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A whale's tale: Longest painting in North America restored

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 14:52:32 UT

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A museum has restored the longest painting in North America so it can share the story of American whaling with the public. The quarter-mile-long (0.4-kilometer-long) panorama toured the U.S. after it was completed in 1848. A section was featured at the 1964 New York World's Fair. But the panorama deteriorated after so much traveling on wagons and trains, rolling and unrolling. Paint dried up and flaked off, and the panorama was put into storage. The New Bedford Whaling Museum enlisted the help of a textile conservator to fix the "Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage Round the World.

New Mexico waives day-use fee to visit state parks Friday

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 09:21:49 UT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Fees for visiting New Mexico state parks are being waived Friday as officials encourage people to spend more time outdoors. Officials say the $5 day-use fees for all 34 state parks are being waived.

Rome gives taxi drivers courses to learn manners and English

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 19:14:50 UT

ROME (AP) — Rome has started classes for hundreds of its taxi drivers to learn good manners and English. The city said Thursday 750 drivers are slated to take eight classes of "practical" English, lessons about "cultural manners" as well as instructions on how to make visitors feel welcome in Italy's capital. In a country that greatly lives off tourism, Italians' command of English and other foreign languages is often shaky in the sector. Earlier this week, tourists had a hard time finding any Rome cabbie, well-mannered or not.

Police clear suspicious package at Seattle airport

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 05:25:08 UT

SEATTLE (AP) — Police say there is no threat from a suspicious item in Seattle's airport. The Sea-Tac Airport says the bomb squad investigated and cleared the item on the ticketing level. The airport tweeted that a temporarily closed security checkpoint has reopened. No flights were affected.

Learning to ski: How do you know when your child is ready?

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 21:39:37 UT

Ski season is starting. For parents, that may mean getting kids on the slopes for the first time. But is there a perfect age to learn to ski? Nate Gardner, ski and snowboard school training manager at Stowe Mountain Resort in Vermont, says that what's more important than a child's age is his or her readiness. How well does the child handle other physical activities? Does the child separate well from parents so that she or he is comfortable spending a few hours with a ski instructor and other kids on the slopes, away from mom and dad? "Every child develops at their own rate both physically and emotionally," Gardner said in an interview for the AP Travel podcast series "Get Outta Here.

'France is a Feast': Photo exhibit celebrates Julia Child

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:04:25 UT

YOUNTVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Mention Julia Child and the image that comes to mind is a tall woman with a spoon in one hand, saying in a high voice, "Bon appetit!" That was Child in her heyday as a 1960s TV show host teaching Americans the art of French cooking. But a new photo exhibit at California's Napa Valley Museum Yountville documents her life in France in the years before she hosted one of America's most popular TV cooking shows. Child, a graduate of Smith College, worked during World War II for the agency that was the predecessor of the CIA. In 1946, she married Paul Child, who worked as a cultural attache at the U.S.

Customs and Border Protection caught off-guard by travel ban

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 22:59:47 UT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Customs and Border Protection was caught off-guard by President Donald Trump's travel ban despite being the entity responsible for implementing it, the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general said. In letters sent Monday to members of the Senate, the inspector general's office said the CBP leadership had "virtually no warning" the executive order was coming and "was caught by surprise." And it says DHS and CBP leaders didn't know the answers to basic questions, such as whether the order would apply to green card holders. CBP's inability to issue "definitive guidance in the early days" of the order's implementation, the office found, "contributed to significant delays" at ports of entry.

US warns of risk of missiles from Yemen hitting Saudi Arabia

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 22:01:50 UT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is warning Americans traveling to Saudi Arabia about the risk of ballistic missile attacks from neighboring Yemen. A new U.S. travel warning follows a Houthi missile attack in early November near the international airport in the Saudi capital, Riyadh. The missile was intercepted. Both the U.S. and Saudi Arabia say the Houthis got the missile from Iran. The Houthis are Shiite rebels who control much of Yemen. The travel warning says several long-range missiles have been fired from Yemen at major cities in the last year. It also says terrorist attacks "can occur without warning anywhere" in Saudi Arabia. The State Department also says that U.S.

Correction: Picketing Pilgrims story

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:50:45 UT

BOSTON (AP) — In a story Nov. 20 about a labor impasse at Plimoth Plantation, The Associated Press reported erroneously the month that the employees' union and museum management began negotiating a contract. Negotiations began in February, not December. A corrected version of the story is below: Workers who depict Pilgrims seek better pay, job security Unionized workers at the living history museum that depicts Pilgrim and Wampanoag life in 1620 seek job security, better pay By MARK PRATT Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Workers at a Massachusetts living history museum that depicts 17th century life at the time of the Pilgrims are asking to be treated by 21st century standards.

Big Mac Bridge walk still on Labor Day; more details to come

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 03:39:36 UT

MACKINAW CITY, Mich. (AP) — The annual Mackinac Bridge Walk will remain a Labor Day tradition. The Mackinac Bridge Authority says the date won't change. But officials still haven't determined details about how the 5-mile walk will take place. With terrorists increasingly using cars and trucks as weapons, the bridge was closed to most vehicles during this year's walk. Only about 25,000 people took part. Many were turned away because they couldn't get in position before the walk ended. The state Transportation Department transported people by bus to St. Ignace from Mackinaw City. People then walked to the southern end of the bridge. The bridge authority is asking Mackinaw City, Mackinac Island and St. Ignace to help cover the costs.

Wrecked fishing boat near Hawaii beaches prepped for removal

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 03:08:39 UT

HONOLULU (AP) — The fishing vessel that ran aground just off pristine Waikiki beaches more than a month ago is being prepared for removal, possibly by the end of the month. Crews are working to seal holes in the 79-foot (24-meter) Pacific Paradise, remove sheets of metal to make it lighter, and weld supports to strengthen towing points. A helicopter hoisted 16 sheets of metal from the boat Sunday in a bid to remove weight so it can be floated again. "This is vital step in removing weight and recovering the necessary buoyancy to refloat the Pacific Paradise," said Coast Guard Lt. Will Cotta of the Salvage Engineering Response Team in a statement. The boat crashed into the reef just before midnight on Oct.

SFO: Feds probe new runway incidents after Air Canada's near misses in San Francisco

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:10:02 UT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — U.S. officials are investigating two more incidents at San Francisco International Airport where planes could have wound up on the same runway, the National Transportation Safety Board said Monday. The incidents include an event in December 2016 when a SkyWest plane crossed a painted runway line it was supposed to stay behind while another plane was taking off, according to a safety board preliminary report. The safety board report also revealed that a Compass Airlines plane in February was forced to abort a landing because a Virgin America jet was lined up and waiting to take off on the same runway.