• In this Aug. 19, 2016 photo, the lower Manhattan skyline, including One World Trade Center and the Brooklyn Bridge, are shown in New York. Construction cranes continue working on top of 3 World Trade Center. Fifteen years after the Sept. 11th attacks, downtown New York has been reborn, not just with the construction of One World Trade, but with a host of attractions both somber and vibrant, including the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, two retail malls, new hotels and restaurants. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

    The new downtown: Lower Manhattan reborn 15 years after 9/11

    NEW YORK (AP) — Fifteen years after the Sept. 11th attacks, Lower Manhattan has been reborn.

  • In this Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, file photo, a waning moon rises in the distance as a passenger jet takes off at Phoenix's Sky Harbor Airport. A handful of U.S. pilots each year fail random sobriety tests. Those who fail can fly again if they prove rehabilitation. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

    Intoxicated in the air: drunk pilots make news but are rare

    NEW YORK (AP) — Every few months, a pilot somewhere in the world is stopped before a jet takes off because of suspicion of drunkenness. It makes headlines and gives nervous travelers another reason to avoid flying.

  • This NOAA satellite image taken Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 12:45 AM EDT shows large amounts of clear skies across a majority of the eastern United States. Thunderstorms and moderate rain showers remain over Minnesota and Wisconsin, sinking towards the south. Both Tropical Depression Eight and Tropical Depression Nine are also in view, with Eight poised to impact North Carolina soon even if the system is poorly organized at the moment. (NOAA/Weather Underground via AP)

    North Carolina warily watching 2 tropical weather systems

    BUXTON, N.C. (AP) — A tropical weather system off the coast of North Carolina’s Outer Banks is expected to strengthen in the next day, bringing winds up to 45 mph and heavy rains that could flood low-lying areas, officials said.

  • In this Friday, Aug. 26, 2016, photo, a wall with symbols of China partially blocks the view of the Resorts World property in Las Vegas. The Asian-themed casino property is projected to open in 2019. (AP Photo/John Locher)

    Vegas, Asian investors betting on Sin City’s Chinese tourism

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Sin City and Asian investors are going all in on Chinese tourism as some of Las Vegas’ latest developments on and off the Strip target Chinese nationals and Chinese-Americans.

  • In this Feb. 28, 2016 file photo, Cate Blanchett arrives at the Oscars in Los Angeles. Blanchett will make her Broadway debut in Anton Chekhov's first, and long-forgotten, play. The Oscar winner will star opposite Richard Roxburgh in "The Present," which centers on a woman celebrating her 40th birthday at her country summer home.  (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

    Cate Blanchett and Josh Groban lead Broadway’s fall season

    NEW YORK (AP) — “Cats” is back on Broadway, purring along. “Hamilton” tickets are still hard to get. What else is new this fall? Some big celebrities are coming, including Cate Blanchett, Diane Lane, Janet McTeer, Josh Groban and Liev Schreiber. Some old writers are also showing up, like Anton Chekhov and Leo Tolstoy. Here’s a look at some highlights of the first half of the 2016-17 Broadway season:

  • In this photo provided by the University of Hawaii, six scientists celebrate as they exit from their Mars simulation habitat on slopes of Mauna Loa on the Big Island, Hawaii, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016. The scientists completed a yearlong Mars simulation in Hawaii on Sunday, where they lived in the dome in near isolation. (University of Hawaii via AP)

    Scientists exit Hawaii dome after yearlong Mars simulation

    HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Six scientists have completed a yearlong Mars simulation in Hawaii, where they lived in a dome in near isolation.

  • In this Aug. 3, 2016 photo, a large bison blocks traffic in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park as tourists take photos of the animal. Record visitor numbers at the nation's first national park have transformed its annual summer rush into a sometimes dangerous frenzy, with selfie-taking tourists routinely breaking park rules and getting too close to Yellowstone's storied elk herds, grizzly bears, wolves and bison.  (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)

    Visitor misbehavior abounds as US parks agency turns 100

    YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Tourist John Gleason crept through the grass, four small children close behind, inching toward a bull elk with antlers like small trees at the edge of a meadow in Yellowstone National Park.

  • Miami kicks off 2 defensive starters for breaking NCAA rules

    CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Miami threw two defensive starters off its football team Saturday for NCAA violations, after a months-long probe into whether players had access to luxury rental cars.

  • In this Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016 photo, taxi driver Mikhail Yasayev speaks to an Associated Press reporter while stopped in traffic on the West Side highway in New York. A new law aimed at creating a uniform licensing process for drivers has done away with the written English test that used to be required for anyone wanting to drive a yellow cab, but not for people working for services like Uber and Lyft. Sponsors of the law say the change will eliminate a barrier to the profession for immigrants, who make up 96 percent of taxi drivers in the city. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

    You talkin’ to me? English no longer a must for NYC cabbies

    NEW YORK (AP) — People who hope to drive New York City’s famous yellow cabs must pass tests on such details as driving rules and where they can pick up passengers. But one test they no longer have to take? Whether they have a grasp of English.

  • In this Aug. 4, 2015 photo, Lucas St. Clair, the son of Burt's Bees founder Roxanne Quimby, poses on land proposed for a national park in Penobscot County, Maine. Mount Katahdin, the state's highest peak, can be seen in the background as a rainstorm passes through Baxter State Park. President Barack Obama on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016 declared a new national monument in Maine, composed of 87,000 acres donated by Quimby, fulfilling the conservationist's goal of gifting the land during the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

    A monumental task: Getting Mainers to support a new park

    MILLINOCKET, Maine (AP) — Among the empty storefronts on once-bustling Penobscot Avenue, longtime resident Jean McLean stood in her art gallery, the sole employee left at a business that once had three.