Visiting 9/11 sites: Memorial, museum, tours

This Aug. 8, 2014 photo shows Brenda Berkman, in blue, leading a tour of the 9/11 Memorial in Lower Manhattan. The tour is sponsored by the 9/11 Tribute Center. The guides include individuals who survived the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, or who were connected to the events in some way. Berkman, a retired fire lieutenant, was one of many firefighters who responded to the disaster and who lost many colleagues that day. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

NEW YORK (AP) — Out-of-towners and locals alike have shown enormous interest in sites connected to the Sept. 11th attacks.

Sacramento: 5 free things for visitors to do

This undated photo provided by the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau shows the American River Parkway in Sacramento, Calif. The wide trail is great for cyclists, runners and hikers, with countless dirt trails along the river for horseback riding and mountain biking. Its one of many free things to see and do in Sacramento. (AP Photo/Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Located near the center of California, Sacramento is an ideal launching point to visit some of the state’s most popular destinations.

China shuts down Beijing Independent Film Festival

Chinese security guards stand on duty near a police car at a junction leading to the venue for the Beijing Independent Film Festival in Beijing Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Chinese authorities blocked the annual independent film festival from opening on Saturday, said organizers of an event that has become a rare and influential venue for the showing of films that could be critical of the government. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities Saturday blocked an annual independent film festival from opening, seized documents and films from its organizers’ office and hauled away two event officials.

Former Marine paddles away 2 tours in Afghanistan

Joshua Ploetz, a Marine who fought in Afghanistan, canoes in the Mississippi River near Venice, La., Sunday, July 27, 2014. Ploetz, who has been dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, has been canoeing the entire Mississippi River. The trip to the mouth of the river at the Gulf of Mexico would take 69 days, about 50 of them spent paddling. But Ploetz said he needed every inch of the more than 2,500-mile river to paddle away the demons of the war, or at least calm them a bit. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

VENICE, La. (AP) — Two tours in Afghanistan took a toll on Joshua Ploetz.

The former Marine was injured in a roadside bomb. He lost friends in combat, and later, to suicide.

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