- Tracing roots: Genealogy event held at Soldotna church Updated: Feb-14-16 9:57 am
KENAI, Alaska - In the mid-1800s, Albertine Joan Garner's great-great-grandfather deserted from the French military, married a can-can dancer - Garner's great-grandmother - and sailed to a new life in Canada.
- Tochterman's celebrates a century in business in Baltimore Updated: Feb-14-16 9:01 am
BALTIMORE - No matter how you measure it, Tochterman's Fishing Tackle is a keeper. The shop in Baltimore's Fells Point is one of only a few fishing tackle shops in the country located in a major city and among the 12 percent of family-run businesses in the country to be viable in its third generation.
- As FBI goes through evidence at refuge, town awaits normalcy Updated: Feb-13-16 11:11 am
BURNS, Oregon - As the FBI focuses on its criminal investigation at the national wildlife refuge taken over by an armed group, land managers must get ready to reopen the 300 square-mile area, which draws birdwatchers, anglers and hunters and is a key economic engine of the surrounding area.
- DeKalb High School band to perform in Ireland parade Updated: Feb-13-16 4:20 am
DeKALB, Illinois - The DeKalb High School marching band could be heading to Ireland to perform at the 2017 St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin.
- Shkreli campaign for boss music collection rolls on Updated: Feb-12-16 12:21 pm
NEW YORK - Former pharmaceutical chief Martin Shkreli's campaign to build up an impressive music portfolio rolls on.
- Vince Gill detours from country on romantic new album Updated: Feb-12-16 11:13 am
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Singer Vince Gill is a standard bearer for traditional country music, thanks to his encyclopedic knowledge of the genre and his masterful guitar skills, but he only included one true country song on his latest album.
- That's gold: Bill and Dave Christian medals up for auction Updated: Feb-11-16 3:46 pm
Their Olympic gold medals and other memorabilia have been spending more time in safety deposit boxes than on display, so Bill Christian and Dave Christian decided the time was right to auction them off.
- Study: Neanderthal DNA may influence modern depression risk Updated: Feb-11-16 2:14 pm
NEW YORK - A new study says a person's risk of becoming depressed or hooked on smoking may be influenced by DNA inherited from Neanderthals.
- Officials warn of thin ice for Michigan free fishing weekend Updated: Feb-11-16 8:30 am
LANSING, Michigan - Anglers should use caution when going out onto frozen lakes and rivers for the state's Winter Free Fishing Weekend because recently warmer weather has melted ice, leaving unstable patches or open water, officials said.
- Nebraska bill to loosen liability in police chases advances Updated: Feb-10-16 1:39 pm
LINCOLN, Nebraska - Passengers in getaway cars could have a tougher time collecting legal damages if they are injured during a police chase under a bill advanced by Nebraska lawmakers.
- CRAFTS: When in Tokyo, try making a Japanese woodblock print Updated: Feb-10-16 10:30 am
You probably know what an ukiyo-e print looks like, even if you don't recognize the term.
- Former NYC Ballet principal dancer Violette Verdy, 82, dies Updated: Feb-09-16 7:16 pm
BLOOMINGTON, Indiana - Violette Verdy, principal dancer for New York City Ballet for 20 years and former artistic director of the Paris Opera Ballet and Boston Ballet, has died, the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music announced. She was 82.
- LL Cool J learns family secret in 'Finding Your Roots' Updated: Feb-09-16 4:43 pm
LOS ANGELES - LL Cool J's childhood was scarred by his parents' separation and violence, with his maternal grandparents stepping in to give him a loving home and appreciation of music.
- Tlaquepaque: Arts and crafts enclave near Guadalajara Updated: Feb-09-16 10:53 am
TLAQUEPAQUE, Mexico - Strolling the boutique-lined streets of this arts-and-crafts enclave near Guadalajara, Mexico, is like stepping into the brightly colored pages of a storybook.
- Atlantic herring fishing rules changed to reduce waste Updated: Feb-09-16 4:35 am
PORTLAND, Maine - Interstate fishing regulators say the rules for fishing Atlantic herring have changed in an attempt to reduce waste.
- State gets access to public fishing spot across private land Updated: Feb-08-16 1:50 pm
TWIN FALLS, Idaho - State wildlife officials have finalized an agreement to let people trek through private ranchland to reach a popular fishing spot north of Picabo.
- Indiana musician, 88, stays busy with music lessons Updated: Feb-08-16 8:43 am
HAMMOND, Indiana - After seven decades of sharing his musical talents with listeners and students, Florian Bolsega - Mr. B, as he is called - isn't changing his tune. He's just playing it for free these days and offering music lessons at the local library.
- Home brewing bill on tap in state legislature Updated: Feb-07-16 3:38 pm
SHERIDAN, Wyoming - A bill has been proposed in the state Legislature that would allow homebrewers to bring their beers to brewfests throughout Wyoming.
- Policy changes allow geocaching on Arizona trust land again Updated: Feb-07-16 2:32 pm
PHOENIX - Geocaching is poised to make a comeback on Arizona trust lands after Gov. Doug Ducey recently ordered the reversal of a policy that banned the form of treasure and scavenger hunting in state parks and other public recreational areas.
- African Children's Choir to perform in Florence Updated: Feb-07-16 11:00 am
FLORENCE, Alabama - Since 1984, the African Children's Choir has been giving kids from across the continent of Africa a chance to improve their lives.
- Camellia season underway at SC's historic Middleton Place Updated: Feb-06-16 6:50 pm
CHARLESTON, South Carolina - Middleton Place on the Ashley River outside of Charleston is beginning its camellia season with workshops and walks through the plantation's gardens.
- Lake Village pairs with US agency to boost health, economy Updated: Feb-06-16 2:05 pm
LAKE VILLAGE, Arkansas - Lake Village will partner with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency this year to plan expansions to the city's community garden and trails, the agency announced last week.
- Ballet program encourages Davenport children to read Updated: Feb-06-16 10:51 am
DAVENPORT, Iowa - About 1,400 first-graders in the Davenport Community School District received ballet lessons last week, thanks to a pilot program developed by Ballet Quad-Cities to encourage reading.
- Critics dispute plans to change Rollover Pass near Galveston Updated: Feb-05-16 6:54 pm
GALVESTON, Texas - A coalition led by owners of property that includes Rollover Pass and land on either side of the man-made channel connecting East Galveston Bay to the Gulf of Mexico says it is prepared to fight a last-ditch legal battle to prevent the state from closing and filling what has been a hugely popular public fishing site and the focus of environmental, economic and public safety concerns since it was created more than 60 years ago.
- Perfect cast: Documentary tells story of famed local angler Updated: Feb-04-16 11:48 am
STATE COLLEGE, Pennsylvania - Lucas and Meigan Bell were excited to talk about their upcoming documentary film, "Live the Stream," which, outside of their marriage, is perhaps the couple's most significant collaboration yet.