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AP PHOTOS: Tibet tourism boom pressures historic sites

Jun. 20, 2021 00:29 AM EDT

LHASA, China (AP) — Tourism is booming in Tibet as more Chinese travel in-country because of the coronavirus pandemic, posing risks to the region’s fragile environment and historic sites. The number of visitors is limited to 5,000 per day at the Potala Palace, the...

Vietnam medical battalion vets get flight on Huey helicopter

Jun. 20, 2021 00:19 AM EDT

BUNKER HILL, Ind. (AP) — Maurice “Corky” Walsh stepped off the Huey helicopter and onto the tarmac at Grissom Air Reserve Base as the deep thumping of the blades subsided. The 75-year-old Vietnam veteran was grinning ear to ear. “That’s the sound we heard 365...

Vacationing kids cited for dragging Florida gator with noose

Jun. 19, 2021 16:30 PM EDT

PORT ST. JOHN, Fla. (AP) — Three California children got in trouble after catching an alligator by its neck and dragging it to shore while vacationing near a Florida lake. Authorities said the children hooked a noose around the gator at Fay Lake Wilderness Park in Port...

Chicago boy, 7, honored for helping save his mother's life

Jun. 19, 2021 16:29 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A 7-year-old Chicago boy has been honored and showered with gifts for helping save his mother by calling 911 and calmly providing information on her condition as she was suffering a seizure. Daniel Armani and his family got a tour Friday of the Engine 16...

A trip down one of Montana's great rivers -- the Mighty Mo'

Jun. 19, 2021 12:14 PM EDT

COAL BANKS LANDING, Mont. (AP) — “Ju-dith Lan-ding,” followed by a rhythmic five-beat clap, rung through miles of cliffs as 14 people set out from Coal Banks Landing on Memorial Day weekend. The phrase, a popular one among this group of friends and fellow travelers,...

Town that was a center of slave trade unveiling marker

Jun. 19, 2021 11:37 AM EDT

BRISTOL, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island town that was a center of the transatlantic slave trade is commemorating Juneteenth by unveiling a new marker recognizing its role in slavery. Officials on Saturday were placing the first of two planned slavery markers in town at the...

Summer tourism influx at Georgia beach means more citations

Jun. 19, 2021 10:55 AM EDT

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — More summer visitors are flocking to Georgia’s largest public beach, and that means local officials are writing more tickets for rule violations. Police on Tybee Island in recent months have been reporting high numbers of citations for beach...

New Lincoln Museum podcast explores Illinois music legends

Jun. 19, 2021 09:33 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A new podcast from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum features conversations about legendary Illinois musicians and bands, sometimes with the performers themselves. The State of Sound podcast is a...

Get outside -- adventure awaits in PA lakes, forests, parks

Jun. 19, 2021 03:11 AM EDT

YORK, Pa. (AP) — Just look at Pennsylvania’s numbers: 2.2 million acres of forestland; 140 state and national parks; home to part of the Appalachian Trail; and 2,500 lakes (including a Great Lake, by the way). And most of it is free. ...

Girl attacked by bear in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Jun. 18, 2021 18:06 PM EDT

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — A 16-year-old girl was attacked by a bear Friday in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, officials said. The bear attacked while the girl was sleeping in a hammock at about 12:30 a.m., and National Park Service officials said her family was able...