• The Latest: Advocates for historic sites denounce job cuts

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the reorganization of New Mexico’s Cultural Affairs Department (all times local):

  • Sydney flight diverted as drunken passengers throw punches

    SYDNEY (AP) — A flight from Sydney to Thailand was diverted to Indonesia to offload a group of drunken Australian traveling companions who started throwing punches at each other, officials said on Thursday.

  • In this Wednesday, July 20, 2016 photo, the flag flies at half-staff on the town green in Lebanon, Conn. The town has been unable to expand its library on the green because of an 18th century court decision the gives ownership of the mile-long green to the "heirs and assigns" of 51 original deed holders. Town historian Alicia Wayland estimates that could be about 10,000 people. (AP Photo/Pat Eaton-Robb)

    18th-century document trips up plans for Connecticut green

    LEBANON, Conn. (AP) — The mile-long town green here seems little changed from the days when French troops camped on it during the Revolutionary War. It is hayed each year by farmers and, in the winter, the town turns part of it into an ice skating rink.

  • Feds extend comment period on Nevada race through monument

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management — accused of illegally rigging the process to approve the biggest off-road race in the nation — has extended the public comment period on plans to run part of the race through a national monument in Nevada over the objections of conservationists.

  • In this Nov. 24, 2015 file photo, police officers patrol the Grand Place in central Brussels. Between terror attacks, Zika and mass shootings, there's lots of bad news about popular destinations around the world. Where does that leave travelers who may want to stay home instead of going through with a trip? It depends on the circumstances. Cancel-for-any-reason insurance is expensive to buy but provides refunds if you change your mind about a trip. Standard trip insurance may also cover cancellations to a destination hit by terrorism for a period of days following an attack. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)

    Can insurance help if you cancel a trip out of fear?

    NEW YORK (AP) — Spooked by headlines about Zika, terrorism and mass shootings? Maybe the news is so bad you’re ready to cancel your vacation and stay home. But can you recoup what you paid for flights, lodging, car rentals and tours?

  • Griffey, Piazza Hall of Fame plaques set for road trips

    COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — The Baseball Hall of Fame plaques of Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza will be hitting the road for visits to Seattle and New York City just a few days after they’re installed in Cooperstown.

  • In this July 15, 2016 photo, caipirinha vendor Wanderlei Silva Santos explains how he communicates to foreign tourists his prices in the sand on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Santos, who sells Brazil's national cocktail, says he struggles to communicate with foreign tourists who stop at his stand on Copacabana Beach, so he uses his fingers and toes to write prices and shapes in the sand. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

    Visiting Rio for the Olympics? Get your Portuguese ready

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — If English is the language of world commerce, Brazil hasn’t gotten the memo — only a small fraction of its 200 million people have a basic proficiency. Fluency is also rare for other languages such as German, French and even Spanish, despite Brazil being bordered by seven Spanish-speaking countries.