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Frankfurt flights briefly suspended over drone sightings

BERLIN (AP) - Flights to and from Frankfurt Airport have been interrupted briefly after two drones were seen in the area. The news agency dpa reported that operator Fraport said takeoffs and landings at Germany's busiest airport were suspended as a precautio
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Frankfurt flights briefly suspended over drone sightings

BERLIN (AP) - Flights to and from Frankfurt Airport have been interrupted briefly after two drones were seen in the area. The news agency dpa reported that operator Fraport said takeoffs and landings at Germany's busiest airport were suspended as a precaution for 29 minutes late Friday afternoon. They resumed ...

EXCHANGE: Illinois State Museum recovering after budget woes

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois State Museum has been re-accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, despite being put on probation by the organization during the state's budget impasse. Robert Sill, interim director of the Illinois State Museum, sa
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EXCHANGE: Illinois State Museum recovering after budget woes

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The Illinois State Museum has been re-accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, despite being put on probation by the organization during the state's budget impasse. Robert Sill, interim director of the Illinois State Museum, said reopening the museum and working toward accreditation has been a ...

Belgian carnival may lose UN recognition amid anti-Semitism

PARIS (AP) - The U.N.'s cultural agency is considering possibly removing the recognition of a Belgium carnival as intangible cultural heritage following accusations of anti-Semitism during a parade. UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay say Friday it's the a
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Belgian carnival may lose UN recognition amid anti-Semitism

PARIS (AP) - The U.N.'s cultural agency is considering possibly removing the recognition of a Belgium carnival as intangible cultural heritage following accusations of anti-Semitism during a parade. UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay say Friday it's the agency's duty «to be vigilant and uncompromising regarding such occurrences» at the Aalst Carnival. ...

Mother Russia: South Florida sees a boom in 'birth tourism'

MIAMI (AP) - Every year, hundreds of pregnant Russian women travel to the United States to give birth so that their child can acquire all the privileges of American citizenship. They pay anywhere from $20,000 to sometimes more than $50,000 to brokers who arra
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Mother Russia: South Florida sees a boom in 'birth tourism'

MIAMI (AP) - Every year, hundreds of pregnant Russian women travel to the United States to give birth so that their child can acquire all the privileges of American citizenship. They pay anywhere from $20,000 to sometimes more than $50,000 to brokers who arrange their travel documents, accommodations and hospital ...

Last grants coming for endangered Route 66 program

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Final grant season for an endangered federal program that's helped preserve the historic Route 66 Highway for two decades is ending next month. The Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program is accepting grant applications until April 12
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Last grants coming for endangered Route 66 program

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Final grant season for an endangered federal program that's helped preserve the historic Route 66 Highway for two decades is ending next month. The Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program is accepting grant applications until April 12 and it's not clear if Congress will continue the project. ...

Report: Colorado drought conditions dramatically reduced

DENVER (AP) - A national report monitoring drought conditions says much of Colorado has emerged from months of dry conditions. The Colorado Sun reports that the U.S. Drought Monitor report released Thursday says only about 46 percent of Colorado is now liste
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Report: Colorado drought conditions dramatically reduced

DENVER (AP) - A national report monitoring drought conditions says much of Colorado has emerged from months of dry conditions. The Colorado Sun reports that the U.S. Drought Monitor report released Thursday says only about 46 percent of Colorado is now listed in some kind of drought status, down from ...

Hungry wolves may get new home at Isle Royale National Park

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - Authorities are preparing for another mission to relocate gray wolves to Isle Royale National Park from a second Lake Superior island, where the predators are in danger of starvation after gobbling up a caribou herd. The National P
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Hungry wolves may get new home at Isle Royale National Park

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - Authorities are preparing for another mission to relocate gray wolves to Isle Royale National Park from a second Lake Superior island, where the predators are in danger of starvation after gobbling up a caribou herd. The National Park Service is winding up the first phase ...

American skier, 20, dies in fall from cliff in Swiss Alps

GENEVA (AP) - Police in southwestern Switzerland say a 20-year-old American who was skiing off-piste has died after falling dozens of meters off a rocky cliff. The Wallis regional police force said prosecutors were investigating Thursday after the man's body
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American skier, 20, dies in fall from cliff in Swiss Alps

GENEVA (AP) - Police in southwestern Switzerland say a 20-year-old American who was skiing off-piste has died after falling dozens of meters off a rocky cliff. The Wallis regional police force said prosecutors were investigating Thursday after the man's body was found in backcountry terrain near the 4 Vallees ski ...

Tribes push to protect sacred New Mexico site from drilling

ACOMA PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) - Native American leaders are banding together to pressure U.S. officials to ban oil and gas exploration around a sacred tribal site that features massive stone structures and other remnants of an ancient civilization but are facing th
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Tribes push to protect sacred New Mexico site from drilling

ACOMA PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) - Native American leaders are banding together to pressure U.S. officials to ban oil and gas exploration around a sacred tribal site that features massive stone structures and other remnants of an ancient civilization but are facing the Trump administration's pro-drilling stance. Creating a formal buffer ...

California city to shut car access to 'super bloom' area

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California city overwhelmed by throngs of visitors seeking out a rare wildflower bloom says it has a parking plan. Lake Elsinore police chief Michael Lujan said Thursday that weekend visitors will no longer be allowed t
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California city to shut car access to 'super bloom' area

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California city overwhelmed by throngs of visitors seeking out a rare wildflower bloom says it has a parking plan. Lake Elsinore police chief Michael Lujan said Thursday that weekend visitors will no longer be allowed to park on streets by a popular trail ...

