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  • Americans losing billions by taking less vacation time: survey

    Tourists take photographs during their visit on the Acropolis hill on the eve of the World Tourism Day in AthensWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Americans took the least amount of vacation time in almost four decades last year, forfeiting billions of dollars in compensation without scoring points with their bosses, according to an industry group analysis released on Tuesday. The report for the U.S. Travel Association said the average American with paid time off... [read full article]

  • North Dakota reaches deal to keep dinosaur mummy
  • Newborn killer whale, first born since 2012, presumed dead in Washington
    By Victoria Cavaliere SEATTLE (Reuters) - The first calf born in two years to an endangered killer whale population off the coast of the Pacific Northwest has been declared missing and presumed dead just weeks after its birth, experts said on Tuesday. The mother of the baby orca was seen for three days in a row swimming in the waters off Washington state without her calf at her side, a sign it was dead, said Howard Garrett, co-director of the Washington-based Orca Network. "For the first two years, a calf is glued to its mother's side. ...
  • N. America treated to partial solar eclipse Thurs.
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — North Americans, get set for the fourth and final eclipse of the year.
  • Golden Gate Bridge officials float sidewalk toll
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Golden Gate Bridge officials are again floating the idea of charging bicyclists and pedestrians to use the famed span's sidewalks.
  • Kansas independent Orman campaigns under the radar
    LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Greg Orman has had barely a month to introduce himself to Kansas voters since unusual events thrust him into a neck-and-neck competition with three-term Republican Sen. Pat Roberts. Yet the independent candidate's schedule of public campaign appearances has usually ranged from slim to none.
  • Snowden: Bombing shows limits of mass surveillance
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden says the Boston Marathon bombings are an example of how threats can be missed even under blanket surveillance.
  • Midday Glance: Silver companies
    Shares of some top silver companies are up at 1 p.m.: Hecla Mining Co. rose $.07 or 2.8 percent, to $2.54. Pan American Silver Corp. rose $.12 or 1.1 percent, to $10.92. Silver Standard Resources Inc. ...
  • White House confirms U.S. citizen released from North Korea

    Jeffrey Fowle is shown in this City of Moraine handout photoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Tuesday that detained American tourist Jeffrey Fowle had been released from North Korea and was on his way home to be with his family. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the United States welcomed the move but pressed North Korea to release two other U.S. citizens as well. "While this is a positive decision ... we remain focused on the continued detention of... [read full article]

  • Police swarm near clothing bin amid Eric Frein search

    Police swarm near clothing bin amid Eric Frein searchPolice swarmed the area around a clothing bin late Tuesday morning after another possible sighting of Eric Frein, the man who allegedly gunned down a Pennsylvania State Police trooper.