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  • Floodwaters deepen in Houston after city gets more rain

    HOUSTON (AP) — Floodwaters deepened across much of Texas on Tuesday as storms dumped almost a foot more of rain on the Houston area, stranding hundreds of motorists and inundating the famously congested highways that…

  • Texas flooding overwhelms popular bed-and-breakfast region

    WIMBERLEY, Texas (AP) — The vacation house where two families were to spend Memorial Day weekend was already gone, swept down the swollen Blanco River, when Carissa Smith’s husband arrived. All he found was a…

  • Amtrak to install long-sought cameras in locomotives

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Amtrak said Tuesday it will install video cameras inside locomotive cabs to record the actions of train engineers, a move that follows a deadly derailment earlier this month in which investigators are…

  • River rafters discover wreckage of aircraft in Grand Canyon

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A group of river rafters in search of old mining equipment on a hike at the Grand Canyon came across something unexpected during a recent trip: the wreckage of a small…

  • US returns 25 looted artifacts to Italy

    ROME (AP) — The United States has returned 25 artifacts that were looted from Italy, including Etruscan vases, 1st-century frescoes and precious books that had made their way into top-notch U.S. museum, university and private…

  • Brazil leads way in Latin America in taking Syrian refugees

    SAO PAULO (AP) — The comfortable life Muna Hassan Derweech and her family enjoyed in the Syrian port city of Latakia collapsed in 2013 amid civil war. Now, she, her husband and their four children…

  • For an IS fighter, a paid honeymoon in caliphate’s heart

    BEIRUT (AP) — The honeymoon was a brief moment for love, away from the front lines of Syria’s war. In the capital of the Islamic State group’s self-proclaimed “caliphate,” Syrian fighter Abu Bilal al-Homsi was…

  • Reindeer and northern lights on summer hike in Arctic Circle

    ABISKO, Sweden (AP) — A multi-day hike above the Arctic Circle is no place for an iPhone to die. “There goes my camera,” I thought, and yet the loss was freeing. I was out of…

  • Wyoming tourism director foresees good summer season

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Lower gas prices and other indicators point to plenty of out-of-state visitors coming to Wyoming to enjoy national parks and other attractions this summer, tourism officials say. Gas prices are about…

  • Trump Organization opens 10-room B&B at Virginia mansion

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A Virginia bed-and-breakfast owned by the Trump Organization has opened its doors to the public. The Daily Progress reports (http://bit.ly/1cfMKBk ) that the 26,000-square-foot Trump Albemarle Estate in Charlottesville recently opened…

  • Trump opens 10-room B&B on Charlottesville mansion

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A Charlottesville bed-and-breakfast owned by the Trump Organization has opened its doors to the public. The Daily Progress reports (http://bit.ly/1cfMKBk ) the 26,000-square-foot Trump Albemarle Estate recently opened 10 rooms to…

  • How to road trip for less

    Following all the May graduations, many families and recent grads take advantage of their freedom and hit the road for a vacation. Oftentimes it’s a matter of cost — it can be more cost-effective to…

  • How to take a frugal camping vacation

    One of the best ways to explore new areas of the country and soak up the sun in the great outdoors is camping. One summer, I was working for a company that traveled to a…

  • Channeling Batman, Versailles: Macau’s new wave of resorts

    MACAU (AP) — Macau is doubling down even as the odds change. The world’s casino capital this week welcomes the first of a new wave of lavish casino resorts for its up-and-coming Cotai Peninsula. It’s…

  • Americans find ways to visit Cuba despite tourism ban

    HAVANA (AP) — “Is travel to Cuba for tourist activities permitted? No.” That’s what the U.S. Treasury Department website says. And yet Havana is loaded with Americans, from the Floridita bar, where they pose for…