Teen pleads guilty to Denver Art Museum damage

DENVER (AP) - A teenager has pleaded guilty to criminal mischief for damaging nearly $100,000 worth of art at the Denver Art Museum. The district attorney's office says Jake Siebenlist, of Monument, will repay the museum for the destroyed and damaged artwork
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Teen pleads guilty to Denver Art Museum damage

DENVER (AP) - A teenager has pleaded guilty to criminal mischief for damaging nearly $100,000 worth of art at the Denver Art Museum. The district attorney's office says Jake Siebenlist, of Monument, will repay the museum for the destroyed and damaged artwork as part of the plea agreement he reached ...

Feds seek return of 'Amorous Couple' art looted by Nazis

NEW YORK (AP) - The U.S. government says it wants to return a painting to its true owner that was looted from a museum in Nazi-controlled Ukraine near World War II's end. Manhattan prosecutors said Thursday that «An Amorous Couple,» by Pierre Loui
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Feds seek return of 'Amorous Couple' art looted by Nazis

NEW YORK (AP) - The U.S. government says it wants to return a painting to its true owner that was looted from a museum in Nazi-controlled Ukraine near World War II's end. Manhattan prosecutors said Thursday that «An Amorous Couple,» by Pierre Louis Goudreaux, was stolen from the Bohdan and ...

Interior boss order aims to protect US public land access

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Acting U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt is ordering federal land managers to give more consideration to public access concerns when selling or trading public land. Thursday's secretarial order comes amid longstanding complaints t
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Interior boss order aims to protect US public land access

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Acting U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt is ordering federal land managers to give more consideration to public access concerns when selling or trading public land. Thursday's secretarial order comes amid longstanding complaints that millions of acres of state and federal land in the American West can ...

Donny and Marie Osmond announce end of Las Vegas residency

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Donny and Marie Osmond say they will end their Las Vegas show later this year, concluding an 11-year run on the Strip. The brother-sister duo made the announcement during an appearance on «Good Morning America» on Thursday. Their
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Donny and Marie Osmond announce end of Las Vegas residency

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Donny and Marie Osmond say they will end their Las Vegas show later this year, concluding an 11-year run on the Strip. The brother-sister duo made the announcement during an appearance on «Good Morning America» on Thursday. Their final performance at the Flamingo Las Vegas is ...

Beer, wine sales approved for historic Idaho theaters

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Legislation to allow Idaho theaters on the National Register of Historic Places to obtain licenses to sell beer and wine has been signed into law by Gov. Brad Little. The Republican Little last week signed the legislation that applies to
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Beer, wine sales approved for historic Idaho theaters

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Legislation to allow Idaho theaters on the National Register of Historic Places to obtain licenses to sell beer and wine has been signed into law by Gov. Brad Little. The Republican Little last week signed the legislation that applies to a handful of theaters built before ...

Spring looks a lot like winter in Southern California

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The calendar says spring but a winter weather advisory remains in effect for Southern California mountains. Snow continues to fall in the mountains Thursday and rain showers are falling elsewhere as a surprisingly vigorous system affects th
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Spring looks a lot like winter in Southern California

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The calendar says spring but a winter weather advisory remains in effect for Southern California mountains. Snow continues to fall in the mountains Thursday and rain showers are falling elsewhere as a surprisingly vigorous system affects the region. Winter ended Wednesday afternoon but a storm brought ...

Squabble over airport's name heads to court in Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Apparently, this region ain't big enough for two airports with the name «Orlando.» The authority that governs Orlando International Airport has sued the authority for the much smaller Orlando Melbourne International Airport o
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Squabble over airport's name heads to court in Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Apparently, this region ain't big enough for two airports with the name «Orlando.» The authority that governs Orlando International Airport has sued the authority for the much smaller Orlando Melbourne International Airport on Florida's Space Coast, claiming its name is misleading passengers into believing they're going ...

Germany: Michael Jackson exhibit opening amid revived claims

BONN, Germany (AP) - An exhibition of art about Michael Jackson is opening in Germany amid fresh controversy over the singer's alleged abuse of children. Curator Nicholas Cullinan said Thursday the show at Bonn's Bundeskunsthalle was conceived long before th
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Germany: Michael Jackson exhibit opening amid revived claims

BONN, Germany (AP) - An exhibition of art about Michael Jackson is opening in Germany amid fresh controversy over the singer's alleged abuse of children. Curator Nicholas Cullinan said Thursday the show at Bonn's Bundeskunsthalle was conceived long before the recent broadcast of HBO documentary «Leaving Neverland ,» which details ...

German whiskey booming as micro distilleries keep popping up

SCHLEPZIG, Germany (AP) - Bastian Heuser swirls the snifter of deep amber whiskey before taking a sip, noting its sweet caramel flavor that soon opens up with hints of spices, nuts and dried fruits. It's not a single malt from a verdant Scottish glen, nor a s
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German whiskey booming as micro distilleries keep popping up

SCHLEPZIG, Germany (AP) - Bastian Heuser swirls the snifter of deep amber whiskey before taking a sip, noting its sweet caramel flavor that soon opens up with hints of spices, nuts and dried fruits. It's not a single malt from a verdant Scottish glen, nor a sour mash bourbon from ...

Iditarod champion given a hero's welcome in Alaska hometown

BETHEL, Alaska (AP) - A city in southwest Alaska has hosted a hero's welcome for the homegrown winner of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. KYUK reported Tuesday that 2019 champion musher Pete Kaiser was met by a crowd at the airport in his hometown of Bethel
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Iditarod champion given a hero's welcome in Alaska hometown

BETHEL, Alaska (AP) - A city in southwest Alaska has hosted a hero's welcome for the homegrown winner of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. KYUK reported Tuesday that 2019 champion musher Pete Kaiser was met by a crowd at the airport in his hometown of Bethel Monday night. The ...

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