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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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In this undated photo provided by RiverQuest, tree swallows fill the sky over the Connecticut River near Haddam, Conn. RiverQuest runs boat tours to see the autumn ritual that draws thousands of birds to the river nightly from late August to early October. (AP Photo/RiverQuest, Mark Yuknat)

Autumn on the Connecticut River with the swallows

- Associated Press

The first swallows appear at sunset, inky flecks in a dusky pink sky. A cloud of birds forms, then another and another. Soon the entire sky is teeming with tree swallows - hundreds of thousands of them - swooping and swirling and shimmying in a dazzling aerial ballet that paints the sky black.

Passenger pigeons died out 100 years ago

- Associated Press

Its features don't stand out and it may not appear as impressive as some of the other hundreds of mounted birds on display at the Everhart Museum in Scranton.

More speeders cited by police on Labor Day weekend

Associated Press

Connecticut State Police say speeding and other poor driving jumped during the Labor Day weekend over last year though arrests for drunken driving and citations for failing to wear seat belts dropped.

Medford hunter's collection to be auctioned

- Associated Press

In 1997, Medford hunter and philanthropist Art Dubs commissioned an artist to paint a 6-foot-tall likeness of Nez Perce leader Chief Joseph, with the intent that the likeness would hang in the rotunda of a museum he planned to build to display his hunting trophies.

Della's Kitchen at Delano Las Vegas hotel in Las Vegas is seen during a tour Friday, Aug. 29, 2014.  The hotel scheduled its official reopening for Tuesday, Sept. 2 . after an $80 million renovation of the rooms and lobby. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, Erik Verduzco) LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT; LAS VEGAS SUN OUT

THEhotel in Vegas switches to new name Delano

- Associated Press

Officials cut the ribbon Tuesday on the South Beach-inspired Delano Las Vegas, the renamed and renovated property on the campus of Mandalay Bay that was previously known as THEhotel.

Upgrades at abolitionist's home could boost town

Associated Press

Residents of an eastern Indiana town hope the community will get a boost from construction of a planned visitor center at an 19th century's abolitionist's home that was a stop on the Underground Railroad for escaped slaves.

Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto gives his second state-of-the-nation address inside the National Palace in Mexico City, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014.  (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

Mexico plans $9.2B airport project for capital

- Associated Press

President Enrique Pena Nieto announced the construction of a new international airport for Mexico City on Tuesday, saying it will quadruple the capacity of the current one.

Ivory Coast will allow Sierra Leone team in

- Associated Press

The Ivory Coast government decided late Monday to allow Sierra Leone's team to enter the country, giving the go-ahead for an African Cup qualifier after fears over Ebola put the game and Ivory Coast's place in the tournament in doubt.

Hoosier National Forest offers celebration

Associated Press

Visitors to the Hoosier National Forest can take a hike or watch a Dutch oven cook at a celebration scheduled later this month in southern Indiana.

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.

US rejects Norwegian Air bid for US-Europe flights

- Associated Press

In a case that has labor and trade policy implications, the Obama administration on Tuesday rejected a request that would have immediately permitted a low-cost air carrier to begin flights between the U.S. and Europe while the government is still reviewing its application for new service.