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Puerto Rico governor’s mansion to feature original color

Nov. 22, 2019 5:22 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Crews are painting the historic governor’s mansion in Puerto Rico’s capital to match its original color from the 16th century. Officials said Friday that 130 coats of paint were extracted from the mansion’s walls during a 2015 project to identify the...

Young Venetians volunteer after flood of their lifetimes

Nov. 16, 2019 1:35 PM EST

VENICE, Italy (AP) — As soon as waters receded from this week’s devastating flood, about 50 young Venetians wearing rubber boots and gripped by a sense of determination showed up at the city’s Music Conservatory to help save precious manuscripts. Thanks to their work, some 50 linear meters of...

Historic flooding highlights Venice’s vulnerability

Nov. 15, 2019 4:47 PM EST

VENICE, Italy (AP) — The historic lagoon city of Venice exists on the edge of a double threat: As it sinks, the seas rise. That reality became more stark this week when Venice was hit with its worst flood in over 50 years, caused by a nearly 1.9 meter (6-foot) tide that sent waist-high water flowing...

Paella for one: Barcelona dazzles when you're traveling solo

Nov. 12, 2019 10:49 AM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — They were on girls' trips, guys' trips, family vacations and honeymoons. They were on the train, sharing massive platters of seafood paella and packed into Anton Gaudí's mind-bending architectural jewels. And then there was me. The solo female traveler in Barcelona. If you're...

Firefighters seek hot spots at historic inn struck by fire

Nov. 2, 2019 2:27 PM EDT

POCONO MANOR, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say firefighters are still looking for hot spots at a wind-whipped fire that has destroyed much of a century-old Poconos resort. No injuries were reported in the blaze reported at 6 a.m. Friday at the Pocono Manor Resort, which is on the National Register of Historic...

Fire whips through historic Poconos resort; guests evacuate

Nov. 1, 2019 5:39 PM EDT

POCONO MANOR, Pa. (AP) — A wind-whipped fire has destroyed much of a century-old Poconos resort that's on the National Register of Historic Places. General Manager Don Snyder calls the damage Friday to the Pocono Manor Resort "heartbreaking." No injuries have been reported in the 6 a.m. blaze, which burned...

Investigators inspect ruined Okinawan castle for fire cause

Nov. 1, 2019 10:14 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Fire and police investigators inspected the burned-out ruins of Shuri Castle on Okinawa on Friday to determine the cause of the fire that nearly destroyed the symbol of the Japanese island's cultural heritage and history of struggle. The fire Thursday burned down the three main halls and four...

Fire nearly destroys historic Japanese castle

Oct. 31, 2019 10:09 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A fire broke out early Thursday and spread quickly through historic Shuri Castle on Japan's southern island of Okinawa, nearly destroying the UNESCO World Heritage site. Firefighters battled the blaze for about 12 hours before bringing it under control in the afternoon. The fire in Naha, the...

Australia's iconic rock Uluru scaled by final climbers

Oct. 25, 2019 10:51 AM EDT

ULURU, Australia (AP) — Nature seemed to be siding with indigenous Australians' demand for Uluru to be respected as a sacred site on Friday when high winds threatened to prematurely end the generations-old tradition of climbing the sandstone monolith. Rangers warned hundreds of anxious tourists who...

The Latest: Trump congratulates Japanese Emperor Naruhito

Oct. 22, 2019 11:17 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on Japanese Emperor Naruhito's enthronement ceremony (all times local): 12:15 a.m. Wednesday President Donald Trump has congratulated Japanese Emperor Naruhito on his enthronement. The White House said in a statement that the president and first lady Melania Trump offer their...