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2 Australians and a Filipina killed in Philippine hotel, officials say

Jul. 11, 2024 13:04 PM EDT

TAGAYTAY, Philippines (AP) — Two Australian nationals and their Filipina companion were killed in a hotel in a popular resort city south of the Philippine capital and police were trying to identify and track down the suspects, officials said Thursday. A hotel worker found the...

Delta and an airline that doesn't fly yet say they'll run flights between the US and Saudi Arabia

Jul. 09, 2024 13:47 PM EDT

Delta Air Lines said Tuesday it has entered into a partnership with startup Riyadh Air with the goal of operating flights between the United States and Saudi Arabia. Riyadh Air, which plans to begin passenger flights next summer, is backed by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign-wealth fund...

As ecotourism grows in Maine, so does the desire to maintain Downeast’s wild character

Jul. 08, 2024 15:07 PM EDT

The roar of summer traffic on Route 1 as it zooms over the Pleasant River bridge in Columbia drowns out the burbling water below. The slip of river meandering under the road is easy to miss. Even less visible is the Pleasant River Fish and Game Conservation Association, tucked among...

An Alaska tourist spot will vote whether to ban cruise ships on Saturdays to give locals a break

Jul. 07, 2024 07:53 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Each year, a crush of tourists arrives in Alaska’s capital city on cruise ships to see wonders like the fast-diminishing Mendenhall Glacier. Now, long-simmering tensions over Juneau’s tourism boom are coming to a head over a new voter initiative aimed at giving residents...

Soft-serve survivors: How Zesto endured in Nebraska after its ice-cream empire melted

Jun. 28, 2024 11:46 AM EDT

On the hottest day of July 1948 in Norfolk, a second-page ad in the local newspaper presented readers with a flavorful way to cool off. The recently opened Baldridge Zesto Shoppe touted its “new and different … high quality dairy product” that contained 6% butterfat but was...

Water-rich Gila River tribe near Phoenix flexes its political muscles in a drying West

Jun. 26, 2024 09:38 AM EDT

SACATON, Arizona (AP) — Stephen Roe Lewis grew up seeing stacks of legal briefs at the dinner table — often, about his tribe's water. His father, the late Rodney Lewis, was general counsel for the Gila River Indian Community and fought for the tribe's rights to water in the...

The Lahaina fire worsened Maui's housing shortage. Now officials eye limiting tourist Airbnb rentals

Jun. 25, 2024 12:56 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Alicia Humiston bought her condo in Lahaina after she visited Maui and fell for its rainforests, lava fields and the whales that gather offshore. She travels there about three times a year and rents out her unit for short periods when she's not in Hawaii. “Maui...

Illinois may soon return land the US stole from a Prairie Band Potawatomi chief 175 years ago

Jun. 23, 2024 00:18 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Some 175 years after the U.S. government stole land from the chief of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation while he was away visiting relatives, Illinois may soon return it to the tribe. Nothing ever changed the 1829 treaty that Chief Shab-eh-nay signed with...

AmEx buys dining reservation company Tock from Squarespace for $400M

Jun. 21, 2024 10:32 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — American Express will acquire the dining reservation and event management platform Tock from Squarespace for $400 million cash. AmEx began making acquisitions in the dining and event space with its purchase of Resy five years ago, giving cardmembers access to...

Expanded Kentucky Bourbon Trail to feature both age-old distilleries and relative newcomers

Jun. 20, 2024 17:22 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Bourbon Trail is maturing, like the fine whiskeys it showcases. A new-look Bourbon Trail unveiled Thursday will lead visitors to large and small distilleries alike, linking relative newcomers and age-old brands in a collective strategy to build...