State Department tells embassies to ramp up visa screening

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The State Department has ordered American embassies and consulates around the world to draw up criteria for "population sets" needing extra scrutiny before receiving visas to travel to the United States, according to a recent diplomatic cable. The message also instructed U.S. posts overseas to review the social media accounts of visa applicants who are suspected of terrorist ties or of having been in Islamic State group-controlled areas.

Virgin America will be the latest airline brand to disappear

DALLAS (AP) -- After months of teasing, Alaska Airlines has bad news for loyal customers of Virgin America -- their airline's name is being dumped. Alaska announced late Wednesday that it will retire the Virgin brand, probably in 2019, adding that name to a list including Continental and US Airways that disappeared in the past decade.

Utah governor says he will approve strictest DUI limit in US

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah's governor announced Thursday that he will sign legislation giving the predominantly Mormon state the strictest DUI threshold in the country, a change that restaurant groups and representatives of the ski and snowboard industry say will hurt tourism. Republican Gov. Gary Herbert said he plans to approve the measure lowering the blood alcohol limit for most drivers to .05 percent from .08 percent and that it will save lives.

Erdogan urges US, Britain to drop 'exaggerated' laptop ban

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on the United States and Britain on Thursday to drop what he said were "exaggerated" new aviation restrictions imposed on flights from some airports, including Istanbul. In a live television interview, Erdogan said the two countries were right to "dwell on security" but said the bans on some electronics, including laptops, on board flights from some Middle East and North African airports were excessive.

Rare frog discovery has researchers hopping for joy

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) -- A discovery involving a rare California frog has researchers hopping for joy. The National Park Service says egg masses from the California red-legged frog were found last week in a stream in the Santa Monica Mountains near Los Angeles. It's evidence that the threatened species is reproducing. The frogs haven't been seen in the mountains since the 1970s.

Beyond spring cleaning: Tapestries get 16 years of grooming

NEW YORK (AP) -- Think your home furnishings are a dust magnet? New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine just spent 16 years cleaning and conserving its rare, supersize wall hangings. Now the historic house of worship is inviting the public to enjoy the fruits of its labor -- "The Barberini Tapestries, Scenes from the Life of Christ," which once graced the Vatican and European palaces.

The Latest: New Zealand leader condemns attack in London

LONDON (AP) -- The latest on the attack outside Britain's Parliament (all times local): 1:35 a.m. New Zealand's prime minister is condemning the attack outside Britain's Parliament that resulted in five deaths, including the assailant. Prime Minister Bill English told reporters in Rotorua that he has written to British Prime Minister Theresa May to express support for her government and to offer his country's condolences to the victim's families.

Thomas Keller shows off his sleek new French Laundry remodel

YOUNTVILLE, Calif. (AP) -- On a sunny morning in Napa Valley, America's most celebrated chef is reflecting on his career, the culinary empire it spawned and why he just spent $10 million to upgrade his famed restaurant, the French Laundry. Thomas Keller describes himself as detail-oriented, a perfectionist and passionate about fine food and design.

Endangered elephant in Cambodia electrocuted by power pole

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) -- A park ranger in Cambodia says an endangered wild elephant has died after an electrical pole fell and electrocuted the animal. Nup Thet, a ranger at Wildlife Alliance, said the 3-ton elephant was electrocuted late Tuesday in the jungle near Cardamom National Park. Cambodia is home to some 450 wild elephants. Suwanna Gauntlet, chief executive officer of Wildlife Alliance, said about 200 of them live in Cardamom National Park.

Thomas Keller shows off his sleek new French Laundry remodel

YOUNTVILLE, Calif. (AP) -- On a sunny morning in Napa Valley, America's most celebrated chef is reflecting on his career, the culinary empire it spawned and why he just spent $10 million to upgrade his famed restaurant, the French Laundry. Thomas Keller describes himself as detail-oriented, a perfectionist and passionate about fine food and design.

More Palestinians in Jerusalem seek Israeli citizenship

JERUSALEM (AP) -- More Palestinians in east Jerusalem are applying for Israeli citizenship in hopes of swapping their vulnerable status as mere city residents for the rights and ease of travel that come with an Israeli passport. But after long touting its offer of citizenship to them, Israel is now dragging its feet in granting it, said those who track Palestinian applicants.

Congress backs bill to lift Obama limits on Alaska hunting

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress has approved a bill that would allow aerial hunting of grizzly bears and killing of bears and wolves near dens on federal lands in Alaska. The Senate gave final legislative approval Tuesday to a measure that repeals an Obama-era rule on hunting on Alaska's 16 national wildlife refuges.

Things to know: Utah eateries could take down Zion Curtains

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah restaurants will have more freedom to mix and pour alcohol in front of customers under a measure awaiting Gov. Gary Herbert's signature. But other concessions in the proposal aimed at keeping kids away from bars could complicate restaurant seating and leave some establishments keeping up their frosted glass walls known as "Zion Curtains," used to hide the preparation of drinks.

The Latest: Hawaii files Trump travel ban injunction motion

HONOLULU (AP) -- The Latest on Hawaii asking a federal judge to issue an injunction blocking President Donald Trump's travel ban (all times local): 9:45 a.m. Hawaii is taking its lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump's travel ban to the next level by asking a judge to issue a preliminary injunction. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson issued a temporary restraining order halting key portions of Trump's executive order before it went into effect last week.

Hawaii seeks to extend injunction blocking Trump travel ban

HONOLULU (AP) -- Attorneys representing Hawaii in the state's challenge to President Donald Trump's travel ban are asking a federal judge to extend his temporary restraining order blocking the ban or turn it into a preliminary injunction. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson halted key portions of Trump's executive order before it went into effect last week. He's instructing Hawaii to file its preliminary injunction motion on Tuesday morning.

Muslim advocacy group seeks broader travel-ban injunction

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- A federal judge in Virginia is weighing a request from a Muslim civil rights group for an even broader injunction against President Donald Trump's proposed travel ban than what other judges have imposed. Federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland have blocked the vast majority of Trump's revised ban, which would restrict immigration by refugees and from six majority-Muslim countries.

Maine in Manhattan: Marsden Hartley landscapes at Met Breuer

NEW YORK (AP) -- A little bit of Maine has come to a Manhattan museum with the opening of "Marsden Hartley's Maine." And for travelers who want to see the places depicted in the paintings, there's a companion itinerary for visiting Maine. The exhibition at The Met Breuer museum includes 90 paintings and sketches, among them Hartley's depictions of Mount Katahdin, the coast, the woods and other Maine landscapes.

New security measure could cause travelers to reroute trips

DALLAS (AP) -- A new security measure banning many electronic devices on flights from 10 mostly Muslim countries is leading travelers to reconsider their plans to fly through some airports in the Middle East and Africa. Paula Berger, an energy-company manager, and a co-worker have tickets to fly from the U.S. through Dubai to Hyderabad, India, where her company has an office.