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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.

In September, an array of tall ships and Navy gray hulls will be on display to celebrate the bicentennial of "The Star Spangled Banner." If you're anxious, though, the Pride of Baltimore II, a reproduction privateer from the War of 1812 era, is visiting the Washington Navy Yard next to the destroyer USS Barry. The Pride display is open until Aug. 25. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Visit Baltimore for a Star-Spangled celebration

Tall ships, Navy gray hulls and the high-flying Blue Angels will come to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor to commemorate the birthplace and bicentennial of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

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In this Aug. 21, 2014 photo, vacationer Jane Haggerty, of Boston, Mass., and home renter John Kelly, of Bend, sit on the dock behind Kelly's vacation home along the Deschutes River in Bend, Ore. The City Council is expected to begin a discussion of vacation rentals and whether to regulate them at a Sept. 17 meeting, and city employees are gathering information such as whether vacation rentals had code violations or other problems to present at the meeting. (AP Photo/The Bulletin, Joe Kline)

Bend wades into vacation rental home issues

- Associated Press

If you want to see how the increase in vacation rental homes has impacted parts of Bend, NW Riverfront Street is a good place to do so.

Fort Larned celebrates 50th anniversary as park

Associated Press

The Fort Larned National Historic Site about 130 miles northwest of Wichita is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the day President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a proclamation making the fort a national park.

FILE - This Friday Oct. 6, 2006, file photo, shows members of the military race down the Gauley River during the sixth annual Wilderness Challenge adventure race in Summersville, W.Va.  West Virginia whitewater industry official blames chemical spill in part for drop in bookings. (AP Photo/Jeff Gentner)

W.Va. tourism looks ahead after chemical spill

- Associated Press

A roller coaster of rapids will await thrill-seekers for the start of the Gauley River whitewater season as southern West Virginia businesses anticipate an influx of visitors to finish out a tourism season that for a time simmered in the stigma of a chemical spill in Charleston.

Court agrees to review Alaska Roadless Rule case

- Associated Press

A full federal appeals court will review the decision allowing Alaska's Tongass National Forest to be exempt from federal restrictions on road-building and timber harvests in "roadless" areas."

In or out of spotlight, Guadagno's job is the same

- Associated Press

For at least 60 days this year - and for much of next week, when her boss is in Mexico with a state delegation - Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno has had the chance to step up from being Governor Christie's loyal lieutenant to being governor herself.

Mike Yochim, 47, a National Parks Service planner, left, helps his friend Eric Compas decide on the meals to carry for a canoe trip on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2014, in Gardiner, Mont. Yochim was diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in September 2013 and will be joined by three of his closest friends for one last wilderness trip around Yellowstone Lake. (AP Photo/Bozeman Daily Chronicle, Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez)

Once more into the wild

- Associated Press

Mike Yochim asked for help up from a blue chair in his living room with windows overlooking a cloud-covered Electric Peak.

Reynolda House exhibit takes note of chairs

- Associated Press

They are all around us, and, at some point, somebody somewhere designed the chair that you're sitting in - though if it's not very comfortable you may question their design qualifications.

AP-HI--Hawaii News Coverage,ADVISORY, HI

Associated Press

Good morning! Here are AP's general news coverage plans for Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in Hawaii. If you have a news tip or questions about the report, please call Hawaii News Editor Oskar Garcia at 808-536-5510. As a reminder, this information is not for publication or broadcast and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are HST unless otherwise noted. Some broadcast members may receive shorter versions of stories.

AAA forecasts more Labor Day travel by Ohioans

Associated Press

Auto club AAA says travel nationally and by Ohioans is expected to increase slightly this year during the five-day Labor Day period as consumer spending continues to rise.