Balloon rides, natural wonders, Georgia O’Keeffe

This July 2017 photo shows a Rainbow Ryders hot air balloon in flight over the Rio Grande Valley surrounding Albuquerque, New Mexico. Hot air balloon rides are one of the main outdoor activities tourists enjoy in New Mexico due to optimal climate conditions in the state. (AP Photo/Amir Bibawy)

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (AP) — Away from bustling Santa Fe and quirky Albuquerque, New Mexico offers stunning natural wonders, wide expanses of desert and mountains, and clear skies that guarantee endless days of sightseeing and outdoor fun.

Schools pump up phys ed with choices

In this Oct. 3, 2017, photo, second-graders learn to ride bikes on the school yard from physical education teacher Terrance Chavis at Seaton Elementary School in Washington. At a time when elementary and high schools are all about getting students ready for college or jobs, physical education teachers are being urged to look beyond graduation, too, to make lifelong movers out of even the least competitive kids. (AP Photo/Maria Danilova)

You won’t find gym class on the schedule in upstate New York’s Victor school district.

It’s still cool to hang out in Greenwich Village

FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2017, file photo, pedestrians pass an exhibit titled "Arch" by Chinese activist artist Ai Weiwei in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — As a teenager in New York City in the gritty 1970s, I often hung out in Greenwich Village with friends. There was nothing cooler than buying a tie-dyed T-shirt in some little shop or listening to a guitar-playing hippie in Washington Square Park.

Drones become crime-fighting tool

In this Oct. 16, 2017 photo, the Streetsboro police department's first drone flies in Streetsboro, Ohio,. Streetsboro Police purchased a drone this year and trained their first drone pilot officer in October, becoming one of hundreds of agencies across the country adopting the technology. They say they can't afford a helicopter, but a drone provides many of the same capabilities at a fraction of the price. (AP Photo/Dake Kang)

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The armed robbery suspect hiding out in a camper in rural Michigan heard state troopers closing in, so he dashed into a field and crouched among the 6-foot-tall cornstalks. What he didn’t know was that police had eyes on him from above.

Utah man continues tradition in blacksmith shop

In this Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017 photo, Aaron Richardson works in Rangar Forge, his blacksmith shop in Eden, Utah. Richardson opened his business in 2015, but the building first opened as a blacksmith shop in 1895. Richardson works in the traditional style while using the original forges and many of the tools from the first owner, J. M. Wilbur. "My hammers look very similar to hammers from 1,000 years ago," said Richardson. (Benjamin Zack/Standard-Examiner via AP)

EDEN, Utah (AP) — For three-quarters of a century, the ringing sound of hammer on anvil reverberated through the turn-of-the-century blacksmith shop in Ogden Valley.



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