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MONDAY, MAY 7, 2007

Nation In Brief

Park Service plans higher fees

WASHINGTON — Entrance fees are due to rise at national parks over the next three summers, though a public outcry over specific increases could cause the government to reconsider.

Through 2009, the National Park Service plans to phase in higher rates for annual park passes and fees paid per vehicle or person at about 130 of the 390 parks, monuments and other areas the agency manages.

The government does not collect any fees at the other two-thirds of sites in the park system.

Thousands attend Don Ho memorial

HONOLULU — Thousands of fans of different generations gathered on a beach at Waikiki to honor Hawaiian crooner Don Ho, some clad in bikinis and others in electric wheelchairs.

At a sunset memorial on the beach Saturday, they brought flowers and reminisced about the late entertainer’s earlier years.

Officials expected as many as 25,000 people to attend, making it one of the largest crowds ever in Waikiki, according to city officials. The city arranged extra buses, parking and traffic control. Ho, known for his catchy signature tune “Tiny Bubbles,” died April 14 of heart failure at age 76.

2 retirees vanish on shopping trip

LEBANON, Ohio — Mary Ellen Walters and Ada Wasson set out from their retirement community for a routine day of outlet-store shopping, not telling anyone they planned a long trip or even asking anyone to feed Walters’ beloved dog.

There hasn’t been a trace of them in more than two weeks. Authorities, volunteers and relatives have driven up and down roads covering thousands of square miles of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana and flown over the region. They’ve looked for credit card activity, studied store videotapes, checked under bridges and passed out thousands of fliers.

Warren County Sheriff’s Maj. John Newsom said it is one of the broadest investigations ever in this area about midway between Dayton and Cincinnati. He said there has been no indication of foul play.

compiled from wire reports

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