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Everything you need to know about passport renewals

Are you a U.S. citizen? Is your passport close to expiring? If so, here's everything you need to know about passport renewals. Read more

San Francisco restaurants open kitchens to refugee chefs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — At San Francisco's Tawla restaurant, Muna Anaee powdered her hands with flour and gently broke off a piece of golden dough to prepare bread eaten in Iraq, the country she fled with her family. Read more

Things to Know about 2 Atlantic City casino reopenings

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — When four of Atlantic City's 12 casinos shut down in 2014 and a fifth followed two years later, it seemed to many that the city's gambling industry was in an irreversible death spiral. Read more

Danger of rip currents evident already off Carolinas' coasts

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Leanna Lamatrice and her family typically didn't pay much attention to the warnings about rip currents off North Carolina's Outer Banks. Read more

Floodwaters disappear as fast as they arrived, leaving Augusta to clean up the mess left behind

THOMAS PLANK thomas.plank@helenair.com

Instead of preparing for what is typically one of their most profitable weekends of the year, Augus… Read more


Etihad to loan pilots to competing UAE airline Emirates

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Long-haul airline Etihad Airways will loan pilots to competing Dubai-based carrier Emirates under a new program, officials acknowledged Sunday, marking a rare cooperation between the two state-owned carriers who operate only 115 kilometers (70 miles) apart. Read more

France, Belgium seek UNESCO recognition for WWI memorials

BRUSSELS (AP) — France and Belgium are urging UNESCO to designate scores of their World War I memorials and cemeteries as World Heritage sites as the centennial remembrance of the 1914-1918 war nears its end. Read more

The Latest: Alaska city unveils memorial to fallen Guardsmen

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on an Alaska city honoring Guardsmen killed in crash after 1964 earthquake (all times local): Read more


Digital exclusives

Photos: Romania's Merry Cemetery where people 'laugh at death itself'

The Merry Cemetery in the northwestern village of Sapanta is a collection of more than 1,000 elaborate wooden Orthodox crosses etched with … Read more

Photos: For this Amazon cult, happiness is a cup of ancient psychedelic tea

The Ayahuasca brew is sacred to Ceu do Mapia villagers, who use it in rituals that blend Indian beliefs with Roman Catholicism. Read more

Photos: This museum is one of the coolest. Literally

The biggest attraction at this temporary ice cream museum: A pool filled with 11,000 pounds of confetti-colored sprinkles. Read more

Photos: A bird's-eye view of the Olympic city

These stunning views helped bring the Olympics to Rio.  Read more

Photos: This Moscow museum offers a trip back in time—and defense against disaster

MOSCOW — For Boris Solomatin, a Moscow railway museum guide, steam locomotives are nothing short of time machines. Read more

More news

Alabama, Mississippi refuse to pledge money to resume Amtrak

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Plans to resume passenger train service on the northern Gulf Coast for the first time since Hurricane Katrina suffered a setback with Alabama and Mississippi refusing money for the project, but a leader of the effort said Friday the project isn't dead. Read more

Greece's Aegean in $5.8 billion deal for new Airbus planes

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's dominant Aegean Airlines says it has signed a 5 billion-euro ($5.8 billion) deal with Airbus to buy up to 42 new A320 neo passenger aircraft. Read more

Arizona-to-Hawaii flight returns to airport with gauge issue

PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities say an American Airlines flight from Arizona to Hawaii had to return to the Phoenix airport because of a problem with an exhaust gas temperature gauge. Read more


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Reverse mortgages: Too good to be true?

Important information residents of Helena need to know before they decide.