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New national wildlife refuge to protect Northeast shrubland

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 19:53:39 UT

Wildlife service northeast region director Wendi Weber said the refuge represents a chance to "leave a legacy of conservation and to contribute to a large-scale effort that will make a difference for American woodcock, New England cottontails, monarch butterflies and other wildlife." The proposal to create a national wildlife refuge in an area of the country with dense population attracted some scrutiny from the public, including concerns that state and federal authorities already are working to preserve wildlife habitat in the area.

Explore the region of Northern Italy that's home to prosecco

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:51:58 UT

TREVISO, Italy (AP) — You know prosecco as the fruity Italian bubbly that's a fun and affordable way to celebrate the holidays as well as a bright accompaniment to a light meal. For longer stays, you can either make Treviso a jumping-off point for the surrounding country or plot a course from town to town. In Treviso, Relais San Nicolo, close to the Treviso train station and Treviso Cathedral, is comfortable and features unique, period furnishings. Check out the wineries and restaurants you plan to visit, as they may have small guest houses attached (see Villa Sandi and Restaurant Parco Gambrinus below). The building was bombed in World War II; a jagged scar on the restored wall bears testament. To see a replica (water only), head northwest on Piazza dei Signori, turn right on Vicolo Podesta and look for the statue to your left in the shopping arcade. [...] popular, taking a walk or bike ride along the tow path, known as the Restera, that runs alongside the Sile River. In Treviso, Toni del Spin, 7 Via Inferiore, is a tavern in the historic center serving traditional food with prices around $25 for a meal excluding drinks.

Spain: Tourist islands want to stay on summer time

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:11:45 UT

The regional parliament of the Balearic Islands, which include Majorca and Ibiza, approved a motion Tuesday calling on the central government to allow them to stay on summer time — two hours ahead of GMT — and not change the clock back an hour this weekend. Spain's Industry Ministry says the European Union, not individual countries, decides on such matters.

Group offers tours of 'Field of Dreams' house

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 20:59:43 UT

The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports ( ) the group Go the Distance Baseball announced Monday it would open the lower level of the house, which was used as a backdrop for much of the 1989 movie starring Kevin Costner. [...] the house has been closed to the public.

3 days in Nashville — with your mom

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:18:10 UT

The three nights we spent here turned out to be lots of fun as we experienced the different personalities of this Southern city, from its eclectic foodie culture to its rich history. [...] I booked a room at The Hermitage, a five-star, century-old hotel in downtown Nashville. The Hermitage staff was extremely gracious, went out of their way to book dinner reservations and even got us great seats at the Grand Ole Opry. The restaurant serves more upscale Southern fare — I had blackened sea bass with mashed potatoes and caramelized corn. [...] we focused on getting tickets to an evening concert at the Grand Ole Opry, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort. For the winter season beginning Nov. 1, Opry concerts are held at the Ryman Auditorium, which some fans think is an even better venue. A must-see: the Country Music Hall of Fame, which features a vast collection of video clips, instruments and costumes from stars across the decades. From Roy Rogers, who started his career as an old-timey yodeling cowboy, to Taylor Swift, a Nashville darling before she became a pop megastar, the museum takes you from its folk roots to its contemporary glitz. Another hot attraction: the backstage tour of the Ryman Auditorium, nicknamed "the mother church of country music" because of its origins as a church and as home of the Grand Ole Opry show from 1943-1974. On our final day, we visited the Civil Rights Room at the Nashville Public Library, which features videos, photographs and various displays of highlights of the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s.

Dallas Area Rapid Transit adds 2 stations, grows to 93 miles

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 12:36:21 UT

DALLAS (AP) — The longest light rail system in the U.S. just got bigger. Dallas Area Rapid Transit on Monday opened two more stations as part of a 3-mile Blue Line expansion to the south. The new light rail locations include stops at Camp Wisdom and the University of North Texas at Dallas. Spokesman Morgan Lyons says the DART light rail system has now grown to 93 miles and 64 stations. DART, which began operations in June 1996, serves Dallas and a dozen other North Texas cities. ___ Online:

$320M capital campaign complete for Ohio art museum

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 10:10:55 UT

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio art museum says it has completed a $320 million capital campaign that paid for its years long expansion from 389,000 square feet to 588,000 square feet. The Plain Dealer in Cleveland reports ( ) the Cleveland Museum of Art made the announcement on Saturday at its "CMA X 100" Centennial Celebration.

Fight over Vanderbilts' Breakers mansion goes to high court

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 15:12:20 UT

The disagreement centers on whether the group should be allowed to build a visitors center on the grounds of the spectacular Vanderbilt mansion The Breakers, a national historic landmark. The Preservation Society of Newport Country, which owns The Breakers and several other mansions in the wealthy resort town, says it wants to build the visitors center in a little-used portion of the grounds to better serve its 400,000 annual visitors with improved ticketing and restroom facilities, as well as a place to buy pre-made sandwiches and refreshments.

Yankee magazine, WGBH launching new travel/lifestyles show

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 13:14:50 UT

BOSTON (AP) — Yankee magazine and Boston's public television station, WGBH, are teaming up to launch a new travel and lifestyles show exploring New England. The producers say the documentary series will take viewers on "an insider's exploration" from cities to far-flung countryside across the six-state region, which is a top destination for tourists from around the world. WGBH is the nation's largest producer of public broadcasting programs for TV and online, including Frontline, ''NOVA, ''American Experience, ''Masterpiece and Antiques Roadshow.

Giant pages from ancient Quran on display in Washington, DC

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:49:52 UT

Like many items in the exhibit focused on the Muslim holy book, these pages come with a story — this one involving the feared nomadic conqueror, Timur, who ruled a huge empire based in central Asia. While the feat of creating a tiny Quran likely required more skill, it is amazing that the calligrapher had the "bravery to attempt something like this," said Massumeh Farhad, chief curator at the Sackler and Freer and curator of Islamic art. The show brings together manuscripts and folios from the museum in Istanbul with manuscripts from the collection of the Sackler and Freer Gallery of Art, which together form the Smithsonian's Asian art museum.

Goodyear christening 2nd airship in fleet replacing blimps

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:41:54 UT

Though they still use helium and bear the blue-and-gold Goodyear logo, they aren't technically blimps because they have a fixed structure holding the balloon in place. Wingfoot Two was finished in March and already was used for some event coverage ahead of Friday's christening in Akron, where Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. is based.

Open House: Vatican opens papal summer apartment to public

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:07:32 UT

The Vatican on Friday opened the private apartments at the papal summer retreat to the public, giving visitors a rare look at the bed where Popes Pius XII and Paul VI died and where John Paul II recovered from an assassination attempt in 1981. In 2014, the gardens opened to visitors, in part to help offset the economic downturn the lake-front town has experienced since Francis decided to stay put in Rome. The Vatican Museums, home to the Sistine Chapel and other papal treasures, run the Castel Gandolfo estate, which features a working farm that supplies the Vatican with fresh dairy, eggs, honey and produce. Popes past have always used it as a summer getaway, and Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI famously closed out his papacy there on Feb. 28, 2013 when the big wood and bronze doors on the main palazzo slammed shut after he left the Vatican for the last time as pope.