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Technology elevates new theme park experiences in Orlando

Wed, 24 May 2017 13:17:01 GMT2017-05-24T13:17:01Z

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- For more than a moment, you feel the way "Avatar" hero Jake Sully felt plunging down the side of a floating mountain and coming just close enough to a giant wave to feel the mist on your face - all while on the back of a flying banshee that then swoons and soars high above the land of Pandora....



Fire 50 percent contained at Washington state tourism spot

Thu, 25 May 2017 01:01:25 GMT2017-05-25T01:01:25Z

LEAVENWORTH, Wash. (AP) -- A wildfire that started at an old log-storage site and prompted evacuation orders for 168 homes and cabins at a popular Washington state hiking and skiing destination was 50 percent contained Wednesday afternoon, officials said....



Landslide on California highway part of $1 billion in damage

Wed, 24 May 2017 02:25:14 GMT2017-05-24T02:25:14Z

A massive landslide that went into the Pacific Ocean is the latest natural disaster to hit a California community that relies heavily on an iconic coastal highway and tourism to survive, and it adds to a record $1 billion in highway damage from one of the state's wettest winters in decades....



Ben Franklin's cracked gravestone repaired in Philadelphia

Tue, 23 May 2017 13:19:09 GMT2017-05-23T13:19:09Z

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Repairs are complete on Benjamin Franklin's damaged gravestone in Philadelphia....



Hemingway house changes hands, still off limits to public

Tue, 23 May 2017 22:02:32 GMT2017-05-23T22:02:32Z

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Ownership of the Idaho house where Ernest Hemingway wrote some of his last works before killing himself in the main entryway in 1961 has changed hands but will stay off limits to the public....



Losing their kicks? Funds for Route 66 towns may be at risk

Tue, 23 May 2017 23:09:39 GMT2017-05-23T23:09:39Z

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Route 66, the historic American roadway that linked Chicago to the West Coast, soon may be dropped from a National Park Service preservation program, which would end years of efforts aimed at reviving old tourist spots in struggling towns....