Crop circle in Germany attracts many visitors

BERLIN - Thousands of people are trekking to a Bavarian farmer's field to check out a mysterious set of crop circles.

The ornate design was discovered by a balloonist last week and news of the find quickly spread online.

Farmer Christoph Huttner, who owns the wheat field near Weilheim, couldn't be reached for comment but told the dpa news agency he didn't create the circle himself. He suggests students on summer holiday may have cut the image with a 246-foot diameter into his field.

The news agency says thousands of visitors have come to sing, dance and even swing pendulums in the giant image.

Excursions set for Cumberland Island

FO- Federal agencies that oversee Cumberland Island and the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in southeast Georgia are planning weekend paddling excursions this fall for the public to explore their wildest corners.

The National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have scheduled the paddling trips the weekend of Sept. 13 through 15 and day trips on Sept. 21 and 22. Visitors who sign up and pay admission fees in advance will get guided tours of each site's federally protected wilderness areas.

The outings are planned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Wilderness Preservation Act.

National outdoor art show to hit billboards

NEW YORK - Famous artwork is about to hit America's streets and public places.

"Art Everywhere US" is billed as the world's largest outdoor art show. Images of American artworks will appear on billboards, bus stops, digital display boards and on subway platforms.

The kickoff is Aug. 4 in New York's Times Square. The project runs through Aug. 31.

The 58 works were selected after a public online vote on 100 works nominated by curators of five leading American museums.

Entire Cliff Walk in Newport opens

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Rhode Island Department of Transportation is opening the rest of Newport's Cliff Walk.

The 3.5-mile trail runs between the Atlantic Ocean and some of the city's most spectacular Gilded Age mansions. Superstorm Sandy washed away whole sections and millions were spent to restore it.

A continuous section of more than two miles reopened in June. A retaining wall still had to be built for a smaller section in a less-traveled portion of the walk.

The final section was slated to open Saturday.

Associated Press