• Bronx and Havana museums to exchange artworks

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Bronx Museum of Art and Cuba's National Museum of Fine Arts have launched an art exchange initiative that will include two major exhibitions. The cooperation began long before the recent thaw in U.S.-Cuban relations. The Bronx Museum calls it the most ambitious...

  • Burn planned at Denali National Park and Preserve

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The National Park Service is planning a fire at Denali National Park and Preserve at the end of the month. The park service plans to burn trees and brush between Jan. 26 and Feb. 6 near the entrance to the park as part of its fire prevention efforts. According...

  • Civil War medicine museum offers nighttime tours

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — The National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick is offering nighttime tours of its galleries, highlighting soldiers' experiences after dark. Museum officials say those attending the special, guided tours Friday night will pass through picket lines to visit...

  • After pope visit, Philippines counts cost, talks up benefits

    Published: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — When the pope comes to town a big bill awaits the host country, but the mammoth crowds whipped up by the Roman Catholic Church leader also offer plenty of good business. In pope-adoring Philippines, which hosted the pontiff for a five-day visit that ended...

  • South Dakota officials announce 'My Great Place' ad campaign

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — State tourism officials have a new pitch for potential visitors in 2015: make South Dakota your "Great Place." Gov. Dennis Daugaard unveiled the new "My Great Place" marketing campaign, a riff on the state's "Great Faces. Great Places" slogan, Thursday night at a...

  • Basketball Hall of Fame announces 4-team Miami event

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) — Kentucky will play South Florida and Ohio State will meet Memphis on Nov. 27, in the inaugural Hoophall Miami Invitational presented by the Basketball Hall of Fame. The matchups were formally announced Thursday. The games will be at Miami's AmericanAirlines Arena, home...

  • NYC sues over apartment building it says was illegal hotel

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — The online listing boasted apartments with the amenities of a midtown Manhattan hotel: coffee in the lobby, luggage storage, a 15-minute walk to Times Square. But the arrangement was illegal, the city said in a lawsuit this week accusing the building's owners and...

  • Implosion to take down Clarion Hotel off Las Vegas Strip

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Clarion Hotel and Casino off the Las Vegas Strip is expected to collapse in an early-morning Feb. 10 implosion. Clark County spokesman Dan Kulin said Thursday the planned explosive demolition is scheduled between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. The 200-room 12-story hotel on...

  • Chicago museums, zoos see attendance wane in 2014

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) — Attendance at Chicago-area zoos and museums dipped slightly last year, but a David Bowie exhibit brightened the picture for one institution. A group called Museums in the Park released attendance figures Thursday for 15 Chicago-area attractions. Attendance was 14.3...

  • Plane safely returns to Las Vegas after smoke alarm sounds

    Updated: Thu, Jan 22, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — An Allegiant Air flight carrying 160 passengers has returned safely to Las Vegas after a smoke alarm sounded on the plane soon after takeoff. McCarran International Airport spokeswoman Christine Crews says Allegiant Flight 536 departed around 8:30 a.m. Thursday for...

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