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Tourists enjoy the beach on Maya Bay, Phi Phi Leh island in Krabi province, Thailand, Thursday, May 31, 2018. The popular tourist destination of Maya Bay in the Andaman Sea will close to tourists for four months from Friday to give its coral reefs and sea life a chance to recover from an onslaught that began nearly two decades ago. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
May 31, 2018 - 5:21 am
MAYA BAY, Thailand (AP) — Once a pristine Thai paradise, the secluded bay made famous by the Leonardo DiCaprio movie "The Beach" has been exhausted by mass tourism. Now it's getting a break. After Friday, the daily influx of dozens of boats and thousands of visitors unsuccessfully scrambling for an...
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Numerous tourists walk along the Maya Bay, Phi Phi Leh island in Krabi province, Thailand, Thursday, May 31, 2018. The popular tourist destination of Maya Bay in the Andaman Sea will close to tourists for four months from Friday to give its coral reefs and sea life a chance to recover from an onslaught that began nearly two decades ago. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
May 31, 2018 - 3:50 am
MAYA BAY, Thailand (AP) — Once a pristine Thai paradise, the secluded bay made famous by the Leonardo DiCaprio movie "The Beach" has been exhausted by mass tourism. It's now getting a break from the daily influx of dozens of boats and thousands of visitors unsuccessfully scrambling for an unspoiled...
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May 30, 2018 - 10:04 am
NEW YORK (AP) — A pathway flanked by six stones meant to symbolize strength and determination will be added to the Sept. 11 memorial site in lower Manhattan to honor the rescue and recovery workers who toiled for months at ground zero, officials announced Wednesday in unveiling the design concept...
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In this Saturday, May 26, 2018 image from video released by the U.S. Geological Survey, lava sends up clouds of steam and toxic gases as it enters the Pacific Ocean as Kilauea Volcano continues its eruption cycle near Pahoa on the island of Kilauea, Hawaii. Lava from the Kilauea volcano has reached a geothermal power plant on the Big Island, approaching wells that have been capped to protect against the release of toxic gas should they mix with lava. (U.S. Geological Survey via AP)
May 30, 2018 - 12:16 am
HONOLULU (AP) — Lava crossed a key highway in the mostly rural district of the Big Island where Kilauea volcano was erupting, local authorities in Hawaii said Tuesday. Highway 132 connects the commercial center of Pahoa with smaller towns and farms in the area. Hawaii County said lava destroyed the...
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In this Saturday, May 26, 2018, image released by the U.S. Geological Survey HVO shows an aerial view of fissure 22 looking toward the south, as Kilauea Volcano continues its eruption cycle near Pahoa on the island of Kilauea, Hawaii. Lava from the Kilauea volcano has reached a geothermal power plant on the Big Island, approaching wells that have been capped to protect against the release of toxic gas should they mix with lava. (U.S. Geological Survey via AP)
May 29, 2018 - 8:46 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — Rivers of lava flowed toward the ocean on Hawaii's Big Island over the weekend, forcing officials to knock on doors and urge residents holding out in two evacuated neighborhoods to flee right away. Molten rock trapped at least one person who was rescued by authorities. The Kilauea...
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May 29, 2018 - 4:05 pm
MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) — Virgin Galactic has conducted the second rocket-powered test flight of its tourism spaceship in the skies over California. The company says VSS Unity fired its rocket motor for 31 seconds and climbed to an altitude of 114,500 feet (34,899 meters) on Tuesday, then glided to a...
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May 27, 2018 - 12:36 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is chipping in to help protect the water quality of Lake George. The state announced Friday that it will contribute $343,000 to efforts to repair and upgrade local wastewater collection systems around the lake. The project focuses on preventing wastewater...
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May 27, 2018 - 9:39 am
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Motorists traveling around Maine this holiday weekend will see residents' creativity on display. Message boards warn motorists that, "A Cold Suppah Is Bettah Thana Hot Ticket." Another one says, "Spend Money on Lobstahs — Not Speeding Tickets." Yet another says, "Put Down UR...
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May 24, 2018 - 7:53 am
PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — One of the two Norman Rockwell paintings at the center of a Massachusetts museum's contentious decision to sell 40 works of art has been sold at auction for more than $8 million. "Blacksmith's Boy — Heel and Toe," also known as "Shaftsbury Blacksmith Shop," was sold by...
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This photo from video from the U.S. Geological Survey shows blue burning flames of methane gas erupting through cracks on Kahukai Street in the Leilani Estates neighborhood of Pahoa on the island of Hawaii during the overnight hours of Wednesday, May 23, 2018. When lava buries plants and shrubs, methane gas is produced as a byproduct of burning vegetation. Methane gas can seep into subsurface voids and explode when heated, emerging from cracks in the ground several feet away from the lava. (U.S. Geological Survey via AP)
May 24, 2018 - 4:52 am
HONOLULU (AP) — Scientists in Hawaii have captured rare images of blue flames burning from cracks in the pavement as Kilauea volcano gushes fountains of lava in the background, offering a look at a new dimension in the volcano's weeks-long eruption. The volcano produces methane when hot lava buries...
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