• NYC museum presents Nepal installation

    Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York's Rubin Museum of Art will present artworks from its collection that highlight the cultural heritage of Nepal. The museum says the special art installation will include Nepalese objects that reflect that country's contribution to Buddhist and Hindu art. It's...

  • Department of Tourism says visitor spending up across state

    Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — For the first time in four years, every county in Wisconsin reported an increase in visitor spending in 2014, the state's Department of Tourism announced Friday. Travelers contributed $18.5 billion to Wisconsin's economy last year, up 5.5 percent from the year...

  • Empire State Building to mark new Whitney museum's opening

    Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — A light show atop the Empire State Building will honor the opening of the Whitney Museum of American Art's new home in Manhattan's Meatpacking District. The museum opens to the public Friday. From 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., the Empire State Building's LED tower lights will...

  • Lawsuit filed over bird habitat in Everglades National Park

    Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) — The Center for Biological Diversity is suing the federal government over the flooding of habitat for the endangered Cape Sable seaside sparrow in Everglades National Park. The lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court in Washington says the Army Corps of Engineers and the...

  • Grizzly trapping, research in Grand Teton begins Wednesday

    Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    MOOSE, Wyo. (AP) — Biologists are planning to begin trapping grizzly bears in remote areas in Grand Teton National Park to see how the bruins' population is faring in the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem. Park spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs says the bears will be sedated after they are...

  • Conservation groups appealing ruling on Grand Canyon mining

    Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A coalition of conservation groups announced Thursday that it's appealing a court decision that opens the door to new uranium mining 6 miles from Grand Canyon National Park's South Rim. A federal judge ruled April 7 against environmentalists in their fight to...

  • Witnesses in 'maternity tourism' case charged for leaving US

    Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Ten men and women from China who were considered witnesses in the so-called "maternity tourism" case have been charged with violating court orders to stay in the U.S. during investigations into the matter. Federal prosecutors said Wednesday the defendants used...

  • Philly art museum creates community exhibits with art copies

    Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Museum of Art plans to bring its paintings to the people, placing reproductions of famous works outdoors in about dozen communities over the coming months, officials said Thursday. The "Inside Out" initiative, funded by a $340,000 grant from the...

  • WVa tourism records official subpoenaed in chem spill cases

    Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The state tourism division's record keeper has been subpoenaed in the criminal cases over a massive chemical spill last year. In Charleston federal court Thursday, the subpoena says the Division of Tourism records custodian must attend the May 6 hearing for...

  • Food, Italy and Milan: Expo 2015 seeks to feed the planet

    Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    MILAN (AP) — Milan's Expo 2015 world's fair has heady ambitions, the biggest of which is to devise a plan to feed the planet as it brings together 145 nations to focus on food and nutrition. City officials hope the fair, which opens Friday for six months and is expected to attract 20...

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