing — including two police officers who tried to reach them, authorities said. Read more »

May 26, 2016

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Site, funding unresolved in Las Vegas NFL stadium plan

A site for a proposed 65,000-seat retractable-roof stadium in Las Vegas is in question, as funding formulas are still being worked out for the project that could cost up to $1.6 billion. Read more »

May 26, 2016

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CDC urges speed on Zika as House moves to negotiate funding

The U.S. must act more quickly to protect pregnant women from birth defect-causing Zika, a top health official said Thursday even as the House left town for its Memorial Day recess with no visible... Read more »

May 26, 2016

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Off-track Yellowstone visitors not being pursued

U.S. authorities say they will not try to force four men accused of walking onto a sensitive hot spring at Yellowstone National Park to return from their homes in Canada for prosecution. Read more »

May 24, 2016

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PHOTOS: Skip the flight, board the train to Glacier National Park

Chicago skyscrapers faded into green Wisconsin, and as the sun set over the Mississippi River, we made our first vacation decision. We weren't driving, so yes, we'd have some wine. We then sat back... Read more »

May 23, 2016

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Police, soldiers swarm Mexico's Acapulco, killings continue

Along with beach towels or sandals, there's a new popular beach accessory that says a lot about the violence gripping this once-glamorous resort: a small black leather tote hanging from the neck or... Read more »

May 23, 2016

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Risks in climbing Everest in focus as 3 die, 2 go missing

An Indian climber has died while being helped down Mount Everest, just a couple of days after a Dutch and an Australian died near the peak. Two other Indian climbers are missing, and experts say... Read more »

May 23, 2016

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Hawaii shark study aims to understand why they bite

New research released Thursday shows tiger sharks naturally favor waters near Maui that are close to some of Hawaii's most popular beaches for humans. Read more »

May 19, 2016

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Museum celebrates Star Trek at 50 with artifacts, tribbles

It's been 50 years since the Starship Enterprise began its five-year mission to boldly go where no man had gone before, and Seattle's EMP Museum is marking the anniversary with an exhibition... Read more »

May 19, 2016

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Airlines say Congress is contributing to long airport lines

As airport security lines get longer, the finger-pointing over blame is growing too. Read more »

May 19, 2016

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NY police: Belligerent, knife-wielding man killed by officer

A man became belligerent as he tried to buy beer at a grocery store Wednesday morning, pulled out an 8-inch knife that he refused to drop and was shot to death by police on a busy tourist-filled... Read more »

May 18, 2016

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Grand Canyon to have new leader following harassment report

The superintendent of Grand Canyon National Park has chosen retirement over a transfer after being told the park needed new leadership to address a longstanding pattern of sexual harassment and... Read more »

May 17, 2016

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Ice cream magnate auctioning off Monticello mansion replica

Just before his 100th birthday, ice cream magnate S. Prestley Blake gave himself a $7.7 million gift — a house built to replicate Monticello, the famed Virginia home of Thomas Jefferson. Read more »

May 14, 2016

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From butterbeer to broomsticks: Universal Studios Hollywood casts a spell with new Wizarding World of Harry Potter

During spring break in Utah, Renee Huang and her children took a road trip to the sunshine coast to experience the grand opening of the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios... Read more »

May 14, 2016

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TSA: 3,000 checked bags miss flights leaving Phoenix airport

More than 3,000 checked bags missed their outbound flights in Phoenix on Thursday because of a problem with a screening system at Sky Harbor International Airport, officials with Transportation... Read more »

May 12, 2016

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Paid parking on Vegas Strip starts in June with many rules

Drivers were given a long list of rules Thursday involving MGM Resorts International's game-changing move to charge for parking on the Las Vegas Strip. Read more »

May 12, 2016

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Canadian professor: Olympics should be postponed due to Zika

With the opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro less than three months away, a Canadian professor has called for the Olympics to be postponed or moved because of the Zika outbreak, warning the influx... Read more »

May 11, 2016

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Senators to airlines: Drop bag fees to shorten airport lines

Two U.S. senators say one way to reduce long airport security lines this summer is for airlines to drop their fees on checking luggage. Read more »

May 10, 2016

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Disney's movie business is again playing a starring role

The Magic Kingdom finally seems to be getting the hang of Hollywood magic. Read more »

May 10, 2016

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First US cruise in decades set to arrive in Havana

The first U.S. cruise ship in nearly 40 years was crossing the Florida Straits from Miami to Havana on Monday, restarting commercial travel on waters that once represented a half-century of Cold... Read more »

May 2, 2016

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Southwest, Delta tangle over whether to cut or raise fares

No one should blame consumers for being perplexed by airfares — even the airlines themselves can seem confused at times. Read more »

April 28, 2016

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Search resumes for missing treasure hunter

Authorities on Wednesday resumed the search for a Colorado man who disappeared more than three months ago while hunting for a $2 million cache of gold, jewels and artifacts in a rugged part of New... Read more »

April 27, 2016

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AP Interview: Saudi prince unveils plans to welcome tourists

Saudi Arabia has plans to issue select visas to welcome tens of thousands of tourists a year as part of a sweeping national reform plan aimed at showcasing the country's rich heritage, including... Read more »

April 26, 2016

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Despite back-to-back disasters, climbers return to Everest

When the earthquake struck last year and thousands of tons of snow and ice and earth came crashing down the mountain, some feared the climbers might never return to Mount Everest. Read more »

April 22, 2016

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Airbnb adds new recommendations features

Airbnb is adding recommendations to its online accommodations service, building on its knowledge of travelers' preferences, coupled with tips from locals. Read more »

April 19, 2016

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Jewell: 'Major course correction' needed on conservation

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Tuesday called for "a major course correction" in the way the nation conserves its public lands, waters and wildlife, saying climate change and other trends... Read more »

April 19, 2016

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Still many questions about Zika's threat to pregnant women

Zika may stand convicted of causing devastating birth defects but there still are lots of questions about how much of a threat the virus poses to pregnant women, and what to do about it. Read more »

April 18, 2016

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Arabic-speaking student says he was victim of Islamophobia

A college student and Iraqi refugee yanked from a Southwest Airlines flight after mentioning a terrorist group's name during a phone conversation in Arabic said Monday he was degraded and... Read more »

April 18, 2016

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