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Destinations Photo Contest Spotlight: See some of your best photos of Las Vegas

Our recent Destinations Travel Photo Contest hosted some wonderful photos taken by travelers such as YOU! From wildlife to waterfalls, suns… Read more

Tourists at iconic French abbey evacuated after threat

MONT-SAINT-MICHEL, France (AP) — French authorities evacuated tourists from the Mont-Saint-Michel abbey and were searching houses Sunday on the famed outcropping in the English Channel for a visitor who apparently threatened to attack security services. Read more

Saudi Arabia uses ancient tourist site to alter its history

DIRIYAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Just outside Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh, a group of elementary school children are on a field trip at Diriyah, where engineers and construction workers are busy restoring a 17th-century fortress, mosques and clay-colored structures that were once the ruling family's seat of power. Read more

Suburban Seattle getting rare, private US airport terminal

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — It's not uncommon to see brand new commercial jets flying in and out of Paine Field, just north of Seattle, defying rain and low visibility that define the region. That's because the airport with two runways has for decades served as home to Boeing assembly lines, rolling out models such as the 777 for test flights over the Pacific Ocean. Read more

Orangeburg County schools get creative in hunt for teachers; districts recruit from abroad, try to keep employees home


Orangeburg County’s schools are finding creative ways to address teacher shortages, including hirin… Read more

Orangeburg people no longer have to spring-clean their gutters

Skip gutter cleaning this spring.

Safe stair climbing for Orangeburg seniors

Live independently in your multi-story home without the fear of falling.


European regulators tighten order for jet fan blade tests

BERLIN (AP) — The European Aviation Safety Agency has tightened a nearly month-old directive ordering inspections of some fan blades in engines like those used on a Southwest Airlines jet involved in a fatal accident. Read more

More rain adds to Kauai flooding but alerts get downgraded

HONOLULU (AP) — Weather officials downgraded flash flood alerts in Hawaii on Friday after more rain on the island of Kauai added to flooding left behind by last weekend's deluge. Read more

Southwest sends apology, $5K, to passengers on damaged jet

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Southwest has sent a letter of apology, a $5,000 check and a $1,000 travel voucher to passengers who were on a flight that made an emergency landing in Philadelphia after an engine exploded. 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

Alliance aims to spur ecotourism, interest in Alabama delta

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Several people and groups are joining forces to promote south Alabama's Mobile-Tensaw River Delta and its natural resources. Read more

Company launches spring Alaska cruises to extend season

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A small ship cruise company is beginning the Alaska tourism season early as part of an effort to move the industry to set sail earlier. Read more

Russia says US visa delays could halt direct flights

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Foreign Ministry says increasing delays by the United States in issuing visas could result in flagship airline Aeroflot ending flights to the U.S. Read more


Reverse mortgages: Too good to be true?

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


Orangeburg people no longer have to spring-clean their gutters

Skip gutter cleaning this spring.