News from the Associated Press - July 21, 2014

July 21, 2014

Archaeologists excavate NY Colonial battleground

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) — Archaeologists are excavating an 18th-century battleground in upstate New York that was the site of a desperate stand by Colonial American troops, the flashpoint of an infamous massacre and the location of the era's largest smallpox hospital.
The site's multilayered history poses unique challenges for the dig, which is being conducted in a state-owned park, a natural time capsule in the village of Lake George, a popular southern Adirondack tourist destination.

David Starbuck is leading the project during the State University of New York at Adirondack's annual six-week archaeology field school.

The archaeologist and his team of two dozen students and volunteers are excavating a section of Lake George Battlefield Park, overlooking the lake's southern end.


Pennsylvania lawmakers take more free, legal trips

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. House members from Pennsylvania and their staff have accepted 41 privately paid trips this year, ranging from $20,000 in business-class airline tickets to Japan to $300-a-night hotel rooms at a Las Vegas casino resort.

That's according to an Associated Press review of gift and travel records on the House clerk's website.

The House Ethics Committee was criticized this month for quietly eliminating a requirement that lawmakers reveal trips on personal financial forms. After watchdog groups complained, that ethics requirement was reinstated.

Privately funded travel isn't prohibited. But House members must get ethics committee approval before the trip and file detailed information within 15 days of returning.

The increase in privately funded travel by members of Pennsylvania's congressional delegation tracks a steady increase in the U.S. House as a whole.



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