Travel technology

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Of the 35 million Americans who traveled by car this Fourth of July, a good chunk probably reached for technology before a paper road map. Transportation agencies around the country have noticed, and are printing fewer maps to acknowledge public demand is down. But amid the boom in affordable GPS devices and built-in navigation on smartphones, there's nostalgia for paper maps. At a recent collectors' association exposition, hundreds of old road maps were on sale to give customers a glimpse into an era of romanticized advertising promising sunny Florida or Chicago's famous skyline.

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PORT HURON, Mich. - Plans to renovate Port Huron's iconic waterfront Thomas Edison Inn as part of the creation of a convention center in the Lake Huron shoreline community have received a $7.5 million boost from the federal government. The hotel is to undergo extensive renovation to become a Hilton Garden Inn. A Twisted Rooster restaurant will have ties to Baker College's culinary arts program.

Jackie's exhibit

HYANNIS, Mass. - A summer exhibit on Jackie Kennedy's life on Cape Cod is open at the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum. It includes photos, handwritten letters and other artifacts from her time on the Cape. A 1953 Life magazine pictorial depicts time she spent on the Cape with John F. Kennedy when they were engaged. Other images chronicle Jackie's life on the Cape during her husband's presidency, when the family would frequent Hyannis Port.

Historic water trail

ALBANY, N.Y. - The Susquehanna River is one of four water trails designated as new components of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. State Environmental Commissioner Joe Martens says the designation enables the National Park Service to provide financial and technical assistance to state and local agencies for interpretive markers, public facilities and promotion of tourism.

Trail a guide

LINCOLN, N.H. - The White Mountain National Forest is hosting free guided walking tours of the Forest Discovery Trail in Lincoln, N.H., this summer. Located a mile east of the Lincoln Woods trailhead on the Kancamagus Highway, the Discovery Trail follows a

1.5-mile loop with 10 stops describing forest practices. The trail winds through stands of old pines, young hardwoods, and past rocky streams and forest wetlands.

TSA bribery scam

LOS ANGELES - Federal prosecutors say two suspected drug couriers have agreed to plead guilty in a case where Transportation Security Administration screeners were bribed to smuggle marijuana onto planes leaving Los Angeles International Airport. The U.S. attorney's office said Charles Hicks and Andrew Welter have agreed to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy.

Buy a landmark

EMPIRE, Mich.- ABC's "Good Morning America" once labeled Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore the nation's most beautiful place. Now you can buy a piece of it - sort of. Purchase one or more "virtual inches" of the lakeshore and receive a certificate with your name and the location's geographical coordinates.

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