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Tourists rest on the Black Sea beach in Yalta, Crimea. Last year the peninsula saw 5.9 million tourists. This summer only about 300,000 visited. (Associated Press)

Tourism suffers in Crimea as Ukraine shuns breakaway region

International cruise lines have stopped docking at Yalta, and Ukrainians have boycotted the peninsula’s once-popular Black Sea beaches. But ferry dockworker Andrey Shpachenko has been doing well despite the poor tourist season.

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Norwich U museum affiliated with Smithsonian

Associated Press

Officials at Norwich University say a museum on its Northfield campus has been designated the first and only Smithsonian Affiliate in the state of Vermont.

Jeffrey Fowle, an American detained in North Korea, speaks to the Associated Press, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea has given foreign media access to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and watched by officials as they spoke, called for Washington to send a representative to negotiate for their freedom. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

Americans detained in North Korea call for US help

- Associated Press

North Korea gave foreign media access on Monday to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and - watched by officials as they spoke - called for Washington to send a high-ranking representative to negotiate for their freedom.

9 African wrestlers barred from worlds

Associated Press

The governing body of wrestling says nine athletes cannot compete at the upcoming world championships because of travel restrictions imposed since the Ebola virus outbreak in west Africa.

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via the Las Vegas Review-Journal shows two Devil's Hole pupfish in a cave at Death Valley National Park in Nevada, northwest of Las Vegas near Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. For 10,000 years, a tiny iridescent blue fish has lived in the depths of a cavern in Nevada's desert, but a new study says climate change and warming waters, and its lack of mobility are threatening the pupfish and decreasing its numbers. (AP Photo/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Tom Baugh, File) LOCAL TV OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT; LAS VEGAS SUN OUT

Climate study yields bad news for tiny desert fish

- Associated Press

For 10,000 years, a tiny iridescent blue fish has lived in the depths of a cavern in Nevada's desert. But a new study says climate change and warming waters - and its lack of mobility - are threatening its existence and decreasing its numbers.

Austin airport to feature new art project

Associated Press

A $1.66 million art project consisting of several hundred geometric sculptures along a walkway will open at the Austin airport in fall 2015.

British police officers stand guard outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014.  Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron is expected on Monday to expand powers to combat terrorism in hopes of preventing attacks by Islamist militants returning from terror training in the Middle East.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

UK: Passports could be seized to fight terrorism

- Associated Press

Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday proposed new laws that would give police the power to seize the passports of Britons suspected of having traveled abroad to fight with terrorist groups.

Vermont history group buys home for museum

Associated Press

A group working to build a museum and history center in St. Johnsbury has a home, and portions of the St. Johnsbury History and Heritage Center museum that will display local artifacts could be open by the end of the year, officials said.

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Company plans entertainment resort near Ga. coast

- Associated Press

The Kingsland City Council recently approved an agreement that could lead to the groundbreaking of a $350 million, 495-acre amusement resort on Interstate 95 in the spring of 2015.

Scale will matter for success of New York casinos

- Associated Press

Racino revenue is down. Casinos are closing in Atlantic City, while new ones are opening in Maryland and Massachusetts. Yet New York is just now getting into the game, with more than a dozen groups lining up to open upstate casinos.