Build-your-own brickation spot, No fear of Mexico, Cab driver jailed, No sno, no visits, Plant power, Beach weddings

Build-your-own brickation spot

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Broadway at the Beach says it has a new attraction which should be the building blocks for some summer fun. The Lego Summer Brickation is reopening Wednesday at the shopping complex in Myrtle Beach. It includes areas where people can build with Lego blocks or pose with Lego models. It also includes a mosaic of Myrtle Beach made with the popular building blocks.

No fear of Mexico

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MEXICO CITY - Mexican tourism officials say there has been a 5.3 percent increase in the number of international visitors to Mexico from January to April. The rise comes after the Texas Department of Public Safety released a travel warning in March discouraging students from visiting Mexico on spring break, citing an increase in drug violence. A Monday announcement from Mexico's Tourism Department says more than half the 4,098,750 who visited Mexico in the first third of the year were from the U.S.

Cab driver jailed

NEW YORK - A New York City cab driver charged in a fare scam gone awry at Kennedy Airport has been sentenced to six months in jail. A judge handed down the sentence Monday after driver Bhupinder Singh pleaded guilty to unlawful imprisonment last month. Queens District Attorney Richard Brown says two police officers spotted a family of four from Panama getting into a gypsy cab in February. The officers say they recognized the driver as a hustler who charges high rates for what are supposed to be $45 rides from the Queens airport into Manhattan. They say they tried to warn the passengers but the driver locked the doors and took off, then crashed.

No snow, no visits

SALT LAKE CITY - Utah saw a 10 percent dip in skier visits this past season, reaching the lowest number in eight years, Ski Utah officials said Tuesday. The industry marketing group reported 3.8 million day visits for skiers and snowboarders at Utah's 14 resorts. That's the smallest number since 3.43 million visits were reported in 2003-04. It's a stark contrast to the 2010-11 season, when heavy snowfall resulted in 4.22 million visits. Ski Utah officials blamed the recent visitation decline on low snow totals and the wavering economy.

Plant power

BEIJING - The chief executive of the International Air Transport Association, Tony Tyler, said Thursday airlines have shown planes can fly on fuels made from plants. But, he said, carriers need government support to produce them in bigger volume and lower the cost. Tyler said airlines have made about 1,500 commercial flights using biofuels, which could help to reduce pollution and carbon emissions.

Beach weddings

HONOLULU - The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that beach wedding permits required by the state Department of Land and Natural Resources don't violate the First Amendment, but the power to revoke or modify a permit at any time does. The ruling says the Aloha State's permitting requirement serves a significant governmental interest by protecting more than 200 public beaches in the islands. The state began requiring permits for commercial weddings in 2008. That prompted a lawsuit by a group of Maui wedding planners who argued the requirements violate the First Amendment.

Enterprise arrives in NYC

NEW YORK - New Yorkers lined the West Side waterfront to welcome the space shuttle Enterprise as it sailed up the Hudson River on Wednesday to its new home aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. The prototype space shuttle rode a barge from Jersey City to the Intrepid, where it was hoisted by crane onto the flight deck. A flotilla of vessels including a police boat, a Fire Department boat and a yellow taxi boat accompanied the Enterprise as it sailed past the Statue of Liberty, the World Trade Center site and other Manhattan landmarks en route to the Intrepid at midtown

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