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  • Fish found with mercury in remote Western regions 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 4:28 pm
  • FRESNO, California - Federal scientists have found high amounts of mercury in sport fish caught in remote areas of national parks in the West and Alaska, according to a study released Thursday.

  • Tourism push plays up 'Only in Minnesota' getaways 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 4:11 pm
  • ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Say goodbye to "More to Explore." Minnesota tourism promoters ushered in a new slogan Thursday that focuses on "Only in Minnesota" experiences as part of their largest-ever advertising campaign.

  • Tourism push plays up 'Only in Minnesota' getaways 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 4:10 pm
  • ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Say goodbye to "More to Explore." Minnesota tourism promoters ushered in a new slogan Thursday that focuses on "Only in Minnesota" experiences as part of their largest-ever advertising campaign.

  • Hail wreaks Easter travel havoc in Mexico City 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 2:43 pm
  • MEXICO CITY - A freak spring hailstorm has caused havoc for thousands of people trying to leaving Mexico City for Easter weekend.

  • Search for Chicago site for George Lucas museum 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 1:07 pm
  • CHICAGO - As Yoda might say: A site for a museum you must find.

  • Excerpts from recent North Dakota editorials 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 12:49 pm
  • Minot Daily News, Minot, April 16, 2014

  • Famous Los Angeles mountain lion exposed to poison 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 11:37 am
  • LOS ANGELES - A mountain lion that appeared strong and healthy when it was photographed as it ruled a wilderness park in the middle of Los Angeles has been exposed to rat poison and is suffering from mange, officials said.

  • Acting Cumberland Island chief to stay permanently 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 10:58 am
  • CUMBERLAND ISLAND, Georgia - The National Park Service says its acting superintendent on Cumberland Island will keep the job on a permanent basis.

  • 5 free things to do in Annapolis, Md. 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 10:05 am
  • ANNAPOLIS, Maryland - This picturesque state capital near the Chesapeake Bay is known for its history, sailing and seafood. Annapolis served as the capital of the United States for nine months in 1783 and 1784. The city also is known for its colleges - both the U.S. Naval Academy, and St. John's College, founded in 1696 as King William's School. The city's historical ambience is a big draw, as well as its restaurants, shops and taverns. Some of the city's main attractions can be visited for free. The quaint downtown layout over a compact area is better suited for pedestrians than cars, making it ideal for a walking tour.

  • New group seeks to run Pennsylvania fun park 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 9:11 am
  • MEADVILLE, Pennsylvania - A reconfigured group of trustees wants a judge to let it oversee a historic 122-year-old amusement park in northwestern Pennsylvania, and let it come up with a plan to pay off more than $750,000 in property taxes and penalties.

  • Del. museum: Art vandalized with stickers 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 8:25 am
  • WILMINGTON, Delaware - The Delaware Museum of Art says a group of visitors recently vandalized paintings and a statue with stickers.

  • Expert: Outsider need for Natchez tourism job 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 8:09 am
  • NATCHEZ, Mississippi - A tourism consultant is telling the city of Natchez to look an objective outsider to take over the local Convention and Visitors Bureau.

  • 2 South Fla. museums awarded Kellogg grants 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 5:35 am
  • MIAMI - Two museums in Miami-Dade County are recipients of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation grants for programs that encourage family engagement in early childhood education.

  • 2 national parks in SD to increase tour fees 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 6:40 pm
  • CUSTER, South Dakota - Visitors will have to pay more to tour the two National Park Service caves in the Black Hills starting April 30.

  • Seabird from Atlantic spotted on Alcatraz 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 2:20 pm
  • ALCATRAZ ISLAND, California - Biologists have flocked to Alcatraz Island to get a glimpse of a seabird that is believed to have never previously visited the waters of the Pacific.

  • Protector of vast African park shot and wounded 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 2:19 pm
  • DAKAR, Senegal - A Belgian royal who, as director of a vast national park in eastern Congo has defended endangered mountain gorillas and other animals from poachers and the forests from illegal logging, was shot and seriously wounded as he drove through the park, officials said Wednesday.

  • Bill Nye says he underestimated debate's impact 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 12:55 pm
  • LOUISVILLE, Kentucky - TV's "Science Guy" Bill Nye said he underestimated the impact of a February debate in Kentucky on evolution and creationism that drew a massive online audience.

  • Homestead monument plans prairie burn 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 12:28 pm
  • BEATRICE, Nebraska - Homestead National Monument of America will conduct a prescribed burn on more than 60 acres of its restored tallgrass prairie in southeast Nebraska.

  • Fingerprint required for Six Flags season tickets 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 11:14 am
  • EUREKA, Missouri - A fingerprint is now required for season pass holders at Six Flags St. Louis.

  • Trial set in proposed tribal national park dispute 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 11:11 am
  • RAPID CITY, South Dakota - A judge has reserved three weeks this summer for trial involving a proposed tribal national park in southwestern South Dakota.

  • Belgian head of Congo's Virunga park shot 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 11:00 am
  • DAKAR, Senegal - The Belgian director of Africa's oldest national park, a reserve in conflict-ridden eastern Congo, has been shot and seriously wounded but his condition is improving, park officials said.

  • Correction: Charleston-World Heritage story 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 10:37 am
  • CHARLESTON, South Carolina - In a story April 7 about Charleston seeking World Heritage status, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Charleston's application must be submitted to the National Park Service by January 2016. That date is only a target for completing the application, not a deadline.

  • Take a stroll in these Istanbul neighborhoods 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 10:08 am
  • ISTANBUL - Istanbul, the noisy metropolis on the Bosporus Strait lauded by many a travel ranking, has much more to offer than grand mosques and bazaars. Away from the din of typical tourist haunts, a walk around the neighborhoods of Karakoy, Balat and Kuzguncuk will peel back the surface to reveal the city's multilayered history, and the lifestyles of those who've lived it.

  • EXCHANGE: Mascoutah exhibit honors Civil War era 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 7:34 am
  • MASCOUTAH, Illinois - One hundred and fifty years after the Mascoutah area sent 464 men to fight in the Civil War, the Mascoutah Heritage Museum has opened an exhibit honoring them and the families, friends and neighbors they left behind.

  • Utah Symphony to play for free in national parks 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 6:13 am
  • SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah Symphony has announced it will play against southern Utah's soaring red rocks and canyons this August.