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  • Park Service celebrates Chaco Canyon

    By Associated Press

    The National Park Service is celebrating Chaco Canyon's designation as an International Dark Sky Park. Published April 24, 2014

  • Saguaro National Park finalizes restoration plan

    By Associated Press

    Officials at Saguaro National Park have finalized a plan that covers the restoration of native vegetation at the southern Arizona park. Published April 24, 2014

  • In Disney's shadow, homeless families struggle

    By MIKE SCHNEIDER - Associated Press

    When they moved from Georgia to the theme park playground of central Florida four years ago, Anthony and Candice Johnson found work at a barbecue restaurant and a 7-Eleven. Their combined salaries nevertheless fell short of what they needed to rent an apartment, so the couple and their two children have instead been hopping among cheap motel rooms along U.S. 192. Published April 24, 2014

  • Big riders mean big horses on Western trails

    By Associated Press

    Wranglers in the West who have for decades cashed in on the allure of getting on a horse and setting out on an open trail say they have had to add bigger horses to their stables to help carry larger tourists over the rugged terrain. Published April 24, 2014

  • Paddleboat tours to feature St. Croix bridge work

    By Associated Press

    Visitors will soon be able to get a close-up look at construction of the new St. Croix Crossing linking Minnesota and Wisconsin. Published April 24, 2014

  • Events set for Jamestown's 407th anniversary

    By Associated Press

    A celebration of the 407th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown, America's first permanent English settlement, is set for May 10. Published April 24, 2014

  • Emmert supports more efficient, effective NCAA

    By MICHAEL MAROT - Associated Press

    Mark Emmert wants the NCAA to fast-track upgrades for college athletes - regardless of whether a player union is pushing for them. Published April 23, 2014

  • Culinary school proposed for former hall of fame

    By Associated Press

    City officials are backing a proposal to transform the former College Football Hall of Fame museum in downtown South Bend into a new culinary education center for Ivy Tech Community College. Published April 23, 2014

  • US investigates immigrant teacher hiring in Texas

    By JAMIE STENGLE - Associated Press

    A North Texas school district that discovered problems in its program to hire international teachers faces a federal investigation and a payout of more than $500,000 to those whose recruitment didn't follow regulations. Published April 23, 2014

  • Tentative deal reached in TSA breast-milk lawsuit

    By TERRY TANG - Associated Press

    A Southern California woman who was held at a Phoenix airport four years ago after refusing to have her breast milk X-rayed said Wednesday she has reached a tentative settlement with the Transportation Security Administration. Published April 23, 2014

  • New Ball State planetarium to open this fall

    By SETH SLABAUGH - Associated Press

    About 1,800 Ball State University students take introductory astronomy courses each year, which is higher than the number taking such classes at Indiana University, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame combined. Published April 23, 2014

  • Horse track warns 2014 racing season could be last

    By BOB SALSBERG - Associated Press

    Suffolk Downs, New England's only thoroughbred facility, warned on Wednesday that the 2014 racing season would likely be the last one at the 79-year-old track unless Mohegan Sun is awarded the sole eastern Massachusetts resort casino license. Published April 23, 2014

  • Forest Services plans fires in Vermont

    By Associated Press

    Green Mountain National Forest is planning fires this spring to treat about 300 to 400 acres of national forest land in Vermont. Published April 23, 2014

  • 5 Milwaukee museums offer free, reduced admission

    By Associated Press

    Five Milwaukee museums are offering free or reduced admission to help promote each other. Published April 23, 2014

  • Deadline focuses field of NY casino contenders

    By DAVID KLEPPER - Associated Press

    The field of contenders vying to build casinos in upstate New York came into focus Wednesday, the deadline for interested parties to submit a $1 million application fee. Published April 23, 2014

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