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Lynching memorial and museum in Montgomery open to public

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 05:11:39 UT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The public is getting its first look at a lynching memorial and museum in Montgomery, Alabama. The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, opening Thursday, is dedicated to 4,400 individuals who lost their lives in lynchings and other racial killings between 1877 and 1950. Their names are engraved on 800 steel rectangles, one for each U.S. county where lynchings occurred. A museum is also opening in Montgomery, called The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration. Launch events include a "Peace and Justice Summit" featuring celebrities and activists like Ava DuVernay, Marian Wright Edelman and Gloria Steinem.



Caesars Entertainment plans to manage hotel in Baja, Mexico

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 22:39:42 UT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Caesars Entertainment Corp. casino company says it plans to build a beachfront non-casino hotel in the Mexican city of Puerto Los Cabos. Company president and chief executive Mark Frissora announced Wednesday that the $200 million Caesars Palace resort will be the company's first Mexico property. Plans call for 500 rooms and suites, a 40,000-square-foot (3,716-square-meter) convention center, a spa, two golf courses, three restaurants and entertainment venues. It will be developed by Mexico-based Grupo Questro and managed by Caesars Entertainment in the Puerto Los Cabos tourist corridor and the San Jose del Cabo resort on the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula.



Jazz Museum director says she will step down by mid-May

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 20:51:46 UT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The director of a financially troubled jazz museum in Kansas City says she's stepping down. The Kansas City Star reports that Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner said Wednesday that she would leave the American Jazz Museum before its annual May 15 meeting. But she says she'll "remain a champion" of the museum, which is in the city's historic 18th and Vine district. A major shakeup also is expected on the museum's board of directors. The leadership changes are among the recommendations made in a consultant's report issued last month. The report was highly critical of the museum for lacking a clear vision and identity, despite opening its doors 20 years ago.



Johnny Jet's summer travel advice: airfare, baggage and more

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 16:20:40 UT

Are you starting to think about summer vacation? John DiScala, better known as the air travel expert Johnny Jet , recently talked with The Associated Press travel podcast "Get Outta Here!" about strategies for booking flights, finding deals, coping with baggage restrictions and dealing with unreasonable demands from airline personnel. Here are excerpts, edited for brevity and clarity. Listen to the entire interview with Johnny Jet at https://apnews.com/afs:Content:1931200039 . Associated Press: How do we get the best fares? JOHNNY JET: Be flexible. You're not going to get a deal when everyone else wants to fly. I use Thanksgiving as an example: Everyone wants to leave the Wednesday before and return Sunday or Monday morning after.



Tourists enjoy final day at beach before Boracay closure

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 09:29:35 UT

BORACAY, Philippines (AP) — Tourists are spending their final hours on Boracay, enjoying the Philippine island's famed white-sand beaches before it closes for up to six months to recover from overcrowding and development. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte described the waters off Boracay as a "cesspool" before ordering the closure. But on Wednesday, one Australian visitor said the island had one of the cleanest beaches he's seen. "I don't really understand too much about what's going on, about the sewage problem . because when I look out there, I see one of the cleanest beaches I've ever seen in my life, and the most beautiful beaches I've ever seen in my life," said Tim Malone, 33.



Hawaii agency wants travelers to visit Kauai despite floods

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 00:06:33 UT

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Tourism Authority wants travelers to visit Kauai even though parts of the island are recovering from major flooding. Flooding this month badly damaged the only road connecting the small north shore towns of Haena and Wainiha with the rest of Kauai. Some restaurants and shops in the nearby town of Hanalei also flooded. But many other major tourist areas on the southern and eastern sides of the island were unaffected. And many other Hanalei restaurants and shops are open. Hawaii Tourism Authority President George Szigeti says Hanalei jobs support many residents. He says visitors can help with the recovery by shopping and eating there.



Copperfield testifies on illusion where man says he was hurt

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 23:29:29 UT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — David Copperfield insisted Tuesday he knew of no one being injured during more than 15 years of performing a signature vanishing act at the center of a lawsuit by a British tourist who claims he was seriously hurt in a fall during a Las Vegas performance. Amid complaints from his lawyers about widespread media coverage, the world-famous illusionist returned to the witness stand, telling a Nevada jury about the trick that makes people seems to disappear on stage and reappear in the back of the theater. At least 55,000 audience volunteers have taken part in the illusion over 17 years, according to Copperfield and show executive producer Chris Kenner, who testified last week.



RFK funeral train photo exhibit: Kennedy's final journey

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 22:06:36 UT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The assassination of Robert F. Kennedy 50 years ago this June fractured the nation just two months after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. and five years after his brother John F. Kennedy was killed. But RFK's funeral, particularly the train that took his body from New York City, following a funeral Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral, to Washington, D.C., brought the country together: An estimated 2 million ordinary Americans gathered beside railroad tracks to honor him as the train passed by. An exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, "The Train: RFK's Last Journey," displays 21 of the 1,000 unique color slides made by photographer Paul Fusco on June 8, 1968.



Governor to allow road signs pointing out national monument

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 20:52:32 UT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Road signs directing motorists to the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument are going to be installed — eventually — now that Republican Gov. Paul LePage has relented in his opposition to the signs on Interstate 95 and state roads leading to the Mount Katahdin region. The Maine Department of Transportation will allow signs to be manufactured and installed now that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended keeping the monument and a renewed request has been submitted by the superintendent for the federal land, the governor's office said. "This is fantastic news. This is what I've been waiting to hear," Lucas St. Clair, whose family donated the land, said Tuesday.



The Latest: Judge rejects mistrial bid in Copperfield trial

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 19:58:58 UT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on civil trial involving Las Vegas Strip headliner David Copperfield and a British tourist who claims he was seriously hurt in a fall while taking part in a signature Copperfield illusion in 2013 (all times local): 12:55 p.m. A judge in Las Vegas has rejected a request by David Copperfield's attorney to declare a mistrial based on the amount of media coverage that a civil negligence lawsuit involving the magician is getting. Attorney Elaine Fresch complained Tuesday about interviews involving plaintiff Gavin Cox's attorney, Benedict Morelli. Fresch noted that one interview aired on CBS-TV just hours before proceedings resumed.



Alaska Airlines tightens emotional support animal policy

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 19:23:39 UT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Airlines has updated its policy on emotional support animals following an increase in incidents involving them on planes and in airports, including some customers and employees suffering bites. Starting May 1, customers flying with psychiatric service animals must provide animal health and behavioral documents and a signed document from a medical professional at least 48 hours prior to departure. The airline also will stop allowing amphibians, goats and animals with hooves, tusks or horns. Alaska Airlines spokesman Tim Thompson said there will be an exception for trained miniature horses.



AP Photos: Immersive art gallery in Paris showcases Klimt

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 14:18:43 UT

PARIS (AP) — A digital gallery in Paris is making art an immersive experience for visitors who can walk into and over paintings projected around a warehouse. The Atelier des Lumieres, or Studio of Lights, opened this month with an inaugural exhibit featuring Austrian painter Gustav Klimt's work not hanging on walls, but lighting up floors, ceilings and walls in a colorful, 35-minute moving sequence. Gallery director Michael Couzigou says: "We use photos scanned in high definition to make this digital exhibition a universe of music and sound." The show, set to classical music, attracted 60,000 visitors in its first 10 days. Organizers say the gallery is the biggest of its kind in the world.