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In this Sunday, May 24, 2015, photo, tourists enjoy cigars, mojitos and live music at the Bodeguita del Medio Bar, frequented by the late American novelist Ernest Hemingway in Old Havana, Cuba. The thaw in relations between the U.S. and Cuba has led to a dramatic 36 percent increase in visits by Americans to Cuba since January compared to the same period last year, along with a 14 percent rise in arrivals from around the world. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)

Stunning 36 percent rise in U.S. visits to Cuba since January

- Associated Press

The thaw in relations between the U.S. and Cuba has led to a stunning 36 percent increase in visits by Americans to the island, including thousands who are flying into Cuba from third countries like Mexico in order to sidestep U.S. restrictions on tourism.

Visit Cuba, time travel in the Caribbean

Cuba has always been a curious place, a country wrapped in frozen layers of time and on the other end of an icy rift with the United States for more than half a century.

The late senator Howard Baker's mountainn mansion in Tennessee is going up for auction (Furrow Auction)

Howard Baker’s ‘mid-century modern’ mansion goes up for auction in Tennessee, furniture included

- The Washington Times

Up for auction next month: the Tennessee estate of the late Sen. Howard H. Baker Jr., consisting of a 6,175-square-foot main home, plus cottage, guesthouse, pool and more, all on 11 acres in Huntsville. The home is unmistakably “mid-century modern” in style, with grand river and mountain vistas beyond the huge windows, some streamlined expanses of brick and some sumptuous, old school-style drapes of the era. Baker called this splendid property his “center of the universe,” and for good reason.

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Essentials: Pensacola, Florida, offers summer beach fun

- Associated Press

While summer is the traditional slow season for tourist resorts in hot and muggy South Florida, it is peak season 600 miles (965 kilometers) northwest in the beach towns of Florida's Panhandle. From St. George Island in the east to Pensacola Beach in the west, there is plenty to explore in this sometimes-overlooked region.

This Oct. 4, 2014 photo shows the Dubrovnik old town from a hill. Despite surging opposition to pumping crude in the waters of one of Europe's fastest-growing summer travel destinations, the Croatian government is determined to boost the state's poor finances by offering several exploration licenses to foreign energy companies. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

Croatian dilemma: Oil in the Adriatic, or tourism

- Associated Press

Peter Fries has been coming to Croatia for years after falling in love with its pristine coastline, fresh seafood, mellow wine and friendly hosts.

SkyWest flight diverts to Boise for medical emergency

Associated Press

A SkyWest Airlines spokeswoman says a flight from Eugene, Oregon, to Denver that diverted to Boise, Idaho, because of a medical emergency couldn't resume its journey because the plane required an inspection.

Brownback looks at possible worker furloughs amid budget row

- Associated Press

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's office is working to determine when it would have to inform state workers they would be furloughed if a budget is not passed on time, the governor's spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Third grade field trip canceled after legal threats

Associated Press

Third-graders in eastern Montana were unable to go on a field trip to a local creationist museum after an advocacy group called the event a violation of the constitutional separation of church and state.

AP-MT--Montana News Coverage Advisory at 9:30 am, MT

Associated Press

Good morning! Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up in Montana. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Helena bureau at 800-221-0094 or apmontana@ap.org. News Editor Jim Anderson can be reached at 303-825-0123 or janderson@ap.org.